Sometimes we have a lot of money to spend, sometimes we don’t. When it comes to mascara, we know some of the best can only be found in a department store or specialty boutique. We also know that some of the best can be found in the drugstore for less than $10.
These are our favorites, suitable for every budget.
Our Top 3 Picks— LUXE:
This odd brush gives our lashes the most amazing look: lengthened, separated and strengthened thanks to panthenol in the formula. After a little practice, we are now able to create a gorgeous lash look that we love. $28, sephora.com
Dior DiorShow Iconic
With its soft, oblique cut brush to wrap its mascara formula around each lash and give an extra curling effect, Iconic is one every woman should own, or at least try. This also provides a surprising amount of fantastic volume and contains a silk extract that is normally found in hair conditioners. $27, saks.com
Shiseido The Makeup Lasting Lift Mascara
We love this mascara for providing our lashes with definition, length and fabulous volume. Air Volume Powder
in the formula offers curl enhancement and a light-weight feel. Waterproof and sweat-proof. $22, nordstrom.com
Our Top 3 Picks— LESS:
Maybelline Lash Discovery
For lashes that are practically invisible, this makes them appear virtually out of nowhere. Even those of us with thick lashes love this for its ability to get to every last lash. $6.59, drugstore.com
CoverGirl Professional Waterproof All In One
This mascara does it all— volumizes, lengthens, separates, is water-proof and won’t flake or bother your eyes if you wear contacts. If there’s a club for over-achieving mascaras, this one is a member. $4.99, drugstore.com
Rimmel London Glam Eyes Mascara
Don’t let the skinny, flexible wand fool you— this mascara means business. Short bristles work to add volume and length and the longer ones keep lashes from clumping. It takes a few coats to get to serious volume, but trust us, it’s completely worth the effort. $7.49, walgreens.com