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The Best Drugstore Mascaras According To Experts

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Mascara is a beauty staple that most women wear every day, meaning it’s also the product in your makeup arsenal you run out of the fastest. Drugstore makeup is always appealing in price point, but does it really get the job done? We took it up with the pros, and asked 5 makeup artists to share their favorite drugstore mascaras. What we discovered is that although the products differed among the artists, the brands remained consistent, proving that these are the ones to trust. See the best mascaras that get the job done—and keep your lashes healthy—here.

ImaxTree

Full Lash Bloom

$7

CoverGirl

If You Want: Clump-Free Lashes

“I love this because of the brush! It lengthens and separates the lashes really beautifully. If you like each lash to be defined without clumpiness, this is a great choice for you.” — Sarah Uslan, Makeup Artist

Voluminous Superstar Waterproof Mascara

$11

L'Oreal Paris

If You Want: Maximum Volume

“I just discovered Loreal Voluminous Superstar Mascara—best drug store find in years. It comes duel-sided with a thickening primer on one end and a fiber-rich lengthening mascara formula on the other. This stuff is absolutely MAGIC—it lifts, thickens and builds length without leaving lashes clumpy. I am obsessed!” — Alexis Swain, Makeup Artist

Lash Discovery Mascara

$5

Maybelline

If You Want: An Even Coat

“This is the little mascara that could. It has a tiny brush that coats every single lash, really increasing the impact of your lashes. They also have a waterproof version that is just as awesome.” — Fiona Stiles, Makeup Artist

The Super Sizer by LashBlast Waterproof Mascara

$6

CoverGirl

If You Want: Double The Length

“Right now this is my favorite drug store mascara because it gives insane volume while really fanning out and separating the lashes.” — Amy Nadine, Makeup Artist

Voluminous Original Mascara in Carbon Black

$6

L'Oreal Paris

If You Want: The Richest Black

“This has been my number one drugstore mascara for years, hands down. I love it because the formula is super lush, coats every single lash and never flakes. The brush is soft and malleable yet firm enough to get right into the root where you want to deposit pigment most. Lastly, the shade is the blackest, most velvety rich pitch black." — Suzy Gerstein, Makeup Artist