Best Mascaras List: Every Mascara Tested and Reviewed

Updated on March 21, 2013

Best Mascaras in the World!

Ladies! (and gentlemen too): I have realized that there are masses and masses of mascaras out there in today’s beauty market. These companies market their mascaras online, in magazines and with t.v. commercials all riddled with promises to lift, lengthen, curl, define, volumize, darken, define, and separate eyelashes! It can be such a daunting task to ponder all of these options and brands to pick just one. Besides, who in their right mind would have the time and money to try out the hundreds of mascaras?!

Well folks, I have done it. I had a panel (cross-selected) from my sorority and my fashionhouse beauty gals to try out and take a monster-list of mascaras to the ultimate test. Amongst 75 mascaras we chose one for every category we deemed most important. Use it as a guide!

So without further ado:

Best Lengthener: Maybelline Lash Stiletto

This is a fabulous mascara for separating and lengthening lashes for under 10 bucks. Sometimes lengthening mascaras can be more useful than volumizing ones if you like the cleaner and brighter look. It goes on smoothly with minimal clumping, smudging and will last all day. Perfect for us girls with shorter lashes!

Long, Longer, Longest! Mascaras that Is:

Vavoom- Best Volumizing Mascara

Greatest Volumizer: Dior DiorShow Mascara

This amazing mascara although a bit pricey, will give anyone dramatic and thicker lashes. It is honestly the luxurious mascara of all mascaras: thick bristles and a thick brush. It delivers top-notch results but is very simple to apply. It never clumps, and best of all, is easily removed with water.

Mascara for Gals on a Budget

Best Bargain: Loreal Paris Voluminous Original Mascara

This coats lashes perfectly, making them longer and fuller without the clumping. It makes lashes look thick, but still natural looking. It does a great job volumizing, lengthening and separating. It’s a hardworking, multi-tasking, do-it-all mascara! It also comes in a variety of fun colors for under 10 dollars.

Best Precision Mascara

Precision for Picky Gals: Max Factor Lash Perfection Mascara

This amazing mascara defines and separates without the hassle. The rubber bristles are evenly spaced out with a tapered tip for easy separation application. The proof is in the product: when you pull the brush directly out of the tube there are no clumps! It creates the perfect defined eyes great for those who just want a clean and bright look without any heaviness.

Mascara for the Beach!

Waterproof Guarantee: Clinique Gentle Waterproof Mascara Long-Wear Lash Intensifier

This is a super subtle mascara that is very long-lasting. Although it doesn't create the 'dramatic' eyes for a night out, it is natural-looking and still lengthens eyelashes without clumping or smudging. It's great for sports, swimming, contact-users for a reasonable price.

All Curls Mascara

Best Curling: Rimmel Extra Super Lash

For such a low price, this mascara is a must. It is such a marvelous curler, yet doesn't clump or smear like other curling mascaras. It is an amazing waterproof mascara that really defines the eyes for the low price of 2 dollars. For 2 dollars, where can you go wrong?

Awesome Thickening Mascara

Best Thickening Without Clumping: Cover Girl LashBlast

This is for the ladies (and bold men) who want thick dramatic lashes. For those who shun fake eyelashes, but want an ultra-dramatic look, this is it. It’s also won countless beauty awards for being such a great bargain. Not only does it boost your lashes, but it's also clump-free, smudge proof, and very easy to apply. A complete steal!

Best Beginner's Mascara

For First Time Users: Almay One Coat Mascara

This is an easy-application mascara that can be found at all drugstores or supermarkets. It has a great brush that gives volume, length with some level of precision. It is very natural looking, doesn't flake and is the perfect price for first time mascara users.

Most Revolutionary Mascara

Most Innovative: Givenchy Phenomen' Eyes Mascara

This is a deep, rich mascara: Givenchy has taken the first step to revolutionize the mascara wand and brush. The brush is a small circular ball with tiny bristles on the entire ball. The short rubber bristles reach the outer and inner corner and grabs every little eyelash and thickens them without clumping. It’s a dream come true ladies, a mascara that will reach every lash! It gives a great dramatic effect from the root to the tip. Innovative and 'Phenomenal'! Be wary of the steep pricetag though!

Best Overall Mascara

Best Overall Mascara: Lancome Definicils

This mascara stays in place and never flakes. It never clumps, and it defines and lengthens every lash, down to the baby ones. Its patented brush separates very well and defines each and every lash. This mascara will never let you down, and I guarantee it myself personally! Although it is pricier than drugstore brands, it is WELL worth your money.

Thanks for reading ladies and ladies. Now go flaunt your fluttery lashes to the rest of the world!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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      • yenajeon profile imageAUTHOR

        Yena Williams 

        8 years ago from California

        toknowinfo: Thanks for the compliments! I'm glad it was useful!

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        8 years ago

        Great hub and very informative. This is a very valuable hub. Thanks for sharing your knowledge. Rated up and useful.

      • yenajeon profile imageAUTHOR

        Yena Williams 

        9 years ago from California

        You're welcome creativeone!

        I wish you super well also,


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        benny Faye Douglass 

        9 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

        Thank you for a very informative hub on Mascara, I thank you for sharing it. Godspeed. creativeone59

      • yenajeon profile imageAUTHOR

        Yena Williams 

        9 years ago from California

        K Tannahill: I'm so glad you liked it. Yest I really love colored mascaras right now. Its so appropriate for summer. I've been dying to try a teal!

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        K Tannahill 

        9 years ago from Canada

        Great article - I love Covergirl Lash Tint mascara - more for the colors than anything.

      • yenajeon profile imageAUTHOR

        Yena Williams 

        9 years ago from California

        Pmccray: I'm so glad it was helpful for you! Yes I was slso sick of buying countless bad mascaras. Although I am very against too thick or clumpy mascaras! =)

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        9 years ago from Utah

        Very informative - bookmarked. Thanks for the very useful hub. I'm sick of purchasing all these different mascaras, and none seem to work like they say they do. Cosmetic companies, make billions off of women, with their false promises. Excellent data

      • yenajeon profile imageAUTHOR

        Yena Williams 

        9 years ago from California

        Brown mascara is a fantastic idea. It can really make your eyes pop depending upon your eye color. Since I don't know what your eye color is.. I can't recommend a specific shade of brown. Brown is great for anyone with Green eyes. The lighter your hair color, the lighter brown you can use. However, if you have blue eyes I would try to substitute charcoal or grey mascara for black. Because, yes black can look harsh if you have light colored eyelashes.

        Personally I love bold colors (blue!) but I also have really dark eyes and hair.

        For brown mascaras try: Almay (they're always good) and

        Mac Plushlash in Brownette if you're not concerned about $$.

        Thanks for visiting, and sorry its so long!

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        Ann Leavitt 

        9 years ago from Oregon

        Very helpful! I always look for specific things in my mascara, and it's great to know which ones work better for my needs. Do you have any advice for picking a mascara color? I've always used black, but recently I've thought about trying black/brown or dark brown because I have lighter hair and sometimes I think black looks a little unnatural. Blue, well, that's just a bit bold for me. :)

      • yenajeon profile imageAUTHOR

        Yena Williams 

        9 years ago from California

        Aaron: Thanks for the compliment. I'm glad it gave you some entertainment =)

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        9 years ago

        Really a wonderful hub. This hub is commercially informative as well as totally entertaining. Keep it up.

      • yenajeon profile imageAUTHOR

        Yena Williams 

        9 years ago from California

        Hi Tammy: I'm so glad you loved it. My roommate also has super sensitive eyes so she loves the Clinique. Thanks for the visit =)

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        Tammy Lochmann 

        9 years ago

        hey great right out of Lucky, I am glad that there are some of the hypoallergenic ones like Almay and Clinique included here. I really enjoyed reading. I need to go and check my mascara now...Bye

      • yenajeon profile imageAUTHOR

        Yena Williams 

        9 years ago from California

        Rkhyclak: Ooh that Luxe Emerald sounds divine! I love colored mascaras with sparkle! I will definitely try it out =) Thanks for reading!

        Sheila b: It was super educational for us as well. I'm so glad I learned what I did. I feel like a mascara expert (almost)! I need to do another hub on eyelash curlers next!

      • yenajeon profile imageAUTHOR

        Yena Williams 

        9 years ago from California

        Pamela: I'm so glad you loved it! The panel had a blast trying all the mascaras and recording their findings. Thank you so much for your comments!

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        sheila b. 

        9 years ago

        This was very educational. Good information.

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        9 years ago from Ohio

        Great hub! I use (and love) the CG Lash Blast Luxe Emerald mascara-deep black with a touch of emerald sheen (I would say sparkle, but it's not drag-queenish by any means...). This kinda makes me want to try others, though!

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        Pamela Oglesby 

        9 years ago from Sunny Florida

        I learned a lot about the different types of mascaras that are available. Good hub.


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