These mascaras give you volume, length, and more, without costing a small fortune.

By Rachel Wermager
Updated August 19, 2020
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The easiest way to make your eyes pop is to add a few swipes of mascara. This is even more true today as we wear cloth face masks that cover up everything but our eyes. Although there are some pricey mascara options on the market, there are also plenty of affordable supermarket products that do an excellent job enhancing your lashes. However, not all mascaras are created equal. Some are best for volumizing, others are great for lengthening, and a few even mimic false lashes (minus the high cost and frustrating application process). We found five of the best drugstore mascaras for every preference, including a waterproof formula that stands up against any moisture. As a bonus, you don't even have to head to the supermarket to get these mascaras; simply order them online and have them shipped right to your front door.

lash stiletto mascara
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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. The shiny, elastic formula stretches lashes sky-high. Thanks to vitamin B-5, your lashes will be conditioned and flake-free.

loreal lash paradise 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, and it's even been compared to the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara ($25, Sephora).

elf waterproof mascara
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Best Waterproof Mascara

e.l.f. is an affordable drugstore brand that many people swear by. This waterproof lengthening and volumizing mascara prevents clumps and dries fast, but most importantly, it holds up against the elements. In the rain or in the pool, your eyes will be smudge-free.

covergirl clump crusher mascara
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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 drama.

essence lash princess mascara
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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 thousands of five-star reviews.

Comments (1)

December 4, 2020
While I agree that L’OREAL Lash Paradise adds fullness to my lashes, I have stopped using it because so much mascara is on the wand that I must scrape the sides of the brush just inside the tube. Otherwise, it is sooo messy and difficult to control the application. Too time consuming. I will say that it does not flake little specks under my eyes, as I have found with so many other drugstore mascaras, even with tossing them at 3 months of use. I’m still looking for the perfect mascara...and I’m nearly 70yo and wearing mascara since my early teens! Thank you for reviewing drugstore products though!