Flutter On | 3 Mascaras I Can’t Live Without | Reviews & Comparisons

Flutter On | 3 Mascaras I Can't Live Without | Reviews & Comparisons | labellesirene.ca

Hey Beauties!

Every girl needs a good mascara, a mascara that will change everything in a swipe or two. A mascara that will add volume, lift, separate and lengthen with no effort whatsoever. A good mascara is like a girl’s best friend in the beauty world and sometimes a girl needs more than one best friend to keep her looking her best. 

For me, there are three best friends that take turns keeping my lashes looking lush and I couldn’t live without either one of them. I may have little flings with other contenders but I always go back to these three. 

What I Look For

So when it comes to mascara, I look for a few specific things. I want a wand that’s small enough to manoeuvre and that makes it easy to get right up to the lash line. I want an ultra black formula that won’t smudge, fade or run when my eyes water. I want volume and length and a good amount of curl. Overall I want a mascara that will give me va-va-voom lashes that can be seen from a mile away. 

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Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real

First up to the bat is my ride or die mascara, the one that has been my go-to for the past 5 years. Benefit Cosmetics’ They’re Real Mascara is the all in one mascara that gives you that false lash look without all of the fuss. 

It has a thick rubber wand covered in short spiky bristles and a spiked ball on the tip for reaching the smallest lashes. The tiny bristles get down to the base of each and every lash and lift them at the root, coating them easily and creating a massive amount of volume. 

The formula holds the lashes in place all day with no smudging, flaking or transfer. At the end of the day it takes a good makeup remover or micellar water to remove this budge-proof mascara. 

I love to pair it with the They’re Real Tinted Primer which is my favourite primer for all mascaras. You can read my review of the tinted primer here. The They’re Real Mascara retails for $31 CAD / $24 USD

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Maybelline Lash Sensational

Next up is the wide eyed mascara that gives you lashes for days. The Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara is a true triple threat, it offers volume, length and separation in one easy swoop. 

The magic in this mascara is all thanks to the wand, it is a rubber wand with two different curves and 10 layers of bristles that hook onto each and every lash. The inner curve gets right down to the base with it’s shorter bristles and the outer layer distributes the product evenly throughout the lashes. 

The combo gives you full, fluttery lashes with incredible lift and length. It feels feather light and never smudges. You can read my full review of the Lash Sensation here and it retails for $11 CAD/$8 USD

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L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Sculpt

Last but certainly not least is my new obsession the L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Sculpt Mascara. This new beauty is the latest addition to the Voluminous range and it takes after its sister the original Voluminous Butterfly. 

The difference with this mascara is all in the wand, instead of two extended butterfly wings on the wand, these wings are folded up like a butterfly with closed wings. The thin rubber wand has these two closed up wings on one side with short bristles lining the wings. The rest of the wand is completely bare. 

The amazing thing about this wand is that it’s tiny size and tiny bristles mean you can get right up to the root of the lashes and coat each one while at the same time it tightlines the lash line so there are no visible gaps between the lashes. It makes applying mascara so much faster and easier and it gives you incredible length and lift for drop dead gorgeous lashes. 

The Voluminous Butterfly Sculpt Mascara is not yet available but keep your eyes out for it soon. 

Flutter On | 3 Mascaras I Can't Live Without | Reviews & Comparisons | labellesirene.ca

(L-R Lash Sensational, Butterfly Sculpt, They’re Real)

These three mascaras are all absolute life changers and I couldn’t imagine my collection without them. What is your “can’t live without” mascara?



  1. LaurenJane Marceau
    March 4, 2016 / 4:30 pm

    I don't actually have a "can't live without" mascara, I used a sephora waterproof one for awhile, but I've been on the hunt for a new one so I'll have to check out this Maybelline; I tend to love their products

  2. Anonymous
    March 4, 2016 / 4:52 pm

    I loveeee Benefit Their Real too! It's such a classic mascara. Great picks here.

  3. whenimolder
    March 4, 2016 / 5:14 pm

    Benefit They're Real is always a cult favorite! -xx Tay

  4. Jihane
    March 4, 2016 / 5:27 pm

    Oh, I definitely need to try some of your suggestions. MY old time fav is Two Faced Mascara <3 but its a little pricy so I like to have both a more expensive and a more affordable one always on hand. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Rae
    March 4, 2016 / 5:39 pm

    I'm a huge fan of Tarte, but Benefit has never steered me wrong. 🙂

  6. Kate - Griggs and Woodward
    March 4, 2016 / 5:40 pm

    I've used the Butterfly Lashes mascara before and was really impressed. I'm currently loving my Givenchy mascara and I can't wait to try your other picks!

  7. H.Dawn
    March 4, 2016 / 6:04 pm

    Mascara is my favorite makeup product! I'll definitely be trying these ones. My favorite right now is Maybelline Mega Plush! It's amazingggg!

  8. Chelsie Carr
    March 4, 2016 / 6:39 pm

    I really like the Benefit They're Real, but my holy grail is the Too Faced Better Than Sex. That stuff is GOLD and I can't live without it! (dramatic, but true!)

  9. Maria-Isabel Gridley
    March 4, 2016 / 7:15 pm

    YES – agree about the lash sensational! Its THE BEST! ♥

  10. Never Say Die Beauty
    March 4, 2016 / 7:31 pm

    Very interesting. I left They're Real for Benefit's RollerLash. My favorite drugstore mascara is L'Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Intenza because I like the balanced wand, but maybe I'll give this new one a try. My latest mascara heartthrob is new IT Cosmetics Superhero Mascara. It's TDF

  11. Karin Rambo
    March 4, 2016 / 8:18 pm

    I love the Benefit mascara! I also just discovered Josie Maran's mascara and I really love it.Karin | truncationblog.com

  12. Ruthie Ridley
    March 4, 2016 / 9:06 pm

    Tarte is incredible but you just can't go wrong with Benefit!! Amazing picks here!!

  13. Dara @ The Southern Thing
    March 4, 2016 / 9:32 pm

    I've always heard great things about the Benefit mascara, but I haven't tried it yet!

  14. Catherine Short
    March 4, 2016 / 9:45 pm

    I love trying our mascaras. I love Bad Gal by benefit but I have a hard time shelling out for high end mascaras so I'm always on the hunt for new drug store varieties. I usually go with Maybelline.

  15. January
    March 4, 2016 / 10:24 pm

    Love maybelline mascara! I've heard good things about the Benefit wand as well. I'll have to pick it up and try it. Thanks!!

  16. Adaleta
    March 4, 2016 / 10:34 pm

    Such an excellent review, you are so detailed. I love these mascaras too! xx adaatude.com

  17. Jen27
    March 4, 2016 / 10:52 pm

    Nice picks! They're Real is one of my all-time faves- gives such amazing volume! If only it were easier to remove 😉

  18. Ashleigh Wright
    March 5, 2016 / 1:43 am

    I can't live without mascara, so this is perfect! I love trying new ones! Thank you for sharing you review and comparisons!

  19. Summer @ Coffee With Summer
    March 5, 2016 / 2:26 am

    AMEN to Lash Sensational! It's my favorite!!

  20. Allison Bigoness
    March 5, 2016 / 4:11 am

    I've tried the benefit one as a sample from Sephora, I think it was a 100 point perk. I found I really like the mascara I'm trying right now, it's Lancome's Hypnose Doll eyes. I have really long lashes so I don't need length or curl, I need more volume because even though my lashes are long they aren't full.

  21. Tamara Goyette
    March 5, 2016 / 4:12 am

    I've been looking for a new mascara, going to have to try these.

  22. Justine Y @ Little Dove Creations
    March 5, 2016 / 4:42 am

    I am in the market for a new mascara. Silly me, I had never even really thought about what type of wand it has, but your explanations really make a lot of sense and give me some things to think about when I go to get more. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  23. The Classic Brunette
    March 5, 2016 / 5:39 am

    Mascaras are my favorite! I've been dying to try a benefit mascara since I hear nothing but great things! Definitely always up to trying any and all great mascaras, so thank you for the recommendations!xoSamiwww.theclassicbrunette.blogspot.com

  24. Breakfast at Lillys
    March 5, 2016 / 5:39 am

    I love posts like these!They're Real is one of my favorites ever.xoxo, Jenny

  25. Katie {Always, Katie}
    March 5, 2016 / 6:24 am

    I got the They're Real as a sample for my birthday from Sephora a couple of years ago and really loved that brush! I'm sorta cheap though, so I never did buy the full sized version. I may try that Maybelline, though!! Looks like another genius brush (seriously, whoever designs these things… so clever!), and much more in my price range 🙂 Thanks for the tip!

  26. Keating Bartlett
    March 5, 2016 / 8:07 am

    I've never used any of these!! I'll have to try them. I don't really have a favorite mascara. I already have pretty long eyelashes so I don't need anything expensive haha

  27. Rittz Reyes
    March 5, 2016 / 10:40 am

    This a great post! I use the Maybelline Sensational Mascara and I absolutely love it, but I think I am need of new one to try. Thanks for the wonderful input :D!

  28. Ursula Ball
    March 5, 2016 / 6:05 pm

    I think I need to try They REAL and that Maybelline Mascara! :)Ursulawww.blueridgebeautyblogger.com

  29. Michaela Quigley
    March 7, 2016 / 12:10 am

    I loved reading your reviews. It can be hard to find the perfect mascara. XOXOmQswww.shorelifeofm.blogspot.com

  30. All The Things I Do
    March 7, 2016 / 1:08 am

    I'm horrible with makeup for me I'm a chapstick and go girl. On special occasions I do put on some mascara cause it just makes my eye lashes look so pretty! Thanks for sharing these tips now I can vet them a little better instead of just buying a random on when I realize the one I have is either gross from lack of use or m.i.a.

  31. Leslie N.
    March 7, 2016 / 2:04 am

    I only wear makeup on special occasions, but I am looking for a good mascara, and a nice makeup palette. Thank you for posting this.

  32. Caroline @ In Due Time
    March 7, 2016 / 3:25 am

    So interesting! I didn't love the butterfly. I think only because I am so obsessed with Loreal telescopic though 🙂

  33. Lindsey Aleson
    March 7, 2016 / 5:35 pm

    I love the L'Oreal Voluminous Butterfly mascara. I have never tried the Sculpt version though!

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