1. No7 Velvet Lash Mascara (£13.50)
I've already featured this soon-to-launch mascara in a post about a new trend in beauty for 2016 (hint: it's all about velvety soft lashes!) but it's worth featuring once again as a stand-alone launch. The premise of this is that lashes are boosted without being overloaded, providing a really natural finish. The formula glides on and builds incredibly easily, thanks to the concave shaped brush that delivers enough product to lashes to make a difference. Not only does this mascara offer a serious amount of volume, length and definition, but again lashes are left feeling almost as soft as they are in their natural state. It's been one of my go-to mascaras over the last couple of months and I can see me replacing this as soon as it's run out.
2. Mavala Eye-Lite Waterproof Eyelash Treatment Mascara (£9.25)
Who knew nail care brand Mavala also had an expansive makeup collection on offer? I would never have looked twice at this if it hadn't have been for an overly enthusiastic recommendation, but the results are surprisingly good. The slightly curved and full brush helps to layer and lift lashes, providing a voluminous result that's not at all clumpy. Although the packaging is a bit naff, the silk enriched formula simultaneously conditions and protects your lashes by hydrating and nourishing for a healthier looking flutter over time. This isn't only a good mascara, but a treatment too! A great all-rounder that's incredibly affordable too.
3. Seventeen Long Lash Mascara (£6.49)
Launching into stores today, this latest launch from the Boots-owned budget beauty brand features a specially designed mini brush that easily coats the lower lash line, corners of the eye and even the tiniest of lashes that other wands can't touch. The result is lots of volume and a little length too; although this doesn't provide a 'false lash' effect, it does make the most of your natural flutter and is a great daytime product for when you don't want to overdo it. Seventeen are fab at creating affordable and effective mascaras: this is no exception. The long-wearing formula doesn't flake or smudge either, but it is easy to remove at the end of the day.
4. Benefit They're Real Tinted Primer (£18.50)
Although I'm not a fan of the original They're Real mascara (one of the most divisive makeup products I think I've ever come across,) I genuinely love this primer alternative. Worn alone, this gives lashes a natural look that just helps to enhance their colour and texture. However, when worn as a primer it boosts your mascara’s performance to provide you with a voluminous and rich lash line that's not achievable without the first layer. I love the multi-functionality and the way it integrates into any routine with ease; it's an additional product, but one that doesn't require any further time investment. It's minimal faff for a maximum result.
5. Diego Dalla Palma GoGo Mascara (£17.00)
If you're a beauty box addict then you may have stumbled across this brand in the last couple months; they've definitely been upping the ante and trying to get their name established amongst a sea of competitors. A rather understated tube hides a mascara that instantly provides more volume, taking promises back to basics. There's no faff with this - if you want more volume, it's great. If you're after more length or a touch of curl, then this won't deliver. It's great at one thing and one thing only, but the result is very easy to achieve.
What have your favourite mascaras of the last twelve months been? Are you excited to try any of these five current favourites in 2016?
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