Can a mascara ever create a false lash effect?

Arbonne's It's a long story mascara, Collection's Volumising Mascara, Sveneteen Falsifeye, and Collection's Little Mix mascara
Mascaras put through their paces!
I’ve been toying with this dilemma for a while.  I love the look of false lashes, but I hate
wearing them.  So can lashings of mascara
create the same full flutter?     
I road tested a few brands, of varying prices, to put this
question to the test:

HD mascara              

How Seventeen HD mascara looks
Seventeen HD mascara
Seventeen HD mascara - what the brush looks like
Seventeen’s wand – short and spiky

Seventeen mascara on lashes
Seventeen close-up
This mascara definitely lengthens the lashes, but it doesn’t
quite provide volume and thickness.  On
the plus side, the mascara is relatively clump-free and glides on smoothly.  After a couple of coats, you’re left with a
good finish on top and bottom lashes.      

Little Mix mascara  

How Mascara looks on the eyelashes
Collection Little Mix mascara

Collections mascara wand - how it looks
Collection’s wand – spiky and flat-ended


A close-up look of the lengthening effects of Little Mix mascara
Collection Little Mix close-up
a good lengthening mascara.  The thin,
comb –like wand grabs the lashes and adds a pinch more thickness than the HD
version.  But thickness can come at a
small price, in that it’s susceptible to more clumping.  The small head also makes it good for
application on the bottom lashes.      

It’s a Long Story mascara   

Asian girl wearing Arbonne mascara
Arbonne ‘It’s a long story’ mascara  
Arbonne's mascara wand close-up
Arbonne’s wand – slightly wider flat-top with longer bristles
Arbonne's It's a long story mascara close up
Arbonne close-up
lengthening and a cleaner finish. 
Arbonne’s it’s a long story provides a good curl and length when applied
properly.  Clumps are minimal, and true
to the name, it’s more about length rather than width.  It’s flat top makes it tricky to apply to the
bottom lashes without transferring to the skin.                    

Volumising mascara                    

How mascara looks on the lashes
Collection's Volumising mascara wand close up
Collections Volumising wand – wider with more bristles
Collection Volumising mascara - how it looks on
Collection Volumising mascara close up

Finally, one that adds thickness to the mix.  Collection’s Volumising mascara promises 10x
more volume.  While I’ve not quite
scientifically measured it, there is a visible amount of thickness to my
lashes.  However with this comes a little
clumping.  There might be a clue in the
wand, Collection’s mascara is the only one that has the traditional fuzzy wired
wand, while the others are more slimline, if not a fine-toothed comb.  So it seems the thicker the lashes, the
fatter the wand.     

My verdict

Sadly, I‘ve yet to come across a mascara which perfectly
recreates the look of false lashes.  The
very nature of falsies is that you’re adding lashes to your natural set, rather
than thickening your existing lashes. 
What mascara tries to do is coat the lashes, adding width and
length.  However, this can make mascara
look clogged or clumpy.          

The happy medium

So while there really is no faking it (ironic, right?), you
can achieve a bit of a middle ground by applying lengthening and volumising
mascara, I’ve combined the Collection Volume with a coat of Arbonne’s
lengthening, and been pretty pleased with the results. 
Purple lipstick on Asian skin
Mixing macaras!
No it’s not false lashes, but until I get the hand of
wearing them, it’s good enough for me.       

About the Author


I’m not a makeup artist, chef, lifestyle guru or stylist. I’m just me. And like you, I’m trying to make the best of most things, only I’m sharing my warts-and-all thoughts along the way.

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