From cult classics to brand new wonders, these are our can’t-live-without mascaras.
If there’s one beauty product we rely on to keep our faces in check, it’s without a doubt mascara. That all-important flick frames your face, pulling together your entire look in a few strokes. Here, the tubes we stockpile in our vanities.
Why we love it: If you want darker, thicker lashes—this will be your new holy grail of mascaras. The inky black formula can get a little clumpy on its pursuit to volume (in a good way), but be warned if you like your lashes on the straight and narrow instead.
YSL The Shock Volumizing Mascara, $29, sephora.com.
Why we love it: Though the name suggests something dramatic, the effect this mascara leaves is more soft and fluttery than all-out bombshell. But you can layer on more than one coat to reach perversion-level volume.
Urban Decay Perversion, $22, sephora.com.
Why we love it: Once you get over the novelty of the funny name and extra-fat brush, you’ll find that the formula inside sharply defines and fans each lash. One coat leaves behind a tint of color, while two, three, or four coats creates lashes begging to be seen.
Clinique Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara, $17.50, sephora.com.
Why we love it: Classics are classics for a reason. Devotees to DÉFINICILS swear by it for its natural lash-lengthening effect and impressive long-wear. But at the end of the day, it washes off at the first sight of soap.
Lancôme DÉFINICILS High Definition Mascara, $27.50, sephora.com.
Why we love it: This mascara is the holy trifecta of mascaras: somehow it lengthens, tints lashes, and volumizes all at once. Bonus: the curl manages to last all day long.
Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash Curling & Lifting Mascara, $24, sephora.com.
Why we love it: This waterproof two-day lash stain is the perfect one-and-done beauty product the weekend. The best part? No clumping.
Milk Makeup Weekend Lash Stain, $22, sephora.com.
Why we love it: This blue pigment makes your eyes pop and since it’s made of pure mineral pigments, it’s perfect for sensitive eyes.
W3ll People Expressionist Mascara in Blue, $24, birchbox.com.
Why we love it: If length is what you’re after, look no further: it extends your lashes and makes them ultra-fluttery.
IT Cosmetics Superhero Elastic Stretch Volume Mascara, $24, amazon.com.
Why we love it: Enjoy the benefits of arguably one of the best mascaras on the planet (the fullness and volume is out of this world) with the added bonus of it being completely waterproof.
Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara, $23, sephora.com.
Why we love it: Unlike most natural mascaras that settle under your eyes by end of day, this one is flake- and smudge-free.
Juice Beauty Ultra-Natural Mascara, $22, ulta.com.
Why we love it: The cup-shaped bristles push lashes up without the use of a curler and keep them in place all day—think hairspray meets (as the name suggests) a push-up bra.
Maybelline Volum’ Express The Falsies Push-Up Drama Mascara, $7.50, amazon.com.
Why we love it: The brush comes out of the tube covered in product—so much that you’ll immediately anticipate clumps—but then miraculously works itself out as you brush through your lashes, delivering that perfect wide-eyed effect.
Rodial Glamolash Mascara XXL, $28, dermstore.com.
Why we love it: We’ve applied one or two coats of this uniquely build-able mascara for naturally lengthened and separated lashes in the morning, then gone back over with another coat a few hours later for some added drama.
NARS Audacious Mascara, $26, nordstrom.com.
Why we love it: Even though it’s waterproof, the flake-free formula never feels dry or stiff and our lashes look just as curled and fanned-out at the end of the day as they did in the morning.
Avon Big & False Lash Volume Mascara, $9, avon.com.
Why we love it: It’s one of few mascaras that doesn’t sacrifice long length at the expense of full, thick volume at the base. Is it better than sex? No. Is it on par with a pair of your highest, sexiest heels in terms of making you feel like the hottest woman in the room? Yes.
Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, $23, sephora.com
Why we love it: The curved wand works with the shape of your face, so you can get up close and personal with every last lash and coat even the wispiest corner ones.
Lancôme Grandiôse Mascara, $32, sephora.com.
Why we love it: Because you’d have to try really, really hard to make this lengthening, separating mascara clump. And even then it probably wouldn’t.
Covergirl Full Lash Bloom Mascara, $9, amazon.com.
Why we love it: The sexiest mascara to pair with smoky eyes, it leaves our lashes looking patent-leather shiny and ultra-black.
Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Excess Mascara, $32, nordstrom.com.
Why we love it: The name really says it all—you’ll get a false lash-like effect, but right from a tube. The formula goes on smooth but instantly creates a full, dramatic effect.
M.A.C. False Lashes Mascara, $21, nordstrom.com.
Why we love it: It creates a clean, natural lash but with a lot of length and zero clumps for a defined, eye-catching effect. This formula is perfect if you have a lot of lashes that are short or if they’re light on the ends and just need some tint.
Tom Ford Ultra Length Mascara, $42, nordstrom.com.
Why we love it: This classic has been thickening lashes since the ’70s with its signature, easy-to-handle narrow wand and clump-free formula that resists smudging but washes off in a cinch. Iconic status: completely deserved.
Maybelline Great Lash Mascara, $7, amazon.com.
Why we love it: This mascara boosts a custom-domed tip to lift, define, and curl even the tiniest of fringe for a sculpted look that’s shockingly similar to false lashes.
Benefit They’re Real! Mascara, $22, sephora.com.
Original post can be found in Harper’s Bazaar.