We’ve all been there—holding on to a mascara for longer than we should, even if it doesn’t check off all our lash-lifting and lengthening criteria. It’s obviously time to toss out that old, clumpy wand and pick up a fresh new tube. But the age-old question is: which one is going to work for you?
There are so many different mascaras that promise to add volume and length, stay put through sweat and tears, and even nourish your lashes. With that plethora of choices, we get it if you’re having trouble finding that holy grail mascara, and we’re here to help.
Our team is here to give you the low-down on what works for them and why those mascaras hold a special place in their makeup stashes.
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Buxom Lash Mascara, $25, sephora.com
"Mascara is one of those makeup items that when I don’t wear it, people ask me if I’m sick — so it’s definitely a must-have in my day-to-day routine. After trying countless brands, I finally found my holy grail. It meets all my criteria to make it onto my must-have list: it’s cruelty-free, it’s easy to apply, and it doesn’t clump. But the best thing about this mascara? It actually makes my lashes look better. While so many mascaras make my lashes brittle and dry, this Buxom formula actually makes them soft and strong. So maybe one day I’ll be able to go mascara-free without everyone assuming I’m battling the flu." — Lauren Ufford, associate editor