Merit Mascara Reviews

Milabu Rating

  • Overall
    (4.6)
  • Performance
    (4.6)

Price Category: Luxury

  • $26.00 Retail

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MERIT Mascara Pros

  • Clean formula + EU Compliant
  • Tubing formula
  • Long wearing with no transfer or smudging
  • Minimal flaking
  • Natural, wispy lashes
  • Subtle volume at base of lashes
  • Defines and separates
  • Doesn’t weigh down lashes
  • Smaller brush is precise for corners + bottom lashes
  • Easy to remove

MERIT Mascara Cons

  • Can flake
  • Not the most buildable

Quick Review

There’s a reason the MERIT Mascara is an Allure Best of Beauty Winner. This tubing mascara lengthens, defines, and wears all day long.

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Our Rating Criteria

MERIT Mascara Review

2022 is the year I fell in love with tubing mascara formulas. Before this year, I feel like I’d only ever tried a few and only ever really enjoyed the iconic Thrive Causemetics Liquid Lash Extensions. My previous experiences with tubing mascaras were never the best, they always felt heavier and would typically weigh my lashes down. Not only have I discovered one of my favorite tubing mascaras, but a favorite mascara in general: MERIT Beauty Clean Lash. This MERIT Mascara checks all the boxes, from lash effects to longevity and even easy removal. Let’s review MERIT Mascara.

Quick Rating Rundown

This Product

(4.6)
Merit Clean Lash Mascara

:MERIT Beauty Clean Lash Mascara

Price: $26.00

0.24 oz

Value

(3.9)

Application

(4.6)

Length, Define

(4.4)

Longevity

(4.9)

Extra Benefits

(5)

Similar Product

(4.6)
caliray Come Hell or High Water Mascara rating

:caliray Come Hell or High Water Mascara

Price: $24.00

0.37 oz

Value

(4.7)

Application

(4.5)

Volume, Length, Curl, Define

(4.5)

Longevity

(4.9)

Extra Benefits

(5)

Iconic Tubing

(4.5)
Thrive Causemetics Liquid Lash Extensions Mascara rating

:Thrive Lash Extensions Mascara

Price: $25.00

0.38 oz

Value

(4.6)

Application

(4.4)

Volume, Define, Lift

(4.2)

Longevity

(5)

Extra Benefits

(4.5)

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Our Rating Criteria

Promises vs. Performance: No smudging, no worries.

MERIT Beauty Clean Lash “tints, lengthens, and lifts lashes.” It’s a tubing mascara, which means no smudging ever and an easy removal. The proprietary tubing technology wraps each lash for definition and intense pigment. Clean Lash has a precision brush that is easy to control, lifting and separating each lash – plus, it’s easy to apply in the corners and to bottom lashes! The formula is infused with fatty acids, olive oil esters, and vitamin B5 for conditioning and shine.

My Review Thoughts on MERIT Mascara

I love this MERIT Mascara. It is the perfect formula to create fluttery, wispy lashes for a flirty effect. The natural bristle precision brush is easy to control for ultimate lash separation. Its a tubing formula, so the mascara literally wraps each lash individually for beautiful definition and long wear. Clean Lash provides length, lift, and subtle natural volume at the base of lashes for a whimsical, wispy lash look. This is my go-to everyday mascara since it’s comfortable to wear, easy to apply, and easy to remove with just warm water and cleanser.

Let’s Review How It Compares: MERIT Mascara is perfect for an everyday, wispy lashes.

Where MERIT Clean Lash excels is in its lengthening and long wear abilities. The tubing mascara formula creates definition, separation, and allows for a smudge and transfer resistant long wear with minimal flaking. You won’t get ultra-voluminous lashes with this formula, but you will get the most fluttery, wispy lashes. This is that perfect everyday mascara for someone with sensitive eyes or those that are prone to raccoon eyes. It’s safe to say this one has made it to the top drawer of my vanity!

Merit Mascara vs Lash Idole:

Let’s compare to one of my favorite mascaras of all time: Lancome Lash Idole. Idole gives my lashes a false lash look without the falsies and applies beautifully. I love this formula because it does a little bit of everything: volumizes, lengthens, curls, and defines. It does all of this while having a long wear with minimal smudging/transfer or flaking.

Merit vs Caliray Come Hell or High Water Mascara:

I also want to compare MERIT Clean Lash to another clean tubing mascara: caliray Come Hell or High Water (rated ****4.6). caliray Mascara provides more volume and more intense black pigment while still having that same long wear. This mascara works in the same way, wrapping each individual lash with ‘tubes’ of mascara. If you want a clean, volumizing tubing mascara, caliray Come Hell or High Water will be your new favorite.

Thrive vs Meric Mascara:

Thrive Mascara Alternative

What About the the iconic Thrive Mascara. After review and wear tests merit mascara feels lighter on the lashes. It does not weight the lashes down like Thrive mascara does. And, I don’t have to mention that even though Thrive mascara tries to be clean, Merit is further ahead in the clean game. Overall I give merit a better score even though Thrive mascara does provide a bit more volume. However, this type of volume is helpful to individuals with long curled lashes. Everyone else, take a look at the other options 🙂

Oh and and take a look at the Milani Tubing Mascara – the only Thrive Dupe to consider.

For a complete list of our top rated mascaras (rated ****4.0+), check out our MILABU PICKS article, ‘The 15 Best Mascaras You Should Know About.’

Advertised Product Highlights

MERIT Beauty Clean Lash Lengthening Mascara

WAND TYPE: Boar bristle precision brush

SHADE/COLOR: Perfect Black

LONGEVITY: Long wear, water resistant

EXTRA BENEFITS: Tubing technology wraps each lash; Defining; Separating; Lengthening; Infused with fatty acids and olive oil to condition lashes while vitamin B5 adds shine; MERIT formulates all products in partner with celebrity esthetician Biba de Sousa to ensure they are safe for acne-prone skin

CLEAN BEAUTY CLAIMS: Cruelty free; Vegan; Clean + EU-compliant; Recyclable packaging; Free of artificial fragrance, parabens, sulfates, and over 1300 additional ingredients

Edited by Maddie

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