There are a zillion and a half mascaras out there, from inexpensive drugstore tubes to high-end name brands. For this article, we tried the pricey designer mascaras, some newcomers, and a bunch of inexpensive brands. Here’s what we liked.
Maybelline’s BEST Lash Mascara. $7.99.
There’s a reason this pink and green tube is in every makeup artist’s kit. For 50 years, this pink and green tube has always been a best seller. It’s not just the price either; you can get natural-looking lashes with just one swipe. Not smudge-proof, however. Also available in a waterproof version. Available everywhere.
THRIVE Liquid Lash Extensions Mascara gets 5-star reviews, and deservedly so. With something called ‘Orchid Stem Cell Complex,’ it conditions your lashes while you’re bating them at the cute guy at the bar. No smudging or flaking either because it’s a tubing mascara (each lash is enclosed in a ‘tube’ of its own, which comes off easily at the end of the day.) Pump up the volume by adding more coats.
One of our favorites for its ‘I woke up like this’ effect. The bestselling mascara visibly lengthens and lifts lashes (without smudges or flakes.) The brand says the secret is the tiny fibers that coat each individual lash from root to tip creating maximum definition and length. Perfect for that ‘no makeup ‘look.
This beauty is the only squeezable mascara (softens the formula) and really brings the drama. For a big night out, this is our go-to. XL length and volume. Va-Va-Voom!
6) DO throw out mascara after 3 months. (We write the date we bought it on the tube with a sharpie so we’ll remember though we’ve certainly been guilty about keeping our fave mascara past its sell date.)