The Top 3 Waterproof Mascaras – Voted by YOU


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  1. Lancome Hypnose – £25.50
  2. Clinique High Impact Waterproof – £19.50
  3. Bobbi Brown ‘No Smudge’ – £25

Holiday season is upon us, and I have been thinking about my summer eyelash dilemma. I have very sensitive eyes and wear contact lenses, and truthfully I have never been a big fan of waterproof mascara. I don’t like battling to remove my mascara at the end of the day and have always thought that all that rubbing can’t be good for your lashes or eyes. The waterproof mascaras I have tried have also left annoying mascara flakes which interfere with my contact lenses. The other trouble with waterproof mascaras is that they contain ingredients that can dry out your lashes and leave them brittle. Not great news for someone who hasn’t got the best lashes to begin with!

I have ‘been there, done that’ with eyelash extensions and made myself a promise that I wouldn’t go there again. They looked amazing, but they really damaged my lashes and it took a good few months of dedicated applications of Revitalash to restore them. I really enjoyed the LVL treatment, but the tint didn’t last long (my lashes are quite blonde) and it is quite expensive to maintain, plus I still needed to wear mascara, so it didn’t feel worth the time and expense to keep it going. Curling my lashes and wearing mascara felt like a more manageable approach. It may still be the answer for my holiday, but I thought I would ask my followers for their votes on the best waterproof mascara.

With a majority of 27 votes, Lancome Hypnose (£25.50) was the clear favourite, with Clinique High Impact (£19.50) and Bobbi Brown ‘No Smudge’ (£25) joint second. (12 votes each)

There were an equal number of votes (6 each) for Dior Iconic Waterproof Mascara (£28)

Benefit Badgal Bang! (£22.50)

L’Oreal Paradise (£8.49)

YSL ‘The Shock’ Waterproof Mascara (£26)

Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof Mascara (£4.77)

Hourglass Smudge Proof (£25)

Max Factor Masterpiece Waterproof (£6.99)

Eyeko Sport Waterproof Mascara (£19)

With two votes each

Other brands that were mentioned with just one vote each were

  • Trish McEvoy
  • Mavala
  • Charlotte Tilbury (interesting!)
  • Giorgio Armani
  • Guerlain
  • Kiko
  • No 7
  • Covergirl Lash Blast
  • Mac

Then I did my own bit of internet research on the best mascaras for those with sensitive eyes. Clinique was a very popular choice as it is ophthalmologist- and allergy-tested, mineral-oil- and fragrance-free, and safe for contact lens wearers. The Chanel mascara gets a thumbs up for it’s non-irritating reputation, thanks to its conditioning and flakeless formula. Blinc is said to be the holy grail of Tubing Mascaras. Tubing mascaras essentially create a tube around your lashes instead of coating them. The brand says it’s been clinically tested to be nonirritating, while the technology means it stays on even if your eyes water at the drop of a hat. Covergirl Waterproof Mascara seems to come out on top for being the best value and it washes off very easily, but it looks like it’s quite hard to get hold of in the UK.

So what will I go for? I’m undecided. I probably won’t wear waterproof mascara when I am not on holiday, so I may plump for one of the less expensive options. But whatever I decide, I will let you know!

Thanks for reading and thanks for voting, if you did!

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Chloe Samwell-Smith

Chloe Samwell-Smith

I am a fashion loving mum of three, blogging about my love for clothes, interiors, children's fashion, fitness, beauty and travel. I live in London with my husband, three children (Liv, Milla and Charlie) and our siamese cat called Sammy.

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