My favorite mascaras are Covergirl lash exact, Mally Voluminizing Mascara, Josie Maran Argan Triple Volume Mascara, Korres Provitamin B5 and Rice Bran Mascara, Laura Geller a long lash mascara, Physician's Formula Organic Wear. The one that I think is a good value is the Maybelline XXL Pro Extensions. It has a mascara and primer and it lasts, does not flake and make my lashes full.
I love mascara but don't like to pay crazy money for a tube of it. The high end mascaras that I have are all from kits that came with them. I think that mascara is the one makeup item that is ok to buy at the drugstore because of a wide variety to choose from. I'm sure that Givenchy Phenomen'Eyes Mascara has a cult following but I'm not paying thirty bucks for a tube that I'll have to replace in three months. Anyway, I took a pic of all of them and the individual wands but I forgot to add one that I can't find and that I also love which is the Buxom Amplified Mascara (I got a travel size of it). I don't have full lashes so I need a mascara that won't flake or clump and that makes the most of what I have.
The one's that I have tried and do NOT like are Covergirl lash blast volume in the orange tube, I prefer the purple tube and Rimmel Glam Eye Lash Flirt.
As for a mascara primer, it's not a must but it sure helps my lashes for the mascara to work better. I bought the E.L.F Studio Mascara Primer. For 3 bucks it's excellent and makes my mascaras last longer. What is your fav mascara? Do you prefer High End or Drugstore?