The 5 Best Drugstore Mascaras Of All Time


drugstore mascaras

We love to review a drugstore beauty product – they’re amazing! Sometimes it’s an iconic moisturizer, a bomb new foundation, or a great full coverage concealer. We realized that one product we always fall in love with is a good drugstore mascara that delivers insane results and often costs less than $10. So to make it easier for you guys to find the perfect drugstore mascara for your lash needs, here’s a roundup of our fave drugstore mascaras and why they’re so iconic.

1. For Full Whispy Lashes: L’Oréal Lash Paradise, $10

drugstore mascara Source: L’Oréal

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 volume, length, and curl.

2. For A Fanned-Out FinishMaybelline Lash Sensational Washable Mascara, $10 

drugstore mascara Source: Lash Sensational

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 three essential oils including rose, argan, and safflower oil to soften and nourish the lash. There’s also a waterproof version that’s ideal for summer.

3. For MAJOR Volume: Maybelline The Colossal Big Shot Mascara, $9

drugstore mascara Source: Maybelline

If you’re looking for intense volume (without the price tag) this mascara is for you! The long thick wand adds drama in just a few coats, plus, the wavy bristles hug the lashes, allowing you to reach from root to tip. The formula’s 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 further.

4. For Intense Drama: Covergirl Super Sizer Mascara, $6

drugstore mascara Source: Covergirl

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 bristle wand delivers natural, fluffy-looking lashes that remain flake-free all day long. When it comes to 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. 

5. For Double the Thickness: Maybelline Great Lash Mascara, $7

drugstore mascara Source: Maybelline

This award-winning product is the OG drugstore mascara. Created over 40 years ago, it still 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 a variety of special additions from waterproof to blue, as well as a clear formula, which is ideal for a no-makeup makeup look. We’re currently crushing on the blue, which is set to be one of 2020’s biggest color trends.

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