Hands up if you can’t bare to shell out too much for a makeup item that you’re supposed throw away after three months. These are some affordable options for mascaras that perform well, without breaking the bank.
You can coat the tiniest of lashes with the NYX The Skinny Mascara. Its small brush head and bristles means you can reach into tight corners easily to give short lashes (especially bottom lashes) a nice oomph.
The Revlon Ultra Volume Mascara comes in both waterproof and non-waterproof formulas and gives sparse lashes a much needed boost of volume.
With adjustable brush, the 3CE Variety Moving Mascara gives you the freedom to curl or voluminise lashes. Its waterproof formula is water and sebum proof, allowing you to traverse the hot, humid weather without fearing smudges
The Za Killer Volume Mascara curl lashes upwards to really open up those peepers, and holds it in place with its clump-free formula.
Boasting a 300 per cent increase in just one coat, the Butter London Iconoclast Mega Volume Lacquer Mascara also features an unique brush head which coats, lengthens and separates lashes without clumping.
Those with straight, stubborn lashes should reach for the ETUDE HOUSE Lash Perm Curl Fix Mascara. Its dual sided brush head gives lashes the lift and curl it needs to fake the appearance of longer lashes.
Fancy anime-looking lashes? The Heroine Make Super Waterproof Volume & Curl Mascara not only curls and voluminise, its dry glossy formula keeps lashes looking black and shiny.
The KATE Tokyo Virtual Long Lash Mascara contains both straight and curled fibres – the straight ones coat individual lashes to help them appear more luscious, while the curled ones adhere to lashes and holds them in a curled position.
If dramatic lashes are your thing, then the Majolica Majorca Lash King Mascara will be your holy grail mascara. You’ll get full, intense lashes with just one coat, and it washes off easily with warm water.
The Maybelline Volume Express Magnum Waterproof Mascara has remained a cult favourite and it’s not hard to see why. The clump-free formula adds an insane amount of volume to sparse lashes and stays put even after crying buckets.
For 24 bucks, you get a mascara and a fibre mascara to really pump up the volume and length. Use the mascara first, then layer on the fibres and finish off with another coat of mascara for sky-high lashes.
Not a mascara per se, but you need this in your makeup arsenal nonetheless. The Urban Decay Mascara Resurrection is a lash serum that softens lashes and increases its flexibility for a better curl.
Containing Vitamin E, Panthenol and Bamboo, this mascara protects and nourishes lashes while amping up on the volume for luscious lashes.
Water-resistant and long-wearing, the Sigma Beauty Sinuosity Lash Mascara has a curved plastic wand that is able to reach the tiniest lashes for added volume and curl.
Available in five different colours including blue and purple, the Sephora Collection V For Volume Mascara coats individual lashes with a fluid formula for length and volume, without the clumping.