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While some of us do dabble with treatments like lash extensions or lash lifts, we all have our tried-and-true tubes of mascaras that we regularly restock. Some of our picks may be curling mascaras for a lifted and fanned-out look, while other Allure editors prefer one of the best waterproof mascaras for a smudge-proof finish. Whichever results you're trying to achieve, chances are we know exactly which mascara you'll need.
With that in mind, we rounded up our editors' absolute favorite mascaras of all time, including a few Best of Beauty winners, with brands ranging from drugstore favorites like Maybelline New York to Sephora darlings like Too Faced and Anastasia Beverly Hills. We've also got the luxury market covered (hi, Dior and YSL Beauty).
Tarte's first-ever tubing mascara is a good one. The Tartelette Mascara is made with conditioning shea butter, moisturizing castor oil, and carnauba wax to lengthen and volumize. With just a few coats of this magic, people will question if you have lash extensions.
The Ilia Limitless Lash Mascara is a two-time Allure Readers' Choice Award winner that treats your lashes to a volumizing, thickening, jet-black formula. This flutter-inducing mascara has a double-sided wand to evenly disperse the product and brush out clumps for perfectly defined lashes.
Though most mascaras don't do the trick for commerce editor Sarah Han, she says this 2021 Best of Beauty Award winner has intensive volumizing and lifting powers to enhance the look of her self-proclaimed "stubby, almost invisible lashes." She also says this jet-black formula is truly clump-free and long-lasting. "I attribute that to the addition of [conditioning ingredients] walnut leaf, argan oil, and pro-vitamin B5, which gives me impossibly soft, flexible lashes," she says.
If there's one brand that truly makes a case for celebrity beauty brands, it's Selena Gomez's line of cosmetics, Rare Beauty. Exhibit A: the Perfect Strokes Universal Volumizing Mascara, a conditioning, castor oil-infused formula that's so good, it won an Allure Readers' Choice Award in 2022. Commerce editor Sarah Han says it's one of the most flattering mascaras you could find for its mess-free applicator and innovative brush head.
CoverGirl's Lash Blast mascaras are iconic in their own rights. The Volume formula is a three-time Best of Beauty Award winner but now its award-winning family expands with the CoverGirl Lash Blast Clean Volume Mascara, the drugstore brand's first vegan formula. "It's extremely buildable, giving me long, fluttery lashes with zero clumping," says a former Allure staffer. "My eyes are very sensitive, and the sulfate- and paraben-free formula doesn't irritate them at all." It doesn't hurt that the formula also includes argan and marula oils to seriously condition lashes.
The sultry name of this mascara alone is intriguing enough to catch our eyes, but Nars's Climax Mascara is also tempting to swipe on for its buildable, flexible formula. Commerce writer Jennifer Hussein says this is one of her go-to mascaras for enhancing her lashes, which she describes as "thin, wispy, and sparse."
"I've learned to accept that my lashes aren't as thick and bountiful as the rest of my hair, but I still appreciate a slight enhancement," she says. "The thing is that I have very sensitive eyes, so faux lashes are a hard no for me. One of the few mascaras my watery eyes can tolerate is this lightweight formula. One coat is all I need for a natural fanned-out look. For a more dramatic look, two coats get the job done without leaving clumps and chunks between my lashes."
When it comes to luxury and waterproof mascaras, a former Allure editor says little-to-none come close to Dior's Diorshow Waterproof Mascara. "My eyelashes are naturally pretty long, albeit blonde, so I don't really love wearing mascara all the time (mostly because I hate taking it off at the end of the day)," she said. "When I do, however, I go all-out glam with the Dior Diorshow Waterproof Mascara because it makes my lashes longer, thicker, and just the right amount of obnoxious diva."
Looking for a mascara that gives all the glam? According to senior beauty editor Paige Stables, Wander Beauty's Upgraded Lashes Treatment Mascara understands the assignment without smudging, fading, or clumping off. "Its hourglass brush is covered with comb-like bristles to separate every single lash for maximum definition," says Stables. "What's more, though, is that the jet-black ink is infused with conditioning peptides and nourishing panethenol, so my lashes are conditioned with every swipe."
News editor Nicola Dall'Asen says this 2020 Best of Beauty winner just simply "hits different." Its slightly chunkier formula and curvy, dense brush create a thicker and more voluminous look without clumping. But that doesn't mean you can't wear this mascara on minimal eye makeup days, either, because Dall'Asen swears by this pick for creating lashes that are "thick and voluminous, long and wispy, or anywhere between.""With a couple of swipes, the formula builds itself both upward and outward, so I get big, fanned-out lashes that practically hit the ceiling," she says.
I have purchased it in Excessive Black from Nordstrom. Wonder if that colour is only for certain stores. I go back and forth on this. I got a TON of samples from my gal there, but then when I bought the full size it seemed to dry out MUCH more quickly than the full size. I have bought 3, at different times, and seem to have this problem consistently. Since I usually have multiple mascaras going at once (6 right now, I think, you know, different styles and such!) I was very happy she just loaded me down with like 15 of the mini tubes so I just use those when I want to wear this one.
Hi Tara!I think you must be right, the color is only at certain stores? I didn't check Nordies (the nearest one is about 45 minutes from me), I checked Macy's. I haven't noticed the drying out issue so much, though that could be why I was having clumping issues if I didn't wipe the wand? (Because I underplayed it above since I solved the issue, but really, if I don't wipe the wand I can look like Tammy Faye really easily with this mascara)
When in a time crunch, reaching for the best mascara in your beauty arsenal is often easier and more time efficient than, say, applying a lipstick. Nothing complements a look quite like a fluffy, voluminous lash.
Infused with walnut leaf, argan oil, and vitamin B5, this Yves Saint Laurent mascara is formulated to promote softer, fluffier lashes while thickening, volumizing, and lengthening. Also, its blended fiber brush expertly lifts lashes without clumping.
I find that the first layer is very light yet defining. It curls and fans the lashes very effectively and looks pretty really quickly. In my experience, the mascara formula dries quickly so you have to work fairly fast if you want to still be able to move the lashes around. But you can still build volume once the first coat is set, without the formula clumping.
This oil-free eye makeup remover from Klorane is safe for sensitive eyes, thanks to ophthalmologist- and dermatologist-approved plant-based ingredients that gently remove mascara and more while depuffing and soothing the skin.
This mascara is designed to lift lashes as well as volumize them. Lancôme even claims that it can provide a volume boost of up to 600%! The brush is designed to target and separate lashes from root to tip too, so no lash gets left behind. They all deserve to have their moment, and every lash getting the same volumizing treatment means your eyes will truly mesmerize!
I found that if you use it at the right angle, it really does make it easy to apply the mascara in the outer corners and the base of the lashes. It also seems to be perfect for curling your lashes and holding the curl too.
The Lancôme Hypnôse Volumizing Mascara is a buildable, voluminous mascara that is said to lift and separate lashes easily. Whether you want more natural or a more dramatic eye, this versatile mascara is said to be able to tackle either look. 781b155fdc