The Best Mascaras We’ve Tried

Laura Mercier Extra Lash Sculpting Mascara
Even the stubbiest, thinnest of lashes can look lush with a little help. Whether your goal is to lengthen, plump, separate, or all of the above, one of these magic wands -- and the innovative formulas they deposit -- will deliver.

Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash

Inspired by a hair roller, this wand has tiny hooks that grip, lift, and curl even the straightest of lashes. The conditioning formula then holds the curve for 12 hours.

Urban Decay Perversion Mascara

Some mascara formulas are too dry and flake off; some are too wet and clump within seconds; but this one is just right. The creamy volumizing mascara plumps up lashes instantly (and over time thanks to growth-stimulating proteins and amino acids). Plus, it layers perfectly -- whether you pile on multiple coats at once or reapply it hours later.

L’Oréal Voluminous Butterfly Intenza Mascara

Longer lashes (especially in the outer corners of your eyes) come courtesy of the double-winged "butterfly" brush, which stretches and fans out each individual lash.

Too Faced Better Than False Lashes Extreme

The two-step kit creates a false lash look -- without the hassle of actually having to apply fake lashes (a time-consuming task, to say the least). First, the brush-on fibers bulk up and extend your natural lash hairs. The rich black mascara seals the deal.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Washable Mascara

Fact: Lashes grow in layers. This brush has 10 different layers of bristles to ensure that every single teeny-tiny hair gets coated in the lash-thickening formula.

CoverGirl The Super Sizer Mascara

Get a more dramatic, fuller fringe with a flick of the wrist. The trick with this mascara is to twirl the wand as you apply it to your lashes. A mix of short and long bristles saturate lashes -- root to tip -- with the amplifying formula.

Touch in Sol Stretchex Stretch Lash Effect Mascara

Just as your favorite pair of black yoga pants has an elongating effect on your not-so-leggy legs, this mascara contains an elastic polymer that adds an impressive amount of length to vertically challenged lashes.

Physicians Formula Eye Booster Instant Lash Extension Kit

It's another dual-product kit that yields crazy long lashes. With this one, you apply the mascara first and then brush on the black, lash-extending fibers. The final step: one last coat of mascara to lock in your newfound length.

Eyeko Black Magic Mascara

A good mascara is a lot like a good bra: it lifts, separates, and of course, adds a little padding (okay, maybe even a lot). This mascara, with its blacker-than-black formula and lash-curving brush, defines and enhances your itty-bittys (lashes, that is).

Lancôme Grandiôse Wide-Angle Fan Effect Mascara

The “swan neck” wand of this mascara takes the shape of your face into account. The bent design allows you to get the brush closer to your lash line, so you can lift lashes from the root.

Laura Mercier Extra Lash Sculpting Mascara

Modeled after the all-day hold of hair gel, this mascara gives lashes long-lasting shape and structure. 

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