Monday, 11 July 2011

Mascara wars - L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes vs. Barbara Daly Lash Boost Mascara

Two new mascaras found their way into my bag this week. One from Barbara Daly came via a Christmas in July press launch for Tesco, the other from L'Oreal I bought, so I decided to trial both to see which was a keeper and which a dumper...

Well I'm happy to report that both these relatively inexpensive mascaras have a lot going for them. I had risked looking a bit lob-sided by using a different product on each eye but the effect was virtually the same. Nice, thick, separated and longer looking lashes using both products. The difference was really in the application and initial consistency of each mascara.

First the Barbara Daly Lash Boost. This has a wonderful wand shaped like a shapely woman which makes application a doddle. The slightly angled tip helps with getting to the corner lashes and it wasn't too watery so there was no unsightly smudging even on the lower lashes. It stayed on in the heat all day and was easy to remove as it didn't clump or smudge, at night. Easily a 4/5.

The L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes was slightly more cumbersome as I found the thick rounded brush a bit more difficult to use especially given that the liquid mascara was a bit runny and prone to smudges. Having said that the effect was just as good and the longevity the same - no flaking or runnng off by the end of the day and well separated beautiful lashes. I give this 3/5.

Pricing is key of course and they are pretty similar too - Barbara Daly is around £5 and L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes £4.50 so I would think the choice will be down to availability in the end. Both will give you volume, not clumping and beautiful lashes and both are infinitely affordable.

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