I received this Catrice Glam and Doll False Lashes Mascara in a pressdrop (you can read the first impressions post here) ages ago and I remember I was a little speechless when I first applied the mascara. I don’t know why I didn’t expect much, but it certainly blew my hair back. It is such an affordable, excellent mascara and seeing that it is January and I am sure everybody’s wallets are a leaning towards the empty side, it seemed like the perfect time to introduce you to this gem.
Packaging: The Catrice Glam and Doll False Lashes Mascara is packaged in a beautiful slim, lilac tube that reminds me of the Lancôme mascaras’ packaging.
Brush: The wand has a dual-sided curved rubber brush identical to the Benefit Roller Lash mascara. I find this shape brush excellent to achieve a lift, curl and fanned-out look. The brush makes it so easy to coat every single lash without smudging product all over your lids.
Formula: The Catrice Glam and Doll False Lashes Mascara has deep black pigmentation and a medium-wet formula.
Effect: Volume – check! Lift and curl – check! Length – double check! This is the first drugstore mascara I used that creates a decent curl and actually holds it throughout the day. I am very, very impressed by the length and volume as well. One coat is more than enough for me on an ordinary day, but you can happily apply two coats for a more dramatic effect without the lashes becoming clumpy or spidery. In the picture below I am wearing any mascara on the left and two coats of Catrice Glam and Doll False Lashes Mascara on the right.
Wear: I put this mascara to the test for many months and I can assure you that it performs so well in terms of lasting all day with no fallout or flaking. On this note I have to make a confession: if you dispose of your mascaras within the appropriate time frame you will not struggle with flaking or raccoon eyes from using the Catrice Glam and Doll False Lashes Mascara. If you are like me that pushes a mascara way beyond its best-before-date (i.e 6-months+ I know, bad, bad, bad!) then it is not so effective anymore. What I am trying to say is that if you stick within the reasonable time frame you will not have any issues, but it does start to flake if the formula gets drier signalling it is time to be replaced. In general I found that I can push a higher-end mascara much longer than a drugstore mascara which is maybe why I have a strong preference for high-end mascaras. This is a terrible observation though and should be ignored. Stick to a healthier disposal time frame.
Dupe: In my opinion the Catrice Glam and Doll False Lashes Mascara is a dupe for Benefit’s Roller Lash mascara. The brush, formula and effect are virtually exactly the same. The only difference between the two products is the significant price difference. So if you are keen to try Benefit’s Roller Lash mascara but double takes at the E335/€27 price tag, then this is a great dupe to try.
What did I think? In general I am a big fan of Catrice’s products. Of course there are some misses, but the brand in general is mostly a hit for me. The Catrice Glam and Doll False Lashes Mascara definitely confirms that Catrice is a superb affordable brand. I am a tiny little bit of a snob when it comes to mascaras, but this stellar product puts me to shame. I only have good things to say about the Catrice Glam and Doll False Lashes Mascara. It delivers volume, lifts, curls and creates a fanned-out effect with an easy swipe of the wand. It lasts all day, won’t let you down in terms of flaking towards the end of the day and it is so affordable. What more could you want?
Will I buy this product again? Well, I have three back-ups in my drawer, so I think that speaks for itself. I am keen to try Catrice’s waterproof mascaras on our upcoming ski-holiday and I will keep you guys posted on what I think.