These mascaras boost length and volume without breaking the bank.

By Rachel Wermager
March 28, 2019
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When you’re pacing up and down the makeup aisle at the drugstore, the sheer number of mascara options can be overwhelming (believe me, I've tried a lot of different ones). To help you better navigate the shelves, we've rounded up five highly rated and reviewed mascaras for every lash need. Bold, beautiful lashes, here you come.

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Best Lengthening Mascara

If the name is any indication, this mascara will do for your eyelashes what stilettos do for your legs: instantly lengthen and elongate them. The shiny, elastic formula stretches lashes sky-high. It's a favorite of mine; I’m often asked if my lashes are actually real while wearing this mascara.

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Best Volumizing Mascara

With 200+ bristles to catch every lash and a silky, smooth-glide formula, this mascara takes lashes to volume paradise. Reviewers rave about its superb lengthening powers – it's even been compared to Two Faced's Better Than Sex Mascara, $27.37.

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Best Waterproof Mascara

e.l.f. is an affordable drugstore brand that always delivers (check out their shine-reducing makeup primer). This waterproof lengthening and volumizing mascara prevents clumps and dries fast, but most importantly, it holds up against the elements. I got caught in a rain shower while wearing it, and it didn’t smudge or give me raccoon eyes.

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Best Clump-Proof Mascara

Clump Crusher’s curved brush sweeps away clumps while building your lashes up so that they appear volumized, longer, and more defined. Reviewers note that this mascara is light and flexible, won’t flake, and gives you amazing lashes in just a couple of coats. Apply one or two coats for a more natural look, or layer it up for more impact.

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Best False Lash Effect Mascara

If you're searching for a mascara that mimics the look of false lashes, this tube will be your new beauty BFF. A tapered brush gives lashes dramatic volume and length (and will make them look like they've been professionally done!). This formula is also backed up by over a thousand five-star reviews on both Amazon and Ulta’s websites.


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