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Makeup Novice: Review of Budget-friendly Waterproof Mascaras

As someone who has never used makeup on a daily basis, I've found myself in situations where I needed to attend special occasions or events like a friend's wedding. Even as a bit of a homebody, there are times when I feel the urge to boost my confidence before stepping out. With this newfound enthusiasm, I've decided to take my first dive into makeup, starting with the basics: Mascara.

I have short and thin lashes. I wear glasses and always wanted my eyes to stand out, especially with thick lenses. Since I'm new to makeup and considering the weather that has been unpredictable lately, I wanted to start with affordable waterproof mascaras to see which ones work best for me. First and foremost, invest in a good eyelash curler. An eyelash comb or separator also comes in handy for clumps. 1. Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara

When I searched for mascaras online, I always see essence on the top picks. Now that I have it in my hands, the cute packaging gave me “teen vibes” impression already and I’m having quite good expectations from it as I’m excited to see what makes it so highly recommended.


budget friendly waterproof mascara

Wear Test This mascara was a breeze to apply. With just two to three swipes, my lashes visibly appeared thicker, and I loved how naturally separated they appeared. However, when I tried adding two more extra swipes to see if it would add a bit more volume, unfortunately, it didn't quite curl them as I had hoped.


Waterproof Test

Two hours have passed since I applied the mascara, and it looks the same as when I first applied it. Now, to put it to the waterproof test, I splashed my face with water in the usual way I do when washing my face, wiped it dry, and it did pass the waterproof test. However, I noticed some minimal flaking, but the lash effect was still visible.

Overall Impression

I would say essence Lash Princess deserves its recognition as a top pick for budget waterproof mascaras. It did give my eyelashes a much thicker appearance, which was noticeable even when wearing my glasses, without appearing too heavy. It provides a natural look which is perfect for everyday use. Additionally, it is very long-lasting, as it only slightly diminishes after wearing it for long hours with just one application for the entire day and it’s very beginner-friendly to use!


2. COVERGIRL Professional 3-in-1 Waterproof Mascara I am well aware that Covergirl is a known brand for its affordable yet good quality products. Their Professional 3-in-1 Waterproof mascara features a hypoallergenic formula, perfect for those with sensitive skin and contact lens wearers. This mascara claims to volumize, lengthen, and define lashes like a pro, so let's see if it lives up to its promises.

budget friendly waterproof mascara

Wear Test

My first impression when I opened the mascara was that the formula wasn’t wet, which I personally liked. After my first two swipes, I hadn’t noticed any difference yet, so I had to swipe at least 5 times to visibly see the difference, and I can tell you, it was worth it. My eyelashes looked longer, and the curl it gave was amazing. I thought my eyes looked a bit bigger when I put it on.


Waterproof Test

I waited for hours to try the waterproof test, and surprisingly, the mascara did a good job. It still held my lashes the same way they looked before I splashed water on them. There was no flaking either. I only had to use my fingers for a tiny bit to lift up my lashes when I wiped my face.


Overall Impression

Covergirl lived up to my expectations. Even though I had to swipe multiple times to achieve the desired look for my lashes as per their claims, I was happy with it. It provided the push-up volume for my lashes, which was noticeable even through my glasses. Despite my thin lashes, its separation effect wasn’t overly dramatic, giving a more defined look. What I like best about it is that it’s very lightweight on my eyes! Sometimes, I forget that I have it on. This could easily become my go-to mascara when I meet my friends


3. wet n wild Mega Length Waterproof Mascara

Now onto the third one! I chose this mascara because I literally had a wet n wild day, as you'll soon find out below.

budget friendly waterproof mascara

Wear Test

I started my day with watery eyes, thanks to my morning allergies, so I applied more mascara than usual to see what would happen. I wasn't sure if I did it right, as it seemed to clump a bit, or if that’s just how mascara works with the extra coats and teary eyes, so I fixed it up a bit. After some fuss, though, my lashes looked livelier and fuller, which I think was great considering what I did! And despite using more coats, my lashes didn’t feel heavy.  


Waterproof Test

Thankfully, wet n wild did a good job of holding the mascara despite all the wiping I had to do with my eyes. There was no sign of smudging, which prevented me from looking like a panda when I went outside for a bit, lol. Though I think the wiping lessened the coat I applied, nevertheless, it didn't make any mess, and I just had to reapply. It passed the waterproof test.


overall Impression

wet n wild might look simple on the outside, but it's a superhero in disguise! From my experience, a quick touch-up can handle anything if you're out and about all day. But honestly, in normal situations, I doubt you'll even need one.  


4. L'Oréal Paris Voluminous Butterfly Mascara

Let's step up our game with this mascara.

budget friendly waterproof mascara

Wear Test

Out of the last three mascaras I've tried, this one's a bit different because of its curved brush, which is said to help lashes “flutter,” and I can say it delivered. Applying it was a breeze, and I had fun putting on multiple coats without worrying about making a mess on my eyes.


Waterproof Test

I waited for hours before attempting to wash off the mascara because I wanted to see how it would hold up. It was a pleasant surprise to see that it looked just as good as when I first applied it. When I washed my face later, the mascara clung to my lashes really well, maintaining the curl too. I didn’t notice any mascara smudges on my face, which I must say is a job well done.


Overall Impression

I must say, L'Oréal really impressed me with this mascara! I absolutely loved the volume it added to my lashes, making my eyes look more alive than ever. The curved brush was a game-changer for application; it was so easy to use, especially for beginners like me. Even with just two coats, the effect was already visible. To test its capabilities, I added a few more coats, and it still felt lightweight on my eyes. There was a tiny bit of flaking, but because I had to wash my face again, it was hardly noticeable and didn’t bother me at all. Plus, this mascara held up like a champ all night long before I finally removed it. This mascara is perfect for events like weddings or parties if you want that dramatic effect on your eyes.


5. Maybelline Lash Sensational

Lash but not the least, the Lash Sensational from Maybelline. I may not know all makeup brands, but I know Maybelline is famous for their affordable yet high-quality products. Their mascaras are especially popular. So, I'm excited to see how this one works for me.

budget friendly waterproof mascara

Wear Test

What I liked about this mascara is its brush, which was more curved than L'Oréal’s, making it easy to apply on my lashes. Even without using an eyelash curler, the mascara still provided volume and length to my lashes. Plus, even with multiple coats, it didn’t clump.


Waterproof Test

At the end of a long day, I checked the condition of my lashes and was surprised to find them looking just as good as they did at the start of the day. To put it to the waterproof test, I was happy to see that there wasn't any flaking, and while the mascara's volume had decreased slightly, the fullness remained intact.


Overall Impression 

As expected, Maybelline did deliver on its promised effect on the lashes, but what stood out the most to me was the brush. Overall, it's a very good mascara, especially considering its budget-friendly price point. And I believe it's widely available in stores, so if you're in need of a reliable mascara, you’re in good hands with Maybelline.


Eyes before applying mascara
Before

Eyes after applying mascara
After

For beginners like myself, all the mascaras proved easy to use, but if I had to pick a favorite, Covergirl and L'Oréal’s mascaras stole the show, giving my short lashes a fabulous boost. Remember, finding the perfect mascara is all about personal preference. With my experience in mind, I hope this review serves as a helpful guide for fellow beginners on their quest for budget-friendly mascaras that deliver top-notch results.

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