I’ve always loved big fluttery lashes, and my eyes in general are one of my favourite features so I try to play them up as best (and as volumised) as I possibly can.
Since switching to cruelty-free products, I’ve been testing a few new beauties to see what not only works best for my lashes, but overall has the best formula, brush, and ethos across the board that makes your eyelashes go pow and those pennies well spent, and now I’ve collated my thoughts for an informative run-down of each!
Prepare for lash-ings of information and a ‘lengthening’ review process – there’s even a rating out of 10 for each plus photos of each product on my eye which you can’t brush over either – okay enough puns, more reviewing…
(Product is on the left eye, applied to uncurled lashes, FYI!)
Jelly Pong Pong Fairy Lashes Curl Mascara* – this was my first foray into cruelty-free mascaras, which I picked up in a beauty box and kept for a rainy day (or when I finished my last mascara). The brush is a good chunky size for volume without being so big you can’t get it through lashes, yet still has a nice soft dramatic effect.
I have found when using this and a few of the other non waterproof mascaras that it transfers onto the lid a lot, this one more so than the others which for someone who doesn’t wear liner often is an issue, with random black smudges often messing up eyeshadow and making things look a little ‘off’.
It’s a lovely option, however as it’s only cruelty-free and not vegan, I’d have to say it’s my least used mascara of them all. Overall, great coating of the lashes (not too much or it gets spidery), a soft black colour, and very eye-opening for fluttery eye-batting. 6/10
Too Faced Better Than Sex – I picked this mini up because 1) it’s darn cute and 2) from collective research I knew it was both cruelty-free and vegan, and it’s from Too Faced! So many people have raved about Better Than Sex, but I was always put off by the packaging and price (this was many years ago when anything over £7 was extortionate) but since giving it a go I’ve been impressed with how big and voluminous my lashes look!
Being a mini, I will say that the brush is a bit squashed to maximise the benefits of the original shape whilst making it fit in a smaller tube, but this doesn’t cause a huge issue, you just have to angle it a little more.
Again, some transferring as it’s not waterproof, but I believe there is a waterproof version so that would make the product a lot more appealing personally (and hold that curl!) but even without the waterproof formula the lengthening and fluttery effect on my lashes is amazing – it’s exactly the kind of look I go for and it’s great for some drama if you’re having a low-key makeup day or are heading out in the evening, and lasts really well through the day. 7/10
Pacifica Stellar Gaze Mineral Mascara – This mascara is very similar to Too Faced, however the ingredients are sustainable and as a brand, are focused more on being cruelty-free and vegan across the board. Pacifica have an amazing range of mascaras – let alone products – of which a select few are available in the U.K. including Stellar Gaze; it’s again lengthening, volumising, separates lashes, and is super black for dramatic effect. This one doesn’t transfer as much despite not being waterproof, and is more of a daily go-to for drama and volume, when I want that extra va va voom and know it’ll stick around. Out of the three mentioned so far, it’s my top non-waterproof volumising mascara with ingredients and ethics to boot (plus it’s cheaper than Fairydrops) 8.5/10
Ere Perez Volumising Waterproof Mascara – Finishing on a high note, this is probably my favourite mascara out the four mentioned and potentially ever; Ere Perez is a completely natural vegan friendly and cruelty-free mascara, and it’s waterproof!! Finally!
It was probably the hardest product to hunt down, to get the exact formula I wanted that would last all day and not budge – it definitely doesn’t budge, I cried twice in a day (watching the Avengers trailer and then RuPaul Drag Race, what a combo) and nothing transferred or rubbed off when drying my eyes.
There was a slight eye-water when the product got in my eye whilst wiping my tears, but nothing irritating at all, just something foreign in your eyeball that it’s naturally going to get annoyed over 😉 the formula and brush are an interesting combo – the brush is quite narrow with some slight volume to the fibres, which really gets between every lash, and the product itself is so light – I can only describe it as the brush applying only as much product as your lashes really need and can hold, giving it a semi-natural effect that makes the lashes appear naturally defined yet pop more.
It’s so hard to describe but I do think ‘wow’ when I wear it – perfect for lazy makeup days, minimal makeup, softening dramatic looks, and overall being a fabulous formula and product that ticks all boxes! I think it’s mascara love. 9.5/10 (p.s. this was available on Naturisimo but sold out at time of writing – check out their other mascaras (non-waterproof) here)
Some products in this post may have been sent for review or gifted, and will be marked with a * or c/o. All opinions are mine are not influenced by brands or companies. Please see my full disclaimer for more.