Essence & Catrice Mascara Smackdown

9/06/2016

Mascaras are one of those makeup products I cannot imagine a daily routine go by and my top 'old' faves include the L'Oreal Paris So Couture, Maybelline Colossal, Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde and Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect. Those mascaras have proven to be very efficient on my lashes. I wasn't particularly endowed with thick, long, voluminous lashes but the right mascara can make them appear rather lush. During spring and summer, I've discovered a few new amazing mascaras out of which I can definitely recommend the Max Factor Voluptuous False Lash, Clinique High Impact Extreme Volume and deBBY Volum'Experience Waterproof mascara. I've also been testing four new mascaras from Catrice and Essence - I am very impressed with some and others have left me indifferent.

I was mostly interested in this two step mascara system from Essence because lashes are something I'm never too lazy to invest my time or effort in. Essence Forbidden Volume Mascara has what appears to be a regular tapered mascara wand. It has a somewhat 'wet' formula but my lashes usually benefit from this type of formula. I got a lot of volume with this one and separation was pretty good (uncanny for 'wet' mascaras). This separation and definition was the key thing for the second step which is the top coat. Now, don't get me wrong - this mascara can be used alone as any other mascara but it can also be used as a base to the second step which is what makes all the difference.

Essence Forbidden Volume False Lash Mascara Top Coat appears to be so plane and the extremely wet (almost clumpy) formula almost scared me off. But when I wiped off the excess and layered it over the Forbidden Volume mascara, magic happened! My lashes were extremely long and voluminous and I could see them show up on photos - that rarely happens without the use of my trusty Ardell Demi Wispies. That being said, I'm not convinced everyone would love the top coat since it is very wet in formula and if you don't use a nice, separating mascara underneath it could get messy. The upside is that you can use any mascara underneath, not just the Essence Forbidden Volume one. I've worn this combo on my lashes in this post.

Catrice Glam & Doll False Lashes Mascara features a curved plastic wand which I find to be universally flattering on almost all lashes, if the formula is right. And here it is, because it isn't too wet nor too dry. I do get nice separation, length and volume. No irritations or flakes and the overall effect was very beautiful. Curly, defined and black - suitable for everyday makeup. I found it lacked a bit of oomph for a nighttime look, though. I've worn it in this look. Catrice 3D Lash Multimizer Effect Mascara was the let-down of the bunch. I got no curl or hold whatsoever - my lashes appeared to be even straighter than they naturally are. The wand is plastic but flexible and the brush is a bit bulky - not that I mind these qualities. The problem here I think is the formula which doesn't do anything for my lashes. Essence is a clear winner here and, after giving lots of Catrice and Essence mascaras a try - I think I'm team Essence. How about you?

  • Masakara je proizvod za koji necu pretjerati ako kazem da bez njega stvarno ne mogu zanisliti sminkanje. Moji 'stari' favoriti su L'Oreal Paris So CoutureMaybelline Colossal, Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde i Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect. Te maskare su se pokazale kao veoma efektne na mojim trepavicama. Nisam imala srece da budem obdarena gustim, dugim i voluminoznim trepavicama ali uz pravu maskaru mogu izgledati lijepo. Tokom proljeca i ljeta sam otkrila par novih maskara koje su me odusevile - u svakom slucaju mogu iskreno preporuciti Max Factor Voluptuous False Lash, Clinique High Impact Extreme Volume i deBBY Volum'Experience Waterproof maskare. Pored njih, na testu je bilo par Catrice i Essence maskara - neke su me odusevile a neke ne. 
  • Najvise su me zainteresovale dvije Essence maskare koje se koriste skupa jer (iako sve to zvuci kao dodatni, nepotrebni korak u sminkanju) - licno mi nije tesko odvojiti vremena i truda za nanosenje maskare. Essence Forbidden Volume maskara (6.35KM) ima naizgled obicnu cetkicu koja se suzava ka vrhu. Po pitanju formulacije je 'mokri' tip maskare sa kojim se moje trepavice obicno dobro slazu. Ova maskara mi je pruzila odlican volumen ali je ucinila da trepavice budu lijepo razdvojene (prilicno neobicno za 'mokre' maskare). Upravo su dobro definisane, razdvojene trepavice kljucne za nanosenje druge Essence maskare o kojoj cu pisati u nastavku. Ali, nemojte me pogresno shvatiti jer Essence Forbidden Volume maskaru svakako mozete koristiti samostalno ili kao baznu maskaru preko koje ide 'top coat' maskara za koju mislim da je genijalna.
  • Essence Forbidden Volume False Lash maskara Top Coat (5.85KM) na prvi pogled djeluje tako obicno a izuzetno 'mokra' formulacija (koja granici da postane grudvasta) me gotovo potpuno odbila. Ali kada sam visak maskare uklonila sa cetkice i nanijela malo proizvoda preko Forbidden Volume mascare, nesto fantasticno se desilo! Kao rezultat, moje trepavice su bile izuzetno duge i voluminozne. Cak sam ih mogla primjetiti na fotkama a to se gotovo nikada ne desava ukoliko nisam koristila Ardell Demi Wispies lazne trepavice. I pored ovih pohvala, imam sumnje da bi se ova 'top coat' maskara bas svima dopala zbog veoma 'mokre' formulacije. Ako ispod nje ne koristite maskaru koja savrseno ne razdvaja trepavice, ja mislim da bi mogle zavrsiti slijepljene. Sa pozitivne strane, ispod 'top coat' maskare mozete koristiti bilo koju tj. niste ogranicene na Essence Forbidden volume maskaru. Kombinaciju ove dvije maskare sam nosila u ovom clanku.
  • Catrice Glam & Doll False Lashes maskara (cca 8KM) ima zakrivljenu, plasticnu cetkicu koja se pokazala univerzalno dobrom na vecini trepavica, ukoliko je formulacija maskare dobra. A u ovom slucaju to zaista jeste posto nije ni previse 'mokra' ali nije ni isusena. Lijepo rasceslja trepavice, produzi ih i podari im malo volumena. Nije izazvala iritacije niti se trusila i cjelokupni efekat je veoma lijep. Uvijene, razdvojene i crne - ovakve trepavice su savrsene za svakodnevnu sminku. Doduse, mislim da je efekat previse blag za vecernji makeup. Nosila sam je u ovom clanku. Catrice 3D Lash Multimizer Effect maskara (cca 8KM) mi se najmanje dopala jer mi uopste nije mogla zadrzati trepavice uvijenim (ni nakon koristenja uvijaca). Cak su mi trepavice izgledale ravne, iako prirodno nisu bas toliko ravne. Cetkica je plasticna i fleksibilna, malo glomaznija. Mislim da je ovdje problematicna formulacija koja uopste ne odgovara mojim trepavicama. Ovog puta je jasni pobjednik Essence i moram reci da, nakon sto sam isprobala mnostvo Essence i Catrice maskara - mislim da favorizujem Essence maskare u globalu. A vi?


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6 comments

  1. With these mascaras I'm definitely team Catrice. I love this 3D Lash Multimizer Effect Mascara, it's my favourite by Catrice. But by Essence my favourite is I Love Extreme Lashes in waterproof :)

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    1. Damn, my lashes are so weak that mascaras most women love don't work on them :/
      I'm really picky with mascaras but Essence seems to do the trick - affordable and amazing quality.

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  2. Bolje su mi Essence :D mada vise koristim Eveline maskaru najbolja je :D

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    1. Tim Essence! :D
      Eveline nisam isprobala - mislis da bi mojim tananim trepkama mogla pomoci?

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  3. daleko su mi bolje Essence, ove dvije još mi stoje netaknute, sada si me inspirirala da ih počnem koristiti <3

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    1. Definitivno Essence :D
      Isprobaj ih, ukloni visak da ne bude grudvica jer su dosta 'mokre' - ali vrijede truda.

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