The 10 Best Mascaras EVER

Before I ever started really wearing makeup, I was always obsessed with mascara. It’s a cosmetic that you need next to zero skill to apply and it can really make your eyes pop and give you a nice, ‘wide awake’ look, which is helpful… especially when you’re feeling anything but. Mascara is one product I will always spend good money on, as it lasts a while and really can change your whole look. With that in mind, here’s my 10 favourite mascaras in no particular order – and keep in mind, I had to cut this list down, that’s how much I love mascara.

They’re Real! by Benefit, $23


They’re Real! is kinda the holy grail of mascara, and sits atop “Best Of” lists of magazines and beauty bloggers alike every single year since its release because it’s THAT good. Nothing gives me the dramatic, false lash look quite as well as this, and it’s probably my #1 favourite. Well, in the Top 3. I love mascara too much!

Better Than Sex by Too Faced, $23

better than sex

The first thing I noticed about my tube of Better Than Sex was how heavy it is. The packaging looks and feels luxurious, and luckily the actual product follows suit. It coats the lashes in a deep charcoal black, thoroughly and completely, giving a wide-eyed look that I really love. The formula is really rich and lasts all day, as well, which makes it even better.

Haute & Naughty Lash by MAC, $21

haute and naughty

I’m a big fan of pretty much everything MAC does and I like all of their mascaras, but Haute & Naughty takes the cake particularly because it’s two mascaras in one. The smaller wand up top picks up less colour, lending for a more natural look, whereas the brush dipped in the bottom half yields a SUPER dramatic, camera-ready fabulousness that I really love.

Flamed Out by Cover Girl, $5.99

flamed out

I bought a tube of Flamed Out when it was part of the promotion for the second Hunger Games movie, skeptical that it would be any good (as most drugstore mascaras have really let me down). Not so with this! Sure, I do layer other mascaras over it, but that’s more about my personal obsession with mascara than any actual need to do so. I love the fat brush on this one – it really packs a punch and gives great lashes.

High Impact Mascara by Clinique, $16


You can’t really go wrong with Clinique, any way you slice it. I love that their formula is never sticky and doesn’t clump, even when you’ve kept the tube for like, 18 months (which I have done before, even though you’re totally not supposed to). There’s great texture to the High Impact tube, and really does take your lashes to the next level while not being to over-the-top.

Lights, Camera, Flashes! by Tarte, $23


I first tried Lights, Camera, Flashes! as a sample and immediately went out and bought a full size version because I loved it that much. The brush makes it so that every single lash gets a good coating of colour and also spreads out your lashes to create an incredibly full, almost feathered look. LOVE THIS.

Doll Eye Mascara by NYX, $6.50

doll eye

I really love NYX Cosmetics as a brand, and think they’re stuff is an absolute bargain for the price. Their colours are always incredibly pigmented and application is incredibly smooth, and the same goes for Doll Eye. This is more of a playful look, very gentle and summery, if that makes sense, and I really like it when I just want a little bit of something on without going over the top.

Hynôse Star by Lancôme, $28.50

hypnose star

Admittedly, I had never really considered Lancôme’s makeup at all, though I do remember that Kate Winslet is (was?) the face of the brand and she’s gorgeous, which is convincing enough for me. In all seriousness, Hypnôse Star ends up on the “Best Of” mascara lists quite a lot, and after buying my own, I can see why. It gives nice, full lashes on the first application but can be layered to create an incredibly glamorous look at any time.

Diorshow Iconic Overcurl by Dior, $28.50


I’ve used Diorshow since before I even had the money to walk in the doors of Sephora, let alone be buying anything there. I’m not sure what made me buy it so long ago – probably the name – but luckily the actual product lives up to the hype. Dior’s newest launch is the Iconic Overcurl mascara, and it does just that. It’s all fine and well making your lashes look longer and fuller, but it’s not much use if there’s no curl to them. Using this means I don’t have to use my lash curler that day, which is a score for the lazy, for sure. It’s a nice, classic, professional look that still seems somewhat dramatic while still being suitable for the workplace.

Noir G de Guerlain Exceptional Complete Mascara by Guerlain, $52


I know what you’re thinking: for $52, this damn mascara had better turn my lashes into wings and propel me into outer space. The thing is, metaphorically speaking, it kinda does. “Exceptional complete” is a pretty accurate title, though not for reasons I can really pinpoint. I just feel rich wearing this, which probably says more about our society’s perception of wealth than about the mascara itself, but whatever. It’s Guerlain! It’s French! It’s amazing!

What are your favourite mascaras? Any I missed?

Featured images via Sephora and respective product website


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  • Kat Engh

    I find that CoverGirl’s LashBlast is on par with DiorShow, at a fraction of the price.

  • Katee Elizabeth Parker

    SO glad you included that Clinique one! I love it so much. I’ve actually never bought mascara in my whole life, and I use it everyday. For years my grandma has given me her free samples of that same Clinique High Impact and I use it until she gives me a new one. My favorite thing about it is how easily it comes off at night. Amazing! Mascara is the best!

  • Danielle May Ellen Bogucki

    So sad to see that Great Lash, by Maybelline isn’t on this list. It is FANTASTIC, under ten bucks a tube, and it has been around forever! Love my Great Lash!

  • Anamaria Davila

    I love the way They’re real looks for the first few hours but after an 8 hour work day it’s all over my under eye. I was disappointed.

  • Lisa Tullio

    I <3 L'oreal Voluminous Million Lashes! Nothing else makes me look like Snuffaluffagus quite like this one.

  • Courtnē Athena Daniel

    Illegal Lengths by Maybelline is one I’ve been stuck on for two or more years. It has a great thin brush, which really helps for not over applying. It does make your eyelashes look longer and fuller if you build. My only qualm is sometimes I’ll get a few flakes on my face after a few hours. I’m afraid to try others now though! Once I find something at works, the trial and error game of makeup seems unappealing and costly. $20+ for a tube… no thanks!

  • Amy Elinski

    Clinique’s High Impact Extreme Volume is also fabulous! It’s like High Impact’s flashier cousin. It doesn’t clump, and it gets your lashes extremely thick and long. It always looks really great on!

  • April Ann Pena

    I used to love the Clinque mascara until I tried the 3d mascara at This stuff doesn’t smear and washes right off. I get so much more volume and length. Have you tried it?

    I also heard about a Chanel mascara but don’t remember the name. It lengthens lashes too.

  • Sara Suzanne

    Great lash and Diorshow. I have they’re real right now, and am super disappointed I didn’t just get Dior instead….

  • Carina Brown

    I’ve tried the Too Faced and Tarte mascaras that are on this list, and was quite unimpressed with both of them =/ Just my experience. I got a random sample of Estee Lauder’s Sumptuous Extreme mascara and it blew those others out of the water! Surprising but true~

    • Tracey White

      I looove that Estee Lauder mascara. As soon as I finish these million other tubes I have, that’s the one I want to re-buy.

  • Colva Weissenstein

    I’ve definitely used all of these, and this is a good assessment, however I’d give the spot held by Cover Girl’s Flamed Out to Maybelline’s classic Great Lash, and include Sephora’s own Full Action Extreme ($15) and NARS’ Larger Than Life Volumizing ($25). It’s a toss up between Benefit and NARS for brush excellence for me.

  • Kayla Baird

    Girl you’ve gotta try blinc mascara! Blinc tubes your lashes. No clump, no raccoon eyes, no black liquid running down your face after a cry. Best part is all you need to do to take it off is water and pressure! No extra eye make remover or complication. :). For me, the most important part of a mascara is how it wears + looks. I would have loved to know a little more about how these wear. Definitely try blinc! I’ve been branching out and am using eyeko’s curvy mascara. Lancôme hypnose DRAMA is amazing too.

  • Vanessa Terry

    I love-love-love Jordana Best Lash Extreme Volumizing Mascara. It’s only ~$3 at Walgreen’s. If it’s good enough for Lauren Curtis, it’s good enough for me :]

  • Leah Wood

    Blinc Mascara for the win! They have different color and it tubes your lashes. They create great volume and a look that lasts through pretty much anything. My eyes are a little sensitive and water a lot, no raccoon eyes here. It doesnt smear or smudge. Stays put as long as my lashes do not get wet and rubbed at the same time. I can get them wet and as long as I don’t mess with them they will dry and be fine. Also removes easily with just water and a little pressure. LOVE LOVE LOVE! This mascara was my saving grace!

  • Abby Williamson

    That Tarte one is my absolute fave, but my holy grail drugstore mascara is Revlon Grow Luscious. The brush is fat, but it’s definitely comparable to high end mascaras.

  • Chanel Castro

    Sephora’s amazing, yet dangerous! It’s like beauty’s Bermuda Triangle. I love the look of mascara, but my laziness about taking it off always ends up leaving me zombie-like. I actually even like it when the mascara is running out and the brush is a bit dry because it gives a really light coating.

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