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Mascaras can be daunting. If you choose the wrong one, then you’re gonna have a really bad time, especially because mascara goes on normally after all of your other makeup has. But recent years have seen the explosion of waterproof mascaras that are uniquely able to withstand the elements for a longer-wearing experience, and these are what we’re talking about in this list.
So without any further ado, here are 8 of the best waterproof mascaras, drugstore or high-end, that you might want to swap into your makeup routine:
This mascara from Covergirl is one of the most popular selections on this list, not in small part because of its affordability. But that’s not the only thing this mascara has going for it. The Exhibitionist Waterproof Mascara offers fantastic volumization and it’s even able to hold curling pretty well. We wish this mascara’s pigmentation was a little more intense, but otherwise, it makes for a great everday-use waterproof mascara.
Maybelline’s Lash Sensational Waterproof Mascara is another fantastic waterproof mascara find from the drugstore. With this particular product, just one coat is enough to get everything you need. In one coat, you get rich pigmentation, volumizing, and lengthening. We wish it didn’t get as flaky as it does tend to, and it didn’t clump with just one coat, but to that, we c’est la vie, it’s still a pretty great mascara in our opinion, and with great value at that.
This adorable little tube of mascara from Benefit Cosmetics has made quite a name for itself in the online beauty community. While the Roller Lash Curling Mascara is not necessarily waterproof, it’s certainly resistant enough to water to qualify it for this list at least. Besides water resistance, this mascara also offers plenty in the way of elevating the look of one’s lashes. As its name implies, it does do a lot of heavy lifting when it comes to keeping the lashes nice and curled, but it even goes out of its way to lengthen and volumize, which makes us appreciate this hardworking product.
What we really appreciate about Clinique’s High Impact™ Waterproof Mascara is how easy it makes itself to use. This lovely mascara has a fantastic applicator brush that works together with a perfectly blended liquid formula that come together to make coating your whole lashes so much more effortless. Besides that, this mascara also offers a very distinctive separating effect that functions well alongside its ability to give lash length a bit of a boost. In a way, it’s almost just a bonus that this mascara is waterproof because you get to keep your gorgeous lashes all day.
This inexpensive tube of lash magic from L’Oréal Paris might just be a drugstore product, but whoever said drugstore mascaras couldn’t be absolutely fantastic? Besides a low price point, the Voluminous® Waterproof Mascara also boasts rich pigmentation (in three shades, no less) and a semi-thin formula that makes it ideal for layering, if that’s how you personally like to use mascara. In addition, this mascara also gives a pretty great amount of lengthening, so it’s definitely an enjoyable experience. For the most part, our main gripe about this product is that it does tend to clump a little bit, so that may be something to keep an eye out for. But overall, this is a great buy from the drugstore, especially when it comes to mascaras.
The Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara is the environment-resistant variant of Too Faced’s iconic holy grail mascara. We love this mascara because it has practically everything that the original Better Than Sex offered, with the additional perk of being waterproof. In this formulation, as well as being waterproof, this mascara also holds curls absolutely beautifully, and there’s a noticeable difference in volume with this variant, which is all the better for us.
One of the things that really drew us to the Diorshow Pump ‘N’ Volume Waterproof Mascara is its interesting product design. This mascara from Dior Makeup employs the use of a pump that almost “fluffs” out the liquid product so it comes out with a more unique texture that has a dramatic effect. This is definitely one of the go-to’s for dramatic oversized eyelashes, which is made possible by the aforementioned product pump, but it’s also great that this mascara provides some extra curl to already-curled eyelashes to fully attain that strong, dramatic eye makeup look.
The FetishEYES™ Mascara is hands-down one of the best dramatic mascaras we have ever gotten our hands on. This product comes out of the eponymous Pat McGrath Labs brand of the legendary makeup artist Pat McGrath, and it’s easy to see her quality control at work with this product. This mascara works almost instantaneously by delivering a shock of black directly to one’s eyelashes. If that weren’t enough to amp up the drama, this mascara also bestows generous amounts of volumizing, lengthening, and separating. With a mascara like this, honestly, who even needs falsies?