The Best Drugstore Mascaras

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There are so many amazing drugstore mascaras on the market that I feel like everyone can find their holy grail mascara for an affordable price point. I do love my occasional splurge worthy mascara and enjoy experiencing luxury and high end mascaras from time to time but most mascaras in my collection are the affordable ones you can find at the drugstore.

best drugstore mascaras
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Whether you’re looking for a mascara that lengthens, separates, and volumizes lashes or formulas that are clean, vegan, and cruelty free - there are tons of budget friendly mascara options out there. I’m sharing some of my favorite tried and true drugstore mascaras in this post + some top rated options to check out!

- $10.99

This L’Oreal mascara is one of my most repurchased drugstore mascaras. This budget friendly mascara went viral and many people compared it to the ever so loved Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara!

Lash Paradise gives my lashes tremendous length and gives me a boost of volume + an all day lift. It doesn’t clump or flake and has always been long lasting each time I’ve used it.

Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara comes in 4 shades: Black, Black Brown, Blackest Black, and Mystic Black.

- $11.49

Another mascara that went viral. Maybelline Sky High Mascara comes in two shades, Black and Blackest Black. The formula isn’t heavy and leaves lashes feeling lightweight with limitless length.

The formula of Maybelline’s Sky High Mascara is oil free and fragrance free.

maybelline sky high mascara

- $2.99

Starting off with the most budget friendly mascara of this best mascara roundup! This Wet N Wild Mascara is priced right under $3 and is waterproof. The description of this cruelty free mascara states it is meant to lengthen lashes and is sweat-proof, humidity-resistant, and smudge-resistant. The applicator for this Wet N Wild mascara is optimized to deliver product to every lash from the root to the tip. This budget friendly mascara is formulated with Vitamin E to help soften, moisturize, and protect lashes.

L’Oreal Air Volume Mega Mascara comes in three shades: Black, Blackest Black, and Black Brown.

- $9

Act Natural Mascara is one of my go to mascaras when I want something on the more natural and my lashes but better side. This mascara defines lashes to give it a natural boost and the formula is clump and smudge free. ColourPop’s Act Natural Mascara helps separate lashes beautifully and is a vegan formula.

This ColourPop mascara comes in two shades, Black and Brown.

ColourPop Cosmetics is cruelty free.

- $7

This e.l.f. mascara is priced at $7 and is one of the newer mascaras on the market. I recently purchased this and haven’t been disappointed yet. Everything from the fun purple packaging to the clean formula and the great volume and lift it gives me lashes is enjoyable. The formula is creamy and infused with jojoba wax to hold the curl of lashes.

Elf is cruelty free.

- $4.99

Another super budget friendly mascara on this list. Essence Lash Princess Mascara helps achieve a false lash effect with dramatic volume. This Essence mascara has a fiber brush that helps provide dramatic volume to lashes. 

Essence Cosmetics is cruelty free.

best drugstore mascaras roundup

- $10.99

This L’Oreal mascara is a lengthening mascara and claims to provide up to 60% longer lashes. The formula is smooth and the brush helps with separation.

Telescopic Mascara comes in three shades: Black Brown, Black Noir, and Blackest Black.

- $10.99

Lash Blast Clean Volume Mascara is exactly what the name suggests - it’s a high volume vegan mascara that lasts all day. It’s formulated with argan and mural oils to help lashes feel conditioned and does not smudge or clump.

This COVERGIRL Mascara comes in two shades: Pitch Black and Very Black.

What's your favorite drugstore mascara? Have you tried any mentioned in this roundup?

Curious about high end mascara options? See some of my favorites in this roundup here!

Priyanka Patel of Feel Pretty with Pri blog

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