The Best Mascaras of All Time

I obsess over finding the perfect mascara and wanted to share my picks for best mascaras of all time. Check out all 12 brands!If there’s one beauty product we rely on to keep our faces in check, it’s without a doubt mascara. That all-important flick frames your face, pulling together your entire look in a few strokes.  It can make you look more awake on a Monday than you actually are. I know besides myself, there are a few of you who have multiple tubes in your bathroom, purse, gym bag, car, kitchen counter, oh wait is that one just me? I’m just a girl looking for the best mascaras after all..

I obsess over finding the perfect mascara and then when I do, I still end up going back on that quest. It’s like finding that perfect pair of shoes or chai tea. Well for me maybe.

The search for the best mascara is a feat in itself, not to mention the search for the best cruelty-free mascara, which is why I get excited when I find those guilt-free formulas that claimed to lengthen, condition, darken, curl, and add volume to lashes just like our old standbys.

We all search high and low for the absolute best mascaras that lift and plump our lashes all while making us look like a Disney princess in real life. You know those big eyes and loonnnng lashes! When we choose a tube of mascara, we mean business. I want to know that this formula works and I’m not wasting my money. Am I right?

Check out all 12 best mascaras below and 15 of the Best Foundations.

My List of Best Mascaras of All Time

1. YSL The Shock Volumizing Mascara

I obsess over finding the perfect mascara and wanted to share my picks for best mascaras of all time. Check out all 12 brands!
Why we love it: 
If you want darker, thicker lashes—this will be your new holy grail of mascaras. The inky black formula can get a little clumpy on its pursuit to volume (in a good way), but be warned if you like your lashes on the straight and narrow instead.

YSL The Shock Volumizing Mascara, $29, sephora.com.

2. Urban Decay Perversion

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Why we love it:
Though the name suggests something dramatic, the effect this mascara leaves is more soft and fluttery than all-out bombshell. But you can layer on more than one coat to reach perversion-level volume.

Urban Decay Perversion, $22, sephora.com.

3. Clinique Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara

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Why we love it:
Once you get over the novelty of the funny name and extra-fat brush, you’ll find that the formula inside sharply defines and fans each lash. One coat leaves behind a tint of color, while two, three, or four coats creates lashes begging to be seen.

Clinique Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara, $17.50, sephora.com.

4. Lancôme DÉFINICILS High Definition Mascara

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Why we love it:
Classics are classics for a reason. Devotees to DÉFINICILS swear by it for its natural lash-lengthening effect and impressive long-wear. But at the end of the day, it washes off at the first sight of soap.

Lancôme DÉFINICILS  High Definition Mascara, $27.50, sephora.com.

5. Milk Makeup Weekend Lash Stain

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Why we love it:
This waterproof two-day lash stain is the perfect one-and-done beauty product the weekend. The best part? No clumping.

Milk Makeup Weekend Lash Stain, $22, sephora.com.

6. W3ll People Expressionist Mascara

I obsess over finding the perfect mascara and wanted to share my picks for best mascaras of all time. Check out all 12 brands!Why we love it: This blue pigment makes your eyes pop and since it’s made of pure mineral pigments, it’s perfect for sensitive eyes.

W3ll People Expressionist Mascara in Blue, $24, birchbox.com.

7. Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara

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Why we love it:
Enjoy the benefits of arguably one of the best mascaras on the planet (the fullness and volume is out of this world) with the added bonus of it being completely waterproof.

Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara, $23, sephora.com.

8. Juice Beauty Ultra-Natural Mascara

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Why we love it:
Unlike most natural mascaras that settle under your eyes by end of day, this one is flake- and smudge-free.

Juice Beauty Ultra-Natural Mascara, $22, ulta.com.

9. Maybelline Volum’ Express The Falsies Push-Up Drama Mascara

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Why we love it:
The cup-shaped bristles push lashes up without the use of a curler and keep them in place all day—think hairspray meets (as the name suggests) a push-up bra.

Maybelline Volum’ Express The Falsies Push-Up Drama Mascara, $7.50, amazon.com.

10. Giorgio Armani Eccentrico Mascara

I obsess over finding the perfect mascara and wanted to share my picks for best mascaras of all time. Check out all 12 brands!Why we love it: I was recently introduced to this mascara and immediately fell in love. It’s got a nice big Velcro brush (so genius) that grabs on to every single lash and administers a thick inky formula that isn’t clumpy or sticky. My lashes look insanely long after just a coat or two. Con is that it’s really pricey.

Giorgio Armani Eccentrico Mascara, $32.50, Nordstrom

11. Covergirl Full Lash Bloom

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Why we love it:
Because you’d have to try really, really hard to make this lengthening, separating mascara clump. And even then it probably wouldn’t.

Covergirl Full Lash Bloom Mascara, $9, amazon.com.

12. Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara

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Why we love it: Free of parabens, mineral oil, phthalates, and gluten, you wouldn’t believe this mascara was of the natural variety as it works just as good, if not better, than other brands—curling, lengthening, conditioning, and volumizing lashes by 330%.

Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara, $21, Sephora

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36 Comments

  1. March 7, 2017 / 9:41 am

    I have sensitive eyes so I will have to try the WELL mascara! I’m curious what the blue will look like though.

  2. March 7, 2017 / 9:47 am

    Great Post! I’m also on the search for new mascaras all the time! I’ll def have to give some of these a try!

    xo-Lisa
    http://www.thatssodarling.com

  3. robin Rue
    March 7, 2017 / 9:53 am

    This is great to know. I don’t wear mascara, so I don’t know the good from the bad when it comes to it.

  4. Bonnie
    March 7, 2017 / 10:00 am

    I use Better than sex and love it!

  5. March 7, 2017 / 10:01 am

    OMG, thank you for this post. I feel like my quest for the perfect mascara is like the quest for the holy grail, so I laughed out loud at your reference. I have tried some of these, but I will definitely be trying the others.

    Thank you!
    xx, Elise
    http://www.sparkleandslippers.blogspot.com

  6. March 7, 2017 / 10:20 am

    I think Lancome def have the best makeup and mascaras! Love your selection, thanks for sharing! xx

  7. March 7, 2017 / 10:23 am

    I think Lancome def have the best makeup and mascaras! xx

  8. March 7, 2017 / 10:36 am

    I normally use YSL mascara but have been SO curious about the MILK brand in general!! Have you tried the blur stick yet??

  9. March 7, 2017 / 11:04 am

    Amazing list! I love Maybelline’s mascara! I am a bridal freelancer. I will try the weekend stain mascara. Thank you for the recommendations!

  10. March 7, 2017 / 11:15 am

    Great picks! That Tarte mascara is my absolute favorite and I love the Too Faced one as well.

    Molly and Stacie

  11. March 7, 2017 / 12:01 pm

    The only one I’ve used on here is the one by Covergirl. But I’d love to try the YSL and the Too Faced mascaras as well.

  12. March 7, 2017 / 12:31 pm

    This is helpful! I need to get some mascara. The one I had went bad. I rarely wear it, but I do like putting it on for special occasions.

  13. March 7, 2017 / 1:58 pm

    I am definitely trying the YSL SHOCK VOLUMIZING MASCARA thanks to your post! I don’t mind a little clump, LOL

    http://thebbar.org/

  14. March 7, 2017 / 2:38 pm

    I am all for mascaras that curl my lashes and are water proof! I HATE when I look in the mirror after a full day and realize that all my eye make up is UNDER my eyes! Ha! The smokey eye UNDER YOUR EYE is not a hot look, at least not on me! I am going to check out the YSL mascara for sure! I do love Urban Decay!

  15. March 7, 2017 / 8:31 pm

    Not really for me but I’ll bet this is just a drop in the bucket for mascara options. I’ve recently discovered that there are nearly endless options if you choose to look.

  16. Sondra Barker
    March 8, 2017 / 12:08 am

    This post was perfect, I have been on a search for a new mascara that doesn’t clump up. I am definitely going to have to try a few of these out.

  17. March 8, 2017 / 12:23 am

    I am a sucker for mascara. I’m not huge of false lashes but nothing can separate me from my mascara. I love Maybelline falsie line. Super and affordable. Will give a few on the list a go

  18. March 8, 2017 / 12:42 am

    I wanna have a try of the waterproof mascara and was so intrigue if it’s really a better than sex experience. lol

  19. Elizabeth O.
    March 8, 2017 / 1:21 am

    They all have different things to offer! It’s just nice to find a mascara that works for you the best. I love the line-up of brands! Proof that they really are good with make-up!

  20. March 8, 2017 / 1:23 am

    This is really awesome! I love that you added a description for each. It’s good to know what mascara works and what doesn’t! This list is packed with well-known brands!

  21. March 8, 2017 / 7:55 am

    You’ve really put together a great list for a variety of shoppers. I’m a big fan of Maybelline mascara for length and thickness.

  22. March 8, 2017 / 8:05 am

    lovely picks! I love the JB and W3ll People mascaras! Pacifica also has an awesome one!

  23. March 8, 2017 / 8:36 am

    I am a serious mascara junkie and I love big fat, full lashes! I love the Better Than Sex and the original L’oreal Voluminous Carbon Black!

    La Belle Sirene

  24. March 8, 2017 / 8:46 am

    I love UD’s Perversion mascara, but man does that stuff stay on your eyes! Talk about life-proof!

    | diaryofasouthernmillennial.com

  25. March 8, 2017 / 11:48 am

    I NEED NEW MASCARA! Thanks so much for this blog, it will help in my search!

  26. March 8, 2017 / 12:30 pm

    Still looking for the perfect mascara.. I’ll follow your suggestions, hope to find my perfect one!

  27. March 8, 2017 / 2:03 pm

    I’ve been wanting to try that YSL mascara! I’ve heard such good things

  28. Whitney
    March 8, 2017 / 2:54 pm

    Great list! I’ve used my Clinique mascara for a while, but I might need to give one of these a try to change things up!

  29. Sauumye
    March 9, 2017 / 2:25 pm

    I have used the Clinique one & I love it!! I have heard a lot about the Armani one . Would surely love to try it!!!

  30. Samantha
    March 9, 2017 / 3:14 pm

    it is so hard to find a great mascara! I will have to check some of these out.

  31. March 9, 2017 / 3:43 pm

    I love and have been using Lance for years. I love how it smells and covers without clumping. I haven’t tried many others sine I started using it.

  32. CourtneyLynne
    March 9, 2017 / 4:18 pm

    Omg so many awesome mascaras!!! I love Too Faced Better Than Sex!

  33. March 9, 2017 / 8:48 pm

    The Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara is my go-to and I love it. I still need to try the waterproof version.

    xo, Elizabeth | txelizabeth.com

    • March 14, 2017 / 2:00 pm

      I need the waterproof for summer!

  34. Taty Pradilla
    March 12, 2017 / 8:00 pm

    I have a few that is on this list, and my all time favorite is the Falsies – Push Up Drama! It is awesome and only half the price.