A good mascara is like a bus, you wait for one to come along and then all of a sudden a whole gaggle shows up. If you have been searching high and low for a great, affordable mascara that adds an abundance of volume to your lashes, look no further because I have found no less than five wonderful options that will suit every need and budget.
Gosh Rebel Eyes Mascara £6.99 via Superdrug - link.
As a huge fan of Benefit's Rollerlash Mascara but not so much the less than oily skin friendly formulation (spoiler - it smudges), I have been forever on the lookout for an alternative and found it in the aisles of Superdrug. Gosh Rebel Eyes Mascara is a great, long wearing, light formulation that gently coats each eyelash, thickening as it goes. If that is not enough, the spoon shape and moulded brush features tiny hooks, to gently grip each lash, stretching and curling as it goes for an eye opening effect. It doesn't smudge, it doesn't flake and it contains Sea Buckthorn to continuously condition and protect the eyelashes - Benefit who?
Revlon Ultra Volume Mascara £9.99 via Boots - link.
If a no frills, truly volumising mascara is all you desire then stop what you are doing and order a tube (or two) of Revlon Ultra Volume Mascara. This mascara is the perfect choice if you already have naturally long eyelashes - it is lighter than light, yet gives the illusion of thicker, fuller lashes in two quick coats, three for a false lash effect. The large, natural brush may not be the best for applying to the lower eyelashes but it is perfect for teasing and pulling, longer lashes to their full potential without being harsh. If like myself you have small eyes and/or straight eyelashes, I do recommend you skip this as the large brush can be a little messy and not really suited to your needs.
MUA Eye Define Volume, Nourish & Care Mascara £3 via Superdrug - link.Oil enriched mascaras are everywhere at the moment and every much a welcomed addition to any beauty bag, as not only do you gain thick, black lashes but also a daily conditioning treatment too. MUA Eye Define Volume, Nourish & Care Mascara features avocado oil to gently nourish and protect the lashes; meaning with daily use, you may find your eyelashes are stronger and less prone to fall out. As a mascara MUA Eye Define Volume, Nourish & Care Mascara does all it says it will on the tin (or tube), it evenly coats every lash root to tip, adds a little volume and is comfortable to wear. As someone with oily skin, I did find that around the six hour mark I had to wipe away the odd smudge on my brow bone, but other than that I can not complain.
Essence Forbidden Volume Mascara £3 via Wilko - link.
Cheap, cheerful and super soft; if you are tired of heavy, weighty mascaras that pull down your lashes, with dry, prone to flaking formulations, you need to try Essence Forbidden Volume Mascara. The tapered style of the Essence Forbidden Volume Mascara means you can easily capture even the smallest of lashes, for a natural, full lash effect with next to no effort. I will say that out of all of the mascaras featured within this post, this offers the most subtle approach making it a great, everyday choice or the ideal option for blending real eyelashes in with a strip of false lashes. Although Essence Forbidden Volume Mascara may not be waterproof, it does not smudge, smear nor flake, and can withstand a little rain shower too.
Maybelline Great Lash Mascara £4.99 via Boots -link.
If ever there was a mascara to be considered the best all round option of all time Maybelline Great Lash Mascara. This iconic pink and green tube (I have the limited edition NYC version hence the black lid but rest assure it is normally green) will forever be a staple of mine and many, many others as it always delivers. The natural fibre, long and thin brush, quickly grips all sizes of lashes, adds both length and volume, coupled with a lightweight, survive all weather conditions formula. To try it, is to love it - trust me on this one.
Is there any other budget beauty mascara that I should add to this list, or try out for that matter - hook a gal up!