The Best Mascara I Own Is Also the Cheapest

For $5, try the formula Amazon shoppers call “perfect” for great-looking lashes with no clumps, flakes or smudges.

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Even though mascara has been a constant in my beauty routine for years, I still have the occasional application mishap. Unwanted clumps, occasional flaking, and bits of stray mascara scattered about your face can happen to any seasoned makeup pro (take it from this beauty writer), but one product from a best-selling Amazon makeup brand has changed all that for me.

Already favored among TikTok users and shoppers for its popular Lash Princess False Lash Effect mascara, Essence is earning similar praise among customers for its Bye Bye Panda Eyes Tubing Mascara. At just $5 a tube, this wonder product is now a daily must in my makeup routine, thanks to its ability to apply mascara without leaving behind residue or smudges.

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A mascara that doesn't smudge sounds impossible, but it's a total reality. Panda Eyes is a tubular mascara, meaning that unlike traditional mascaras, the brush and product were created to target each individual lash with makeup. Each lash receives a tube-like coating of the water-resistant and fade-proof formula. Volume is apparent immediately upon applying and the mascara stays all day.

I love how easy Panda Eyes goes on. A single coat is usually enough to highlight my lashes and provide a hint of volume. It doesn't lift throughout my daily routine and I'm able to easily remove it at the end of the night with my chosen makeup remover.

Amazon shoppers shared similar favorable impressions including one who called it the "perfect basic black mascara." As they explained, "This is the only mascara that I can put on [my] bottom lashes that doesn't leave raccoon eyes and sticks around all day. It's incredibly easy to remove, yet also has extreme staying power. I love the fact that multiple coats never seem to get clumpy or flaky. The formula adds noticeable volume and length."

Panda Eyes was called "the holy grail of mascara" by another reviewer, who wrote, "I have tried most mascaras. I'm talking from drugstore to hide the receipt so no one knows you spent that much [mascaras]. This has become my favorite...This mascara doesn't flake and does not smudge."

Ready to leave clumps and messy mascara behind? Head to Amazon now and grab yourself a tube of Bye Bye Panda Eyes.

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