When it comes to polarizing products like mascara, sometimes you've got to kiss a few frogs before you find your prince, so to speak.
That in mind, our editors decided to do the world a solid by testing and reviewing this summer's newest launches. Check out their firsthand feedback—and shop the most appealing options—below.
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1. Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Mascara
It provides natural-looking length. "And the ball tip is genius: It lengthened hard-to-reach lashes in the corners of my eyes." The only issue? "It was a little difficult to remove."
Guerlain | $28
2. Rimmel Shake It Fresh Mascara
It's the lightest mascara you'll ever try: "It went on smoothly and never clumped." The results are soft, fluttery, and perfect for everyday.
Rimmel London | $6
3. Lancôme Monsieur Big Mascara
This formula packs thickening polymers that made our tester's lashes look fuller with just one coat: Though the brush is chubby, "I was able to get it into the roots and evenly cover lashes."
Lancome | $23
4. Almay One Coat Mega-Volume Mascara
The flat top means less mess: "There was no gooping up at the tip of the wand or on my lashes, which usually happens with other mascaras." Multiple waxes in the formula help make for fluid applications. "It was easy to build volume."
Almay | $7
5. CoverGirl Total Tease Mascara
If you find yourself using two different mascaras to get volume and length, this may be your magic wand: The tip reaches corners, the ink bulks up lashes, and the widely spaced bristles work "like a comb to lengthen and separate."
CoverGirl | $9
6. Revlon Mega Multiplier Mascara
Our tester has "reasonably long lashes but not a lot of them." This slightly cone-shaped brush "adds plumpness and definition. And there's no raccoon effect when I get home. It's a new fave."
Revlon | $9