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The Best Mascaras: Tested and Reviewed Mascara Brands

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There are tons of mascaras available for sale. Find out which are the best for lengthening, volumizing, curling, and more.

There are tons of mascaras available for sale. Find out which are the best for lengthening, volumizing, curling, and more.

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 TV 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 try out and put a monster list of mascaras to the ultimate test. From 75 mascaras, we chose one for every category we deemed most important:

  1. Lengthening
  2. Volumizing
  3. Bargain
  4. Precision
  5. Waterproof
  6. Curling
  7. Thickening
  8. For Beginners
  9. Innovation
  10. Best Overall

So, without further ado, here are our results. Use our reviews as a guide!

Maybelline Lash Stiletto was our pick for the best lengthening mascara.

Maybelline Lash Stiletto was our pick for the best lengthening mascara.

1. 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 or smudging and will last all day. Perfect for us girls with shorter lashes!

DiorShow was the best volumizer that we tested.

DiorShow was the best volumizer that we tested.

2. Best 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.

Loreal Paris makes a good budget mascara.

Loreal Paris makes a good budget mascara.

3. 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.

Max Factor Lash Perfection is nice and precise.

Max Factor Lash Perfection is nice and precise.

4. Best Precision: 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.

The Long-Wear Lash Intensifier mascara by Clinique was our pick for the best waterproof product.

The Long-Wear Lash Intensifier mascara by Clinique was our pick for the best waterproof product.

5. Best Waterproof Mascara: 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.

Rimmel Extra Super Lash is a marvelous curler.

Rimmel Extra Super Lash is a marvelous curler.

6. Best Curling Mascara: 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?

Turn to LashBlast for thickening without clumps.

Turn to LashBlast for thickening without clumps.

7. 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!

Almay One Coat is an ideal product for beginners.

Almay One Coat is an ideal product for beginners.

8. Best Beginner's Mascara: 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.

Givenchy's Phenomen' Eyes is a revolutionary product.

Givenchy's Phenomen' Eyes is a revolutionary product.

9. 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!

For an all-around top mascara, turn to Lancome Definicils.

For an all-around top mascara, turn to Lancome Definicils.

10. 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.

Comments

Yena Williams (author) from California on March 16, 2011:

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

toknowinfo on March 15, 2011:

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

Yena Williams (author) from California on September 23, 2010:

You're welcome creativeone!

I wish you super well also,

Yena

benny Faye Douglass from Gold Canyon, Arizona on September 22, 2010:

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

Yena Williams (author) from California on February 24, 2010:

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!

K Tannahill from Canada on February 24, 2010:

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

Yena Williams (author) from California on February 23, 2010:

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! =)

pmccray from Utah on February 23, 2010:

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

Yena Williams (author) from California on February 22, 2010:

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!

Ann Leavitt from Oregon on February 22, 2010:

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. :)

Yena Williams (author) from California on February 22, 2010:

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

AARON99 on February 22, 2010:

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

Yena Williams (author) from California on February 21, 2010:

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 =)

Tammy Lochmann on February 21, 2010:

hey great article...like 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

Yena Williams (author) from California on February 21, 2010:

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!

Yena Williams (author) from California on February 21, 2010:

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!

sheila b. on February 21, 2010:

This was very educational. Good information.

rkhyclak from Ohio on February 21, 2010:

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!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on February 21, 2010:

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

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