Bright eyes: Covergirl Exhibitionist mascara vs. Marc Jacobs Beauty Velvet Noir Mascara

Okay, let’s talk mascaras for a second here.

You guys know I’ve tried out a million mascaras (figuratively speaking), and when it comes to drugstore I have always loved what CoverGirl has released. My favourite mascara of all time is Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara, however, ever since L’Oreal Paris came out with Lash Paradise, that one has rivalled my beloved Too Faced since it gives you similar-looking lashes at a fraction of the price.

Since Lash Paradise has been doing so well, many other brands have come out with a similar hourglass-shaped brush to hop on the bandwagon, and since I received a couple mascaras late last year that had these kinds of brushes, I figured I would pool them together in one post.

Okay, so let’s get down to it.

Covergirl Exhibitionist mascara and Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume mascara
Mascara wands Covergirl Exhibitionist mascara and Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume mascara

Up for the lash challenge today is Covergirl’s new mascara, Exhibitionist, and Marc Jacobs Beauty Major Volume Mascara. One of these is luxury brand and the other is drugstore. But how do they compare?

I’ve always been a huge fan of every mascara CoverGirl has released, so upon seeing the brush on this bad boy, I knew I was going to like it. Exhibitionist promises show-stopping volume, leaving you with lashes that are full and defined after one coat.  The brand says that this mascara performs similar to a $25 one (this retails for C$9.97) with 10x more volume.

The formula on this mascara applies smoothly onto lashes and leaves them soft with no flaking or smudging. Thanks to the hourglass-shaped brush, the mascara leaves your lashes looking long and separated.

Swatches of Covergirl Exhibitionist mascara

So my thoughts on this mascara? Well some days I think it’s amazing and other days it just doesn’t cut it for me. I find that this mascara works best when my lashes are bone dry and I use a lash curler.  I wouldn’t say it’s my favourite CoverGirl mascara, and in terms of battle of the drugstore mascaras, I would still say Lash Paradise wins in terms of making my lashes look long. This one also does the trick, but there is something about Lash Paradise that just takes your lashes to the next level (and if you pair it with the primer, then oh my god, you have lashes for days honey).

Moving on to a higher-priced mascara, I’ve actually been using Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume pretty much non-stop (and for those days I don’t use it, I use the CoverGirl one) since I got it. I’m going to start off by saying that I absolutely hated Marc Jacobs Beauty’s mascaras when they first came out. His original mascara did absolutely nothing for my lashes, but since the brand has been around for a while since that time, it looks like thy’ve definitely stepped up their mascara game.

The Velvet Noir Major Volume mascara (C$33) is an ultra-volumizing mascara that elongates lashes and makes them appear thicker and fuller. The brush is hourglass shaped, allowing you to coat even the smallest, hard-to-reach lashes.  The formula is ultra black and has the Flash Volume Complex, which creates instant, smudge-proof length and volume.

Swatches of Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume mascara

i absolutely adore this mascara and definitely think it is worth the hefty price tag (although to be honest, I thought this one would be more than C$33). I think that this mascara just gives you those lashes that look full, dark, and luscious, which is always the look I’m going for. In fact, I think it’s actually tough for me to say which one I love better, this one or Too Faced BTS since it’s that good.

I feel like in the swatches the two mascaras look similar with the Marc Jacobs Beauty one maybe making my lashes look a touch longer.  In fact, it just dawned on me that I should probably try them together, I would most likely have out-of-this-world lashes.

Covergirl Exhibitionist mascara and Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume mascara brushes

Overall, I think that if you love Lash Paradise but are looking for something to switch it up, you may love CoverGirl’s Exhibitionist mascara more. Really, it all comes down to each individual’s lashes since we are all so different. I think it’s a good dupe, and for $10, you really can’t go wrong giving it a try.

As for Marc Jacobs Beauty, well girl, you will not be disappointed with the Velvet Noir mascara. It’s all that and a bag of chips.

Have you tried these mascaras? Which one is your favourite?

Please note, products provided by PR. All opinions are my own.

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