For most women, a makeup bag essential they can’t live without is a good mascara—and for good reason. The right mascara can lengthen or volumize your lashes while others can separate, curl, or tint. But finding the perfect mascara is a very unique task, as everyone has a different preference for what they want their mascara to achieve. If you’re in the market for a new mascara but don’t know where to start, we’re to help. We’ve done our homework, tested out countless products, and have narrowed down the options and compiled a list of the 18 best mascaras available now.
MILK Makeup KUSH High Volume Mascara
This high-volume mascara is infused with nourishing, hemp-derived cannabis seed oil that locks heart-shaped fibers onto lashes for curl, length, and thickness that lasts, while also working to fill the hollow fibers with formula for a double dose of sky-high volume.
Hourglass Caution Extreme Lash Mascara
After you apply this mascara for the first time, you’ll actually hear yourself say “wow” out loud. While the lengthening effect is the standout here, the all-in-one mascara all delivers intense volume and sky-high lift for extreme, dramatic lashes.
URBAN DECAY Perversion Mascara
For those days (or nights) when you’re in the mood for false-like lashes, look no further than Urban Decay’s Perversion Mascara. Made with an ultra-creamy and jet-black pigment that extends and volumizes lashes, the mascara is also formulated with honey extract and marine collagen to nourish and moisturize your lashes. Plus, the brush separates the lashes without making them look clumpy.
TOO FACED Better Than Sex Mascara
Said to be inspired by the curves of a woman’s body, this hourglass-shaped brush offers some of the sexiest, defined, and multidimensional lashes possible. Plus it’s made with a carbon black, fuelled formula that will make you look like you’re wearing false lashes. Seriously.
FENTY BEAUTY BY RIHANNA Full Frontal Volume, Lift & Curl Mascara
Leave it to the queen of inclusive beauty to create a do-it-all mascara that is designed to expose every lash thanks to its exclusive flat-to-fat brush that instantly volumizes, lifts, lengthens, and curls your lashes with each coat.
LANCÔME Monsieur Big Mascara
This long-lasting and voluminous mascara has a black-boosting polymer in its pigment for a rich and intense finish that’s said to give lashes 12 times more volume and up to 24 hours of wear. Plus, the creamy texture smoothly applies to lashes for an even, buildable, and clump-free application.
wet n wild Mega Length Mascara
If you’re looking for a cruelty-free option, this lengthening mascara is definitely it. It’s enriched with Vitamin E to soften, moisturize, and protect lashes, while the precision comb brush hugs every lash from root-to-tip for optimal length. And let’s not forget about the incredible price… it’s under $5!
IT Cosmetics Superhero Mascara
Just like your favourite superhero, this mascara will give your lashes super volume, length, and stretch with just one coat. This is IT Cosmetics best selling mascara—and for good reason. As a does-it-all and then some mascara, it gives your lashes enviable volume, length, separation, and it will lift your lashes to new heights.
Innisfree Skinny Waterproof Microcara Mascara
For those that love natural brands and products, Innisfree is definitely a must-try. The popular Korean beauty brand carries products that are bursting with natural benefits from Korea’s Jeju Island, including this waterproof mascara that’s perfect for those with shorter lashes. While this might come with a drugstore-friendly price, the superfine brush works like a professional brand.
The Honest Company Extreme Length Mascara + Lash Primer
If you have the mentality that two is better than one, then you’re going to want to give this tubing mascara from The Honest Company a try. Start with the lash primer to enhance your mascara’s lay-down performance and staying power. Then, flip to the dark side for a coat of rich mascara that leaves lashes with extreme definition, volume, and length.
Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes
True to its name, this award-winning mascara will give you full, fat lashes with just one coat. This multi-benefit mascara boasts a unique 5-in-1 formula that will give you curl, separation, volume, length, and drama while defining the look of your eyes and creating flirtatiously fluttering lashes.
NYX Cosmetics Worth the Hype Volumizing & Lengthening Mascara
If you want your lashes to look darker, fuller, and absolutely gorgeous all day long, then the Worth the Hype Volumizing & Lengthening Mascara is definitely for you. And trust us, one coat makes a huge difference. The next time you want something that adds volume and length quickly and won’t break the bank, let this be it.
Beautycounter Volumizing Mascara
Made with natural fibers, this advanced formula increases volume by 385% (yes, you read that correctly) to create fuller, more dramatic-looking lashes with two coats. The hourglass brush curls, separates, and plumps lashes for high-drama glam–without clumping, flaking or smudging. But if that’s not enough to make you get your credit card ready, this mascara is made with clean, plant-derived ingredients, like carnauba wax and rice bran wax, which replace harmful emollients, while bataua oil helps soften lashes.
Maybelline Falsies Lash Lift Washable Mascara
Another great drugstore mascara that packs the same punch as a designer brand is Maybelline’s new Falsie Lash Lift. Just as the name suggests, this mascara is literally a lash lift in a tube, delivering dramatic length and volume thanks to the double-curved lifting brush.
L’Oréal Bambi Eye Mascara
You’ll be feelin’ like your favourite doe-eyed animal thanks to L’oréal’s new Bambi Eye Mascara. One coat will leave you with eye-opening results, as the wide-eye brush fits and hugs the eye shape, while the brush’s mixture of long and short bristles separate each and every lash.
Stila Magnum XXX Mascara
You’ll command the room in the blink of an eye with Stila’s new Magnum XXX Mascara. With one coat you’ll have noticeable volume, curl, and panoramic flutter thanks to the volumizing brush and dramatic ink black colour that will last all day.
Annabelle Free Spirit Mascara
Don’t let the unusual brush throw you off. Annabelle’s newest mascara comes with a tiny brush that catches the finest, hard-to-reach eyelashes for a thick, dense and voluminous effect. Simply apply your mascara by holding the brush horizontally and brushing the lashes from root to tip for a voluminous look.
Marcelle Volume Extension Electric Mascara
Whether you have naturally long lashes or you were born with shorter ones, this affordable mascara lengthens and separates in just a few swipes. The conical brush can catch all the lashes, even the smallest ones and those from the corner of the eye, for a lengthened and volumized look.