Drugstore Make-up, Reviews

e.l.f bargain mascara – better than expected

I have had el.f’s  Waterproof, Lengthening & Volumising Mascara in my mascara drawer for six months now. It has remained unused and therefore unloved. I decided it deserved an opportunity to impress.

I wasn’t expecting much to be honest. I’m far from being a make-up snob but when I mascara costs €4 I make some assumptions. In this case I was completely wrong. I shall judge no more.

The mascara is from the studio collection and claims to be lengthening and volumising – a bit of a tall order. Having worn it for a few weeks I would say that this mascara’s strengths lie in its lengthening ability. It didn’t add too much volume to my lashes but it certainly did lengthen.

The wand is long and narrow. I always apply mascara to the backs of my lashes and the narrow brush made this easy.

I have quite sensitive eyes but the mascara didn’t irritate. I would point out that it isn’t really waterproof, more water resistant – It is quite windy today and whilst running with the dogs my eyes started to run like crazy and the mascara smudged a tiny bit. Far from black tear stains running down my face but I needed to point it out all the same. Basically, if you plan on crying or swimming don’t wear this mascara.

I would say that although the mascara is cheap you are buying a much smaller tube than your usual mascara. But since we’re supposed to throw out our mascara’s every three months that might not be a bad thing.

For me it’s definitely a day time formula. There is not enough volume for night-time make-up.

There is also a non-waterproof formula available. They are sold in black and brown.They are available from elf’s website .

What are your experiences with e.l.f make-up?

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  • http://conbdebelleza.blogspot.com/ Gabriela

    Thanks for the review. It was very interesting. Does it curl the lashes?

    • http://www.makeupandbeauty.ie Amy

      @Gabriela Not really,my lashes are curly naturally

  • Lyndsey

    Hi Amy. I bought this months and months ago and have only used it once as it seemed to smudge a bit. So I banished it to the depths of my dressing table draw and went back to my Max Factor False Lash Effect.
    However, after reading your review I may just have to give the little one another chance. For the money though, it’s a bargain.

    • http://www.makeupandbeauty.ie Amy

      @Lyndsey Mine did smudge in the wind, it’s so not waterproof but I like how it looks on my lashes

  • Lisa/xMaterialGirlsx

    oh! I have this and it’s ben in my drawer forever!! I should really try it now that I read this review!


  • Jean

    Oh almost forgot AGAIN >:(
    Have you tried the essence long lasting eye pencil? It’s amazing! It’s super long lasting even on your waterline and it’s so creamy and applies like a dream :) i actually cannot rave enough about this product! My HG eyeliner and it comes in a fairly decent range of colours , a black which is (thankfully) jet black but the two chemists in my area that stock the brand are always out of stock in the black , the brown which is my day to day liner is quite a dark brown but i find it works perfectly with my blonde hair and fair skin, there’s also a grey, a kind of aqua green colour more green than aqua which is next on my list seen as I have green eyes also a blue, purple and a skin coloured/ gold colour? I do judge by the packaging as I can never find testers of either the eye or lip pencils (which aren’t great) from essence. Oh and also I really do like their lipsticks on a no makeup day but i’ll save that rave for a diffrent day ;)

    • http://www.makeupandbeauty.ie Amy

      @Jean Thanks for the recommendation Jean. I have the green and brown must get my hands on some more :) x

  • Jean

    For 4 euro it doesn’t sound too shabby at all at all :)
    In your experienced oppinion (;) ) what do you think the best “drugstore” mascara is? :)x

    • http://www.makeupandbeauty.ie Amy

      @Jean My favourites are Eyekp Big eyes, loreal voluminous and rimmel lash stilleto x

  • http://style-basics.blogspot.com Marta Rodrigues – Style my Closet

    I made my first eft purshase yesterday, I ordered some beauty encyclopedias and the 1,70€ eyelash curler, I heard it’s good :)

    • http://www.makeupandbeauty.ie Amy

      @Marta Ooh must give it a try :)

  • Ashley

    I would like to try that mascara. I love e.l.f makeup. I have had such good experiences everytime i order i am happy.

  • http://theredpipette71.wordpress.com Red

    Hi Dazzeldust25,
    I just stampled upon your blog.Thanks for the review , I always wondered if this mascara was any good. I do own a fair amount of ELF products with mixed results but some of them arereally good and part of my makeup routine. Please check out my blog to see the revieWs I wrote on them.
    Nice blog you have.

    • http://www.makeupandbeauty.ie Amy

      @Red Thank you :)

  • http://ilsejewels.wordpress.com IlseJewels

    Nice! Didn’t expected this effect!

  • http://www.beingmegan.net Megan

    Hi there! I ran across your videos on YouTube because I was watching Fake Mac product videos. I just wanted to tell you that I LOVE your accent! I’m half Irish :)

    • http://www.makeupandbeauty.ie Amy

      @Megan Ah thank you :)

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