Thursday, November 5th, 2009

The Hit List

What’s the Best Drugstore Mascara…?

What brand/product wins this category? Any particular reason it wins?

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80 thoughts on “The Hit List: Best Drugstore Mascara

  1. maybelline the colossal! i know it didn’t work for you, but it’s my HG! i don’t need more length, only volume, and this makes my lashes sooo thick that even my makeup-oblivious boyfriend complimented them. i’ve repurchased it 3-4 times… love love love!

  2. Holly

    Cover Girl’s Lashblast!

  3. Jess

    My 2 favorite drugstore mascaras are Cover Girl Lash Blast and L’Oreal HIP mascara! The Cover Girl makes my lashes long and volumized and the HIP makes my lashes look like false lashes!!

  4. Amy

    My favorite drugstore mascara is Cover Girl Lash Blast Mascara in Very Black. It’s actually my favorite mascara, period. I love the brush…it separates my lashes so well, so it never clumps up. I can build the mascara up for really thick lashes that way. The brush also lets me get to all the lashes in the corners of my eyes, with the way the bristles taper down at the end of the wand. I don’t use the waterproof version, but I don’t have problems with it smudging or running. And the price can’t be beat. I really, really love this mascara…I have only repeat-purchased one other mascara, and this one definitely beats that one. Love love love!

  5. Nice

    I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS MASCARA IT’S PERFECT The problem with my lashes is that they are a unorganized, they are full and have a good lenght and with a normal wand the probability to clump(even with a primer) is 90%, specially when i’m in a rush. The wand of Lashblast is amazing separates,curles and volumizes the lashes, no flaking and CLUMP FREE I can apply 1 or 2 coats without clumpin LOVE IT I do the mascara in a blink, i have no problem with the big wand whatsoever It’s a simple effective drugstore product Every person has their one personal favorite mascara and mine is Lashblast

  6. LashBlast by Covergirl… :-)

  7. Maybelline define a lash or Loreal Telescopic…..length and volume

  8. Kajsa

    Tie between Cover Girl Lash blast WP and Maybelline Define-a-lash WP.

    CG because it’s blackest black and gives my lashes a good amount of volume, greatest lasting mascara I’ve ever tryed.
    And Maybelline because it separates and lengthen my lashes like crazy!

  9. Emm

    I really like CG LashBlast and Maybelline Full ‘n’ Soft.

  10. shangrila

    It’s not actually drugstore, but Jillian Dempsey for Avon’s mascara is AMAZING!!!! There are two ends for top and bottom lashes, and it gives my little stubby lashes great length and volume. I think it’s discontinued, though. *sniff, sniff*

  11. Rimmel – Sexy Curves

  12. Lashblast (and Max Factor False Lash Effect, which are exactly the same thing).

  13. Tam

    Cover Girl Lash Blast waterproof is my HG mascara! Love the stuff!

  14. kpenn

    I like Maybelline’s lash stiletto. Their black/brown is a really good natural-looking colour for everyday use. I also love the brush – it really separates and lengthens nicely. It’s a good staple for my makeup bag.

  15. Paige

    Covergirl Lash Exact.
    It’s my HG and even when I accidently get a brown instead of a black I still use it all up.

  16. Katherine

    Maybelline Full ‘N Soft! I keep trying more expensive mascaras, and even other drugstore mascaras, and none compare. It leaves lashes un-crunchy, doesn’t clump, and doesn’t flake. The formula stays true even after you’ve had it for a while. It’s awesome, and cheap. I should just learn my lesson and never try another!

  17. L’Oreal’s Voluminous is my all time favoite mascara even against more expensive brands like Dior. Not only is it a great price but it delivers incredible volume and length so I can get the dramatic look I love for lashes quickly and inexpensively!

    I love drugstore mascaras in general and find they out-perform a lot of the more expensive ones found in dept stores. Some other favs are Maybelline’s Volum Express and Colossal mascaras and Max Factor’s 2000 Calorie Lashes…oh, and I think I’m the only one on the planet who likes this but I also love L’Oreal’s LashOut! :)

    • Ashley

      This is the one I’ve been using too, but I find that it clumps just a bit too much for me and takes too long to dry. But it’s still up there in the mascaras I’d buy again. I’m hoping that Prestige’s My Biggest Lashes works better than the L’Oreal, a girl on makeupalley told me that they are practically the same, only MBL doesn’t clump nearly as much and dries faster.
      This is why I hate mascaras though. Always hard to find that perfect one – either it works great for the first month and then the product starts to dry out and not work the same, or it works terribly the first month because it’s too wet and then works nicely the last few months.

    • kate

      i love L’Oreal’s Voluminous too! THE BEST

      • Eyeris

        me too. i have tried so many of the high end mascaras and i alway come back to my beloved Voluminous…I love the carbon black formula!!!!

  18. rashmi

    m still longing to find a good one
    but i think “l’oreal voluminious” is a good alternative

    tried so many mascara … m such a fool
    why i did i spent so much on all of them
    rather i would have bought only one mac or any other higher brand

  19. amy

    Maybelline The Colossal Volume Express mascara, I know some people dislike this mascara because it is not effective on them, but this one works on my lashes. I also like Maybelline Turbo Boost mascara. Rimmel comes in second for me.

  20. Christi

    I love love love Neutrogena’s Lash Tint. It’s not thick and lumpy like a regular mascara, doesn’t add volume or length. Perfect for a totally natural look. I wear it everyday, except for when I want some extra oomph! For that I love Maybelline’s Full and Soft. It makes my lashes long and thick, but still natural looking.

    • L

      YES! It’s not dramatic enough for nighttime, but it’s fantastic during the day. I am ridiculously anal about clumping and there is absolutely none — not even the teeny, tiny ones that you can only see if you hold your face a couple inches away from the mirror. It spreads perfectly. The only problem is that it doesn’t wear all that well. If I want my mascara to last over 8 hours, I wear something else.

  21. Autumn

    Prestige My Biggest Lashes, Maybelline Lash Stiletto and Maybelline great lash & great lash big :)

  22. details

    MAX FACTOR – 2000 Calorie and Volume Couture
    Rimmel – Sexy Curves

  23. Maybelline’s Define-a-lash VOLUME (the pink one) and L’Oreal Carbon Black Voluminous!!!

  24. Maybelline Full N Soft. Hands down.

    I like it better than any mascara I’ve ever tried. Ever.
    MAC, Dior, anything…

    • Emily

      MAYBELLINE FULL AND SOFT! It’s comparable to Benefit’s Bad Gal Lash! It gives beautiful natural lashes with amazing volume after the second coat and great seperation! Doesn’t leave your lashes crunchy or hard!

  25. Dorie

    Max Factor 2000 calorie mascara in the waterproof formula.

  26. evangelia

    i love l’oreal beauty tubes. a DS tubing mascara, yay! plus i love how DS brands are always having sales.

  27. ♥Rimmels ♥ I think its the fine comb brush that makes my mascara go on smooth and it reaally length’n the lashes!!

  28. becki

    my favorite is covergirl lash exact. it works perfectly on my lashes (but i dont have length or volume issues–lucky, i guess!).

  29. maxiene

    Cover Girl Exact Eyelights Mascara is great when you want just a lil glam! 😛 As far as an everday mascara, I’m still hooked on non drugstore ones so I hope everyone will share so I can start saving some $!

  30. Covergril Lashblast and LOREAL Telescopic are my two favorites!

  31. Nora

    Prestige’s My Biggest Lashes. I read on makeupalley that it’s a dupe for Diorshow mascara. I haven’t tried that one, but Prestige MBL is GREAT! Fantastically large brush and actually holds a curl better than any I’ve tried (which is saying a lot for my curl-less lashes).

  32. tremorviolet

    I use Max Factor 2000 Calorie, mostly because it’s pretty much the only Auburn mascara out there. The auburn looks so much less harsh on really fair skin than even brown does.

  33. Agnes

    maybelline full and soft!!!

  34. NaNa

    Rimmel Sexy Curves. It’s awesome. :*

  35. Trisha Mae

    Hands down, Cover Girl’s Lash Blast Waterproof in Very Black! My super HG drugstore mascara & product of all time. If I could only buy one makeup item at the drugstore, I would choose Lash Blast without a second thought. Gives my lashes gnarly volume, length & separation thanks to that amazing applicator!

  36. Sass

    Maybelline Colossal is the right answer.

  37. Chapis

    Wow! everyone seems to really like Lash Blast and I hated it…. did not work for me, the brush is too big. I need more ‘precision’ with a brush so I love Maybelline’s Great Lash (dark black)It definitely separates my lashes and makes them really long, my second favorite is Lancome Hypnose that thing is magic! Since its more expensive I use mostly on weekends.

  38. Grace

    Without a doubt, Covergirl Lashblast in Very Black! It gaves me sparse lashes AMAZING volume and it even manages to hold a curl. I love it.

  39. Sasha B

    l’oreal extra collegen filler
    WORST= rimmel sexy curves waterproof- tore my lashes out o.o

  40. Sarah M

    For me, personally, it has to be Maybelline Define-A-Lash Lengthening mascara (the one in the green packaging). I know a lot of people that hate this but it really works for me. I have quite long, straight, black lashes and find that this not only separates them and gives them definition, but it also lifts them slightly to look as if they have been curled. So, overall I’m quite happy with this product. :-)

  41. i’d go with maybelline’s full and soft

  42. Mary

    Covergirl Lash Blast Luxe in black royale :) It is the same as the original, but it has a little tint of blue sparkles in the sunlight.

  43. DJ

    L’oreal Voluminous, I get pretty much the same results as YSL faux cils.

  44. Ophelia

    i really love almay’s nourishing mascara for everyday looks

  45. liana

    Cover girl lash exact and maybelline great lash

  46. Amy

    Maybelline Full ‘N’ Soft is my go-to drugstore mascara. Until I tried Tarte Lights Camera Lashes I preferred it to all the other expensive mascaras I tried.

  47. I love Maybelline Great Lash. I just need something lightweight and separating with a bit of volumizing. Any formula that’s heavy will weight my lashes down and make them straight.

  48. happybadfish

    L’oreal Voluminous

  49. Missy

    The best is L’oreal’s Voluminous. I just tried it like 2 days ago and I love it!

  50. Definitely Covergirl Lash Blast!

  51. Melissa

    First off, I just want to say, since Ive seen this name so much, that Covergirl Lashblast sucks! It just does nothing for my lashes, maybe because theyre already naturally long, that it doesnt help, but I absolutely hate it.. same with Maybelline Great Lash Mascara.

    Now, the best drugstore mascara is *drum roll* Max Factor Volume Coutue. Its amazing, its love. It adds volume and definition to my lashes for that extra pow. I dont think Ive ever found a better mascara, even from department store brand. (:

  52. francesca

    MAYBELLINE COLOSSAL! I have quite long lashes, so I only need volume and, oh my God, Colossal knows how to give it to me!

  53. Brenda

    Lashblast or Almay One Coat Thickening (the short fat tube). I always come back to these two over Dior, Benefit, etc….

  54. hands down maybelline full n soft wp! been using it for 8 years now and always go back!

  55. Manny

    Max Factor False lash effect

  56. i know people usually have a lot of trouble with Loreal Double Extend but it works great for me! It makes my lashes look dramatic (but not too much). It never flakes and the tubes come off easily every time. Def a staple!!! The only thing I’d replace it with is fakes. =)

  57. Andrea

    Maybelline Colossal

    When I was in Ulta in line the cashier thought I had on fake lashes & couldent believe I used Colossal

  58. Vee

    Maybelline Full & Soft…. especially with a primer. Great brush and formula!

  59. Ashley K

    I love Maybelline’s Full n Soft, but it turns on me quickly. I’ve been starting to love my CG Proffessionel waterproof.

  60. Christina C

    My favorite drugstore mascaras are Cover Girls Lash Blast and Loreals Voluminous in Carbon black.

  61. Alexis

    LashBlast LashBlast LashBlast! I will never buy high-end mascara again as long as they continue to sell this one in drugstores.

  62. Lo

    Mabelline Define-A-Lash is my HG mascara, I’ve tried so many different high end and drugstore mascaras, but I recently tried this and am so impressed with it.
    It coats my lashes incredibly well, it lengtens and separates like a dream, its really pigmented, and what I really love about it is that it is so buildable, I’ve not really had a mascara that I’ve felt like I could layer without clumps before, but I can get up to 3 layers of this!

  63. Amal

    Max Factor False Lash Effect

  64. Mommy2Maya

    I love, love Rimmel’s Sexy Curves and Glam Eye’s. They both curl my stubborn lashes, never flake, or run. I wait until they are BOGO free and then stock up :).

  65. Liz

    Maybelline Lash Stiletto has been my go-to mascara for several months now, and it hasn’t let me down yet. It gives me thick, long, glossy lashes that don’t clump, flake, or smear for my 10.5 hour work day. I would say it’s comparable to Lancome Defencils, possibly better (!).

  66. Katey

    HANDS DOWN Lashblast by Cover Girl!
    I will NOT use anything else, it is perfect!
    I have been using it for over a year.

  67. celeste

    my absolute favorite is maybelline the colossal express limited edition in absolute black it makes my lashes absolutely perfect and i love it sooo much!!!!! but iv also always wanted to try maybelline sky high curves so if anyone has tried it plz reply

  68. celeste

    umm iv also wanted to try urban decays big fatty mascara has anybody tried it ??? pls reply!

  69. emily

    Even though everyone hates it, I love Maybelline Lash Stiletto
    Maybe it’s because i have plenty thick lashes and want lengthening in a mascara.

  70. Martina

    I love love love Great Lash by Maybelline. Its the one with the pink bottom and green lid. I’ve been using it for about 5 years now and it works SO well. They also last about a year or more before I need to throw them away even though those high end ones seem to dry out in 6 months.

    I decided to venture out and buy something new after my last GL dried out so I bought Smoky Lash by Makeup For Ever from Sephore and I HATED IT. It made my eyelashes all clump together and the brush didn’t help seperate them…it also dried out in about 3 months!! So not worth 28$
    Maybe I will try something new after my GL dries out but I’m not sure what i’d get that nots too expensive or just a waste of money…

  71. Tish

    Lashblast definately and I’ve tried them all. Just tried the new one in the purple tube. Yes stays on longer but not as good as the orange tube.

  72. Krista

    I’m loving L’Oreal Telescopic and Max Factor’s False Last Effect.