August 18, 2023

11 Of The Best Mascaras That Won’t Run Down Your Face

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Panda eyes, be gone!

Finding the perfect mascara is make or break to a makeup routine—and it can be a lifelong journey to find the one that ticks all your boxes. Whether it’s too clumpy or the brush is too big or the formula runs down your face when you blink, mascaras can be troublesome. And, as the finishing touch to most makeup looks, it can often be too late before we realise that raccoon eyes will be our makeup look of choice for the evening. Sigh.

But, like most things in life, there’s always good with the bad. And, luckily for you, we’ve done the hard yards to find out which mascara formulas lift, separate and keep the lashes looking fluttery and flirty all day (and night) long. Here, we roundup 11 of our favourite mascara formulas that won’t budge or bleed on you when the dance floor is calling.

Kevyn Aucoin The Volume Mascara

The OG tubing mascara, the Kevyn Aucoin The Volume Mascara is an icon for a reason. A volumising and lengthening mascara that’s tubing formula ensures a flake-proof, clump-free and smudge-resistant result, this mascara also has a skinny want for precise application. It also contains jojoba oil to condition and hydrate the lashes while you wear. What’s that they say about two birds, one stone?

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Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

To call something ‘better than sex’ is a big call but we can vouch for the fact that the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara is a seriously good product to keep in your makeup arsenal. With peptides to condition and strengthen the lashes as well as film-firm polymers to keep the curl locked in all day, this formula separates, volumises and lengthens with ease. The hourglass shaped brush also helps to distribute the product evenly for a fluttery finish. 

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Byredo Mascara

If you’re looking to spoil yourself, the Byredo Mascara is a great one to splurge on. With a curved brush to create the perfect cat eye effect, this formula is humidity-resistant (i.e. no bleeding down your face) and long-lasting for lashes that will look great well into the evening. The wand also allows you to reach every single lash for a finish that is polished and perfected.

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Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Push Up Lashes Mascara

In our eyes, Charlotte Tilbury can do no wrong. Case in point: the Pillow Talk Push Up Lashes Mascara. Working to make the lashes appear more lifted, defined, separated and voluminous with every coat, the formula contains carnauba wax to add body and texture while maintaining a weightless feel. The inclusion of Kerestore 2.0 also helps to condition the lashes for thicker-looking lashes in the long term. All hail queen Charlotte!

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L’Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara

You don’t have to spend a fortune to get a great mascara. The L’Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara is one of the best on the market and costs no more than your lunch. With a soft-fibre brush that has over 200 bristles to evenly distribute the product over the lashes, this formula delivers intense volume and dramatic length while also being anti-clump. Perfect for finishing off a smokey eye or adding a bold lash to your subtle daytime glam.

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Maybelline Great Lash Mascara

Why fix something if it ain’t broke? The Maybelline Great Lash Mascara is one of the most iconic mascaras on the market for good reason: it is perfect. The lash-doubling formula has been on the market for 40 years and is one of the most trusted mascaras out there. Working to condition the lashes and thicken at the same time, this one is a staple that you need to get your hands on.

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Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash Mascara

If a perfected curl is what you’re after, we can’t go past the Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash Mascara. A super-curling and lifting mascara, this formula is perfect for creating the doe-eyed effect and drawing attention to your beautiful eyes. Whether you use it on the top or bottom lashes (or both), we can guarantee curled lashes all day long.

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Milk Makeup Kush Mascara

A buildable mascara that can take your lashes from day to night, the Milk Makeup Kush Mascara is for the dramatic lash lovers. Formulated to give you a falsie-like finish, this mascara contains hemp-derived cannabis seed oil to condition the lashes and vegan beeswax to prevent fallout and keep the volumising fibres locked onto the lashes.

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CHANEL Le Volume De Chanel Mascara

Embrace your inner French girl and give the CHANEL Le Volume De Chanel Mascara a go. A mascara that offers instant volume for longer, plumper and thicker lashes, the brush sculpts volume thanks to its disks that are stacked and oriented for an impeccable finish. The quick-drying formula also prevents fallout or bleeding and helps you build a customised volume result.

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Dior Diorshow Iconic Mascara

If your lashes are your secret weapon when it comes to flirting up a storm, we can’t go past the Dior Diorshow Iconic Mascara. Working to define, coat and fan out the lashes for 24 hours of wear, the curved mascara brush is easy to use to open up the eyes and create that flirty effect. It is also enriched with cotton nectar for lashes that appear stronger and shinier each day.

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Eye Of Horus Goddess Mascara

An award-winning mascara that lengthens, curls and volumises, the Eye of Horus Goddess Mascara is a gentle, long-wearing and water-resistant formula that will coat the lashes without clumping, smudging or budging. Containing carnauba, candelilla, rice bran wax and cera alba to nourish the lashes and set the formula, this is a real do-it-all product.

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