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Budget vs High End | Mascara

Wednesday, 23 November 2016
essence forbidden volume mascara review

Welcome to another episode of Budget vs High End, a series in which the beaut Grace Bee and I collaborate to talk about our favourite of favourite beauty products, with one of us discussing high-end, and one of us talking drugstore!

As you can tell from the title, today's post is all about mascara, and once again, I'll be doing the talking when it comes to drugstore beauty, with Grace featuring high-end on her blog - read her post here!

Unlike our previous foundation post (you can read mine here and Grace's here ICYMI), I actually struggled with this one and had to think for a while about which product I wanted to feature. This year I've grown to love a handful of mascaras, rediscovering old ones, and trying out new ones I adore. Mascara is always something I've been quite picky about as I've never been blown away by any, even tho I enjoy a lot of them and love a lot of them. I think my standards are actually just too high though, I'm kinda just like, if it's not going to make me look like I've a pair of Ardell Demi Wispies on, then it's not that great, haha.

Initially I wanted to talk about Technic's Lashitude mascara, but I already spoke about that recently in a post [now removed], so I didn't want to repeat the same thing. Instead, I thought I'd shed light on a product that's not only still relatively new to the drugstore mascara market, but one which has quickly stolen my heart. I actually use this first and add Lashitude mascara on top, but I'll get to that soon.

The product I'm talking about is the Forbidden Volume mascara by Essence. I picked this up in Wilko's back in September as it was a recent launch, and I loved the look of the brush. I'm a sucker for volumising mascaras, they're my favourite of the bunch, and the brush on this intrigued me as it tapers towards the top - not only this, but it's not all goopy and thick with product which is what often happens to a lot of fatter, bristly brushes and this can make applying the product very messy. If you're rocking the lived-in grunge look, then messy mascaras are your best friend - but not even I rock the grunged up eyes everyday, and sometimes I want a more polished feel, or I want my colourful eyeshadow not to be tainted by my mascara. I also adore that this doesn't clump my lashes together and make them feel chunky and like I only have five lashes - another downside of volumising mascaras is that they can do just that!

You can find this little gem in store at Wilko's or on their website, if you're in the UK, and it retails at a mere £3 - you don't need to worry too much about trying a product when it's that cheap!

I find that this applies really well. The formula isn't too wet, nor too dry, and is the perfect in between - wet mascaras can clump too much on me, while dry mascaras often do nothing at all. I think the size of the brush, and the way that it tapers, makes it really useful for not getting mascara everywhere. You can add a few coats of this and it won't make your lashes overly clumped or flaky, but I prefer, like most mascaras, just to use the one layer. I've never had issues with this smudging or flaking on me, but I don't use this for my bottom lashes and instead use it solely for my top - I also haven't tested this out in heat etc, but since it's not waterproof I'm not sure it will be recommended for when you're sweating your bum off at the gym and whatever else! This isn't a mascara that will give you length though, so when I wear this I always quickly run a coat of Technic's Lashitude on top to add some length back to my lashes.

Oh, and if you've never come across Essence before, you might be interested to know that they are cruelty free :)

essence forbidden volume mascara review


If you haven't clicked the link already, check out Grace's post here. Have you tried any of the Essence mascaras?

More in this series here.

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