The Best Colored Mascara For Eye-Catching Lashes, From YSL to Maybelline and Everything in Between

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One thing about colored mascara: you can’t take your eyes off it. Not only is bold beauty choice an instant show-stopper, but it also helps us easily identify which celebrities are the true style risk-takers.

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Case in point: Drew Barrymore’s white mascara moment during the height of the pandemic, Rihanna’s hot pink peepers at Coachella and Cara Delevingne’s electric blue lashes for YSL that instantly enhanced her already-mesmerizing eyes. These looks screamed fun and playful and likely took the least amount of effort, as all it takes are a few lash swipes to get the look.

Rihanna in pink mascara at Coachella 2018
Rihanna in pink mascara at Coachella 2018

Although we love reaching for our lengthening and waterproof mascaras to spice things up, some new hues could really take our glam to the next level. Whether you’re feeling nostalgic or you’re looking for a quick way to make a drastic change, join us in experimenting with the best colored mascaras this season and beyond.

Best Colored Mascara: YSL, Maybelline, ColourPop
Best Colored Mascara: YSL, Maybelline, ColourPop

ColourPop BFF Mascara in Left on Red

$9 at target

If you’re going full vixen mode, Colourpop’s mascara offers a deep and dramatic red paired with a unique twisted nylon fiber brush that’s shaped to comb through each lash. No clumps, no flakes, just vibes.


Best Colored Mascara: YSL, Maybelline, ColourPop
Best Colored Mascara: YSL, Maybelline, ColourPop

Maydear White Mascara

$7.99 $9.99 20% off

Buy at Amazon

Although the previously mentioned Drew Barrymore white mascara is indefinitely sold out, we’re eyeing Maydear’s white mascara for its high pigment, non-toxic formula, waterproof and smudge-proof promise and foolproof applicator. If white’s not quite your vibe, Maydear also offers a variety of other colored mascara shades for you to choose from, including gold, orange, light green and dark purple.


Best Colored Mascara: YSL, Maybelline, ColourPop
Best Colored Mascara: YSL, Maybelline, ColourPop

Eyeko Lash Alert Mascara in Green

$19 at Amazon

Green equals envy, obviously. That’s why Eyeko’s green mascara is a surefire hit that offers not only a unique hue but a caffeine-infused formula to wake up lashes.


Best Colored Mascara: YSL, Maybelline, ColourPop
Best Colored Mascara: YSL, Maybelline, ColourPop

Nyx Professional Makeup Color Mascara in Pink Petals

$18.49 at Amazon

For your next mascara moment, why not make like Rih and play with pink? NYX Professional Makeup’s pink mascara is Barbie in a bottle, offering highly pigmented color and a lengthening formula that really gets the job done.


Best Colored Mascara: YSL, Maybelline, ColourPop
Best Colored Mascara: YSL, Maybelline, ColourPop

Maybelline New York Snapscara Mascara in Ultra Violet

$13.99 at Amazon

Although Maybelline offers a few different colored mascara options, this purple mascara immediately caught our eye for its super-saturated shade and wax-free formula that glides onto lashes to achieve clump-free volume.


Best Colored Mascara: YSL, Maybelline, ColourPop
Best Colored Mascara: YSL, Maybelline, ColourPop

L’Oreal Paris Makeup Voluminous Mascara in Cobalt Blue

$8.98 $10.99 18% off

Buy at Amazon

We’ve now reached the blue mascara portion of our segment because — let’s be real — blue is by far the most popular colored mascara shade out there. L’Oreal’s cobalt blue option is a standout favorite on Amazon with nearly 100,000 (yup) glowing reviews. The lengthening, the pigment payoff, the staying power — you really can’t go wrong with this one.


Best Colored Mascara: YSL, Maybelline, ColourPop
Best Colored Mascara: YSL, Maybelline, ColourPop

Yves Saint Laurent Beaute Lash Clash Extreme Volume Mascara in Blue

$32 at neiman marcus

It truly wouldn’t be a colored mascara list without Yves Saint Lauren’s viral favorite in electric blue. As seen on Cara Delevingne, this high-end hero offers intense color, an oversized brush for unmatched volume, a fragrance-free and paraben-free formula and a promise of up to 24-hour smudge-free wear.


Best Colored Mascara: YSL, Maybelline, ColourPop
Best Colored Mascara: YSL, Maybelline, ColourPop

Lime Crime Astronomical Volumizing Vegan Mascara in Blue Moon

$15 at Amazon

Entering the race is cult-favorite Lime Crime’s volumizing blue mascara, which comes in a highly-pigmented vegan and cruelty-free formula. Product is applied with a powerful fiber brush that separates each lash like a pro.


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