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Drugstore Mascaras: Tried Four Mascaras I Bought From Watsons and Here’s my Best Bet

If I have to rank, mascara would be the third of my must-have make up products (eyebrow pencil and blusher as first and second respectively.) In fact, 50% of women would choose mascara if they were asked what product to pick if they could only choose one.  Mascara is used to make eyeleshes appear darker, thicker and longer to accentuate and draw more attention to the eyes.

Tried four different mascaras from Wastons

I put on 4 different mascaras I bought at Watsons ansd see how they differ when worn. Did not put any eyelash primer or any other eye product prior to application. Also, I did not curl my lashes before or after application. Let’s start with the cheapest one I bought.

1. Maybelline Volum’ Express Hypercurl Mascara

maybelline hypercurl mascara

Price: PHP 199

Type: Water Proof


-Exclusive curl-lock formula contains sealing wax to make and keep a fully volumized curl from root to tip
– 4x the natural volume
– Locks curls for up to 24 hours
– Contact lens safe, ophthalmologist-tested
– Waterproof, smudgeproof and non-irritating


maybelline mascara

Maybelline Hypercurl Mascara. As noticed, Isododecane comes first which is a common carrier for waterproof mascara. Copolymers are mainly responsible for the volumizing effect

Personal Take:

Definitely does its job. Didn’t notice my lashes appear longer but it does create thicker lashes. There is minimal clumping but can totally be improved after several strokes of brushing.


Maybelline Hypercurl Mascara

Maybelline Hypercurl Mascara. You can also buy the product here

2. Detail Flutter Mascara

Price: PHP 265.00

Type: Water proof


-Lengthening and Volumizing Waterproof Mascara.
-Its wand grabs the lashes adding volume and length with its jet black waterproof yet easy to remove formula.

Ingredients: Not in packaging

Personal Take:

I honestly expected something better than the Hypercurl mascara from Maybelline if I were to base from the cost. With that alone, I was disappointed that it didn’t achieve as much volume as the Hypercurl mascara.  It does thicken the lashes but didn’t do any lengthening effect. On a positive note, it doesn’t make the lashes clump together, which create a very natural coverage. I didn’t like the fact though that I can’t see the ingredients anywhere in the packaging.

Detail Flutter Waterproof Mascara

Detail Flutter Waterproof Mascara


3. Maybelline Volume Express Falsies Mascara

falsies maybelline

Price: PHP 459

Type: Water Resistant


-The unique and flexible wand helps to lift and separate delivering the look of more lashes

-Patented spoon brush and Kera-Fiber Formula instantly build 8X more volume

-Ophthalmologist tested.

-Suitable for contact lens wearers.


Maybelline Falsies Mascara

Maybelline Falsies Mascara. The water being listed first on the ingredients tells us that the product is not water proof but water resistant. It contains Acrylates and Copolymer which are film-forming ingredients responsible for the volumizing effect. Rayon are synthetic fibers added in mascaras to build up when attached to the lashes to make it appear thicker and longer.

Personal Take:

I wasn’t disappointed with how much volume it builds up in one coating. There’s clumping going on but can be minimized by multiple one-directional strokes of the mascara brush. Also, the “clumping” of lashes indeed made a “falsies-effect” on the lashes. It was easily removed when washed with cleanser.


Maybelline The Falsies Volum' Express

Maybelline The Falsies Volum’ Express. You can also buy it here.


4. Revlon Super Length Mascara

Revlon Superlength Mascara

Price: PHP 650

Type: Water-Resistant


– Luscious lengthening formula glides on easily and builds quickly for a beautiful, extended lash look
– Long bristles designed to deliver plush length
– Tapered tip for coating even the smallest lashes


Revlon Superlength Mascara.

Revlon Superlength Mascara. Water, being first in the ingredient list says the product is water-resistant, but not water-proof. It contains interesting film-formers and structurant: Polyurethane, PVP, and Crosspolymers. It also contains Nylon, which is a natural fiber material mainly responsible for the lengthening effect of the mascara. Nylon attaches on the lashes and creates an extension on the tip of the lashes.

Personal Take:

This stuff was amazeballs. Well, it had to, considering the price. It did not create as much volume as Maybelline but it does a very good job in the lengthening effect. (I like products that can live up with their claims). There is minimal clumping, compared to Maybelline and is very light to wear.


So Which One is The Best?

I have to say Revlon Super length mascara is my best bet. It’s currently the product that I use most frequently (which may of course change in the future as I try different kinds of product). I love how it lengthens my eyelashes without too much clumping. It’s also very easy to remove by the end of the day.

However, each of the other mascaras has its place on one’s make up kit depending on preferences and needs. Detail flutter mascara doesn’t clump as much as Maybelline’s Hypercurl, which is perfect for natural look. If you look for more volume for an everyday-wear mascara, Maybelline Hypercurl can be a better choice. If you wish to achieve a night-glam effect without having to wear false eye-lashes, Maybelline Volume Express Falsies can be a good choice. There is some clumping, but does create the “fake-lash” effect. It is buildable so you can do more than 1 coat and curl it right after.


So that’s it for now. Hope this helps. See you in my next post.



Article written by:

Anne Porter

Hi! I’m Anne. I am a chemical engineer from Cebu, Philippines. I created Zarins Beautylab because of my love for cosmetics, skin care products and all other stuff that makes me (and you) look and feel beautiful. My semesters of chemistry courses come in handy as I explain the science behind different beauty products: which works and how it works. Well, Sometimes its science and sometimes its just good ol’ common sense.

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