Happy Friday Everyone! I’m really excited to finally be discussing my top 5 drugstore mascaras! This post has been in the works since I started my blog. I know… talk about procrastinating. I think I’ve written it at least three times. But, every time I did, some new mascara launched. I kept thinking: ok, I’ll try this new one just in case it’s better and then write the post. Well, 14 months later and still no post.
I’ve concluded that new mascaras will keep launching left and right (for reals). So, I’m just going to go for it now. If I find new mascaras I love later, I’ll write a new post. Problem solved.
Actually, the real problem is that I’ve become quite a mascara addict. In fact, my mascara collection now rivals my blush collection. And that’s saying a lot. However, unlike blush, mascara goes bad fairly quickly. In fact, you probably shouldn’t keep a tube longer than 6-9 months. You don’t want to risk it with something that goes on your eyes.
Because I throw out mascara much more frequently, I tend to favor drugstore over higher end mascara. Plus, it’s one of those products that I truly think the drugstore kicks ass with. So, here are my current top 5 drugstore mascaras under $10.
I’m not going to save the best for last this time. This mascara, isn’t only my #1 drugstore pick. It’s my favorite mascara EVER. And it’s $3.49. I wrote a dedicated post on it here so I won’t dwell. However, if you are looking for length, volume and curl holding power – look no further than this. It’s the most unassuming mascara and wand, yet somehow delivers on everything. The cap on my last one broke and somehow that made it even better. The drier the formula became, the more I liked it.
I like to think of this mascara as a very easy, day to day mascara. This is the one I would go for if I’m going for a no makeup look. One coat is enough to lengthen and thicken without my lashes obviously looking like I’m wearing mascara. You can also intensify the volume with a second or even third coat – this mascara layers very well. Also, it’s the least prone to clumping on this list.
Although the mascara claims to grow your lashes, I’ve never noticed any lash growth from using this. Regardless, it’s a really nice every day product!
I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone talk about this mascara. That’s probably the reason why I picked it up recently. I figured it’s not one of those mascaras that’s been talked about in the beauty world. I actually bought this one, and another Wet N Wild mascara to test out. The other one will be in a future beauty fails post. It did not work out. The Megalength mascara however was a winner.
The wand on this mascara is the only rubber wand on my list (which is weird because I’ve always preferred rubber wands in the past). It’s a very thin wand with relatively short bristles. Given the shape of this wand, you can get really close to the base of your lashes to create a lot of volume on the base. Further, given the long, thin shape, it’s the easiest to use on the lower lashes. This is great if you prefer smaller/thinner wands for lengthening.
I’ve been using this mascara the most when I’m not wearing eye liner since I can create the illusion of eye liner by getting more mascara at the base of the lash line. Plus, it’s $2.99!!
If you want to go in a completely different direction from the mascara above, this is it. Even though the name is similar, the wand on this mascara is more like a traditional synthetic hair brush. The wand is also about twice the size with long bristles (this is the fattest wand on this list).
The formula of this mascara is on the liquid side, it contains 40% less waxes than traditional mascaras. It’s more like a mousse consistency. As a result, you can achieve a more natural look if you go for just one coat and a more voluminous look if you go for multiple coats. Similar to the Rimmel Lash Accelerator, this mascara layers really well so I tend to use it when I’m going to apply false lashes.
This mascara is ideal if you prefer more liquid/thin formulas to layer, or if you prefer mascaras that give a more natural look with just one coat.
This mascara is a classic. Unlike many drugstore mascara launches, this one has stuck around for YEARS. And for good reason, it builds a TON of volume, doesn’t flake and doesn’t irritate my eyes.
The formula is tricky to get used to at first since it’s on the liquid side. However, you can do two to three coats without clumping because it is thinner.
Similar to the Jordana mascara, this one somehow gets better as it dries out.
Alright guys, those are my top five drugstore mascaras! Stay tuned for an update since I recently bought 3 new launches. This one seems promising.
What are your favorites? Any waterproof recommendations?
As always, I’m linking up with with the ladies at Carolina Charm, Meet At The Barre, A Cup of Tea ,The Slaughters sand September Farm for today’s Five on Friday. Make sure to check out their Five’s on the links above.
Have a great weekend!
*all images above are via Shopstyle Collective. They are linked in the product name.