These Are the 5 Best Drugstore Mascaras
Drugstore mascara that doesn’t flake, smudge or run? It does exist. Our reviewers ranked the best drugstore mascara. Not all mascaras are created equal. That’s where this list of the best mascaras comes in.
The best mascara lengthens, volumizes and curls your lashes. It’s also flake-free and smudge-proof. On top of that, the best mascara comes with a well-designed brush that doesn’t leave a single eyelash without mascara, as well as a formula that doesn’t massacre your lashes when you remove it at the end of the night.
1. CoverGirl Plumpify BlastPro by LashBlast Mascara, $12
The brush on this baby is a serious multitasker! It’s thick, so it grabs a lot of lashes in one swoop, and it has a spiral staircase brush design that lifts and twirls your lash hairs, wrapping them in lots of formula. As promised, it definitely “plumpifies,” especially since it deposited product at the base of my lashes, which gave the look that I was wearing liner on my upper inner rim.
2. Rimmel London ScandalEyes Retro Glam Mascara, $5
I’m a sucker for anything retro, so I was stoked to give this a try. The first thing I noticed was how quickly it worked: In two speedy, haphazard coats, every hair was covered, which never, ever happens for me. The brush also has a cool hourglass shape that pushed all my lashes up (like a lash curler effect), which, moving forward, will cut out one extra step for me when I get ready.
3. Maybelline New York Volum’ Express The Falsies Waterproof Mascara, $5
TBH I didn’t mean to grab the waterproof version because taking off H2O-proof mascara is the worst. But I’m glad I did. This came off drama-free in a second with a makeup removing wipe! More importantly, I loved how light, fluttery, and flirty my lashes looked even though it was a heavy-duty formula. The spoon brush hugs the shape of your hairs as you apply and the formula feels totally weightless. I couldn’t stop winking at people all day.
4. L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Superstar Mascara, $9
The last time I used a two-sided mascara was in high school, but I have no idea why I’ve stayed away from it because it’s really fun. There was something so gratifying about painting on the gray thickening primer in step 1, and then coating on the inky black mascara in step 2 that was packed with lots of little fibers that made my lashes look longer and more lush. Plus, you can create a custom look that’s either subtle or dramatic, depending on the number of layers you swipe on.
5. Revlon Ultimate All-in-One Mascara, $9
Usually I’m not a fan of little brushes and this one is really little. But I decided to stop being size-ist and give it a whirl. Amazingly, the teeny brush really separated and lifted my lashes. And while it wasn’t super OTT, I didn’t mind forgoing drama for the perfect daytime look.
So, there you have it: The 10 best, tried-and-true drugstore mascaras you can turn to the next time your lashes need a little somethin’ somethin’.