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Best Inexpensive Mascara 2015

Maybelline Great Lash Mascara

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Best Inexpensive Mascara 2015
WINNER 2015, 2012

Maybelline Great Lash Mascara

Losing clumps of lashes to clingy, long-wearing mascaras is an unfortunate side effect of formulas that last and last. This lush mascara separates, conditions, and coats fringes with dark, shiny pigment, but then rinses away without excessive soap or scrubbing.

$6
Editor's Pick 2015

Estée Lauder Little Black Primer

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Editor's Pick 2015
WINNER 2015

Estée Lauder Little Black Primer

Wear the tinted formula alone for subtle definition or layer it under your go-to mascara for fluttery volume. Swept on top of another formula, it works like a little raincoat, waterproofing your lashes. 

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$24
Best Inexpensive Mascara

L'Oréal Paris Voluminous

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Best Inexpensive Mascara
WINNER 2015, 2007

L'Oréal Paris Voluminous

For less than a green juice, you’ll get a formula that leaves your lashes thicker, longer, and darker. With softening panthenol and ceramides, hairs become so supple, “you can reapply midday and lashes won’t be stiff,” says Sabrina Bedrani.

$8
Best Overall Mascara 2015

YSL Volume Effet Faux Cils

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Best Overall Mascara 2015
WINNER 2015, 2014

YSL Volume Effet Faux Cils

“It’s the best brush,” says L.A. makeup artist Kerry Malouf of the dense fibers that evenly coat lashes with jet-black pigment. “The formula is lengthening and thickening, with no clumpiness.” And it’s not going anywhere. “Even if you rub your eyes, this doesn’t move.”

$32
Best Waterproof Mascara

Chanel Inimitable

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Best Waterproof Mascara
WINNER 2015, 2008

Chanel Inimitable

Queue up tearjerkers, from Beaches to Still Alice, and put this waterproof workhorse to the test. “It’ll last through any tears,” says Justin Tyme. On days when you don’t expect the waterworks, you can depend on a satiny formula and no-flake finish.

$32
Best 2014 Eco-Friendly Mascara

Tarte Gifted Amazonian Clay Mascara

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Best 2014 Eco-Friendly Mascara
WINNER 2014

Tarte Gifted Amazonian Clay Mascara

"The name says it all," says N.Y.C. makeup artist Gita Bass of this intense carbon-black volumizer. "It's like instant false lashes." Plus, the formula won’t flake out on you. "You’ll look the same at the end of the day as you did in the morning," she says.

$19
Best 2014 Waterproof Mascara

L’Oréal Voluminous Waterproof

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Best 2014 Waterproof Mascara
WINNER 2014

L’Oréal Voluminous Waterproof

Leave it to a country singer to test the powers of this sob-proof lash extender. "Last year I was working with Miranda Lambert at the CMA Awards, and she won several of them," says Jeannia Robinette. "She was crying, I was crying, we were all crying, and this mascara did not move."

$9
Best 2013 Overall Mascara

Dior Diorshow

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Best 2013 Overall Mascara
WINNER 2013

Dior Diorshow

"It’s my go-to mascara," says L.A. makeup artist Sharon Gault. The jumbo wand inflates even the puniest fringe. Layer as much as you like—this stuff won’t clump.

$25
Best 2013 Inexpensive Mascara

L'Oréal Voluminous Original

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Best 2013 Inexpensive Mascara
WINNER 2013

L'Oréal Voluminous Original

This panthenol-enriched product thickens so well that L.A. pro Tasha Reiko Brown skips falsies when working with a star like Jordin Sparks. “I’ve spent thousands on mascara—this is the best!”

$7
Best 2012 Waterproof Mascara

Lancôme Hypnôse Waterproof

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Best 2012 Waterproof Mascara
WINNER 2012

Lancôme Hypnôse Waterproof

Waterproof mascaras can be a touch too stiff. But with this pliable formula, "I can build volume, and it layers really well," says N.Y.C. makeup artist Alex Byrne. Thanks to a superior brush, it lengthens lashes and "really holds a curl," says L.A. pro Bruce Grayson.

$26
Best 2011 Waterproof Mascara

Lancôme Définicils High Definition Mascara

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Best 2011 Waterproof Mascara
WINNER 2011

Lancôme Définicils High Definition Mascara

Most of the mascaras that promise not to run become stiff within seconds, making it difficult to build up a full, vampy fringe. But this supple lash-plumper takes more time to set, according to L.A. beauty expert Vanessa Scali. Lashes are coated with a glossy blackness that sits tight through rainy days and weepy films.

$25
Editors' Pick: 5.31.2010

Clinique High Lengths Mascara

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Editors' Pick: 5.31.2010
WINNER 2010

Clinique High Lengths Mascara

This gently arched, flexible wand yields elegant results: Lush, fully coated lashes in just a few swipes. And although the rich formula is loaded with potent conditioners and proven thickeners, it still goes on silky and clump-free.

$14
Best 2010 Waterproof Mascara

Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof Mascara

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Best 2010 Waterproof Mascara
WINNER 2010

Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof Mascara

"An all-around classic" is how Jennifer Pitt describes this clump-proof, low-priced formula. Its miniature wand-which maximizes precision and diminishes smudging-makes it a must-have, says Bill Westmoreland.

$5
Editors' Pick 2010

CoverGirl LashBlast Fusion Mascara

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Editors' Pick 2010
WINNER 2010

CoverGirl LashBlast Fusion Mascara

With a spiky yet flexible brush this mascara lengthens and volumizes with just a few swipes. So much so that people have asked us if we're wearing false lashes-no joke. The silky, jet-black formula also leaves our lashes conditioned and glossy, not clumpy or dried-out like other versions we've tried.

$9
Editors' Pick 2009

Tarte Bottoms Up Lower Lash Mascara

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Editors' Pick 2009
WINNER 2009

Tarte Bottoms Up Lower Lash Mascara

For those moments that call for extra drama, this mascara does the trick. Its tiny bristles grab and separate hard-to-reach lower lash hairs for a wide-eyed Twiggy look.

$16
Best 2008 Mascara

Lancôme L'Extrême Instant Extensions Lengthening Mascara

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Best 2008 Mascara
WINNER 2008

Lancôme L'Extrême Instant Extensions Lengthening Mascara

"This is the best brush: It separates and defines really well," says N.Y.C. makeup artist Margot Boccia, who has worked with Jennifer Lopez.

$25
Best 2008 Mascara

Maybelline Lash Discovery Waterproof Mascara

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Best 2008 Mascara
WINNER 2008

Maybelline Lash Discovery Waterproof Mascara

Find a lot of clumping with your waterproof mascara? This formula and brush are designed to ferret out smaller lashes and keep them separated and lush.

$7
Best 2007 Lengthening Mascara

Estée Lauder Lash XL Maximum Length

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Best 2007 Lengthening Mascara
WINNER 2007

Estée Lauder Lash XL Maximum Length

Best 2007

Lengthening Mascara

$21
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