On the lash: I brush up on 5 top mascaras

"What's a good mascara?" This is the question that people ask me the most! I've chosen five mascaras, of all differing price range, that promise to volumise and lengthen the lashes. Here's how I got on.

Maybelline Colossal Mascara - £6.64
Has a good-sized brush that creates volume and lengthening without clumping. I used this on one eye and YSL Volume Effet Faux Cils on the other one and the effect was almost identical. Great value for money. 9.5/10

L’Oreal Extra Volume Collagene Mascara
- £7.78
Although the brush is quite large it’s not very robust so you can’t get a good volumising effect. Clumped easily, so overall quite disappointing. 5/10

Max Factor Masterpiece Max Mascara - £9.78
This mascara is a good all rounder, gives volume and definition without clumping. Slightly pricey though as just under £10. 7.5/10

Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara - £10.75
This was the one I was most looking forward to trying. Although I was disappointed as the wand was too thick making it hard to get a good angle when applying. Also when you applied it left a residue on your eyelids making it a bit messy to apply. 5/10

Yves Saint Laurent Volume Effet Faux Clis Luxurious Mascara - £21.00
I used to buy this mascara all the time thinking it was the best volumising mascara money can buy. It is good, gives great volume and length and has a nice scent but it does dry out quite quickly. That said, with cheaper brands making good volumising mascaras now you can get the same effect for less pennies. 8/10