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I use mascaras daily for work and they run out pretty fast, so it doesn’t make sense for me to buy one from a luxury brand.

In this post, I’m going to review and compare 10 drugstore mascaras on my lashes. The pictures on your left are the ones that have been curled with a lash curler and with mascara on, while the pictures on your right are of my other eye, that has not applied any curling nor mascara.

I’ve picked these drugstore mascaras after reading tons of reviews online and from what I feel you would have a higher chance of picking out when you are in a drugstore.

1. Australis Mega Lash Mascara

Australis Mega Lash Mascara

How it looks on me

Australis mascara review

This mascara was such a disappointment. It does almost nothing for my lashes, even though the hot pink on the packaging really drew me to purchase it at the store. It doesn’t hold curls at all and barely defines my lashes. I really wished Australis made a better mascara, especially since I love their AC on Tour Contouring and Highlighting Kit.

2. Bourjois Volume Reveal Mascara Waterproof

Bourjois Volume Reveal Mascara Waterproof

How it looks on me

Bourjois mascara review

This was yet another sad case. I had such high hopes for this one, as so many people are raving about it online and it seems to be one of the more popular Bourjois mascaras. I’ve tried a couple of Bourjois mascaras before and they were better than this one, which explains why I was surprised it would turn out like this. Again, like the one above, it doesn’t hold curls, though it does define the lashes a little more. I did notice the brush being more flexible than other mascaras. I got excited initially about the side magnifying mirror on the tube but that was about it.

3. Heroine Make Long and Curl Mascara Super Film

Heroine Make Long and Curl Mascara Super Waterproof

How it looks on me


Yes, yes, and more yes! This is my Holy Grail and you can see why. It defines and volumises my lashes, and holds curls very well. There might be slight clumping and it can dry up faster than non-fibre mascaras but it’s a small price I’d pay for a mascara that does its job well. Besides, adding some eye drop in the tube always helps prolong the life of mascaras that are drying up.

4. Kate Cosmetics Black Feather Lash

Kate Cosmetics Black Feather Lash

How it looks on me

kate cosmetics mascara review

This mascara turned out to be better than expected. It volumises more than lengthens, and holds curls pretty well. The bristles of the brush may be short, but they are sturdy like the ones from the L’Oreal Paris False Lash Butterfly Waterproof Mascara. A decent buy, I believe.

5. L’Oreal Paris False Lash Miss Manga Waterproof

L’Oreal False Lash Miss Manga Waterproof

How it looks on me

Loreal Miss-Manga-mascara review

Ooh la la, look at those curls. This is one mascara I will go back to, not only because it volumises and defines my lashes, but also because its metallic pink-and-black packaging is so Harajuku-cute. I love the feel of the jumbo tube in my hands and the curvature of the brush, which aligns with the curvature of my eyes and helps to coat the product onto as many of my lashes as possible. It’s good to know there are other alternatives out there and this is definitely one mascara that I will repurchase.

See the rest of the reviews on The Skinny Scout.