My Top High-End Mascaras!

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Generally speaking, I don't tend to buy many high-end mascaras. The main reason I don't is because I think that drugstore brands such as Rimmel and Maybelline do such a good job of releasing amazing mascaras that I never feel the need to splash out on high-end ones. Having said that, I have a few high-end favourites that I've gotten as gifts or just as little treats for myself. I'm going to show you my top picks today, so maybe this will come in handy if you're thinking of treating yourself!

YSL Faux Cils Mascara, €31
Like with all YSL products, the packaging of this mascara is absolutely stunning! I love the all-gold tube with the YSL logo just at the opening of the mascara. (Random side note - it actually smells like rose petals!)
My favourite types of mascaras are the long, thin wands that separate your lashes, like this one.  The design of the wand allows you to fan out your lashes without making them look spidery. I would say this mascara is more for length than volume - it does give a nice volumized look to your lashes without looking clumpy though! For me, it gives more of a false lash effect more than anything else. The formula of it is incredible - it holds a curl if you like to curl your lashes before mascara, and it doesn't smudge throughout the day. I absolutely love YSL mascaras as they have such a fantastic formula. If you can't get your hands on this one, I would totally recommend trying the Babydoll Mascara - no words! I love it!

Dior Addict It-Lash Mascara, €32.50
It was my mum who introduced me to this mascara - she had a tube of it and I tried it once and fell in love with it! I kept stealing hers so she treated me to my own! (Thanks mum!) This is Dior's newest mascara launch, I believe it came out around Spring time this year. I really love the wand on this mascara - it's soft and supple and coats all your lashes to give incredible volume. The spiky tip of the brush is super handy for getting all those pesky tiny lashes on the inner corners of your eyes too! It gives a gorgeous doe-eyed effect to your lashes - it really opens up your eyes. It's the most smudge-proof mascara I've ever tried - it really doesn't go anywhere! Having said that, it's still easy to remove. The cool thing about Dior Addict It-Lash is that it comes in a multitude of colours including pink, blue and purple! I stayed with the traditional black one but it's a nice option to have if you're a fan of coloured lashes!

MAC Extended Play Gigablack Lash Mascara, €18.50
I got this mascara for my birthday last year, which is why it has the gorgeous rose gold RiRi Hearts MAC packaging! The mascara itself is not limited edition thankfully - the normal packaging is blue. I fell in love with this mascara instantly - it has a lovely small brush which makes coating both your top and bottom lashes a breeze. It separates and thickens my lashes without making them spidery or clumpy. It doesn't flake throughout the day, and it holds a curl really well. Even better news, it's much cheaper than the other mascaras featured in this post! I couldn't recommend this mascara enough, I think it's great for natural make-up days as it gives long, full lashes without looking too false. I also adore the rose gold packaging from the Rihanna collection!

Dior Diorshow New Look Mascara, €34
How cute is this teeny brush?! I personally love small mascara wands as I feel like they're much better for coating your top and bottom lashes. This mascara is great for multiplying your lashes and giving you really volumized, full lashes. It gives nice length but I use this more so for fuller looking lashes. The formula is quite wet so I find it works great for layering different mascaras if you want to.
It's a great day time mascara because, like the MAC one, it gives a nice defined look to the lashes without being too over the top or false-looking.

Estee Lauder Turbolash Mascara, €39
This is hands-down the coolest make-up product I have ever tried! It's a mascara with a built in eyelash curler, which means that once you open it, it begins to spin! As you can imagine, this made it very difficult to photograph, so I had to Blu-Tac it down! It's the world's first ever turbo mascara with a vibrating brush. It helps you create the ideal lash length with maximum length, volume and curl. It vibrates very gently, allowing the bristles to softly coat and separate the lashes with gel formula. This is probably my favourite mascara ever, purely because it makes applying mascara so much fun. It gives you complete control over your lashes - you can have long and dramatic or volumized yet subtle - the choice is yours! It's definitely on the pricer side but I think it would make a great gift if you have a birthday coming up!

Stila Major Lash Mascara, €18
This mascara has a unique consistency - it's almost gel-like. It's not too dry, but it's not wet either. It gives beautiful, glossy-black dramatic lashes with two coats. If you prefer the natural look, one coat will suffice for you. I love the thin wand, it really grabs onto your lashes so you can get the most out of the product. Like the Diorshow, you can layer it with other mascaras, which I think is a good thing for those who like really thick, full lashes. It's a good price for what you get too, in my opinion. If you live in Ireland you may have some difficulty locating a Stila counter, as where I live they are few and far between! Your best bet is to purchase it online - I like to buy Stila products from

So there you have it - my top luxury mascara picks!
Let me know if you have tried any of these or if there are any others you'd recommend.
Zara :-) x


  1. Omg I wanna smell the YSL mascara. Rose petals?! Now that's luxury. :] // ☼ ☯

  2. That YSL mascara is my fave too!

  3. Ooh nice, the MAC one looks and sounds quite cool in particular!

    Jade x ♡

  4. I've tried Stila, wasn't a fan actually. Nice to see your faves.

  5. I've never actually tried any of these, might have to give the YSL a go!x

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  6. I need to try YSL and Dior Addict mascaras, actually I need to try all that are in this list! I am a huge fan of slim wands, it's better for my short and sparse lashes!

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  7. I love the Diorshow New Look mascara! It's amaaazing. I still have my eyes on YSL mascaras. You've definitely tempted me even moreso now D:

  8. I really love the look of the YSL mascara! I will have to add this to my Christmas list. I've followed you on Bloglovin!

  9. I've got to add some Dior to my collection. I've been interested in the Dior It Lash for a while.

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  10. I've always loved DiorShow mascaras but I find they dry up so quickly :(
    Need to try that Mac one too, been meaning to for too long!!

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