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The Best Mascara

Updated Dec 10, 2022
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After putting in 30 hours of research while considering more than 50 mascaras, personally testing 29, and giving 13 to a panel for a trial run, we found that the best mascara is Buxom Lash Waterproof ($19). It lengthens and separates lashes with a formula that doesn’t clump, smudge, smear, or flake over many hours of wear, while still being easy to remove at day’s end.

Buxom Lash Waterproof, best mascara

Buxom Lash Waterproof

Best mascara
Buxom’s hourglass-shaped elastomer brush proved the easiest to use for the most people, and was the best among all mascaras at separating and lengthening lashes. This mascara’s waterproof formula didn’t flake or smudge, and it came off easily.
We recommend
Benefit They're Real, runner-up

Benefit They're Real

This mascara is water-resistant, performed the best in terms of volume and separation compared with the non-waterproof formulas we tested, and smudged the least among non-waterproof contenders.
Another good choice
L'Oreal Voluminous Original, best budget pick overall (non-waterproof)

L'Oreal Voluminous Original

Best budget pick overall (non-waterproof)
This nylon-bristle brush strikes the right balance of shape, density, and size for its formula, making it the best at making your lashes look thicker, period. It also comes off with water only.
Another good choice
CoverGirl Clump Crusher by Lashblast, best budget pick for lengthening and separating (non-waterproof)

CoverGirl Clump Crusher by Lashblast

Best budget pick for lengthening and separating (non-waterproof)
This elastomer brush option earned the highest separation and ease of application scores among the budget products we tested.
Another good choice
CoverGirl Bombshell Curvaceous By LashBlast, also great for versatile looks (waterproof)

CoverGirl Bombshell Curvaceous By LashBlast

Also great for versatile looks (waterproof)
The tube can be slightly unwieldy, but this mascara’s two ends first separate lashes and then build them up layer by layer, creating volume that elastomer brushes can’t—and avoiding the clumping that comes with many nylon brushes that carry lots and lots of formula.
Another good choice

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