July 8, 2017

Three Mascara Dupes

Mascara is one beauty product I personally don't spend a lot of money on. While there are some high-end ones I love to try and get samples of, I hate spending $20+ on a product I'm going to toss in just a few months! There are only so many ways brands can create a unique mascara wand, so to me mascaras are one of the easiest makeup products to find good dupes for!

Sitting in my (far too large) mascara collection were three nearly identical drugstore dupes, only one of which I bought already knowing it was a cheaper version. They all have similar wands, but does that mean they perform the same, too?

Voluminous Lash Paradise (top), Better Than Sex (bottom)

L'Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise ($8.99, not cruelty-free) vs. Too Faced Better Than Sex ($23)
I feel like everyone and their mother has heard about this dupe already, but just in case, I decided to mention it and give my opinion of how well these two compare! To me this seems like an intentional dupe on L'Oreal's part; even the packaging closely resembles the popular Too Faced mascara. I've had several travel sizes of Better Than Sex so I'm familiar with it, and I definitely feel that the L'Oreal version gives the same amazing volume and length. The only difference between them that I've noticed is that the Too Faced one has bristles that are more spread apart and therefore they separate the lashes better, but other than that, it's a dupe!

Lash Princess False Lash Effect (top), Superhero Elastic Stretch (bottom)

Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect ($4.99) vs. It Cosmetics Superhero Elastic Stretch ($24)
A drugstore near me has started carrying Essence products so I've been trying a bunch of them, including one of their super-affordable mascaras! Around the same time I received a sample of the Superhero mascara from Ipsy, and the moment I opened it I thought "that looks familiar..."
These two have cone-shaped wands with short bristles and they both give loads of volume. I think that Essence has a thicker formula and a longer brush, but overall they are so similar. If you love the Superhero mascara you're going to save a lot of money with the Essence one!

theBalm Mad Lash
Lash Trifecta

Milani Lash Trifecta ($7.99) vs. theBalm Mad Lash ($18)
Milani has quickly become one of my favorite drugstore brands. Everything that I've tried from them has been a hit, especially this super-lengthening mascara! The curved shape and spiky bristles immediately reminded me of Mad Lash, which I decluttered a few months ago. I'm so happy I discovered this similarity, I was so close to purchasing the more expensive version but I think Lash Trifecta works just as well for half the price. They even have the same spiky tip! If you look for mascaras that give length and hold a curl, these are both great options, but you can save some $$$ with the Milani version.

What do you think of these dupes?

Xx Katie

27 comments on "Three Mascara Dupes"
  1. Great post! I need to try that L'Óreal mascara, seems to be one that I would really like!


  2. I'm so excited that L'Oreal created a dupe for Better Than Sex. I didn't want to commit to the high-end mascara prices! I go through mascara like nobodies business!

    with love, Jordyn | jordynpamela.com

  3. I love dupe posts! I'm glad that there are plenty of decent drugstore mascaras xx

    Indie// In Search of the Holy Grail

  4. I remember when I first got the Essence Princess Lash mascara, I hated it, the formula was horrible and stuck my lashes together. Then I got some comments from girls that used it and they said to leave for a week to dry and then use it again, and it worked! Not the best one from Essence but I like it :)


  5. I've heard so many great things about the L'Oreal mascara that I pray everyday to find it in my locak drugstore, haha.

    Michelle Morchella

  6. I have spent 20+ on mascara before and it was a wast of money, when my favorites are all drugstore. I love the wand on the Too Faced mascara but honestly don't like the formula, so I'm interested in trying L'Oreal one.
    A Sparkle Of Grace

  7. I love Voluminous Lash Paradise, and knowing that I don't have to spend another $20+ on a mascara ever again!


  8. These dupes look great! I can't believe I didn't know about the L'Oreal one!xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

  9. Genuinely hadn't heard of that L'Oreal dupe! I hope that mascara is available in the UK as I've been wanting to try Better Than Sex for ages but this sounds perfect!

    The Makeup Directory

  10. I agree, it's just not a product I like to part with a lot of cash for. I've been loving the Essence mascaras too.

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