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?

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  • Reply Lebo

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

    May 30, 2016 at 11:49
    • Reply Lungi

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

      May 30, 2016 at 11:56
  • Reply Mvumikazi

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

    Mvumikazi | Urban Mnguni |

    May 31, 2016 at 09:18
    • Reply Lungi

      Hey Mvumikazi, it wouldn’t hurt 🙂

      May 31, 2016 at 21:58
  • Reply Ika

    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.

    May 31, 2016 at 12:37
    • Reply Lungi

      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.

      May 31, 2016 at 22:01
  • Reply ByLungi - low end vs high end // setting sprays - ByLungi

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  • Reply Buyie

    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

    November 20, 2017 at 09:05
    • Reply Lungi

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

      November 20, 2017 at 11:09

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