eye makeup beauty brands

Like most women I know, I decide which eye makeup beauty brands and products to use based upon how well they work; not how much they cost.  The old adage, ‘you get what you pay for’ does not ring true to me for the products I use.  

Eye Makeup Beauty Brands with Great Mascaras

I could probably fill a large box with all of the different mascaras I have purchased over the years.   I shutter to think how much money I have wasted trying to find the best mascara for my eye lashes.   

Mascara is my favorite eye makeup product, but it is also the one product that I am the most picky about.  I use two mascaras on my eye lashes; first I apply a base volumnizing mascara, primarily focusing on the lash roots, and then I apply a lengthening mascara.  No matter how many other mascaras I try, I keep coming back to the same two products.  

My favorite mascara for the base layer is Maybelline Great Lash Mascara.  I also use Great Lash on my lower lashes.  


Eye makeup beauty brands

Maybelline Great Lash Mascara


I buy the washable formula with the small wand in brownish-black.  

My other favorite is L’Oreal Paris Telescopic Mascara.  It is a lengthening mascara which I apply over the base layer of Great Lash:


eye makeup beauty brandsL’Oreal Paris Telescopic Mascara


There are several reasons that I keep returning to these two mascaras and they are the same for both products:

  • The are very reasonably priced
  • I love the shape and size of the wands.  The Great Lash wand holds plenty of product yet I can still get at the tiny lashes in the corners of my eyes with the point.  The L’Oreal wand does a great job of separating my lashes while preventing clumps
  • Neither product has a thick formula so both glide on smoothly 
  • The washable formulas are easy to remove

Bonus reason I love this product: they are so reasonably priced that I can use the products for a month and then toss them if they start to dry-out.  I don’t like dry mascara because it starts to get clumpy. 


Eye Makeup Beauty Brands with Fantastic Eye Liners

If you’ve read any of my previous posts, you know that I am a big fan of pencil liners.  As a matter of fact, that is the only type of liner I use.  You can achieve stunning, dramatic looks with liquid and gel liners, but dramatic is just not a good look for me.  See, “Eyeliner Style Mastery – Eyeliner Tips to up Your Game“, for more information on eye liners.

I use two brands of pencil liner.  I’ve used Covergirl Perfect Point Plus in Espresso for as long as I can remember.   I think it was the first crayon pencil liner I’d ever seen.  The other brand I use now, after just recently finding it, is Revlon Color Stay Eye Liner in Sapphire.  I have blue/grey eyes and I really like the pop of color I get from the sapphire liner.

Like the mascara, I like these two eye makeup beauty brands for many of the same reasons including:

  • Both are very affordable and long lasting
  • Crayon liners are very easy to apply and they stay put
  • The liners come with smudging sponges attached.  I like my liner subtle so I use the sponges often


The final affordable eye makeup product that I swear by is the Flutterby Mascara Shield.  It is especially helpful for applying mascara to your lower lashes; but it also protects the eye liner and eye shadow on your upper lids and helps to prevent mascara clumps. 

Flutterby Mascara Shield

Flutterby Mascara Shield


Disclosure:  Some of the links above are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you click-through and make a purchase.

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