The Mascara Breakdown: Best & Worst

There are hundreds of mascaras on the market right now! Each has it’s own claim, reputation, and effect. There are high-end mascaras and drugstore mascaras, and the crazy thing is, some of the cheaper tubes of mascara work the same if not better than luxury brands!

I’ve tried dozens of mascaras over the years and by now, I know what I like and what I don’t like. Some brands wear extremely well while others prove to be an immediate “nope”! As for the current top rated mascaras, some have fallen extremely short of their claims and I’ll talk about those below (you might be surprised)! On the other hand, one of my very favorite mascaras happens to be from the drugstore and under $10!

Besides always getting questions about my hair, people are constantly asking me what mascara I use! So I thought it would be fun to devote a whole blog post to what are, in my humble opinion, the best and the worst mascaras! If you’re in the market for some new mascara, let me take all of the work out of it for you and break down the good, the bad, and the downright ugly!

SIDE NOTE: Make sure you’re getting rid of mascara that you’ve had for 4 months or more. After about 4 months, mascara gets dry, clumpy, and something you shouldn’t be putting near your eye!

TIP: If your mascara is under 4 months old but it needs a little life brought back to it before it hits the trash, add a few drops of Visine! This immediately adds safe moisture to your tube and gives you a few more weeks of use!


Maybelline: The Rocket Volum’ Express

This is my absolute FAVORITE drugstore mascara and has been for years! You can find it anywhere for around $7. This mascara separates lashes, adds so much volume, stays put, and doesn’t flake throughout the day! It comes off easily with soap and water too.


Benefit: They’re Real

This mascara is my favorite among the prestige brands! It ranks #2 for best selling mascaras… probably because it creates to-die-for lashes! The formula is silky, not drying, and buildable and yet there is no fallout or running. This mascara produces long and defined lashes!


Maybelline: The Colossal Big Shot

This newly launched drugstore mascara is quickly becoming my new favorite! I trust Maybelline when it comes to mascara so I figured I’d give this new one a chance. It reminds me a lot of the Rocket mascara but it gives even more oomph to my lashes! Similarly, it stays put all day, it doesn’t flake or run, and the wand grabs every lash. For just over $8, this is a fantastic mascara if you’re looking to try something new! MONEY SAVING TIP: Check your mailbox/newspaper for manufacturer coupons! Right now, there is a coupon for $3 off ANY Maybelline mascara!


Too Faced: Better Than Sex

Ok, brace yourself. This is the best selling mascara on all of the top beauty websites…. and yet it’s HORRID! At least for me, the formula was chunky, clumpy on my lashes and a few hours into wearing this, it had run all underneath my lower lash line. I never have this problem with mascara! It was a mess. I returned it the next day. People swear by this mascara but the quality is just not there! For $23, mascara should stay put and create flawless, defined lashes!


Tarte: Lights, Camera, Lashes

This mascara is an older favorite of mine. You can’t go wrong with anything from Tarte! This often sells for half off at Ulta and for $10, it’s a great mascara! It creates a more natural look. It gives your lashes a little curl and it conditions them too!


bareMinerals: Flawless Definition

For a clean, defined, clump-free look, this mascara is what you want! This is another mascara that gives your lashes the natural look. It’s great for everyday wear! The wand is great too because it really separates and defines lashes!