Thursday, January 23, 2014

High end VS Drug store: Mascara!

I've decided that I want to do a series on here comparing high end products to their drug store counterparts.  Not as a way of picking out dupes (that MUA speak for duplicates) but as a way of seeing what's worth the money and what you can get for cheap.

For the first verses I picked mascara.  Mascara is an interesting product in that the box claims so many things.  This one product is going to give you voluminous, long, perfectly curled lashes that are the blackest of black.  Is there really any truth to the advertising?  For this I applied two coats to my lashes and did not curl.  I used drug store on my left eye and high end on my right.

For my high end mascara I picked Dior's Diorshow Black Out.  
This mascara runs $25.00 at Sephora.  It comes in a black, metal tube with gold lettering.  The wand is natural bristle and on the large side.  
The package claims, 'Diorshow Black Out Mascara gives your lashes a little more oomph and a lot more drama. Intensified by ultra-black, kohl pigments, the formula glides on smoothly and draws each lash out to show-stopping lengths.'  
It does lengthen and it is really, really black.  When I cleaned this off I noticed how black it turned my face wipe.  It is a pretty wet formula so there is a little smudging under my bottom lashes.  You might want to use the card trick when applying this.  It goes on super smooth.  I love how black it is and how there are no clumps to be seen.  

For my drug store pick I chose Cover Girl LashBlast Volume mascara.  
You can pick this up for about $8.99 (this price is from Ulta).  It comes in a fat, orange, plastic tube.  I've noticed that Cover Girl has a thing for needlessly large mascara.  The wand in this is a large synthetic brush.  
Package claims for this? 'Get a blast of lush, volumized lashes! LashBlast's patented volume-boosting formula and patent-pending brush are designed to max out each and every lash, leaving you with the ultimate big-lash look.
You can see that this is not nearly as black as the Dior.  It is, however, lacking smudge.  This is a much drier formula.  You do really need to work at it to coat your lashes.  I'm not sure it lengthens as much as they would have you believe but it does do a nice job.  I've only used two coats here and I feel like if you added any more it would start to clump up.  I did use the water proof version of this and they aren't kidding.  This is near impossible to get off.  

So which one would I pick?  Is going high end worth it for mascara?  I've bought the Cover Girl for years now.  I've tried a lot of other mascaras, both high and low, and I've always come back to this one.  D. actually bought me the Dior on a recommend from a girl at Sephora.  In the end I've got to give it to the Dior mascara.  It's just so black!  I love how it makes my eye lashes look.  I won't be tossing my Cover Girl any time soon.  It's still an amazing product.  I just happen to like the Dior just as well.  

I'd like to do this as a weekly thing if people are interested.  What would you like to see next?  Maybe you have a favorite drug store find and you'd like to see how it stacks up against the high end stuff.  Or maybe you're tired of spending $20 for one eye shadow and you're interested in finding a drug store one that still makes you feel high end.  Whatever your interest feel free to tell me all about it in the comments section.   



  1. I like the comparison. I do like the black of the Dior but the smudging would add too much time to my short morning makeup routine so I'll stick with my similar Cover Girl product.

    1. I thought the smudging would bother me more than it does. I just take a q-tip and run it under there and move on. I do love a short morning routine cause I love to sleep!!