low end vs high end // mascara

low end vs high end mascara edition

Out of all the makeup products that I use, mascara is the one that I don’t spend much money on. I usually buy the Essence mascaras, and they work perfectly for me. The most expensive mascara I have bought is Miss Manga by LÓreal; and even that is not that expensive in the bigger scheme of things. So this past weekend, I received mascara from a family member – she got it in a Clinique gift bag, but she doesn’t use mascara… so I won! 

I decided to compare this mascara to my usual ones that I use and see what happens, and that is exactly what I did.

In the ring we have: Essence Lash Princess Volume Mascara (R63.50) and Clinique High Impact Mascara (R275)

Essence mascara, Cinique mascara

The Essence mascara is the one with the brush of variable thickness along its length, the Clinique mascara has the same thickness along the length. I preferred the Essence wand shape overall because I can use it to get to the shorter lashes on the inside corner of the eye.
BeforeMy lashes before. I like my lash length, what I require most from a mascara is to provide volume and drama!

AfterThe final result, I used each mascara on each eye; can you guess which is which? Well, the Clinique is on the left, the eye without the beauty spot. The Essence mascara is on the right eye with the beauty spot.

I liked the volume that I got with the Essence mascara, it was definitely much more than the Clinique one. But I loved how the Clinique one separated my lashes and there was no clumping. However, I like voluminous lashes more, so the Essence mascara wins this bout. All is not lost though, I think the Clinique mascara is more suited to be used on my bottom lashes just to separate them and add a bit of volume. However, at a R200 price difference I won’t be buying a full size version of the Clinique mascara.

Do you use high end or low end mascara?



  1. May 30, 2016 / 11:49

    I use Low end… I feel that it does the job so I am happy

    • Lungi
      May 30, 2016 / 11:56

      I am also a low end girl shame! through and through

  2. May 31, 2016 / 09:18

    I don’t use any mascara. not for falsies or own 0.5 mm lashes. maybe i shoud try it.

    Mvumikazi | Urban Mnguni |

    • Lungi
      May 31, 2016 / 21:58

      Hey Mvumikazi, it wouldn’t hurt 🙂

  3. May 31, 2016 / 12:37

    I used to be a low end kind girl but the older I get the more I realise cheaper products especially in makeup don’t always give me the desired effect.

    • Lungi
      May 31, 2016 / 22:01

      That’s true Ika, I’ve started to notice that with foundation, it’s much better to buy the high end stuff and not have to worry about mixing it to get the right shade.

  4. Buyie
    November 20, 2017 / 09:05

    I have to say thank you your reviews are very helpful, i just got into make up your blog has and still is a helpful source for my beauty buy

    thank you

    • Lungi
      November 20, 2017 / 11:09

      You’re welcome Buyie, thank you for the kind words ❤️

  5. Emmy
    January 25, 2020 / 13:30

    I use the revlon dramatic definition…loove it and because i naturally have long lashes….it makes them even longer and always have to answer ‘No…they are not fake’…..

    • Lungi
      January 27, 2020 / 19:41

      Hehehe! You must be blessed with beautiful lashes mos

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