When you think of cult mascaras there are a handful of beauty products that spring to mind — Maybelline, L'Oreal, Lancome Too Faced... and the list goes on. The super lash trend isn't going anywhere this season - we all want voluminous, defined, and glossy eyelashes. In fact, you probably already have a particular mascara in mind that you’re dying to try because it promises to give you the lashes of your dreams — depending on your desired lash look!
Before you cough up a big chunk of change for a "miracle" wand or formula consider this definitive guide to the best mascaras on the market. From drugstore mascara to beauty editor-approved and makeup artist favourites - we've tried them all in the quest to find our favourites.
Here, the best mascaras for every lash type.
10. Maybelline Lash Sensational Luscious Mascara
While The Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle prefers to do her own make-up these days that wasn’t always the case. During the former actress’ tenure on Suits make-up artist, Lydia Sellers was responsible for getting Markle camera ready.
“Meghan actually introduced me to this drugstore mascara, Maybelline Lash Sensational Luscious Mascara. I keep it stocked in my kit now at all times thanks to her! This mascara really helps to amplify your lashes and polish off the entire look," Sellers shared with Hello! during a recent interview. "It's great for full volume and lengthening, the formula is super hydrating. I love how it builds, and that the price point is accessible for all budgets.”
9. L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Mascara in Carbon Black
Further proving that quality mascara doesn't have to cost the earth is this best seller and the same mascara Kim said both she and her makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic swear by for fuller, bolder lashes. On a blog on her app, she wrote, “The colour is the perfect shade of black and really lifts and separates each lash". She continued: "It's perfect for an everyday look, or you can layer on multiple coats for a more dramatic effect."
8. L'oréal Paris Paradise Mascara
Australian women love this mascara most, recent data from Priceline revealed that this newly released product was the sixth best-selling beauty product at Priceline pharmacies across the country and the highest ranking lash product on the list. Formulated with lash-boosting castor oil for added beauty benefit.
7. Nude By Nature Allure Defining Mascara
This mascara is packaged in luxe rose gold tube that will add a touch of glamour to your morning make-up regimen. The natural formula is enriched with a lash boosting formula that provides intense definition and length. A must-have for sensitive eyes.
6. Nars Climax Mascara
Making reference to their cult 'Orgasm' blush, the new mascara from Nars is cleverly called 'Climax'. While it's not the first mascara to be given a #NSFW moniker (Too Face Better Than Sex has been topping best-seller lists for years) it is, in my humble opinion, the best mascara to launch in 2018.
The mascara urgers the wearer to "never fake it" which is great because who has time to apply false lashes every morning? Nars' hydrating budge-proof formula is creamy yet it still manages to coat each lash evenly thanks to it's 'ribbed' bristle brush. What I really love? This mascara doesn't flake off leaving unsightly speckles like it's other volumizing counterparts. Despite the intense full-bodied look - it doesn't feel like you're wearing any mascara at all.
5. Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
Boasting the undisputed title of best-selling mascara across the world according to data from retailers, Better Than Sex is the gold standard of volumizing mascara. Fun fact: the hourglass-shaped wand is inspired by Marylin Monroe's silhouette. For that extra oomph - prep lashes with an eyelash curler for eye-opening curl widening.
4. Lancome Hypnôse Mascara
Lancôme Hypnôse Mascara is designed to build up to six times more volume and it's silky ink black formula is seriously smudge-proof without feeling sticky or dry. The Power Full brush delivers controllable volume and perfect lash separation with its 1,000 sensor bristles.
3. Yves Saint Laurent Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils
A high-end luxurious mascara for a false lash effect. The soft-bristle brush coast individual lashes with three polymer films that create the false lashes long-lasting, volumising and curling effect.
2. Maybelline Great Lash Big Mascara in Blackest Black
This mascara's green and pink packing make this drugstore mascara instantly recognisable around the globe. Formulated to condition lashes as it thickens the lashes. The creamy formula is easy to apply, dries in seconds, and washes off easily. Also available in a waterproof mascara.
1. Marc Jacobs Beauty Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara
There is a good reason this mascara has received over 107 4.5-5 star reviews on Sephora's website. An ultra-maximizing mascara designed to create gorgeous lashes with super-concentrated black pigment that delivers an intense false lash effect While Flash Volume Complex creates instant, smudge-proof length and volume in three strokes or less.