The mascara with a budget-friendly price and a high-end finish

Here’s what our SUPERcrew had to say about this impressive drugstore mascara

BeautyCrew Beauty Editor / December 04 2019

The product

Just because you’re on a budget doesn’t mean you need to look like you are.

Designer Brands Centre Stage Curl & Volume Mascara pairs a drugstore-friendly price with a high-end finish, resulting in seriously luxe looking lashes that won’t break the bank.

The innovative tubing formula utilises hyaluronic acid to keep lashes healthy and soft, while the curved brush adheres to each lash for separated, volumised and curled lashes. You can apply one coat for a defined look or layer the buildable formula for a false lash effect. 

Our panel of SUPERcrew members put this product to the test:

The panel

Beauty Crew sent Designer Brands Centre Stage Curl & Volume Mascara to our SUPERcrew – a panel of 50 members who are the most diligent reviewers on our site (find out what it takes to become a SUPERcrew member here).

The lowdown

Here’s what the SUPERcrew loved about Designer Brands Centre Stage Curl & Volume Mascara.

The smudge-proof formula: Our SUPERcrew members loved the way the mascara wore throughout the day, with many saying they didn’t experience any smudging or panda eyes.

How soft and buildable the mascara is: Reviewers liked that they were able to build up the mascara with multiple layers to create a more volumised look, while also retaining the softness of their natural lashes. They found the mascara didn’t clump or make their lashes look stiff. 

The false lash effect it delivered: Members were very impressed by the amount of volume they were able to add to their natural lashes with just one swipe, but they also liked that they could layer the formula for a dramatic false lash look if they wanted more oomph.

The verdict

“OMG this is 100% my new favourite mascara! It's so gorgeous and makes me feel so gorgeous. I love it so much because it gives my lashes the look of falsies without having to deal with actually wearing false lashes.”
SUPERcrew Member
“I adore this!! I have so much trouble finding a mascara that doesn’t smudge under my eyes, especially with the intense humidity at the moment. But this mascara stays put all day. It is super black, buildable and easy to apply. The shape of the brush really allows it to hug lashes and push them up.”
SUPERcrew Member
“Have to say… it compares very well in performance to mascaras triple its price! This mascara didn't irritate my eyes at all. Just left me with longer looking lashes that were still quite soft to touch. Very impressed with the lack of "panda eyes" from this product. Basically, ALL mascaras I've used leave me with panda eyes at some point by the end of the day. This one is amazing! Totally smudge proof!”
SUPERcrew Member

Like the sound of this curling and volumising mascara? Read more Designer Brands Centre Stage Curl & Volume Mascara reviews.

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The products for this SUPERcrew have been provided by Designer Brands to Pacific Magazines’ BEAUTYcrew for the purpose of trial and review by SUPERcrew members.

*This average star rating is based on 44 reviews and is correct as of 2/12/2019

Main image credit: Sevak Babakhani

Briar Clark got her start in the media industry in 2017, as an intern for Marie Claire and InStyle. Since then, her keen interest in fashion and beauty has landed her gigs as a Digital Content Producer and Beauty Editor with titles like Girlfriend, Refinery29, BEAUTYcrew and beautyheaven. She loves the way seemingly innocuous topics like skin care and style have the ability to put a smile on people’s faces or make them think about themselves a little differently. A big believer in self love and experimentation, Briar has made a point of becoming the Australian beauty industry’s unofficial guinea pig for unusual treatments and daring hair trends. When she’s not testing out the latest beauty launches, Briar is big on broadening her horizons, mostly in the form of food but she’s also partial to travelling to new destinations both near and far (and of course, allocating an extra bag to bring their best beauty offerings home with her).