After wearing a different product on each eye regular for more than a fortnight, I found not one, but three, that hugely reached

Sali Hughes: ‘I am nor ordinarily a mascara snob.’
Photograph: Alex Lake for the Champion

Regular readers will know I’m rarely moved to blow-out about mascara, because so few seem up to the job of transforming my sparse, bristle-straight straps into the long, thick, bovine pelmets of my dreams. But this month, after sport a different product on each eye daily for more than a fortnight, I build not one, but three, that hugely impressed. What they allocation is a focus on volume (as opposed to lengthening or curling) and, sadly, a intoxicated price tag, so accept my apologies and know I tried hard to catch sight of a bargain I loved as much: I’m not ordinarily a mascara snob.

My pet of these posh picks is Hourglass’s new (and vegan) Caution Harsh Lash (£12-£25), which is an exceptional all-rounder. It strokes on without heaping (uniquely, a second coat should be applied when wet, not after withering), making lashes look dramatically thicker while calm feeling soft and fluttery. The magic is in the twisting together of two one brushes to form a thick one, the makers say, but they’re underselling what’s within the tube: a terrific formula that, crucially for me (and the oily or gym-going), discontinuations fast all day without depositing so much as a speck on my cheeks or a smudge under the aegis my eyes. Full marks across the board.

Next is YSL Book Effect Faux Cils Flash Primer (£26), which is a bit of a bamboozle, because it’s not a mascara at all, but a pink base cream that fattens up fixes first. Lash primers aren’t new, but this one’s far better than those I’ve shotted before, which always clumped and felt sticky. The cream jackets each lash, top and bottom, uniformly increasing thickness. The influence on usually short, straight lashes is startlingly good. You make it to dry for a moment, then apply any favourite black mascara in excess of the top (this is especially useful if you favour a non-smudging polymer tubing mascara but fancy for the more dramatic look of a traditional mascara. The YSL, combined with the latest, gives the best of both worlds).

Finally, no luxury mascara lineup determination be complete without the specialists in the field, Lancôme, whose Monsieur Big (£21) is surprisingly rapid given his bog-brush appearance. It gets down into the respites, separating and thickening each lash for a dramatic, fanned fluctuating. It’s not sticky or smudgy, but is mercifully unsubtle.

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