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Five Favorites: Mascara

I thought I’d start a new series on my blog called Five Favorites. This post will be dedicated to my favorite mascaras. I nominated the below mascaras because they pair great formulas with exceptional brushes.  I also want my lashes to have impact, so I don’t bother with anything but the blackest of mascaras.


  1. L’Oréal Voluminous: Carbon Black– I’m wearing this mascara in the cover photo of this post. If you want longer, fuller, more sculpted lashes, like Brigitte Bardot, this is the best option to achieve that look. It’s also a dupe for Lancôme Hypnose Drama if you are looking for something more affordable. Both are owned by the parent company L’Oréal. One is $8 or less at drugstores the other is $27.50.
  2. Maybelline Lash Sensational: Blackest BlackThis has a buildable formula that is perfect for everyday wear. The brush is well designed and has a fat-curved shape to fan out and define your lashes. The combination of its applicator and formula make it very resistant to flaking or smudging throughout the day. I use this as a base when I’m combining mascaras to give my lashes serious volume. It’s also important to note that L’Oréal owns Maybelline New York, and in my opinion L’Oréal brands are kings of mascara formulas. missmanga
  3. L’Oréal Voluminous Miss Manga: Black– This has a soft and flexible formula that builds my lashes high like skyscrapers! It’s always a solid performer and at $8 it is very reasonably priced. I layer this over Maybelline Lash Sensational to maximize my lash volume.

    This mascara is a great example of how L’Oréal uses its award-winning formulas in different packaging and brands. One of the many brands L’Oréal owns is Yves Saint Laurent Beauté which sells luxury cosmetics in beautiful golden packaging. YSL’s bestselling and highly coveted mascara is the Yves Saint Laurent Volume Effect Cils Babydoll, and it has some striking similarities with Miss Manga.

    Miss Manga Ingredients

    Aqua / Water / Eau, Paraffin, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Acrylates Copolymer, Cera Alba / Beeswax / Cire Dabeille, Copernicia Cerifera Cera / Carnauba Wax / Cire De Carnauba, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Steareth-2, Cetyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Acacia Senegal / Acacia Senegal Gum, Ethylenediamine/Stearyl Dimer Dilinoleate Copolymer, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Caprylyl Glycol, Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil, Hydrogenated Palm Oil, Propylene Glycol, Disodium Edta, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Sodium Hyaluronate, 2-Oleamido-1,3-Octadecanediol, Panthenol, Silica, Soluble Collagen, Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate, Atelocollagen [+/- May Contain / Peut Contenir, Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499 / Iron Oxides, Ci 77891 / Titanium Dioxide, Ci 77007 / Ultramarines, Ci 75470 / Carmine, Mica

     Yves Saint Laurent Mascara Volume Effect Cils Babydoll Ingredients

    Water, Paraffin, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Acrylates Copolymer, Cera Alba/Beeswax, Copernicia Cerifera Cera, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Steareth-2, Cetyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Acacia Senegal, Ethylenediamine/Stearyl Dimer Dilinoleate Copolymer, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Silica, Caprylyl Glycol, Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil, Hydrogenated Palm Oil, Fragrance, Disodium Edta, Magnesium Silicate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Panthenol, Tin Oxide

    Notice anything?

    I know ingredients lists are easy to glance over, but in this case they show how both brands start off with the exact same ingredients in their formula. The beginning of the ingredient lists are the meat of what a product is made of, so both of these mascaras have essentially the same formula. However, Miss Manga is being offered at $8 and the Yves Saint Laurent with its European allure costs $32.


  4.  Benefit They’re Real!: Jet Black–  This is the #1 bestselling prestige mascara, and I’m really a fan of how the long and densely packed bristles on this wand give me bombshell lashes.  It will lift and lengthens your lashes for $24 a tube. I buy the $12 mini version at ULTA because mascara breeds bacteria so quickly that I just can’t finish the full-sized tube before it’s time to throw it out.dior show
  5.  Dior Diorshow: Black This is a cult favorite. It delivers intense color and thickens your lashes for a very dramatic nighttime look.  It’s priced at $28.50 which is more than I want to spend on a regular basis for a mascara. The brush is huge which works well with my thick lashes, but if you have sparse or tiny lashes you’ll probably get mascara smears all over your lids and nose when applying. Also, in the spirit of who’s your daddy, Louis Vuitton (LVMH) is the parent company of both Dior and Benefit Cosmetics.

For more information on top rated mascaras featured in this article you can check out this useful post.

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