Mascara can either be spectacular or a disaster and the price does not seem to effect the quality.
For example, Chantecaille is sold at Neiman Marcus for the jaw dropping price of $70. For mascara, people! I recently received a sample in my monthly Birchbox and I it's so bad, it's silly.
For the longest time I had a love affair with Dior Show. I happy forked over $25 a tube. One day, walking around Sephora, I started to really notice how much everything cost. Typically, I would run in and grab one or two items at a time. On this trip, I was stocking up for a new season and replenishing some basics. I was astonished at how much I was spending. Surely, I could find some less expensive, and still effective products.
On the advice of my A-MAZING make-up artist, Beke Beau, I started using L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara. It's under $6 and makes my lashed dark, full, long and no clumps. Exactly what I want in a mascara.