If there’s one make up product I can’t live without, it’s definitely mascara.

I’ve tried TONS of mascaras of both the department store and drug store variety.  Of course, I have my favorites which I plan to post about in the future. 🙂

But this post is about the best drug store mascara that I’ve tried.

To be honest, I’ve tried the Maybelline Great Lash, a variety of the Covergirl Lash Blast and all sorts of others…but they all were disappointing!  So many YouTube vloggers and bloggers that I’ve followed over the years have mentioned how great their lashes looked with these mascaras, and I could never understand how they got such great results.  Was I doing something wrong?

Why was it that department store mascaras seemed to work [most of the time], but drug store mascara never worked out for me?  Were my expectations too high?  Did I get a bad batch?  All of these raved about drug store mascaras seemed to have no positive results for me, and the cost of mascara adds up when you apply it daily!  I needed to find some cost effective options!

After much hesitation, I decided that I would try the L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black mascara.  Lots of raves about how great this mascara was, too!  The price point was reasonable, and I hadn’t tried a drug store mascara in a long, long time.  So, why not?

FINALLY!  A drug store mascara that I actually like!  The L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black reminds me a lot of the YSL ‘Volume Effect Faux Cils’ but with a slightly more liquid formula.  Coincidentally, I’m using both the L’Oreal and YSL right now, and I feel like the L’Oreal is much easier to apply and the tube hasn’t been drying out as quickly.  The brush isn’t identical, but is very similar, in my opinion.

The first one I purchase was in a non waterproof formula – very unusual choice for me, but it somehow slipped my mind when I was in the store!  In a more recent visit to the drug store, I picked up a back up in waterproof, to see the difference.

Overall, I’m really glad I changed my mind and decided to give drug store mascaras another try!  It’s really satisfying to have found something that finally works!

What’s your favorite drug store mascara?  Let me know in the comments if you have any suggestions!

*This is not a sponsored post.  All products mentioned in this post were purchased with my own money and I always promise to give my honest feedback.*

Shelly at Simple Casual Chic