Mascara, though. So essential for so many of us, yet all too often downright disappointing – but how did these three fare?
Rimmel Wonder’Full, €9.99
With argan oil to nourish the lashes and promote growth, this sounded a little gimmicky for my tastes - and when I first tried it, it felt like a lot of work to build up the thin, wet formula for sufficient oomph.
Except, silly me, that’s actually the joy of this mascara – it’s the most buildable product I’ve tried. You could lash on seventy coats and it won’t go clumpy or crispy, with nary a flake to be seen. You won’t get fat lashes but you will get a defined, fluttery look that feels like you’re not wearing anything at all. (On your lashes, dirtbird!)
And, to be clear, you will not need seventy coats; give it a few days to dry out, and two will suffice. Other positives: the spiky, bendy brush head is easy to work with, the price is very reasonable and actually, yes, the formula does feel quite conditioning, too.
Max Factor Excess Volume, €16.99
This two-step mascara sounds intriguing: one end promises volume, while the second acts as a lacquer for a glossy, jet-black finish. There have been some rave reviews but it didn’t quite do it for me; it gives decent length and separation, but volume? Not so much.
I’m also not convinced the lacquer does much more than a second coat of any mascara would - making it a little unrewarding, for the faff of messing about with two brushes. I’m not sold. It’s pricey, too, but it’s often on offer at Boots.
L’Oreal Volume Million Lashes So Couture, €11.99
Want the volume that Max Factor promised - along with Rimmel’s lightweight, non-crunchy finish? This flirty little number offers both, with a cherry on top.
The rubber wand and short spiky bristles do a great job of defining the lashes without clumping. It’s a good all-rounder: you get a little thickening, a lot of length, curl and separation and a nice silky, glossy black formula that feels rather luxe.
The overall effect? A big, full and flirty flutter that looks great all day long. Definitely a keeper.
Tried any of this little trio? How did you get on? And if you’ve discovered anything amazeballs lately, do share all in the comments!