Mascara is one of those tricky makeup products. The criteria that we all individually have can’t all be met when a brand brings out their latest formula. Some want it to lengthen, some want it to volumize; there’s a whole list of things that we want it to do. Without making us look like we have little tarantulas on our lashes. Oh, we also don’t want it to melt or to irritate or to flake. Also, also; we would quite like it to be cruelty-free and also for there to be a decent price on it that means that we don’t have to break the bank just for our lashes to look good. So, brands, are you up for the challenge?
Maybe not for there to be an all in one but we have managed to track down the best of the best mascaras for you – ones that will meet your needs and some that are dupes of the very best ones which all of your favourite beauty bloggers and vloggers are talking about. Sounds good?
- Isehan Kiss Me Heroine Mascara – Best for Everything
If you’re not into the whole anime packaging then don’t let this put you off! It doesn’t matter if you’re into Japanese culture or not, this drugstore mascara from Japan holds your curl for the entire day, lengthens, separates and thickly coats your lashes to the darkest that they could possibly be. It even works on those of you who might not be blessed with naturally long lashes. It also doesn’t come off for love nor money. Some of the reviewers found this to be a problem when it came to removing it at the right time and suggested using an oil-based makeup remover to get rid of the stubborn formula. It doesn’t melt when it’s hot and it doesn’t flake when it’s cold. So, if you’re in any extreme of weather and you still want your lashes to be popping then this is the best mascara for you.
- L’Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara – Best for Drugstore Price
This is slightly more expensive than other drugstore mascaras, but Lash Paradise from L’Oreal does a lot for the price. The formula volumizes and lengthens the lashes but it doesn’t have that horrible thick clumpy effect – they look feathery. More like your own lashes. It also doesn’t flake but be careful not to add too many coats if you’re not into the spider effect. It’s not advertised as being waterproof but reviews have found that the mascara was long-wearing nonetheless. The packaging is also incredibly pretty and is a dupe for the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara. However, Too Faced’s formula came out as being flaky.
- Revlon Super-Length Mascara – Best for Lengthening
No matter if you have naturally long lashes or short ones that you struggle to find the right mascara for, this super-cheap mascara has the ability to lengthen and separate in just a few swipes of the brush. Some of the reviews found that they thought that the oval packaging was ‘ugly’ but if you’re not fussed by aesthetics, then you’ll have a winner with this mascara. It coats your lashes in a true black that doesn’t feel heavy, looks feathery and doesn’t flake or clump together. Even if people don’t like the packaging, it’s designed to be shaped in the way that it is so that it can stand being in your bag and being tossed around.
- Benefit Badgirl Bang! Volumizing Mascara – Best for…? You’ve Guessed It – Volumizing!
This mascara is one of the newest out of the Benefit mascaras which have been favorites of a long line of beauty gurus, for example the Benefit They’re Real mascara or the Benefit Roller Lash mascara. While the Roller Lash leaves your lashes looking as natural as possible for casual makeup looks, the Badgirl Bang Volumizing mascara is designed for the extra and for the glam. It has a slim brush which is designed to hold onto each and every lash that you run it over and it coats your lashes with a volumizing black formula. The formula is also waterproof, while leaving your lashes looking like falsies to give you a really big eye effect. The reviews also say that it only takes a maximum of two coats for the full effect to show on your eyes.
- Clinique High Lengths Mascara – Best for Super Sensitive Eyes
On a whole, Clinique’s M.O. is to be the go-to for people who have sensitive skin as so many of the formulas that might work on every other skin type could be quite an irritant for people with sensitive skin. If you have eyes that water easily then this is the best one for you as the formula is gentle and it darkens, lengthens, curls and volumizes your lashes. Unlike some of the other stubborn mascaras, this one doesn’t require a work out to take it off at the end of the day. The formula dissolves easily just using something as gentle as micellar water. This would also be perfect – if applied carefully – to be applied onto the bottom of your lashes to open your eyes up all the more. The wand is long which means that it can carry a lot of product so you might want to have a gentle wipe to wipe away any excess product that you don’t want.
- Maybelline Total Temptation Washable Mascara – Best Newbie
This new release is from Maybelline, who are also famous for the Great Lash mascara which is a cult favourite. It is the #1 New Mascara Release currently on Amazon. Similarly to other formulas on this list, the Total Temptation mascara’s formula adds volume and length in just a few swipes of the brush. The wand is fluffy and enhances the shortest lashes with an ink-black formula without leaving any clumps on the lashes. The mascara is long-lasting and easy to remove – as the name ‘washable’ would suggest. This means that you won’t lose any lashes while you’re taking it off. It also has an adorable retro pink packaging on the outside.
- Lancome Hypnose Drama Waterproof Mascara – Best for Going Swimming
The best waterproof mascaras will last through any source or water such as rain or sweat or even when you cry without giving you the Alice Cooper look. However, a common problem with waterproofs is that they can make the lashes feel heavy and they can refuse to hold any of the shape that was initially put there by the brush. This mascara from Lancome is the savior for the waterproofs. It has long-wearing properties which volumize and lengthen your lashes. The wand is curvy which means it thickens all of your lashes in just one swipe of the brush. However, if you want to go all the more extra then apply more coats. Reviews also said that it doesn’t transfer throughout the day.
- Tarte Gifted Amazonian Clay Mascara – Best Cruelty-Free
Cruelty-free options are becoming more and more prevalent within the makeup world and hopefully, that will continue. But this hasn’t been so easy to do with mascaras, it would seem. But Tarte has managed to do it easily by creating a cruelty-free and long wearing mascara. Aside from the fact that no animals were harmed to create it, the mascara contains ingredients which condition the lashes – keeping them hydrated, soft and healthy even after daily applications. It lengthens, volumizes and opens up the eyes without clumping or flaking off during the day. Reviews said that this was gentle on sensitive eyes and it stayed on all day without smudging. It’s also completely vegan.