This Is How The Top 5 Most-Reviewed Mascaras Perform In Real Life


Mascara definitely makes it into my top three must-have makeup products (please don’t ask me the other two, I’m an indecisive Libra).

Lucky enough to have been graced with long lashes, a quick swipe of any inky-coloured wand instantly makes me feel so much better and elevates whatever makeup look I’ve gone for that day. 

I’ve tried my fair share of formulas over the years,  and definitely found favourites amongst them. But for the past week or so, I’ve been trialling the top five most-reviewed mascaras on beautyheaven, to see if the hype is real.

These were the results…

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Benefit They’re Real

First up, Benefit They’re Real Mascara.

This best-seller has been much-loved for years, with over 400 reviews and a solid 4-star rating. People tend to float towards the newer BADgal BANG!, but I was keen to see if this oldie but goodie still has it…

Benefit They’re Real Mascara before after

Hot damn, there’s no denying this mascara creates some healthy height, and nice separation too. They’re Real was actually my go-to around five years ago, but I believe I stopped wearing it because it made my lashes feel quite stiff and was a bit of a hassle to wash off. I wouldn’t say no to this for a night out in a sweaty nightclub though. Definitely one for those who like a long-lasting, humidity-proof formula and length.  

Max Factor False Lash Effect

Ding ding, time for round two with Max Factor False Lash Effect.

Sitting around the $25 mark, this mascara is a slightly more price-friendly favourite than the former. Out of the 170+ reviews, the main highlights seem to be ‘clump-free’ and ‘great for every day’. Let’s see shall we…

Max Factor False Lash Effect mascara before after

The clump-free claims HELD UP. Wowza. I was very impressed with this one. It even coated my bottom lashes evenly with zero chunkiness in sight – this hardly ever happens. I think a lot of it has to do with the brush; the bristles are short and sharp but there’s lots of them, getting into every nook and cranny. Not to spoil the rest, but this one was my favourite. Fluttery lashes for life. 

COVERGIRL LashBlast Volume Blasting Mascara

Third cab off the rank is COVERGIRL’s LashBlast Volume Blasting Mascara.

You’ll never spot this iconic orange tube for more than $20, so it’s no wonder it’s amassed an impressive 253 reviews, 83 per cent of which awarded it either 4 or 5-stars. 

COVERGIRL LashBlast Volume Blasting Mascara before after

I would not kick this mascara out of bed, but I’m unsure if it’ll receive a booty call. The wand was quite similar to the Max Factor one, giving me the length and separation I love, but I wasn’t quite as sold on the formula. It felt a little heavier in some ways. It was very buildable and I was able to do a few coats without it clumping. I think it would make a great first mascara for those new to the makeup game. 

CLINIQUE High Impact Mascara

Up next: Clinique High Impact Mascara

A ‘big, soft fluffy brush’ and ‘natural looking lashes’ are the highlights to take from the 180+ reviews of one of Clinique’s longest-standing mascaras. Let’s see how it measures up…

CLINIQUE High Impact Mascara before after

Compared to the other mascara wands in this line-up (which were more like pointy combs),  this one was really different. Fluffy is the right word, with thicker-looking bristles and less gaps. What surprised me however, was how thin it still was, so you could reach into the corners with ease and no risk of smudging. What let this one down for me was the removal. I like using micellar water most nights, followed by a cleanse and this wasn’t enough to completely rid me of black panda eyes. You’ll need a strong eye makeup remover if this one takes your fancy, that’s for sure.

Maybelline New York Lash Sensational

Last but definitely not least is Maybelline’s Lash Sensational Mascara.

It took out the Best In Beauty Award this year for the second time, with many members considering it their ‘Holy Grail’. 

Maybelline New York Lash Sensational mascara before after

I was pretty darn excited to try the ‘chosen one’ from this years awards and I can see why so many of you love it. The curved brush really helps to create lift right near the root of the lashes, and the slightly tacky formula means thickness galore. For those looking for volume and thickness, this is a winner. But for a more fluttery, separated look, I’m standing by my earlier pick. 

Have you tried any of these mascaras? 

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