Saturday 29 April 2017

Give it a lash: the top 5 volumising mascaras


YSL The Shock mascara in Underground Blue
YSL The Shock mascara in Underground Blue
Maybelline The Falsies Push Up Angel Mascara in Very Black,
No7 Lash Impact Lash Primer
Catrice Rock Couture Extreme Volume Mascara 24h in Ultra Black
Rimmel Volume Shake Mascara in Black

Sarah Caden

Ditch the falsies, says our expert, who has The Panel's five best volumising mascaras

Best Overall

Maybelline The Falsies Push Up Angel Mascara in Very Black, €8.99, available nationwide


This is one of those two-phase mascaras, where the first phase is a foundation product that has a tiny bit of colour but a good dose of lash-plumping fibres. Then, the second phase has the full black colour, and it sort of seals in place the volumising stuff. It makes sense in practice, and the result is impressive. "My lashes aren't long, aren't thick and don't curl," said a panellist. "They're dismal, but I got drama from this stuff, with minimal effort and no disgusting shedding over time."

Best Electric Shock

YSL The Shock mascara in Underground Blue, €28, YSL counters nationwide


For a certain age group, the electric-blue mascara will always be problematic with its 1980s-Princess Diana associations. The woman had great lashes, though, and this blue makes even meagre eyelashes seem a little more dramatic. It helps, too that this is an impressively volumising, lash-plumping product; it makes an almost shiny surface that catches the light and creates an illusion of luxuriance. "Brown eyes pop with this blue," a panellist said, "while lashes look brasher."

Best Faker Shaker

Rimmel Volume Shake Mascara in Black, €10.95, available nationwide


The downside of filling these mascaras with lash-plumping fibres is that they don't only clump on your eyes but have already clumped in the tube. Rimmel has come up with this clever idea, which is

a device in the tube which, with some up-down agitation, "revives" the formula. It's a good deep-black, too. "No caterpillar lashes here," one panellist said. "Volume and lash separation don't always go together, but this gives both at a good price."

Best Back to Black

Catrice Rock Couture Extreme Volume Mascara 24h in Ultra Black, €4.50, Penneys; Dunnes Stores


Officially, Catrice is aimed at the under 30s. If you were in any doubt, take note of the fact that this mascara promises to last for 48 hours. That takes the over-30s past not one but two bedtimes. All ages love a bargain, though, and this is a bargain. It also comes in a waterproof option, which might go the 72 hours. "The volumising is full-on and non-clumpy," said one panellist. "But what I love best is how black it is."

Best Underwear

No7 Lash Impact Lash Primer, €18, Boots; selected pharmacies nationwide


You'll have absorbed by now that if you want foundation or eyeshadow to not only stay the day but also to remain the same colour, you need a good primer. Well, guess what? Your lashes might well need that extra layer of attention also. An eyelash primer will separate and pump up volume before you apply your favourite mascara. It also provides extra grip, to prevent flaking. "Like a good bra," said a panellist.

"It improves anything you wear over it."

Often, one will overhear grown women coo over a male infant and remark on how his eyelashes are wasted on him. This is a way of saying, "That little brat: the money I'd pay for lashes as thick and curled as his". It sounds like a compliment, but it's really passive-aggressive jealousy.

Since we started ramping up our eyelashes with falsies, mascara makers have been playing catch-up. The resulting products approximate a false-lash look, without the glue and fiddling and worrying they will fall out. The downside of these mascaras, which coat lashes with volumising fibres, is that it can seem like caterpillars are fluttering in front of your eyes. Worse, the fibres can fall on your cheeks like sooty snowflakes. However, our five mascaras are pitfall-proof and would make a toddler envious.

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