The 10 Best Drugstore Mascaras For Jaw-Dropping Lashes
We’ll never tire of reviewing drugstore beauty products; there are just so many bomb formulas out there – you just need to know where to look. And, while there are plenty of pricy mascaras we love, we can’t deny that the drugstore aisle majorly comes through with their mascara offering on the regular. Whether you’re looking for volume, thickness, or curl, there’s a drugstore mascara that can make your lash dreams come true. So to make it easier for you to find the ultimate mascara for your lash needs, here’s a roundup of our fave drugstore mascaras and why they’re so darn good.
1. For Full, Whispy Lashes: L’Oréal Lash Paradise, $10
This mascara has a cult following; in fact, one sells every five seconds. Beyoncé’s go-to MUA, Sir John explains why he’s obsessed: “This is hands down my go-to mascara. It has become a major staple in my kit and gives you that super feathery lash look we all love.” We couldn’t agree more! The smooth formula glides onto the lash, while the hourglass-shaped wand allows you to reach from root to tip delivering major volume, length, and curl.
2. For A Fanned-Out Finish: Maybelline Lash Sensational Washable Mascara, $10
If length is your number one goal, the Maybelline Lash Sensational Washable Mascara should be your go-to. The fan-style brush has ten layers of bristles to separate while building thickness and length. Plus, the formula is infused with nourishing oils, like rose, argan, and safflower oil to soften and nourish the lash. There’s also a waterproof version that’s ideal for summer.
3. For Long, Sexy Lashes: L’Oréal Paris Telescopic Mascara, $11
This L’Oréal mascara has been flying under the radar for years until… TikTok discovered its lengthening powers. While the brush may look small, it has a flat side to lengthen lashes up to 60% and a comb side to separate lashes with precision. The result? It coats every lash, adding drama and length with a sexy, fluttery finish. Plus, it doesn’t flake or smudge throughout the day, which is a must.
4. For MAJOR Volume: Maybelline The Colossal Big Shot Mascara, $9
If you’re looking for intense volume (without the price tag), this mascara is for you! The long, thick wand (a great combo!) adds drama in just a few coats, plus the wavy bristles hug the lashes, allowing you to reach from root to tip. The formula is also infused with collagen to thicken and plump the lashes without looking clumpy. The only thing to note with this mascara is the formula can get a little dry, so try not to pump the wand, as this can cause it to dry out faster.
5. For Intense Drama: Covergirl Super Sizer Mascara, $6
We discovered this drugstore mascara after a colleague with the longest, fluttery lashes told us it was the only mascara she buys! And after trialing it for a week, we’re hooked! Within a few coats, the rubber-bristled wand delivers natural, fluffy-looking lashes that remain flake-free all day long. For application, twist the brush as you apply to comb the product through; otherwise, it can be a little messy. For more application tips, read our full review. Need another reason to buy this mascara? It’s cruelty-free!
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6. For Double the Thickness: Maybelline Great Lash Mascara, $7
This award-winning product is the OG drugstore mascara. Created over 40 years ago, it remains one of the best-selling drugstore mascaras on the shelves. The mascara features a lash doubling formula that helps thicken and lengthen the lashes, while the bristle brush provides a fanned-out effect. It’s also available in various special additions, from waterproof to blue and clear versions, which is ideal for a no-makeup makeup look. We’re currently crushing on the blue.
7. For Volume: BLK/OPL Super Volumizing Mascara, $9
If you like a curled wand, you’ll love this volumizing mascara. Not only does it add drama with a lash-hugging fiber brush, but it’ll also separate, lift and coat each lash for dimension and thickness. The formula even boasts an innovative thickening complex that’ll leave your lashes looking longer and fuller. Just be aware that it is quite creamy, so for all-day wear, we’d recommend dusting your undereye with a loose setting powder to avoid smudging.
8. For TikTok-Worthy Lashes: Maybelline Lash Sensational Sky High Mascara, $11
This *viral* mascara literally broke TikTok when it first dropped. It was so popular in the U.S. that Maybelline had to bring forward the release date in the U.K., and TBH, we totally understand the hype. The flex tower mascara brush bends to separate, volumize, and lengthen each lash from root to tip. Honestly, it looks as if you’ve just had a lash lift. Plus, the washable mascara formula is infused with bamboo extract and fibers for long, fluttery lashes that don’t get weighed down. #Obsessed.
9. For Thick, Full Lashes: Essence What The Fake! Volumizing & Lengthening Mascara, $5
If you love drama, you’ll fall in love with this Essence mascara. Enriched with nylon fibers to instantly thicken and lengthen the lashes, it creates that false lash effect in just a few coats. The formula is great for layering with other mascaras to add volume instantly – our fave mascara hack.
10. For Sensitive Eyes: Neutrogena Healthy Volume Mascara, $8
If you suffer from sensitive eyes, this Neutrogena mascara is a great option. Not only is it dermatologist and ophthalmologist-tested, but it’s also aluminum-free. The rich formula is infused with sweet almond oil and olive oil to plump and hydrate each lash, conditioning the lashes from the inside out. We love it as it thickens and lengthens our lashes with a natural yet whispy finish. It also comes in black, brown, and a waterproof sister – our go-to during the summer.
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