In the endless sea of mascaras that are available and with so many different kinds promising to give everything from “full fan effect” to “clump-free”, how do you know which are actually the best and achieve the desired look?
I have used many mascaras in my years of freelancing so I thought I would put together a list of the 5 best drugstore mascaras in my opinion and I have chosen ones that give different finishing looks based on your preference. These are all around great ones that I have used many times in my makeup journey.
I also wanted to show the difference between 1 coat versus 2 coats as everyone likes to apply their mascara differently.
Keep reading for the 5 Best Drugstore Mascaras + pictures of each on my eyes.
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Covergirl – Full Lash Bloom
Full Lash Bloom is a beautiful mascara if you want soft feathery lashes with nice volume. I found this mascara to apply without creating clumps and is fairly easy to build on but still keeping with a more natural lash effect. It is also a very safe mascara to use if you wear contact lenses as it is ophthalmologically tested.
This is a fatter plastic bristle brush with varying lengths to give fullness to the lashes.
One coat gave me a great day look for with minimal makeup so if you are looking for a more natural soft mascara that sits lightly on the lashes then this is a great option for you.
Get yours HERE: COVERGIRL Lashblast Full Lash Bloom Mascara
Maybelline – Lash Sensational
Lash Sensational has been one of my go to’s for a long time as it is incredibly black and stands out well against a more glam look.
With its curved short bristle side, you can get right into the base of the lash to create definition and then use the longer side to create nice length and a fan effect to the rest of the lashes.
I would recommend this mascara to a more glam girl who wears a full face daily. It is bold and comparable to falsies.
*Tip with this mascara is to not let it dry between coats in order to avoid clumping*
Get yours HERE: Maybelline New York Lash Sensational Mascara
Covergirl – Lashblast Volume
Lashblast is perfect for you lovelies that want to maximize volume. It has a very fat brush with short plastic bristles that taper to the end to give big volume to any lashes.
This mascara is very versatile as with one coat it’s a great daytime mascara, but with 2 or more coats is perfect for any glam look.
This is one of my personal every day mascaras as the formula is beautiful. It’s not heavy so it doesn’t weigh down the lashes and doesn’t flake off throughout my day.
Buy yours HERE: COVERGIRL Lash Blast Volume Mascara
Loreal – Telescopic Carbon Black
Telescopic Carbon Black is a very bold mascara that maximizes length. With its very skinny micro bristle brush, it grabs onto each lash, separates and then pulls each lash up to create longer looking lashes.
It has very intense black pigment so it is a great bold option for all you ladies that love lashes that you can see from a mile away.
I especially love this mascara for my lower lashes as it is a thin enough brush to easily get to every lash without coating my skin in product and it makes my lower lashes look super long compared to any other mascara.
Get yours HERE: L’Oreal Paris Telescopic Mascara, Carbon Black
Loreal – Voluminous Lash Paradise
Lash Paradise is the mascara that has been the number one drugstore mascara this past year and it holds up to its reputation. This is by far my favourite all around mascara as it is bold, creates thickness and length and coats my lashes quickly and easily.
This mascara has a soft wavy bristle brush that coats the lash right at the base and adds volume to the end of the lash rather than tapering off. You can get a very bold look with just one coat or go full glam with another coat.
I am especially in love with this mascara because it is a great dupe for one of my favourite high-end mascaras – MAKE UP FOR EVER’s Smokey Lash mascara.
If I don’t feel like wearing false lashes then Lash Paradise will still give me the false lash look.
Get yours HERE: L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Washable Mascara
I personally love and use each one of these mascaras. The formulas in each of them are super nice so you can expect little to no clumping or flaking as those are both big pet peeves of mine.
I hope you enjoyed these mascara reviews and if you try any of them or have another personal favourite, let me know in the comments below!