I decided to make a comparison of mascaras in different price ranges - from cheap drugstore (Essence), to a bit more expensive drugstore (L'Oreal), to ''omg it's expensive'' HE mascara (Helena Rubinstein).
And here are all of my mascaras: Essence Multi Action, L'Oreal Million Lashes Extra-Black and my recent addition Helena Rubinstein Lash Queen Feline Black Waterproof mascara.
Starting with the cheapest in the bunch - Essence Multi Action mascara. For only about 3€ you actually get a very decent volumizing mascara. Sure it needs a few coats, but it doesn't clump. That's because the formula is not thick (and it doesn't thicken over the months of use). It does give some decent volume, but it's the definition where it fails. As you can see from the picture it's definition properties are very poor. It also doesn't hold the curl well. The brush is classic, very slim with thick bristles, the handle is very long. A great mascara if you're on a budget.
Next up is L'Oreal Million Lashes, which is one of my favourite mascaras ever. This one is around 12€ and it comes in normal, extra-black and waterproof version. It has a big, plastic brush which needs some getting used to. When I first used it, I poked myself in the eye quite bad (then again I am ridiculously clumsy). Its strong point is definition and length rather than volume, but a couple of coats takes care of volume too. It doesn't clump even though the formula is thicker than the Essence one's, but it's the brush that prevents it from getting clumpy. As you can see on the picture, two coats give you volume, length and definition:
And a comparison of the three, all 2 coats:
I hope this was helpful and thanks for reading!