Don’t you just love it when you find something at the drugstore that works just as well as your higher end item? I have found an amazing dupe!
A good bottom lash mascara is hard to come by for me. Most mascaras smudge terribly, even my favorite ones. So of course I have to be high maintenance and have one mascara for my top lashes and one mascara for my bottom lashes. It’s a pain, but at least I can prevent panda eyes from happening all day.
Up until about a month ago, my go to bottom lash mascara was MAC Cosmetics Extended Play Lash Mascara. It’s pretty stinking awesome with its tiny, natural bristled wand and perfect formulation. I have faithfully used it every day for the past two years! That’s some dedication right there. I had searched and searched for a mascara that would stay put and not smudge and had been disappointed each time. So when I found the Extended Play, I remained faithful.
Until…. I heard ThaTaylaa talk about the Wet n’ Wild Mega Length Mascara. She said she absolutely loved it for her bottom lashes. Coming in at a whopping $2.99, I knew I could safely try this guy out without breaking the bank. Boy oh boy, I was not disappointed. It literally performs just as well as the MAC Extended Play Lash but for a mere fraction of the cost ($17 vs $3). I was floored because who doesn’t want to save a chunk of change here and there? Now there are some minor discrepancies between the two, but nothing that’s a deal breaker. The Wet n’ Wild is still and absolute dupe in performance and formulation.
The differences are minute.
#1. The brushes are different. The MAC brush is a natural bristled brush, which I will admit I prefer, while the Wet n Wild brush is plastic. Both are small and practically the same size making them perfect for wiggling on those tiny bottom lashes. If I could chose, I would have the brush of the MAC mascara, but I could care less which formula was with it because they’re practically the same.
#2. The formula of the Wet n Wild is ever so slightly, and I do mean ever so slightly, wetter than that of the MAC. The difference is almost undetectable, and the only reason I even noticed is because of my tiny, tiny eyes. I have to be super careful when applying mascara because my lashes are long and my eyes are tiny, which results in mascara getting all over my lids and under eyes. I notice the slightly wetter formula because it takes a hair longer to dry than the MAC. That means I have to be cautious for like 30 more seconds, but I think I will survive for a $14 price difference.
And those really are the only differences I notice between the two. I’m pretty stinking excited because sales and saving a buck make me feel like I’m winning on this whole adulting thing, if only for a moment. Needless to say, the Wet n Wild mascara has found a permanent home in my makeup drawer. Now go pick it up for yourself, because for $2.99, you can’t beat the quality!