Beauty Battle: We tested four mascaras under P250 for 8 hours - here's the winner!

My oily skin has always plagued my makeup game. Creasing bases, transferring foundations, fading colors, the general icky oil pool – I could go on and on why I’d prefer to be dry-skinned if I could choose my skin type! One particular drawback that I hate about being oily is (accidentally) smudging my mascaras. The point of having curled and coated lashes is to make my eyes look more awake, but panda eyes from my oily lids causing my mascara to smudge make me look like I put on dark circles. No thanks!  

I’ve constantly been on the lookout for smudge-free mascara formulas since I first started using makeup, and I have tried a lot. From drugstore picks like L’Oreal, Maybelline, Covergirl, Max Factor, Ever Bilena, and Happy Skin to pricier options like Majolica Majorca, Heroine Make, Kiko, Too Faced, Tarte, Clinique, and Marc Jacobs - name it and I’ve probably tried it. After all that though, I’ve only found two mascaras that can survive on my oily lids: Heroine Make’s Volume and Curl Super Waterproof Mascara (about P650 from online stores) and Happy Skin’s Extra Drama Volumizing Mascara (P499). Spending P500 for a mascara that will last me three months ain’t so bad, but I wanted to go the extra mile and look for a tube that’s more budget friendly.  

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So I did some research and found a lot of raves from fellow oily gals for Fashion 21 Double Up Mascara, Maybelline Hypercurl Mascara, Missha The Style 4D Mascara, and Shawill Amazing Curls Mascara. These are all under P250 finds so I figured why not - I was due a new tube anyway! Over the course of two weeks, I tested these four contenders for a minimum of 8 hours daily on my top and bottom lashes. Curious which ones actually lasted? Here’s the result of the wear test if you’re looking for a mascara that can survive on oily lids!

Fashion 21 Double Up Mascara (P239 from department stores)

The Fashion 21 Double Up Mascara promises to make your lashes two times longer and stronger. “Double length” is a bit much to claim, but it does lengthen and volumize well with just one coat. It has a plastic, straight comb wand that delivers a generous amount of product to the lashes so you do have to wiggle it out to keep it from clumping. I prefer keeping application to a single coat as layering with two coats can make the lashes look like stiff spider legs. It has a wetter formula as well so you need to be careful not to move around too much while waiting for it to dry. 

Fashion 21 wear test

Fashion 21 wear test

It was pretty amazing that this mascara can hold up to 10 hours with zero smudging on my oily lids! The curl, length, and volume were all maintained and looked as fresh after 10 hours as it did shortly after application. It’s a non-waterproof mascara so I don’t suggest you take it swimming or working out. The good news is that since it’s a tubing formula, you don’t need an oil-based remover as it washes off quickly and easily even without double cleansing.

Maybelline Hypercurl Mascara (P199 from department stores)

I’ve tried several other Maybelline mascaras in the past but it’s the first time I’ve picked up Hypercurl. The Hypercurl promises to be a non-irritating, smudge-proof, and waterproof mascara that will make you life-ready with a fresh natural look. It has a curved wand with thick nylon bristles that’s supposed to make application easier. And if you find yourself without a lash curler, the curved wand does help to add a bit of lift to lashes. The formula is more focused on lengthening rather than volume, and it gives me long wispy lashes with just one coat. Similar to Fashion 21, I find that one coat works best as adding more coats can make it look dry and clumpy. The formula also dries quickly so there’s less chance of accidental smudging after application. 

Maybelline wear test

Maybelline wear test

I tested the waterproof claim and it turned out to be legit! I applied this to my lashes before wetting and rubbing them with tap water - and my lashes remained coated without any signs of running off! Unfortunately, this also means that it’s quite a bitch to remove. Attempting to remove it with a cleansing cream followed by facial wash just left me with dark panda eyes. You’ll need to use an oil-based or bi-phase remover to completely remove it from lashes.

Missha The Style 4D Mascara (around P145 from online stores)

The Missha The Style 4D Mascara claims to be a water-, sweat-, and oil-resistant formula that lengthens, volumizes, and separates lashes. Worn side by side with just one coat on, it’s hard to differentiate Missha from Maybelline unless you touch your lashes. Whereas the Hypercurl side is stiff and dry, the Style 4D remains soft and feathery because of the inclusion of lanolin and plant waxes to the formula. Adding on a second coat gives more volume, without clumping or making the hairs stiff! It’s one of the most natural-looking mascaras I’ve tried, and is the best option for looking like you were naturally blessed with lush lashes. 

Missha wear test

Missha wear test

The Style 4D Mascara has a long-handled thick brush with nylon bristles that works well separate lash hairs and keep them clump-free. On a regular day of just staying indoors, it holds up to 10 hours on my oily lids, looking as fresh as it did after application. However, it doesn’t hold as well against water or sweat so you can easily remove it with just your facial cleanser and water.

Shawill Amazing Curls Mascara (P168 from department stores)

The Shawill Amazing Curls Mascara claims to be a smudge-free mascara that will separate and curl lashes with a long-lasting formula, and lengthen and lift them for a natural yet enhanced look. It has a plastic, straight comb wand with layered bristles that lends a bit of length and volume to my lashes, but not as much separation. Like the other mascaras, application looks best with a single coat as two coats can result in spider lashes. This is the wettest formula of the picks here, so it takes the longest to dry and feels heavy on the lashes.

Shawill wear test

Shawill wear test

Once it does dry, the mascara does maintain the curl and overall look for as much as 8 hours on my oily lids. I wasn’t able to catch it on camera, but it started showing signs of wear around the 10 hour mark, which is still fairly decent. It’s smudge-resistant but not a waterproof mascara, so I don’t suggest you use it when swimming or working out. It’s easy to remove with just cleanser and water.

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Final Verdict

While it’s hard to pick a favorite, I know for sure that I like the Shawill Amazing Curls Mascara the least as it’s the most uncomfortable to wear and most susceptible to clumping. 

For regular days when I don’t expect to be too active and don’t want to use a bi-phase remover, I’d go for either the Fashion 21 Double Up or Missha The Style 4D Mascara. I do have a slight preference for the Missha mascara though for the lush natural looking lashes that it gives that are durable yet are still soft to the touch. It’s something that I have never experienced before from all the other mascaras I’ve tried! Even with a second layer, my lashes stay defined, separated, and clump-free. Extra plus points that it’s crazy cheap, too!

If I wanted something that will truly stay no matter the weather or activity though, I’ll reach for the Maybelline Hypercurl Mascara. Thank goodness I still have some Heroine Make Mascara remover because the Hypercurl continues to put up a fight even at the end of the day, which is impressive but also a bit of a challenge.

Which mascara were you most impressed by? Have you found a tried and tested mascara that survived super oily lids?