Best Drugstore Mascara for Beautiful Lashes

Did you know that there are 90-150 lashes on your upper eyelid and 70-80 lashes on your lower eyelid? Most women will tell you that their go-to makeup product is mascara. If often seems like it has magical powers to transform your face just by defining and glamming up your eyelashes. A good mascara gives you outstanding lashes and highlights the beauty of your eyes. Even if you stayed up late the night before, mascara can make your eyes pop in the morning. The right one can define, lengthen, darken, and thicken your lash appearance.

When choosing a mascara, it's not just about the formula but also the wand. They can be tapered or curved, micro or fat brush. Each offers a different look and benefit to the wearer. When choosing a mascara, you have to think about your personal eyelashes and goals. If your eyelashes are short, you may want a mascara that is lengthening. Most women want some volumizing power and curling benefits in their mascara as well, while avoiding the dreaded clumping that can occur with some formulas. Some people need a hypoallergenic formula, or one suited for sensitive eyes. Finally, we tend to like waterproof mascara, because we don't want to end up with makeup running down our faces on the off chance that we get caught in the rain or start tearing up during a sappy movie. We've reviewed the best mascaras out there for price, staying power, and how they made our lashes look and feel. Read on for our top recommendations.

Covergirl LashBlast Volume Mascara

Covergirl LashBlast Volume Mascara will leave your lashes looking full and gorgeous. You can get this mascara in waterproof or regular. The patent-pending brush is designed to define each lash for a volumized-look. We were able to apply it smoothly, and the waterproof one definitely lasted all day without smudging. Reviewers liked that the defining wand made their lashes look fuller overall. With the washable formula, you do have to be a bit careful not to rub your eyes too much. It is hypoallergenic and suitable for contact lens wearers. This mascara won the Influenster Reviewers' Choice Awards: Best in Beauty, 2016.  This mascara is available in Black, Brown, Very Black, and Black Brown.



Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof Mascara

We love Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof Mascara! It lasted throughout the day without smudging. The wand separated the testers' lashes while lengthening and volumizing. This mascara glides on smoothly and was not clumpy. This has been one of America's favorite mascaras for 40 years now. It's been ophthalmologist tested and hypoallergenic tested, and it has been found suitable for contact lens wearers. Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof Mascara is an Allure Readers' Choice and Best of Beauty Award Winner. If you don't want waterproof, Maybelline also makes a Great Lash Washable Mascara. It is available in Very Black and Brownish Black.


Neutrogena Healthy Volume Waterproof Mascara

Neutrogena Healthy Volume Waterproof Mascara boasts a formula that instantly builds lash volume up to 400%. The brush did a good job of catching even our smallest lashes, defining and separating without clumping. Reviewers reported that it had good staying power throughout the day. This mascara formula is made with olive oil to help moisturize and plump your lashes. Sweet almond acts to protect your lashes.  It looked natural and we felt it was a great day-to-day mascara. It is dermatologist and ophthalmologist-tested. It is available in Carbon Black and Black/Brown. There is also a washable formula if you prefer.


L'Oreal Paris Double Extend Beauty Tubes Lengthening Mascara

This mascara comes with a double-ended wand design for a two-step process resulting in beautifully nourished, extended lashes. The first step is to apply the base coat, which is ultra-nourishing and infused to strengthen your lashes.  The second step is to use the ultra-lengthening top coat that will visibly lengthen your lashes (up to 80% longer-looking!). It did not result in flakes or clumps. Unlike some other mascaras that you have to fight to remove, this one can be taken off gently with just warm water when you wash your face at night before bed. This mascara does not have a waterproof counterpart. L'Oreal Paris Double Extend Beauty Tubes Lengthening Mascara is ophthalmologist and allergy tested, and found to be suitable for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers. It is available in Black and Blackest Black.


Maybelline New York Lash Sensational Mascara

Maybelline Lash Sensational Washable Mascara comes with a fanning brush with ten layers of bristles, resulting in beautiful fanned lashes. It's recommended to use the inner curve to reach the root of the lashes and then sweep from root to tip. You end up with lashes that look full and voluminous. Reviewers note that it applied evenly and made their lashes really stand out. This mascara is ophthalmologist tested and suitable for contact lens wearers.  Maybelline New York Lash Sensational Mascara is available in Blackest Black, Very Black, and Brownish Black. You can also choose between washable or waterproof formulas.


Bottom Line

Choosing a mascara is highly individual, but there are a few things that most women tend to want. We want a mascara that volumizes and lengthens our lashes while not giving a spidery appearance. We want to avoid clumps and smudges. Some people pay additional attention to formulas that are hypoallergenic, for sensitive eyes, or suitable for contact lens wearers. We decided to review the best drugstore mascaras since they are easily accessibly and affordably priced. Our favorite was the Covergirl LashBlast Volume Mascara, which has also won an Influenster Reviewers' Choice Award: Best in Beauty, 2016. We also loved Neutrogena's Healthy Volume Waterproof Mascara for a natural look. Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof Mascara is a classic with a strong fan-following. We loved Maybelline's New York Lash Sensational Mascara for a night out. L'Oreal's Double Extend Beauty Tubes Lengthening Mascara offered a unique formulation and easy, clump-free application. Most mascaras we reviewed come in both waterproof and washable formulations, so you won't feel limited by what to buy. Though there are some unique mascara colors available now (such as purple and yellow), we decided to review only those that come in more traditional black and brown since this is what is most often used. Whether you want to go glam or look natural, there's a mascara that's perfect for you.

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