The Luxury/High End Mascara Minis

I have a little confession: The only mascara I have bought is the Maybelline Colossal Volume Mascara which I purchased because I had heard many good things about it and I think that's about the only Drug Store Mascara I have ever owned. The rest are high end brands but I did not purchase them ..not even 1. I got them all as free beauty samples from counters in Debenhams, Boots, House of Fraser, John Lewis and from friends. The majority of them came as gifts with purchase where I purchased an item from one of these high end brands and the mascara was given as sample for me to try which is why I have quite a few. Some are already finished but I decided to do a little/mini review on how I got on with here goes...

Clinique High Impact Mascara: This came included in a gift with purchase when I bought the Clinique Anti-Blemish System Solution (reviewed here). I was very pleased because I had tried it a little while ago. From the name alone you can easily deduce that it would gives the lashes very good length and volume. It "grips"  and captures even the tiniest lashes with a few sweeps and makes your lashes look much longer and fuller with minimal clumping which endears it to my heart (and eyes too!).

YSL Baby Doll Mascara: This mascara had a very successful launch and campaign and I was really keen to try it but I was not willing to splurge without testing it. This sample came with a free gift with purchase from John Lewis which they were offering during Christmas last year if you bought any two products from either Lancome, Giorgio Armani and YSL. I was a little sceptical about using it because the brushes seems to be designed for volumising and I was not after that but I was so wrong. It is indeed a volumising mascara but with a difference because you get both a good length and volume. The bristles are designed in a way to get right to the bottom of your lashes to ensure that the right amount of mascara coat gets on your lashes without any smudges or clumping. I love this.

Estee Lauder Lash Multiplying Mascara: I have no idea why Estee Lauder love really long names for their's a bit tiresome for my lazy fingers to I got this along with a free gift with purchase recently which I featured here when I bought the Estee Lauder High Coverage Concealer (reviewed here). I really like the wand of this mascara because it is different from others; it is like a cone shape with its end tapering in a nice way. This design means the tiny lashes can be emphasised along with the normal ones. It is a volumising mascara but it really lengthens the lashes as well.

Chanel Sublime De Chanel Mascara: I got this free when I purchased my Chanel Les Beiges Powder (reviewed here). The wand is a little similar to the YSL one but the bristles are more closely placed. This is a very good all rounder. It gives volume, length and separates the lashes so no case of clumping. The shade is deep black so it is really dark which is nice especially if you are going for the smoky look although it is such a pain to remove. I love it still and it is one of my favourites.

Bobbi Brown Smoky Eye Mascara: Dear Bobbi Brown, I love all your products and they are easy to use but this smoky eye mascara requires too much effort. I really liked this mascara which I got from a lovely colleague at work. It's designed for the smoky eye look as the name implies which is a look I don't really go for often because I have not quite mastered it (someday soon I will). If you love the smoky eye look then I strongly recommend it but I find that it clumps a little which may be my fault; maybe I am not using it the right way. The clumping leads me to rub my eyes (a huge no no especially if  you wear contacts) which results in me having huge black "panda" eyes. I love how much volume this mascara gives but it requires careful application from me so it's not one of the ones I reach for easily.

Lancome Hypnose Mascara (Volume): I have quite a few of these because Lancome always give it out even if you ask at the counter and they are always included in the Gifts with purchases that they always generously offer. I am on the fence with this one because I feel it is strictly volumising which it indicates on the packaging but the other mascaras listed above also give length as well. I am not saying this does not give you some length but compared to the others, it's not a very good contender. If you have a good length already and you are after volume, welcome to your new BFF as it's worth a try. One thing to note is that this mascara has the tendency to cause clumps and spidery lashes which makes it even more difficult to take off at's not very flattering so you have to know how to work it to get the best use. I just don't have the time to be messing around in the morning with a mascara so we don't get on really well which is sad as Lancome is one of my favourite high end brand.

I hope you have enjoyed this little round up. I realise I have done a similar post to this sometime last year which you can check here but as I had a few new ones I thought it another round up was due. If I were to buy any full size mascara from this lot it would have to be the YSL Baby Doll Mascara or the Chanel Sublime Mascara because both of them blew me away but then their prices equally blow me farther away so I would keep using my samples although I am quite curious if mascara full size are better than the samples because sample sizes are so small and would grip the lashes better. What do you think? see you in my next post...x


  1. A fantastic review and lowdown on high end mascaras! I have tried a mixture of high end and drugstore brands, but still have yet to find my HG mascara.

    Laura x | Life and Lipstick

    1. Hi Laura, thanks ever so much and I am glad you enjoyed the review and it is so hard to find a HG mascara that ticks all the boxes of affordability, quality, availability and beautiful packaging...very hard but we have to keep looking and keep our fingers crossed that these brands step up to the challenge...x

  2. I too own the Sublime de Chanel mascara. I went through two samples before purchasing the full sized one (I wanted to be sure that I loved it enough - and I do!!). It's the best natural looking mascara everrrrr. After reading your thoughts - I'd love to try out the Estee Lauder one (you're right about their looong names...) :-)

    1. I totally love the Sublime de Chanel Mascara and I read your post on it and I had to add it to my wish list again seeing that we were both tempted by the's just expensive thoough :-(...Estee Lauder is not bad at all and I quite like it but YSL and Chanel are at the top of my list....x


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