Tested: Four New Drugstore Mascaras $15 and Under

From a buildable curl enhancer to an all-in-one, these lash enhancers put the finishing touch on party-ready doe eyes

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Rimmel Super Curler 24HR Mascara, $8, at drugstores

The challenge with many curl-enhancing mascaras is the effects don’t last: “What we noticed is that lashes tend to droop over time. Also, some of these mascaras tend to use materials that really don’t give volume,” explains Dhaval Patel, senior research and development director of Rimmel London at Coty. The solution, which took the brand 10 years and 500-plus experiments to perfect: the new Rimmel Super Curler 24HR Mascara, made with a curl-fixing polymer that, in testing, could coax a strip of paper to roll up. The formula is buildable—and can even be layered over another mascara as a “topcoat”—for a lasting wide-eyed look. —Wing Sze Tang, editor, Cosmetics

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L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Superstar Mascara, $15, at drugstores

The Voluminous family of eye makeup is expanding this season, adding a falsies-effect mascara. The two-step mascara comes with a primer, which volumizes with a corset-shaped brush, while the curled brush on the other end envelops lashes with a fibre-enriched, lengthening formula. —Kelly Clark, editorial assistant, Cosmetics

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Revlon Ultimate All-In-One Mascara, $12, at drugstores

This season, Revlon is discontinuing its existing mascaras, replacing them with an entirely new range. The brand wanted to eschew vague product names and claims, in favour of straightforward packaging. Accordingly, All-In-One—one of five November mascara launches—covers all the bases: volume, length, definition, lift and intense colour. The brush’s hollow core deposits just the right amount of product, and the mini-oval shape grabs every lash. —K.C.

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Maybelline The Falsies Push Up Drama Mascara, $13, at drugstores

After experimenting with dozens of formulas and more than 10 brushes for this new take on The Falsies, Maybelline created a unique wand with cup-shaped bristles, which scoop and lift lashes into a 45-degree angle. The result is a dramatic, wide-eyed look, achievable with minimal coats. —K.C.

*This article was originally published on cosmeticsmag.com

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