Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

Maybelline:Lash Sensational Lengthening Mascara

Price: $10.99

MIlabu Rating

(4.6)

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Milani Antigravity Mascara

Milani:Highly Rated Antigravity Mascara

Price: $9.99

Milabu Rating

(4.2)

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Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara wand and tube

Essence:Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara

Price: $4.99

Milabu Rating

(4)

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Covergirl Lash Blast Volume wand and tube

Covergirl:Covergirl Lash Blast Volume Mascara

Price: $11.99

Milabu Rating

(4)

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Loreal voluminous lash paradise

L’Oreal:Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara

Price: $11.99

Milabu Rating

(4)

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Loreal Double Extend

L’Oreal:Double Extend Beauty Tubes Mascara

Price: $12.99

Milabu Rating

(4.2)

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Let’s be honest, there’s a million mascaras on the market, at various price points, and not all are good. But, you also don’t have to break the bank to get a good performing mascara. Here at Milabu HQ, we’ve put together a list of the best drugstore mascaras around $10. Keep scrolling for our top picks that deliver big results whatever your lash goal is. Bonus points, they’re easy on the wallet.

Here are some of the characteristics we look for in a mascara: (1) length (2) separation free of clumping (3) immediate intense pigment, and (4) minimal smudging/transferring or flaking. In addition, the specific mascara claims should deliver. If it claims volume, it best deliver. After all, who wants a volumizing mascara that makes lashes fall flat?!

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Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

Milabu Rating

(4.6)

Best For: Volume, length, definition, curl, fuss free application

Wand Type: Curved fanning brush with 10 layers of silicone bristles

Formula(s): Liquid, Washable; Waterproof

Color Range: Very Black, Midnight Black, Blackest Black, Brownish Black

Extra Benefits: Ophthalmologist tested; Suitable for contact lens wearers

Why We Love It: Lash Sensational has a long wear that resists smudging, transfer, and flaking. Its intense black pigment gives a false lash effect and really gives that va-va-voom volume. We think this is the perfect affordable dupe for one of our faves, the iconic Lancome Lash Idole.


Milani Highly Rated Anti-Gravity Mascara

Milani Antigravity Mascara

Milabu Rating

(4.2)

Best For: Volume, length, intense black pigment

Wand Type: Hourglass shape boar bristles brush

Formula(s): Liquid, Washable

Color Range: Black

Extra Benefits: Formula contains castor oil, plus plant and fruit-based waxes; Up to 24 hours of wear; No clumping or smudging; Cruelty free; Vegan

Why We Love It: Milani Highly Rated Anti-Gravity Mascara is superb. It features an hourglass shaped brush that delivers intense black pigment and makes it easy to build volume. Lashes look lengthened and lifted, too. The formula isn’t too dry or wet, which makes it easy to work with and allows lashes to stay curled. The one thing we will say about this mascara is that it does flake throughout the day. However, there is no smudging and no transfer!


Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara

Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara wand and tube

Milabu Rating

(4)

Best For: Volume

Wand Type: Conical-shaped fiber brush

Formula(s): Liquid, Washable

Color Range: Black

Extra Benefits: Cruelty free; Vegan; Free of fragrance, oil, parabens, gluten, and alcohol

Why We Love It: At just shy of five bucks, this Essence Lash Princess Mascara is bomb. We love that False Lash Effect adds volume, length, and helps to lift lashes. The application is clump free, and the tapered brush makes it easy to coat those pesky inner corner lashes.

We do want to note that this mascara can flake/smudge/transfer depending on skin type. To prevent as much as possible, we recommend always setting your under eye concealer.


CoverGirl Lash Blast Volume Mascara

Covergirl Lash Blast Volume wand and tube

Milabu Rating

(4)

Best For: Volume, length, separation

Wand Type: Spin shape brush

Formula(s): Liquid; Washable; Waterproof

Color Range: Black, Very Black, Black Brown, Brown

Extra Benefits: Cruelty free; Hypoallergenic

Why We Love It: This OG just brings out all the nostalgic vibes. Lash Blast is your classic mascara that does a bit of everything with a big focus on volume. It’s been reinvented many times over the years, but this orange tube is iconic. It even comes in a clean version now, which is just as good (if not better) than the original.


L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara

Loreal voluminous lash paradise

Milabu Rating

(4)

Best For: Volume and length

Wand Type: Wavy hourglass-shaped brush

Formula(s): Liquid, Washable; Waterproof

Color Range: Black, Blackest Black, Mystic Black, Black Brown

Extra Benefits: Fragrance free; Suitable for sensitive eyes; Formula is infused with floral oil to condition lashes

Why We Love It: Ah, the classic L’Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara. This pink tube has been around the block and then some! Best for volume and length, this drugstore mascara has a long wear and smooth, clump free application. We love that this formula is fragrance free and doesn’t irritate sensitive eyes. It’s also a wallet-friendly dupe for the cult favorite Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, right down to a nearly identical wand!


L’Oreal Double Extend Beauty Tubes™ Mascara

Loreal Double Extend

Milabu Rating

(4.2)

Best For: Longevity, length, and separation; Easy removal

Wand Type: Dense boar bristles

Formula(s): Tubing

Color Range: Black; Blackest Black

Extra Benefits: Primer is infused with Ceramide R and D-Panthenol to protect and strengthen lashes; Removes easily with just warm water; Ophthalmologist and allergy tested; Suitable for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers

Why We Love It: L’Oreal Double Extend Beauty Tubes™ Mascara is a two-in-one mascara and primer. This tubing mascara gives lashes length, separation, and subtle volume. It has a quick set formula that can clump, so its best to build intensity while the formula is still wet. The best part about this mascara is its budge proof formula that has no flaking, smudging, or transfer. Plus, it removes easily with just warm water at the end of the night!


What Are Milabu Picks?

Milabu Picks are makeup products that lead the industry in their price categories (i.e. value, pro-grade, luxury) and product type. These products are reviewed and chosen by the Milabu team on a yearly basis. Many of these makeup products exceed the industry standard favorites, and some of them are, to this day, the industry standard leading the makeup industry.

Edited by Maddie