Mascara is mascara? Right? Well, not so much. There are good, bad and great mascaras. And while there are some makeup items that you should pretty much always splurge on (foundation, concealer…) Mascara is not one of them! Many of the best mascaras out there are found for under $10 at your local drugstore.
I asked some of my favorite makeup obsessed beauty blogging friends about their favorite mascaras, and their answers were amazing! Here are 13 drugstore mascaras that you should try out if you haven’t already! Note that if the bloggers have posted about the mascara, I’ve linked to their post as well!
“This new mascara has a unique brush that fans out toward the end. It grasps my lashes and coats them producing long luscious lashes. People actually ask me what mascara I’m wearing when I use this one.” – Stacie from Makeup Obsessed Mom
2. Maybelline Full & Soft Mascara Buy it from ULTA or Amazon
“Maybelline Full & Soft Thick & Healthy Waterproof Mascara – never have I ever thought in life that I’d ever love a waterproof mascara. This does all the things I love and actually IS waterproof.” (Check out Brooke’s favorite waterproof makeup including this mascara!) – Brooke from Blushing Noir
“Maybelline Full & Soft Mascara gives nice definition, length, and ‘clean volume’.” – Mai from Portrait of Mai
“What works for my misbehaving lashes is the L’Oreal Butterfly mascara. I don’t even need the waterproof one. This lengthens my lashes and keeps my lashes curled throughout the day.” Kat from Kat Stays Polished
“The brush is awesome at creating lift and separation in the outer lashes.” – Nidia from Lit From Within
“I love this mascara for clump free lashes with the perfect amount of length and volume for everyday.” – Christa from Perilously Pale
“Pink tube, green lid. It’s an oldie but a goodie. It’s absolutely the holy grail of all the mascaras.” – Angela Peters from Hairspray and Highheels
Great Lash is also a favorite of Nicki from FutureDerm
8. L’Oreal Telescopic Original at Amazon Shocking Extensions at Amazon
There are a few different variations of Telescopic mascara, and two of them were mentioned by the bloggers!
“L’Oreal Telescopic Shocking Extension Mascara (Waterproof)- This is seriously one of the best waterproof mascaras out there. It holds a curl like no other, lengths the lashes and does clump or flake like other waterproof mascara.” – Jamie from Makeup Life and Love
“L’Oreal Telescopic, this is my favorite for length and definition. It really does give telescopic lashes.” – Carleen from Beauty and Fashion Tech
“I discovered Covergirl Full Lash Bloom Mascara as a great dupe for the acclaimed Benefit Roller Lash. You get the same lifting, separating, and lengthening at a fraction of the cost. The wand is so much better, too. The comb bristles are strategically placed to catch every lash and avoid clumping.” – Miranda from Slashed Beauty
Like Telescopic, L’Oreal has put out a few versions of Voluminous Mascara. They all received love from my beauty blogging friends!
“L’Oreal Voluminous Curved Brush Mascara is serious must have in my beauty arsenal. It has serious staying power and is a perfect dupe for Armani Eyes to Kill. No wonder it is a makeup artist staple.” – Jamie from Makeup Life and Love
“L’Oreal Voluminous gives amazing volume and thickness, and it’s a great dupe for Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara!” – Julie from Collective Beauty
“L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black gives me intense volume and a deep black color to add drama.” – Mai from Portrait of Mai
“Adds volume and length, without flaking or smudging!” – Julie from Collective Beauty
“The Colossal has big, clump-free volume! The only mascara I’ve bought backups of, so far.” – Nidia from Lit From Within
12. Eddie Funkhouser Quattro Variable Lash Mascara Buy it Amazon
“Eddie Funkhouser Quatro Mascara has something for everyone. Depending on how you twist the brush you can go from everyday lashes to extreme volume in a minute without adding extra coats. On top of that it holds curl and never flakes or fades.” – Marcia from Beauty Info Zone