Save vs. Splurge: battle of the brands. Part II.

For those of you that want the quick scoop on this post, here’s a little preview.

For a high-end volumizing mascara:

Splurge on Lancome Hypnôse Mascara.

For a budget-friendly volumizing mascara with similar results:

Save on L’Oréal Voluminous® Original Mascara and/or Maybelline XXL Volume + Length Microfiber Mascara.

For those of you that want the details, keep on reading…

When it comes to mascaras, there are only a few high-end branded ones that I would shamelessly splurge on because there’s just nothing like them…and one of those would be Lancome’s Hypnôse Mascara. Aside from the quality of a mascara, the trick in choosing one that will give your lashes the effect you’re looking for is in the mascara’s wand – its structure, its size and the texture of its bristles. Professional makeup artists and experienced makeup gurus are usually able to tell from inspecting a mascara’s wand what effect it will give to the lashes. I say “usually” because the mascara’s quality has to be taken into consideration as well; the quality of the product in the tube or container can affect the outcome of its application.

Now, when I talk about quality, I’m not talking about brands. Good quality mascaras don’t necessarily have to be from a high-end or luxury brand. It can be from any brand in the beauty industry and, from personal experience, one of the best ways to actually find a good quality mascara is by keeping an open mind when browsing the beauty shops for one. Sure, go ahead and try out the testers at Lancome, Dior or Chanel but don’t overlook the other brands that you may stumble upon during your shopping spree. Sometimes, you’ll find a mascara very similar to the one you saw at the Dior counter for a fraction of its price.

The sweetest thing about Lancome’s Hypnôse Mascara is that I only have to apply one coat of it on my lashes for it to give effective results. For a volumizing mascara, I find it to be one of the best in the market; it separates the lashes and makes them look so much more pronounced in a very alluring way. It doesn’t clump and it doesn’t make my lashes look like spider legs – which has happened to me with other mascaras. Gross, I know. However, for those of us on a budget, Lancome Hypnôse Mascara can leave a visible dent in our wallets (especially for people living in the UAE as its even more expensive here than it is in the US or the UK) so if any of you are looking for similar alternatives with budget-friendly prices, check out my two suggestions below:

L’Oréal Voluminous® Original Mascara: for many of you beauty junkies out there, this alternative may not come as a shocker. After all, it’s a well known fact that L’Oreal owns Lancome, as well as many other well-known cosmetic brands. So, it’s no surprise that L’Oreal’s Voluminous may serve as an effective lower-priced alternative to Lancome’s Hypnôse. They are both produced by the same company and are both very similar, if not exactly alike, in quality. This product has definitely got my vote.

Maybelline XXL Volume + Length Microfiber Mascara: this mascara’s wand looks very similar to Lancome’s Hypnôse mascara wand and the quality of the mascara itself is pretty decent, in my honest opinion. Just like Lancome’s Hypnôse mascara, it gives my lashes much needed extra volume and length without clumping them. While the result may not be as dramatic or pronounced as if you had used Lancome’s mascara, you will definitely not be disappointed. I do have to apply two or more coats of the mascara on my lashes to get the full volumizing and thickening effect but, nevertheless, for a product that I consider to be budget-friendly, it’s definitely good value for the money. (P.S. Maybelline is also owned by L’Oreal – but that is not the reason I have suggested it as an alternative. It simply happens to be one of my favorite brands when it comes to mascaras!)

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Posted on May 31, 2011, in Save or Splurge. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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