We’ve all been there: you’re sitting on your couch, trying as hard as you can to plump your mascara brush with enough mascara to make your eyes pop (even harder if it’s almost finished), applying it as swiftly as possible, and then still having it look like weird spider legs.
It’s a curse that every woman faces, and no mascara has any business to work that badly.
But, just like everything, you just have to be picky. Mascara is and probably always will be an essential part of everyone’s makeup routine, so it’s vital to find the right one for you. This can mean anything by how dramatic of a lash you want, or if you need it non-smudging.
With that in mind, here’s five top-rated mascaras that will give you the lashes you’re really looking for, and within a reasonable price range.
1. Nars Climax Mascara
Nars Climax Mascara has been rated the best for it’s non-smudging and non-flaking formula, which is really helpful for an overcoat mascara or simply one to wear everyday. The wand has ribbed bristles that are great for overall coverage, giving your lashes a realistic lift for everyday wear. Shop this mascara online on Nars’ website, or in any drug store, like London Drugs for $24.
2. L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Washable Mascara
This mascara is known for being the best for custom finishing, or being able to decide how much product is applied to your lashes. This is done through the hourglass shape of the wand, which gives the wearer the ability to shape their lashes to the way they like best. The larger part of the wand gives more product and a more dramatic look, whereas the smaller part gives less, allowing any type of look. Find this mascara online on L’Oréal’s website, in any drug store like Shoppers Drug Mart, or in any Sephora for $9.99.
3. Glossier Lash Slick
According to reviewers, this mascara is the best for the ‘no-makeup makeup’ look, meaning that it gives the shape of natural lashes while still adding volume. The formula lengthens and separates your lashes without adding any unnatural volume or clumping, so your lashes look just like your lashes, but like, way better. Buy this mascara online from Glossier’s store for $16.
4. Lancôme Monsieur Big Mascara
If you’re looking for volume, this is the mascara for you. The formula is non-smudging but still super volumious for those days that you really need a pick-me-up, or just nights that dramatic lashes are a go-to. The fat brush makes it easy to load on the dramatic black, but is tightly packed to help comb out clumps. Find this mascara online on Lancôme’s website, at any drug store like London Drugs, or in any Sephora for $25.
5. Benefit Cosmetics BadGal Bang! Volumizing Mascara
Last, but certainly not least, this mascara from Benefit is rated as the most lightweight mascara, and perfect for a medium between a no-makeup and dramatic look. The formula is supposed to last 36 hours (but you should totally wash your face, girl) but even just for a couple of hours, the mascara gives you long lashes like you couldn’t believe, with volume to match. Even cooler, the lightweight part of the formula is based off of space tech. So your lashes will literally be out of this world. Find this mascara online on Benefit’s website, in any drug store like Shoppers Drug Mart, or at any Sephora for $25.