I'm not a beauty blogger but L'oreal's new mascara, Miss Manga, caught my attention. It reminded me of YSL Babydoll, a mascara I've been using for about 8 months and I'm on my second tube. One is high end while the other is a cheaper drugstore brand, but both mascaras advertise the full-fringe-wide-eyed-cute effect unlike a traditional mascara. I don't have big lashes, or any visible lashes, really and if I could save money on my daily beauty routine, I thought readers would, too. Read on to see how both worked!
YSL Babydoll $30 This is the mascara I would keep buying over and over. It does work on my short lashes and make me look less tired. It's not a miracle product but it works, and for me, it's been worth paying the higher end price for it. I also love the packaging. Just like the brand, the packaging is just as luxurious as the name. It's easy to come off, it has survived light teary nights, but failed during the tougher nights, so if you're going swimming in it, it's not going to hold. The brush is clean, clump free but the more I apply, it becomes thicker without clumping.
L'oreal Miss Manga $7 I used this mascara on both my lashes and bottom lashes. I don't use mascara on my lower lashes because they smear easily and this mascara doesn't smear, even YSL. It is clumpy if you have too many strokes, it gets that "spider" lash look but I don't mind it because it can be fixed with a good lash brush. Unlike YSL, if you apply it a few times, you just make them thicker. With L'oreal's mascara, it appears to make the lashes look longer with each stroke. The brush bends for flexibility but I didn't see the point of that for my own application. Another bonus? It made my lashes so long, they hit my glasses.
I like Miss Manga better not just for the price, but it does the job. It's cheap so you can buy one once a month. I try to make YSL last for 3 months. I like YSL but I realized I love the packaging and the name of it more than the actual formula. When I order it from Sephora, I love getting the box, opening it up and savoring the moment of retail therapy. L'oreal is just one quick trip to Target. It has cute packaging but it feels cheap. The packaging is a lighter plastic and the wand is clumpy, it just requires smudging it off a bit on the tube before you apply. The brush is cheap but it works better than YSL, so I'm still wrapping my head around this. Like I said, I'm not a beauty blogger and the only mascara I've used mostly was higher end. I'm happy with L'oreal's Miss Manga over YSL's Babydoll, and I'm open to other drugstore products.