It’s time for another round of Makeup Wars! This time, we’re showing off our favorite mascaras.

Makeup Wars Favorite Mascara

My favorite mascaras for the past few months have been Milani Total Lash Cover Mascara and Multi-Action Blackest Black Mascara.

Milani Total Lash Cover Mascara $4.99
Provides multi-performance coverage with a 3 zone brush that defines, builds, and curls lashes. This long-lasting, non-clumping formula feels comfortable for all day wear.

Ingredients:
Water, Glyceryl Stearate, Propylene Glycol, Pvp, C18 – 36 Acid Triglyceride, Polybutene, Cetyl Palmitate, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Vp/Eicosene Copolymer, Nylon-12, Stearic Acid, Steareth-20, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Triethanolamine, Steareth-2, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Isobutylparaben. +/- May Contain: Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).

essence Multi-Action Blackest Black Mascara $3.99
This multi-talented lash lover offers an innovative brush and unique texture with carbon black pigments to ensure more volume, length and curve for the deepest black lashes! A must-have for dramatic eyes!!

Ingredients:
Aqua (Water), Carnauba (Copernicia Cerifera) Wax, Paraffin, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearic Acid, Cetearyl Alcohol, Pvp, Candelilla (Euphorbia Cerifera) Wax, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Potassium Hydroxide, Potassium Sorbate, Dimethicone, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ethylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, CI 77266 (Black 2), CI 77499 (Iron Oxides).

This is Essence by itself.

Wearing Essence Multi-Action Black Mascara I think it looks pretty good on my lashes.

Essence and Milani Mixed I used Essence mascara first, and then followed up with the Milani mascara.

Layered Mascaras I like layering the mascaras.

Milani Total Lash Cover Mascara Milani Total Lash Cover mascara on its own.

Wearing Milani Total Lash Cover Mascara I think the Milani gives pretty good results on its own.

Both of these mascaras are cruelty-free. Both are affordable. Neither irritate my sensitive eyes.

Essence Blackest Black is the darkest mascara that I own. I like to use the Essence mascara first, because I find it the easiest to catch and coat my inner and outer lashes. I then use the Milani Total Lash Cover to brush through all of my lashes.

My requirements for mascara are pretty specific:

  • cruelty-free
  • doesn’t irritate my sensitive eyes
  • doesn’t flake off and get trapped under my contacts
  • doesn’t smear if my eyes water
  • deep black color
  • has a brush that allows me to maneuver through my lashes
  • helps to curl my lashes
  • gives my lashes volume

I feel like this is a long list of requirements, and these mascaras work together to meet them, though they can meet them on their own. What are your favorite mascaras? Do you have any cruelty-free mascaras to recommend to me?

See what mascaras the rest of the Makeup Wars beauty bloggers love!

Milani sent for consideration. Essence purchased by me. All opinions are my own.

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