10 Best Drugstore Mascaras (Waterproof ) Esha Saxena Hyderabd040-395603080 November 21, 2019

Mascara is perhaps the ‘Little Black Dress’ of makeup! Whether you like the dramatic effect or a natural, barely-there look, flirt-worthy lashes fit every occasion. Whether it’s adding volume, length or intensity with the blackest of blacks – what could possibly be better than finding a reliable mascara that fits all your needs? The search for the “perfect” mascara may never end, but we’ve tested a few of these drugstore babies and chalked out a list of the best waterproof mascaras for you, and they’re all under $10!

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Maybelline Lash Sensational Waterproof Mascara Check Price
L’Oreal Voluminous Waterproof Mascara in Carbon Black Check Price
CoverGirl Total Tease Waterproof Mascara Check Price
Maybelline Volum The Colossal Big Shot Waterproof Mascara Check Price
L’Oreal Paris Butterfly Waterproof Mascara in Blackest Black Check Price
Rimmel ScandalEyes Retroglam Mascara Check Price
CoverGirl LashBlast Volume Waterproof Mascara Check Price
Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof Mascara Check Price
e.l.f. Waterproof Lengthening & Volumizing Mascara Check Price
L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara, Blackest Black Check Price

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Best Selling Drugstore Waterproof Mascaras

1. Maybelline Lash Sensational Waterproof Mascara

Maybelline New York’s Lash Sensational Black Pearl Waterproof Mascara is a volumizing formula infused with black pearl pigments. Its exclusive fanning brush reveals layers of lashes for a sensational full-fan effect. The Black Pearl formula delivers deep intensity for the most concentrated color.

Pros

  • Its unique brush makes application easier.
  • Makes lashes instantly look fuller and longer.
  • Separates lashes and adds gorgeous drama.
  • Lasts until you actually remove it.
  • Available in three shades.
  • Extremely pigmented.
  • Suitable for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers.

Cons

  • It actually takes a little too much effort to remove even with makeup remover.
  • More than two coats may result in clumping.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Waterproof Mascara Review

This mascara is a big hit among famous Beauty Gurus on YouTube and even makeup artists. It comes in a dusty rose tube similar to that of Maybelline’s other mascaras, but what makes this one stand out is its curved fan-like brush with longer bristles on one side and smaller ones on the other side. The inner curve reaches the roots of the lashes and coats each lash beautifully. Its formula is intensely pigmented, and it doesn’t get dull or flaky even after a good 12 hours. That said, it has the most impressive staying power and stays put all day long without smearing or budging. You need to try this!

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2. L’Oreal Voluminous Waterproof Mascara in Carbon Black

L’Oreal Voluminous Waterproof Volume Building Mascara is uniquely formulated to soften and build lashes up to 4X their natural thickness, and resist clumping. Its unique maximizing formula quickly thickens and builds lashes in a single application for a full and dramatic effect. It separates and builds lashes, providing bold volume!

Pros

  • Clump-resistant.
  • Long wearing.
  • Adds volume to your lashes.
  • Intensely pigmented.
  • Makes lashes look fuller, darker, and longer.
  • Its convenient brush makes it easy to apply.
  • Suitable for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers.

Cons

  • Makes lashes look spidery if you go for more than two coats.
  • Difficult to remove.

L’Oreal Voluminous Waterproof Mascara in Carbon Black Review

This mascara comes in three shades – Black, Black-Brown, and Carbon Black. You get this in a sleek matte black tube with a golden cap – the packaging is quite classy. Its formula is incredibly pigmented, and its consistency is thick and creamy. The brush makes it super simple to apply, and it also separates the lashes – making them look darker and longer. It stays on all day without smudging or smearing, and it indeed is waterproof in the truest sense. But here’s the catch – it can’t hold a curl as beautifully as the Maybelline mascaras do, so if you have straight lashes, then you might want to go in for something that focuses on this aspect as well.

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3. CoverGirl Total Tease Waterproof Mascara

CoverGirl’s Total Tease Full + Long + Refined Waterproof Mascara can be used to get sexy, teased lashes! Use the lash teasing mascara comb to tease even the tiniest lashes on the corners for a full, voluminous look. It gives you dark, defined lashes that last all day!

Pros

  • Defines and separates lashes.
  • Applies evenly.
  • Pigmented color.
  • Makes lashes look longer and fuller.
  • Adds volume.
  • Does not clump.
  • Suitable for contact lens wearers.

Cons

  • It dries a little too quickly.
  • Volume is buildable, but it does not come effortlessly.

CoverGirl Total Tease Waterproof Mascara Review

This mascara can be worn all day long and stays put without losing its effect. Its packaging is fun and quirky. However, the brush is quite awkward, so you need to work your way around it. The formula is very pigmented, and makes your lashes look darker and more defined. It’s a great option for hooded eyes as the brush really helps in making your lashes appear super long, so they are more visible.

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4. Maybelline Volum’ Express The Colossal Big Shot Waterproof Mascara

Unleash your big shot with the new Maybelline Volum’ Express Mascara. Its big shot brush loads volume in one coat. The Big Shot brush features unique, wavy bristles that cradle lashes, while its collagen formula delivers bold volume.

Pros

  • Long wand with bristles that reach each lash.
  • Adds definition and darkness to your lashes.
  • Adds volume and length.
  • Holds curls and does not weigh your lashes down.
  • Lasts all day long without even slightly budging.
  • A creamy formula that’s easy to work with.

Cons

  • It can only be removed with an oil-based remover.
  • Dries out quickly.

Maybelline Volum’ Express The Colossal Big Shot Waterproof Mascara Review

This mascara comes in a stunning metallic gold tube that looks very attractive. Its applicator wand has multi-sized wavy bristles that go into your lashes perfectly and coat them evenly from root to tip. This range has three shades, and Blackest Black is the deepest shade. It is super pigmented and instantly makes your lashes look three times bolder. You can use this for a simple or a full-fledged dramatic look, and it works great both ways. It feels very comfortable on your eyes and makes them look bigger and more defined.

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5. L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Butterfly Waterproof Mascara In Blackest Black

Stretch and extend your lashes like wings with the L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Butterfly Waterproof Mascara. Its revolutionary Butterfly Brush with asymmetrical lash line shape extends and lifts outer corner lashes to give you a winged-out effect, instantly volumizing lashes at the roots and stretching them outwards. Its unique Cocoon Fibers instantly wrap lashes in a soft, delicate veil to create silky, spectacular lashes that flutter.

Pros

  • Highly pigmented.
  • Defines and separates lashes.
  • Unique wand.
  • Applies evenly.
  • Adds volume and lengthens lashes.
  • A great option for those with sensitive eyes.

Cons

  • Difficult to remove.
  • Dries out quickly.

L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Butterfly Waterproof Mascara In Blackest Black Review

This one’s highly popular among celebrity makeup artists – let us tell you why! Once you curl your lashes and go in with this mascara, it instantly transforms your lashes, giving them everything that you’re looking for – from definition and length to volume and application. This formula and the wand are magical. The curved brush is a little tricky to use at first, but once you get the hang of it, it’s a breeze. The staying power is excellent too, and it doesn’t clump. The only concern that we have is how it requires an oil-based remover to take off, and also how the formula tends to dry out rather quickly in the tube. We highly recommend this for fantastic results!

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6. Rimmel ScandalEyes Retroglam Mascara

It’s Retro Mania! This bold, waterproof mascara gives you a wide-eyed false lash look. Its exclusive hour-glass brush fits into the lashes, plumps them, and fans them out. It coats lashes individually for a big, false lash look in one simple stroke.

Pros

  • Volumizes in just one coat.
  • It does not clump.
  • Its unique brush separates and defines each lash.
  • Gives the ‘falsies’ appearance.
  • It does not make your lashes look dry or brittle.
  • Smudge-proof.

Cons

  • It takes a while to take off.
  • Takes some time to dry.

Rimmel ScandalEyes Retroglam Mascara Review

This comes in a cylindrical, black and white, quirky tube. Its brush is rather unique – curvaceous with a concave middle, and it instantly lifts up your lashes. The texture is of perfect consistency – neither too thick nor too runny, and it does not make your lashes look spidery or clumpy. One swipe creates enough volume, and two coats give you the dramatic effect this claims to give. It takes a few minutes to dry, but once it sets, it stays put all day long. There may be a bare minimum (unnoticeable) amount of fall out at the end of the day, but that’s just about it. Putting the bigger things in perspective, this gives you amazing looking lashes in a jiffy!

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7. CoverGirl LashBlast Volume Waterproof Mascara

Get a blast of bold, volumizing mascara – rain or shine! Lash Blast’s patented volume-boosting hypoallergenic mascara formula and brush are designed to max out every lash, leaving you with the ultimate big-lash look.

Pros

  • Adds volume to lashes.
  • It gives a beautiful, natural look.
  • It does not clump.
  • It’s highly pigmented.
  • The applicator wand makes for even application.

Cons

  • It does not do a great job of curling your lashes.
  • Slightly flakes off.

CoverGirl LashBlast Volume Waterproof Mascara Review

This classic mascara has been a go-to drugstore mascara for so many of us since ages. It gives you the perfect amount of definition and volume, yet your lashes look very natural and soft! However, for those of you who like dramatic eyes, its formula is buildable and doesn’t get clumpy. It’s available in three shades – Black, Black Brown, and Very Black. All the shades are extremely dark and pigmented. It does not weigh your lashes down and stays put until you remove it. Compared to the other mascaras on the list, this one’s rather easy to take off.

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8. Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof Mascara

After 40 years, Great Lash is still America’s favorite mascara. Its Lash-Doubling formula glides on to build great-looking lashes. This condition thickens the eye lashes.

Pros

  • Applies evenly.
  • Very pigmented.
  • Defines and separates lashes.
  • Adds volume.
  • Easy to use applicator wand.
  • It does not clump.

Cons

  • Difficult to remove.
  • Dries out quickly.

Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof Mascara Review

This mascara comes in the most adorable packaging, and its wand is a regular, simple one that gives you amazingly thick, natural-looking lashes. The wand’s applicator has a great fit, which makes it easy to use both on your upper and lower lashes. The only drawback of this mascara is that it’s quite difficult to remove, but an oil-based makeup remover does the job. Overall, if you need something that’s super easy to apply and something that’s natural-looking on your lashes, this one’s worth giving a shot!

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9. e.l.f. Waterproof Lengthening & Volumizing Mascara

The waterproof mascara creates thicker-looking lashes that last. The waterproof formula helps prevent clumps and is quick-drying. Its brush head gives an edge to edge control and even coating for even multiple applications.

Pros

  • Lengthens lashes.
  • Applies evenly.
  • Very pigmented.
  • Defines and separates lashes.
  • It does not clump.

Cons

  • It takes time to dry.
  • Difficult to remove.

e.l.f. Waterproof Lengthening & Volumizing Mascara Review

This mascara has a deep black color, and the formula really helps in making your lashes appear longer and thicker. It stays put all day long without flaking or clumping, which is an added plus. It gives your lashes a lovely, natural look. It’s a cruelty-free product, and for $3, it gives you amazing results.

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10. L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara, Blackest Black

Voluminous Million Lashes has a revolutionary collagen-infused formula and Millionizer Brush for amplified volume and definition. The luxurious, buildable, no-clump formula amplifies each lash instantly.

Pros

  • It provides volume and curls to your lashes.
  • It does not flake off.
  • The wand is easy to use.
  • Its creamy formula does not make your lashes stiff.
  • Suitable for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers.

Cons

  • Dries out quickly.
  • Difficult to remove.

L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara, Blackest Black Review

This mascara comes in a stubby but attractive packaging in a glossy black and gold tube. Its wand is thick and works well to separate and curl your lashes. It’s designed in a way that the wand wipes off any excess product and picks up the right amount of the formula, making it easy to apply. It opens up your eyes and gives a dramatic effect to your lashes that lasts until you remove it. This one can be compared to some high-end mascaras, and it practically does a better job even at this price.

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Drugstore mascaras are famous for competing with their high-end rivals. Getting the lashes that you’ve dreamed of doesn’t always have to cost a million bucks. With so many drugstore options, it’s quite simple to just pick one that would work for you. Choose a volumizing mascara if you feel like you have thin lashes and aren’t afraid of the ‘falsies’ effect. A lengthening mascara would be ideal for those of you with naturally short lashes. If you have long and straight lashes, find one that emphasizes curling because this will help you structure your look. If you are undecided, just go for a 3-in-1 mascara that does everything for you!

That was our pick of the 10 best drugstore mascaras that include all the categories, so it’s easier for you to decide. Have you had a never-ending affair with a specific mascara? Let us know in the comments!

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Esha Saxena is a writer, journalist, and a full-time wallflower. She holds a Master’s degree in Media and Mass Communication and firmly believes that makeup is nothing less than art. Combining her love for writing with her passion for makeup, she brings to you reviews, techniques, and her ever-growing knowledge on this form of art. In her spare time, she loves reading, listening to obscure indie bands, and writing poetry – all of this while being a crazy dog lady.

Summer is all about fun — well, that and heat and humidity. Whether you’re sweating it out in the city or cooling off at the beach or pool, regular mascara simply doesn’t cut it sometimes.

With summer just around the corner, TODAY Style tapped celebrity makeup artists to find out the best drugstore mascaras that won’t smudge or budge, no matter how how high the temperature climbs.

These waterproof wonders will guarantee you have a gorgeous summer!

  • 1. Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof Mascara, $4, Walmart

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“I will always be loyal to Great Lash. It‘s a classic for a reason: It always looks natural, doesn’t clump, isn’t heavy and actually stays put all day — even if you go into the water. It’s a summertime necessity,” says Katie Danza, a celebrity makeup artist, who has worked with Suki Waterhouse and Jessica Szohr.

  • 2. Covergirl Total Tease Waterproof Mascara, $8 (usually $10), Amazon

“It’s so great for length and separation. Plus, it holds a curl really well, which is hard to find,” says Katie Jane Hughes, a celebrity makeup artist, who has worked with Emmy Rossum and Whitney Port.

  • 3. L’Oreal Paris Makeup Voluminous Waterproof Mascara, $5 (usually $8), Amazon

“I’ve used a lot of mascaras in my 20 years as a professional makeup artist, but I always find myself going back to this. It delivers those full, flirty lashes that every girl wants. I can count on it to give me the best results, and never have to worry about it smudging, clumping or flaking,” says Brandy Gomez-Duplessis, a celebrity makeup artist, who has worked with Ellie Goulding and Kerry Washington.

  • 4. E.l.f. Waterproof Lengthening & Volumizing Mascara, $3, Walmart

“This mascara is great for adding length, but what’s most impressive is that doesn’t clump at all. And the gentle formula is non-irritating, so it’s perfect for sensitive eyes,” says JoAnn Solomon, a celebrity makeup artist, who has worked with Allison Williams and Alicia Keys.

  • 5. Maybelline The Colossal Big Shot Volum’ Express Waterproof Mascara, $6 (usually $7), Amazon

“This is my favorite drugstore waterproof mascara. It’s great because it delivers maximum volume in one coat. The brush coats lashes from root to tip and gets into the tiniest of lashes. It doesn’t smudge or flake off and — because it’s waterproof — it’s perfect for a day at the pool or beach,” says Michiko Boorberg, a celebrity makeup artist, who has worked with Ashley Graham, Bridgit Mendler and Romee Strijd.

  • 6. L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Butterfly Waterproof Mascara, $8, Amazon

“This formula stays on all day; there’s never any running or flaking! It’s pretty black and the more coats you apply, the darker it looks. Plus, it has a great consistency and makes the lashes feel fuller,” says Hector Simancas, a celebrity makeup artist, who has worked with Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell and Stephanie Seymour.

Best Waterproof Mascara in 2019

Bells and whistles aside, when it comes to waterproof mascara we all need to take its benefits with a grain of salt. Yes, you put it on and stays on even after you’ve cried your heart out, but should you wear it on a regular basis? Is waterproof mascara going to damage your eyelashes, making them fall? If so, how do you select your waterproof mascara? How to you remove it without damaging your eye? To these questions and many more we’re ready to answer so scroll down for the big enlighten.

General info about Waterproof Mascaras

Why use waterproof mascara?

Waterproof mascara is your no.1 solution for weddings, the summer-time, and other tear-related events. No matter if you’re planning a day on the beach or a wedding day for your dearest friend, hot and humid are the conditions to pay attention to when choosing your mascara.

Truth be told, we all want to look posh when going to the beach (not to mention the big family reunions or weddings) and it’s the waterproof mascara that is going to keep the lashes all in place. Gone are the messy black streaks when coming out of the pool as the waterproof mascara (a good one, anyway) it’s going to provide that perfect look even after a big cry.

Can you prevent the damage from waterproof mascara?

As much as we like how the waterproof mascara keeps our lashes in order, we all have to admit it: removing it may become quite the challenge! This may be one of the main pet peeve when it comes to waterproof mascara and a conditioner primer may work some tricks.

Once you’ve applied the primer, you may continue with swiping the waterproof mascara for the weather-proof/splash-proof/long-lasting lashes! It’s best that you begin at the base of the lashes, wiggling the wand up towards the tips of your lashes.

Can you remove the waterproof mascara without irritating your eyes?

We all enjoy wearing the waterproof mascara throughout the day, but do we like taking it off? As long as you know how to do it right, you shouldn’t worry much about damaging your lashes while removing the waterproof mascara. You may see that an oil mascara remover isn’t going to do it, most of the time.

You sure need a powerful remover for your long lasting mascara. Anything water-based is going to prove to be useless for removing the waterproof mascara which is why you should get waterproof makeup removers.

However, how you’re using the mascara remover is just as important as the formula itself. It’s best that you go gentle and don’t tug at your lashes. Let the product sit for a bit on your lashes and wipe the remains nice and gently after a while.

How to remove the waterproof mascara?

Even if it’s not rocket science, you should follow some specific steps when removing your waterproof mascara. You’re not only trying to remove it, but also to do it in a gentle way, protecting your eyelashes throughout the process.

1. Use a good eye makeup remover

There are many products out there that are made especially for removing the waterproof mascara. A good formula is going to help you get rid of your mascara fast, efficiently and in a gentle way. You should definitely pay the extra buck and get a good quality eye makeup remover if you’re using the waterproof mascara on a regular basis.

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Here are some tips when buying:

  • Go for the popular brands as the quality is better and the risk for irritating your eyes is lower
  • Use a hypoallergenic product even if your skin isn’t sensitive. The ingredients in the hypoallergenic formulas are gentle on the skin
  • Use a pad/cotton ball for applying the makeup remover. Close the eyelids, placing the pad on top of them for a couple of seconds. Wipe it down, towards the lash tips. Use fresh pads and do it until you got rid of all product.

2. Use baby shampoo

Baby shampoo is quite an effective way to remove the waterproof mascara. They’re safe to use around the delicate eye areas and most formulas are, hypoallergenic, and also fragrance and color free.

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Here’s how to do it right:

  • Don’t use regular shampoo as it’s only going to irritate the eyes
  • Use a bit of baby shampoo, applying it onto your eyelashes with cotton ball. Don’t put it directly in your eyes
  • Wipe away the baby shampoo and mascara with some wet cloths/pads.

3. Apply some cold cream

A good cold cream is going to help you remove the waterproof mascara. You can also use it for removing all makeup.

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Here’s what you need to do:

  • Use your typical cleanser for washing your face. Pat it dry and apply the cold cream (it’s going to work as a deep conditioning treatment)
  • Let the cream soak into your skin for a couple of minutes. Wipe it clean with some warm washcloth
  • Don’t apply the cold cream directly to your eyelids. It’s best that you rub it nice and easy into your lashes, wiping it away afterwards.

Note: Petroleum jelly is a gasoline by-product so you shouldn’t use it around your eyes. As long as you don’t put it in your eyes, you may use it as the ultimate method.

Waterproof or water-resistant mascara? What’s the difference?

If you’re shopping, knowing the difference between the water resistant and waterproof mascara is really important. Even though they sound similar, there are some big differences between the two types of mascara and you may want to know them before buying.

Water resistant mascara is capable to handle the penetration of water to some degree, but it’s not entirely waterproof. It may also take tears and the moisture during a day, but it’s not going to handle a rain shower or a swimming session. It’s definitely going to run down your face after a while.

By contrary, the waterproof mascara is going to handle a complete water submersion, standing out as the perfect choice when you go to a pool party. The waterproof mascara may dry out your lashes a bit, making them brittle. You may very well fight that by using a lash serum after wearing the waterproof mascara all day long.

Is waterproof mascara bad for the eyelashes?

How you apply and how you remove your waterproof mascara makes all the difference. You should use a conditioning primer, a good eye makeup remover and use gentle moves while removing the waterproof mascara.

Top 3 Best Waterproof Mascara

1. L’Oréal Paris Makeup Lash Paradise Waterproof Mascara

The popularity of L’Oréal Paris Makeup Lash Paradise Waterproof Mascara speaks volumes and you should simply take the leap of faith with it.

If you need more convincing than that, let’s go over the details for a complete picture. The mascara is going to give volume and length to your eye lashes. It glides evenly and smooth on your eye lashes and its silky smooth formula doesn’t weigh down your lashes.

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The mascara doesn’t smudge, flake or clump and looks natural and nice throughout the day. It has a soft wavy bristle brush which is going to ease out the application. There are more than 200 bristles that are going to help you create that mesmerizing look as you’re preparing for a dive later on. You may only need one coat and the mascara is going to last you for a good amount of time.

Thanks to the smooth formula, your eye lashes are always going to feel feathery soft to the touch. The mascara comes out easily and risk for eye irritation is minimal.

Pros

  • It gives length and volume to your lashes
  • Your lashes are going to have a soft feel to the touch
  • It lasts all day long and does come off easily
  • The brush comes with soft and wavy bristles

Cons

  • The tip of the mascara may gather some product
  • Some think that the applicator is a bit thick for the really thin lashes

2. Maybelline Makeup Volume’ Express-Waterproof Mascara

If you’re not only looking for a long-lasting and waterproof mascara, but also for one that takes the volume of your lashes to the next level, the Maybelline Makeup Volume’ Express The Colossal Waterproof Mascara is the one to try.

The mascara’s formula is made with collagen so it’s going to give your lashes a nice volume without any risk for clumping. The formula is ophthalmologist tested so it can be used by contact lens wearers as well.

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Formulated to provide a waterproof volume and length for your eye lashes, the mascara is going to last for quite some time. A little goes a long way and you don’t need to re-apply throughout the day. The wand is great for separating and coating your lashes and the real nylon bristles do a great job for creating the waterproof dramatic look.

The mascara goes on easily and ensures an amazing finish for your look. it doesn’t smudge nor smear and comes in two shades: Glam Black and Classic Black. You should definitely go with the Glam Black when you’re aiming for more drama for your appearance.

Pros

  • The formula is infused with collagen and safe for contact lens wearers
  • It separates the lashes and gives a nice volume
  • It doesn’t smudge, smear nor clump
  • You don’t need to re-apply it

Cons

  • Some noticed that it may flake when you’re wearing it for too long
  • One may feel it doesn’t hold the curl

3. Christian Dior show Iconic Waterproof Mascara

Are you ready for some splurge? If you’re willing to pay the extra buck for a waterproof mascara, you should absolutely have a try with the Christian Dior show Iconic Waterproof Mascara.

The waterproof mascara has a gentle formula that glides right on your lashes, creating an even and nice look for them. It gives your lashes a pleasant definition and a natural length that is going to stay all day long, no matter how much you’re going to be swimming or sweating.

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The mascara comes with a silicone brush, which many are going to like using. The color is great and the pigments are strong and long lasting. You’re not going to feel the need to apply more than one coat nor to re-apply it throughout the day.

Even if the formula is effective, it doesn’t irritate the eyes. You don’t need to work very hard for removing the mascara; some soapy warm water is going to be enough.

Easy to use and to remove, the mascara may be used daily, but you should store it in a cool dry place for preserving its qualities.

Pros

  • It’s a gentle, yet waterproof formula that doesn’t smudge or smear
  • It gives an attractive definition and length to your lashes
  • It’s easy to use and to remove
  • It glides on smoothly and doesn’t clump

Cons

  • Not everyone goes for the silicone brush
  • If your money is tight, you should look elsewhere

Best waterproof mascara for swimming

If you like swimming just as much as you love having a great look, the 3D Fiber Lash Mascara by Simply Naked Beauty is going to be just the perfect addition to your makeup arsenal.

The mascara is going to give your lashes a nice volume and length, lasting throughout a swimming session with no worry for smudging or smearing.

Easy to apply, the mascara stands out with a 3D Fiber and Gel formula, which may explain its impressive popularity. It uses small thickening micro fibers and a magnifying gel which is going to create an impressive volume and length.

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You only need 2 coats for an impressive look. the mascara isn’t going to irritate, sting or burn your eyes. It dries fast and it’s pretty easy to remove as well.

The formula is made with natural and hypoallergenic ingredients. It’s cruelty-free too.

Pros

  • It’s made with natural and non-toxic ingredients
  • It gives volume and nice length
  • It’s easy to apply and to remove
  • You only need 2 coats for a long lasting look

Cons

  • It may clump, especially when not applied right
  • Some flakes may occur as well

Best waterproof mascara for sensitive eyes

Ophthalmologist tested, the Clinique High Impact Waterproof Mascara is a great option to consider if you have sensitive eyes. If you’re also wearing contact lens, this mascara is going to be your safe choice as well.

The mascara is going to give nice volume and length to your lashes throughout the whole day. It’s really easy to apply and it goes so smoothly on your eye lashes. You may only need one coat, but 2 coats are going to be just right. A little goes a long way so the mascara is going to last for quite some time.

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In addition, the formula is waterproof so it’s going to stand humidity, heat and active days really well. It’s not going to flake, clump nor smudge.

The brush is well made and helps you curl your eye lashes so nicely. The mascara comes in black and brown so you can have your pick.

The formula is effective and long lasting, but it doesn’t irritate your eyes in any way. Removing the mascara isn’t a problem either.

Pros

  • The formula is efficient, yet gentle for sensitive eyes
  • It gives volume and length that last all day, no matter how humid it gets
  • It doesn’t flake, clump nor smudge
  • One coat is enough for the impressive results

Cons

  • It may dry out fast
  • It doesn’t thicken your eyelashes in an impressive way

Best volumizing waterproof mascara

How much are you willing to pay for long lasting volume for your eyelashes? If the price of Hypnose Drama Waterproof Full Impact Volume Mascara doesn’t throw you off, you should definitely take the plunge with it.

Not only that the mascara is going to curl so nicely your eyelashes, but it’s also going to plump them and make your eyes pop. The mascara comes with a straight applicator and using it isn’t going to be an issue.

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The deep black looks great, no matter for how long you’re going to be swimming throughout the day. As a matter of fact, the mascara isn’t going to smudge, smear or run- no matter how humid the conditions get.

The formula is strong, but it doesn’t irritate the eye. It doesn’t flake either and you’re not going to need to apply several coats for getting nice results. It lifts and defines your eye lashes, giving them the long lasting volume that you were dreaming about while swimming.

Even if some are going to find the removal a bit tricky, some coconut oil is going to work its magic so don’t hesitate to use it.

Pros

  • It defines and plumps your eyelashes
  • It doesn’t smudge, smear or run
  • It’s long lasting and has a nice deep black color
  • You don’t need several coats

Cons

  • It’s not that easy to remove when you’re not using the right products
  • It’s not the cheapest mascara out there

Best cheap waterproof mascara

If your money is tight but you simply cannot go another day without a good waterproof mascara, the COVERGIRL Lashexact Mascara Waterproof Very Black may be exactly what you need.

The mascara comes with a nice brush that has just the perfect length for defining your lashes. Not only that it’s going to define them, but it’s also going to give a nice length and separation too.

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The mascara doesn’t smudge nor clamps and you can go with several coats for a dramatic look. it’s a buildable formula that works so nicely. Its formula is hypoallergenic and safe to use even for contact lenses wearers.

The bristles are specially designed, aligned and clean and help you create a long lasting definition and length for your eye lashes. The risk for clumping is minimal and the mascara is really easy to remove.

Easy to use, the mascara gives nice results and takes a pool party any given day.

Pros

  • The formula is hypoallergenic
  • The bristles have a nice design
  • It gives definition and length to your lashes
  • It doesn’t smudge nor clamp

Cons

  • Some feel that you need to apply more than 2 coats for getting nice results
  • The brush may feel small for some

Waterproof vs plain old washable mascara: which is better for your lashes? Like so many things in the world of beauty, it depends on you. Here’s how to determine your best option.

Ultimately, the choice between waterproof and washable mascara comes down to personal preference and lifestyle. Whereas one formula might suit your bestie, it might not be the best pick for you. Here’s how to decide what’s right for you.

Do You Work Out?

Think of your average day. How often do you wash your face? Do you work out daily? Are you a swimmer? Of course, in these situations, you’ve got two options. You can wear makeup that’s easy to remove and reapply your makeup after your sweat session. Or you can opt for a durable, waterproof mascara.

If you swim, you need Clarins Truly Waterproof Mascara. This ultra-water-resistant mascara gives you 12-hour wear. Made from bitter orange tree wax and squalane, this formula protects against chlorine and leaves your lashes nourished and lush.

Do You Live in a Hot Climate?

If you live in a hot climate and sweat a lot, there are two good options. You can go for either a waterproof mascara or a clear mascara. Using a normal washable mascara is too risky if it’s hot enough for a makeup meltdown.

Are Your Lashes Thick or Thin?

If your eyelashes are fragile or fine, it’s better to avoid waterproof mascara. There are some great hydrating formulas out there, but they can still be a bit much for extra-delicate lashes.

For a hydrating mascara that’s gentle enough for even the most sensitive eyes, try Jane Iredale PureLash Lengthening Mascara. Available in Navy, Brown Black, and Jet Black, this mascara comes in the perfect shade to flatter anyone.

Can’t give up waterproof mascara? Use a mild but effective cleanser so you aren’t scrubbing at your eyes. We adore Estée Lauder Take It Away Makeup Remover Lotion.

Do You Wear Contacts?

If you wear contact lenses, it’s important to think about two things. First of all, you need a formula that works with sensitive eyes. Generally speaking, it’s better to get a mascara that specifically markets itself to contact-lens wearers.

Secondly, it’s generally best to go for a water-resistant mascara. There’s nothing more annoying that getting all your makeup done and then having to remove a lens for a quick smudge-removal.

If your eye makeup isn’t waterproof, it probably won’t withstand changing your contacts. On top of that, you want makeup that can stand up to eye drops when you need them.

One of the best mascara picks for contact-lens wearers is Laura Mercier Long Lash Mascara. Ophthalmologist-tested, this product is fibre-free and paraben-free.

The Best Drugstore Mascaras of 2019

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Strolling down the makeup aisle in the drugstore can be seriously overwhelming. Not only are there dozens upon dozens of products staring back at you underneath harsh fluorescent lighting, but you also have to make your decision without testing anything out.

This can be especially tricky when it comes to mascara — because let’s be honest, words like “bold,” “extreme,” and “glamour” only go so far in describing the actual product.

That’s not to say that drugstore mascara isn’t worth your money — because today’s formulas are better performing than ever before — but it can be tough to find the right drugstore mascara for what you’re trying to achieve. Lengthening, conditioning, volumizing, colored, waterproof, buildable, and sensitivity-proof are just some of the many features to look out for when searching for your next favorite drugstore gem.

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To help you find the right drugstore mascara formula for you, we’re breaking down the best of the best, below.

  • Best Lengthening Drugstore Mascara: Maybelline Lash Stiletto
  • Best Lash-Conditioning Drugstore Mascara: Almay Get Up & Grow
  • Best Volumizing Drugstore Mascara: CoverGirl LashBlast Volume Waterproof Mascara
  • Best Thickening Drugstore Mascara: Milani Highly Rated Mascara
  • Best Waterproof Drugstore Mascara: Revlon Volumazing Waterproof Mascara
  • Best Double-Wanded Drugstore Mascara: L’Oréal Paris Double Extend Beauty Tubes Lengthening Mascara
  • Best All-in-One Drugstore Mascara: Maybelline Great Lash Mascara
  • Best Washable Drugstore Mascara: L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara
  • Best Drugstore Mascara for Sensitive Eyes: Neutrogena Healthy Volume Mascara
  • Best Non-Clumping Drugstore Mascara: Maybelline Snapscara
  • Best Colored Drugstore Mascara: L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Original Mascara
  • Best Bargain Drugstore Mascara: e.l.f. Cosmetics Lengthening & Volumizing Mascara
  • Best Dramatic Drugstore Mascara: Maybelline Lash Sensational Washable Mascara*
  • Best Buildable Drugstore Mascara: NYX Professional Makeup Worth The Hype Mascara
  • Best Clear Drugstore Mascara: CoverGirl Professional Natural Lash Mascara
  • Best Drugstore Mascara with Built-In Primer: Honest Beauty Extreme Length Mascara + Lash Primer

Best Lengthening Drugstore Mascara: Maybelline Lash Stiletto

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Billing itself as “the only mascara that does for lashes what stilettos do for legs,” Maybelline’s Lash Stiletto mascara is the go-to for extreme lash lengthening — 70 percent longer-looking lashes, to be exact. The red-bristled brush is designed to grip every last lash, from the root all the way to the tip. Bonus: Vitamin B5 in the formula simultaneously conditions and boosts shine.

Shop now: $11; ulta.com

Best Lash-Conditioning Drugstore Mascara: Almay Get Up & Grow

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Infused with pro-vitamins, Almay’s Get Up & Grow mascara gives you all the benefits you expect (lengthening, intensifying), while also helping to strengthen lashes and prevent against future breakage. Per Amazon reviewers, the formula is also suitable for extremely sensitive eyes and is smudge-proof.

Shop now: $6; amazon.com

Best Volumizing Drugstore Mascara: CoverGirl LashBlast Volume Waterproof Mascara

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Perhaps the most desired of all mascara qualities: Volume. We apply mascara to make our lashes appear bigger than they really are, after all, and the patented formula in Covergirl’s LashBlast Volume Waterproof Mascara promises to do just that. The brush’s tiny silicone bristles are designed to provide up to ten times more volume than bare lashes, which is probably why, according to the brand, one is sold every 2.3 seconds(!).

Shop now: $9; ulta.com

Best Thickening Drugstore Mascara: Milani Highly Rated Mascara

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Milani’s Highly Rated Mascara is, in fact, quite highly rated — even earning a seal of approval from makeup influencer Jeffree Star. The plant-based formula envelops lashes from root to tip to build serious volume, especially with a few coats.

Shop now: $9; target.com

Best Waterproof Drugstore Mascara: Revlon Volumazing Waterproof Mascara

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Whether you’re headed to the beach, an exercise class, or just outside on a humid day, sometimes you need a mascara that just. Won’t. Budge. Enter: Revlon’s Volumazing Waterproof Mascara. Cute pun-y name aside, this mascara will not smudge in the face of sweat, water, or humidity for up to 24 hours. Oh, and it costs less than $5.

Shop now: $4; target.com

Best Double-Wand Drugstore Mascara: L’Oréal Paris Double Extend Beauty Tubes Lengthening Mascara

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The Double Extend Beauty Tubes Lengthening Mascara by L’Oréal Paris is the two-in-one product you never knew you needed. It’s a primer and mascara in one in an easy-to-transport tube that costs less than ten bucks. First, apply the primer, which is infused with ceramides to nourish and strengthen lashes, and helps create the ideal base coat for step two. Then swipe on the topcoat of mascara, which promises not to run, clump, flake, or smudge.

Shop now: $9; amazon.com

Best All-in-One Drugstore Mascara: Maybelline Great Lash Mascara

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This tiny pink and green tube is famous for a reason: It really works. Maybelline’s Great Lash Mascara might very well be the most recognizable drugstore mascara of them all — it debuted forty years ago. The smooth, clump-free formula and small, nimble lash-building brush have proven to be a winning combo for decades.

Shop now: $7; cvs.com

Best Washable Drugstore Mascara: L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara

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Another perennial favorite, this volumizing, soft-bristled mascara from L’Oréal Paris washes off as easily and smoothly as it goes on. The soft bristle brush — with more than 200 bristles — catches every lash for a full feathered effect.

Shop now: $11; target.com

Best Drugstore Mascara for Sensitive Eyes: Neutrogena Healthy Volume Mascara

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Dermatologist and ophthalmologist tested, Neutrogena’s Healthy Volume Mascara is ideal for contact lens-wearers and those with sensitive eyes. It’s infused with olive oil and sweet almond to protect lashes naturally, sans irritation.

Shop now: $8; target.com

Best Non-Clumping Drugstore Mascara: Maybelline Snapscara

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Celebrity makeup artist Jamie Greenberg cites this as one of her all-time favorite drugstore mascaras, saying that she loves “a thick, long lash that’s inky.” It delivers all of the thickening, lengthening, and volume-boosting features of a quality mascara in easy on, easy off fashion. That’s thanks to its wax-free formula, which glides on and swipes off in, you guessed it, a snap.

Shop now: $6; target.com

Best Colored Drugstore Mascara: L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Original Mascara

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This classic mascara from L’Oréal Paris is great for a lot of reasons, not least of which because it comes in a variety of bold hues, including burgundy and cobalt blue. Swipe some on for an instant boost of color.

Shop now: $9; target.com

Best Bargain Drugstore Mascara: e.l.f. Cosmetics Lengthening & Volumizing Mascara

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It costs $4 — need we say more? But really, with an oversized brush and a clump-free, quick-drying formula that promises thicker, longer, and fuller-looking lashes, you can’t go wrong with this pick from e.l.f. Cosmetics.

Shop now: $4; ulta.com

Best Dramatic Drugstore Mascara: Maybelline Lash Sensational Washable Mascara

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The brush on Maybelline’s Lash Sensational Washable Mascara has a supposed ten layers of bristle to visibly lengthen and feather lashes with just a single coat — but the formula is also meant to be buildable, so you can amp up the drama as much as your heart desires.

Shop now: $5; amazon.com

Best Buildable Drugstore Mascara: NYX Professional Makeup Worth The Hype Mascara

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Sometimes you want to build lash length and fullness on your own, using multiple coats of mascara — but a lot of formulas clump up too quickly, resulting in chunky, spider lashes. Not this one from NYX, which, per its name, is worth the hype. It’s also a steal at under $5.

Shop now: $5; target.com

Best Clear Drugstore Mascara: CoverGirl Professional Natural Lash Mascara

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Whether you use clear mascara to set your brows or to prime your lashes for mascara application, it’s always good to have one on hand. We love this version from CoverGirl, which simultaneously conditions while holding hairs in place.

Shop now: $4; target.com

Best Drugstore Mascara with Built-In Primer: Honest Beauty Extreme Length Mascara + Lash Primer

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“Honest is all-natural and comes with built-in primer,” Greenberg explains, adding that it’s another one of her favorites. The mascara formula, in addition to being natural, delivers high-performance lash lengthening and a clump-free finish.

Shop now: $15; target.com

The Best Drugstore Mascara of 2020

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This hypoallergenic formula promises 10 times the volume and was also one of the only mascaras tested that really only required one coat to achieve noticeable results.

Best Overall Covergirl Lash Blast Volume Mascara

The bottom line: A reliable mascara that goes on smooth, with noticeable results in just one coat.

The details: The plastic, spiky wand is shorter and stubbier than a classic wand but easier to maneuver. It didn’t pick up too much formula, making a smooth and clump-free application a breeze. This hypoallergenic formula promises 10 times the volume and was also one of the only mascaras tested that really only required one coat to achieve noticeable results. And although it was relatively easy to remove, this mascara had serious staying power. It didn’t flake or smudge at all—despite how many times this tired mom rubbed her eyes.

How We Tested

The Tester

I’m Brigitt Earley. Having worked as a lifestyle editor for nearly 10 years, I have extensive experience testing beauty products. I am also an expectant mom with a very busy toddler, so I need a product that delivers great, long-lasting results with minimal effort and a reasonable price tag.

The Tests

We scoured best-seller lists across retailers, beauty blogs, social media, and any best-of lists we could find to round up the best drugstore mascaras on the market, all with price tags below $12. Then, we glammed it up, pitting the top-rated brands against one another other to find a winner.

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Like a lot of beauty products, what makes a good mascara is rather subjective, depending on what your goals are: Do you want a dramatic look? A smooth application? Or maybe you care more about staying power? That being said, many of the products I tested held their own in all of the most important areas. In fact, these tasks made me question why I generally spend $24 on the Make Up For Ever Smoky Stretch Lengthening and Defining Mascara, a luxury-brand product—the majority of the drugstore versions are just as effective.

I tested the mascara the same way you might: I applied the product during my normally frenzied morning rush, wore each one all day without touching up, and removed the mascara with StriVectin Multi-Action Bi-Phase R&R eye makeup remover while getting ready for bed. Unlike the way you might test, though, I also teamed up with Reviewed’s senior scientist to score and weight results on a scientifically calibrated rubric. I also swatched each mascara on my arm to measure drying time and execute durability tests.

But to find which drugstore mascara really is best, I answered weighted questions like:

Application: Does the wand hold enough mascara to easily apply it in one stroke? Does the mascara go on smoothly? How well does the mascara separate your lashes? How many coats do you need to apply before you’re satisfied with your look?

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Wear: Does the mascara achieve its stated claim? Does the mascara flake, transfer, or smudge throughout the day? Compared to a fresh application, how does the mascara look at the end of the day?

When I ran the results from each mascara test through the scoring rubric, the results weren’t dramatic. The scoring reflected my instincts during testing—the majority of these drugstore mascaras were perfectly suitable products, with less than a half-point margin between the highest-scoring product and the lowest-scoring product.

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Like a lot of beauty products, what makes a good mascara is rather subjective, depending on what your goals are: Do you want a dramatic look? A smooth application? Or maybe you care more about staying power?

What You Should Know About Drugstore Mascara

Though our tests show it’s hard to go wrong with a top-rated drugstore mascara, there are a few things you should know that may help influence your purchasing decision:

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Wand shape: Tests show you don’t need a fancy wand shape to achieve a flawless finish. In fact, the more “unique” wand shapes felt gimmicky—they were more difficult to use and led to more mistakes and smudges during application. Stick with what you know and are comfortable with.

Performance: Though every tube of mascara tested had grand claims (ten times the volume! Eighty percent longer lashes!), there wasn’t a discernible difference among products. Instead, choose a wand shape that looks familiar and easy to maneuver.

Formula: When it comes to choosing the best drugstore mascara, it all boils down to the formula: Is the formula gloopy and thick? Is it so dry that it crumbles when you layer on a second coat? If so, it doesn’t matter what shape wand you have in your hands you’re going to end up with clumpy, stiff lashes.

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Removal: Though we didn’t test any mascara specifically billed as waterproof, some resisted water better than others. It’s interesting to note that didn’t seem to have any bearing on whether the makeup smudged, flaked, or transferred throughout the day. It did, however, mean some makeup was harder to remove at the end of the day—a deciding factor for some.

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Tests show you don’t need a fancy wand shape to achieve a flawless finish.

Other Drugstore Mascara We Tested

Maybelline Full ‘N Soft Washable Mascara

The bottom line: A lightweight mascara that’s perfect for soft, natural-looking lashes or a no-makeup look.

The details: This mascara does exactly what it claims: keeps lashes full and soft all day. The lightweight formula swipes on easily and quickly, without clumps—application is a real breeze. The bristled wand is long and skinny, with a slight taper at the end, making it easy to maneuver—even in the tiny corners of my lashes. The downside is that those who want a fuller or more dramatic look will need to apply two or three coats, and because it takes a minute or so to dry, that adds time to your routine. The trade-off is soft, natural-looking lashes that stay full all day long, staying true to its claim.

L’Oréal Paris Double Extend Beauty Tubes Mascara

The bottom line: Best for lengthening, this two-step mascara yields impressive results with just one swipe.

The details: Because it’s double-sided, this mascara technically requires two swipes minimum—but because of its impact, you won’t need more than that. The bristled wands are long and skinny, which makes them easy to wield. Plus, they hold enough formula to get the job done the first time, without clumping. The first-step formula is a primer that’s infused with Ceramide R and D-Panthenol—ingredients that promise to protect and strengthen lashes, while the second-step formula (the actual mascara) promises to lengthen. The two-step process definitely adds length to lashes, but applying two formulas makes lashes feel a bit crunchy when they dry—something that bothered me a bit. And though the mascara held up throughout the day, with little-to-no flaking, you’ll have to consider if it’s worth the extra time.

ADVERTISEMENTMaybelline Lash Sensational Washable Mascara

The bottom line: This longest-lasting mascara is tricky to apply but has impressive staying power.

The details: The plastic wand isn’t very intuitive to use—it’s sort of a crescent moon shape, with longer bristles on the top and shorter ones on the bottom. Because of this, there’s definitely a learning curve, and it takes some precision and patience at first. (I’m still not 100 percent sure I’m doing it right!) Despite that, there’s enough formula on the wand to leave your lashes looking polished at one swipe. The trouble is most will crave that second swipe for a more defined look. And because this mascara was one of the slowest to dry, that’ll cost you time. Perhaps it’s worth the extra effort though: This mascara held up remarkably well during an extremely long day—from 6:45 a.m. to 11 p.m.—with no touch-ups.

Maybelline Great Lash Washable Mascara

The bottom line: The best value you can find, this reliable mascara is great for newbies.

The details: Like so many people, this cult-favorite mascara was the first one I was ever introduced to. All these years later, it’s still a strong contender. At just $4.44, this is the most inexpensive mascara we tested, but it held its own among other great drugstore mascaras. It has a small brush that makes application really easy (even for beginners)—it goes on smooth, separating and lifting lashes in just one swipe. Unfortunately, this isn’t a great choice for anyone who prefers volume or a bold look, as you will begin to see clumping with more than one swipe. Overall, though, it’s a very reliable choice, especially at the price point.

L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Butterfly Mascara

The bottom line: A tough-to-maneuver wand that’s slightly gimmicky, but effective enough.

The details: I wasn’t sure whether to love or hate the shape of this mascara’s plastic wand: The “wing tip brush” claims to stretch lashes, prevent clumping, and elongate, but because each side of the wand is dramatically different, it’s not clear where to begin to get the best results—or even how to hold the wand in the first place! The results suggest it does help, but it’s not easy to maneuver—especially if you’re a beginner. The formula is also a bit clumpy, though that could be a result of improper use. Besides the initial challenges, this mascara didn’t stand out in a good or a bad way—it delivered satisfactory results, lasted well throughout the day, and was relatively easy to remove.

Maybelline Volum’ Express The Colossal Washable Mascara

The bottom line: A lightweight, smooth formula that’s exceedingly easy to apply.

The details: This mascara promises nine times the volume due to its collagen-infused formula. The wand doesn’t hold much mascara, which can be both a good and bad thing: On the negative side, there’s not much coverage until the second or third swipe. On the positive side, the formula doesn’t clump—even with multiple coats. The brush has very long bristles and is also slightly tapered at the end, making it easier than most to get into the tight corners of your eyelid without smudging. Despite being lightweight, the formula boasts staying power—even through a midday nap. Unfortunately, I paid the price for this when it was time to remove the mascara—there was still some residue on my lashes even after washing my face and using makeup remover.

L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Original Mascara

The bottom line: This seemingly solid choice tanked because it’s not as long-lasting as other mascaras.

The details: This inexpensive product has all the makings of the best mascara—it goes on very smooth and doesn’t clump; it fans lashes nicely, and it has great coverage on the first swipe. The only noticeable drawback during application is the fact that formula sticks to the tip of the wand, making it easy to smudge the corners of your lids with makeup. But with a little precision, I was very happy with the results. I wondered if this could be a strong contender, but this mascara plummeted in rankings because it just didn’t last the way other formulas did—it was the only mascara that flaked noticeably throughout the day.

L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Washable Mascara

The bottom line: A frustrating application reveals this mascara is not much more than a pretty tube.

The details: This rose-colored tube is widely known as a dupe for the cult favorite Better Than Sex mascara by Too Faced. The hourglass brush is rather fat and is attached to a short wand, so swiping doesn’t feel effortless and natural, and because the formula is very thick, lashes clump and tangle during application. Because of this, it’s tempting to apply more coats to even things out—but this exacerbates the problem, increases drying time, and creates a caked-on feel that bothered me throughout the day. This was also one of the only formulas to flake periodically throughout the day, likely because I had applied so much formula to my lashes. Despite that, this mascara was incredibly difficult to remove. After washing my face, using makeup remover, and washing my face again in the morning, I still noticed some residue.

Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara

The bottom line: A budget mascara that delivers dark pigmentation and great volume—but is incredibly difficult to apply.

The details: This mascara exploded in popularity on Reddit, but the combination of the wand’s short bristles and the thick formula makes application challenging. The formula gets stuck on the end of the brush, which easily transfers to your eyelid during application, requiring touch-ups as you go. The formula also tends to clump a bit, making it extra important to be slow and precise—not a good thing for anyone who wants to streamline their beauty routine. The upside is that all that formula really does deliver impressive results that last all day. Overall, there are better options.

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