Whether you want to crank volume up to 11 or just want something that won't leave you spider-lashed, there is truly a tube of mascara out there for everyone — and it's not unusual to be
very particular about what you coats your lashes with. But what if your priority is saving some cash? Do great mascaras that don't break the bank really exist? Luckily, the answer to that is a resounding "hell yes." Ahead, we've rounded up the top mascaras for just about every need — including two picks from our 2019 Beauty Innovator Awards — that won't cost you more than your favorite brunch order. Click through and find your heart's desire in a tube. Your lashes, and your bank account, will thank you. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission. Check out the rest of the 2019 Beauty Innovator Award winners. Lengthening
This 2019 BIA winner visibly lengthens and thickens after just one — yes, as in a single — coat. Plus, the curvy wand helps grip and coat the tiniest of lashes.
Exhibitionist Mascara, $, available at
Walmart More Lengthening
The bendy wand on L'Oréal's new Unlimited mascara defies everything we thought we knew about drugstore mascaras. However, the genius behind the flexible wand goes much deeper than novelty factor alone: It allows you to get
to the lash line to coat each lash from root to tip.
Unlimited Length and Lift Mascara, $, available at
Amazon More Lengthening
Revlon’s lengthening mascara has a fiber formula that helps to extend each lash, and a plush brush also helps with volume for long, lush lashes.
Super Length Mascara - Blackest Black, $, available at
This unique brush has three different sides to make sure every single lash gets some loving.
Exceptional Definition Mascara, $, available at
you really want eyelash extensions
, but are too impatient to sit in a chair with your eyes closed for two hours, this new formula from Almay gives lashes the feathered look while fooling everyone into thinking you paid $200 (when you really only paid $10).
Almay Liquid Lash Extenders Mascara, $, available at
This dual mascara kit is the easiest way to apply false(-ish) lashes, ever. The set comes with a black lengthening mascara, as well as an “extensions” wand, which is a spoolie for applying false-lash fibers. All you have to do is apply a swipe of black mascara, another swipe of the extensions fibers, and then seal it all in with the black mascara. That’s it — and you'll have lashes that look like falsies. Plus, you'll have saved all that time it takes to glue on a strip.
Physicians Formula Eyelash Enhancer , $, available at
This mascara is an editor and consumer favorite for a reason: It
plumps lashes. The fat brush has hundreds of tiny bristles that grab every hair and coat it with a volumizing formula that layers easily without veering into clumpy or crunchy territories.
Voluminous Carbon Black Volume Building Mascara, $, available at
Ulta Beauty More
This formula promises to give your lashes the same treatment that a stop-them-in-your-tracks pair of Loubs does to your confidence.
Lash Stiletto Ultimate Length Mascara, $, available at
Ulta Beauty More
The name says it all: Almay's Get Up & Grow not only lengthens, but its conditioning formula helps strengthen your lashes over time.
Extreme Length Mascara, $, available at
Think you can't get much for $4? E.L.F.'s mascara will give you long and fuller lashes for just four bucks.
Lengthening & Volumizing Mascara, $, available at
e.l.f. Cosmetics More Waterproof
This mascara is a classic for a reason — its densely packed plastic bristles make it super-easy to coat every single lash with a layer of its volumizing formula. Add a little waterproof action into the mix, and your mascara won't be going anywhere — whether you're sweating it up at the gym or trudging through a rainstorm.
Volum' Express The Rocket Waterproof Mascara, $, available at
Walmart More COVERGIRL LashBlast Volume Mascara
CoverGirl's original Lashblast Volume mascara is one of our favorites. But when we need our makeup to last all day (
raccoon eyes), we always reach for the waterproof version.
LashBlast Volume Mascara, $, available at
Ulta Beauty More Avon Wash-Off Waterproof Mascara
Want to wear mascara to the gym? This one won't run down your face after a 45-minute sweat session.
Wash-Off Waterproof Mascara, $, available at
Avon More L'Oréal Paris Voluminous Butterfly Mascara
The secret of L'Oréal Voluminous Butterfly is the butterfly wing-shaped wand. It combs through each lash for a perfectly even application.
VOLUMINOUS Butterfly Mascara, $, available at
L'Oreal Paris More
All hail Iman and her brand's Volumize Mascara. The bristles lift, separate, and never leave lashes stuck together.
Volumize Mascara, $, available at
Target More Volumizing
Any mascara with the name Doll Eye has got to give your lashes a serious volume boost, right? And that's just what this formula does — at a very pretty price.
NYX Professional Makeup
Makeup Doll Eye Mascara , $, available at
Target More Pixi by Petra Lash Lift Volumizing
If you're looking for the ultimate eye-opening effect, this dual set will give you exactly that, thanks to a larger wand meant for volumizing and lengthening and a finer precision brush that gets into the inner and outer corners for fanned-out lashes.
Pixi by Petra Lash Lift 188 Beyond Black - .28oz, $, available at
Birds of a feather flock together... and are the inspiration behind this mascara. The fanned-out brush promises to catch, coat, and separate your fringe.
Peacock Flare Mascara, $, available at
Ulta Beauty More Maybelline Total Temptation Mascara
The whipped formula, which contains coconut extract, helps separate lashes to create
are they real?
Total Temptation Mascara, $, available at
Ulta Beauty More Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara
This cone-shaped brush helps whip the wimpiest of lashes into glam territory.
Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara, $, available at
Ulta Beauty More
The hourglass-shaped brush helps the fibers in the formula surround each lash to volumize
Eye Booster Lash Contortionist Mascara, $, available at
This two-sided mascara was designed to seriously beef up limp lashes. Use the white, fiber-infused primer as a base, then layer the black mascara over top.
— Hadid-approved lashes.
Gigi Hadid Fiber Mascara Black, $, available at
It’s simple makeup math: One little wand x the human average of 150 eyelashes = the illusion of a million eyelashes.
Mega Multiplier Mascara, $, available at
Ulta Beauty More
Those of you who dig clumpy lashes will love Maybelline's Colossal Spider Effect mascara. The unique plastic-bristle brush combs through lashes and deposits hefty amounts of product, which immediately beefs up limp hairs.
Volum' Express The Colossal Spider Effect Mascara , $, available at
Target More Honest Beauty Extreme Length Mascara + Primer
This lash duo from Honest Beauty helps to create both length and volume at the same time. First, the primer protects and nourishes the lashes while also intensifying the color. Then, the mascara goes on extra-smooth to lift and amplify each and every lash.
Extreme Length Mascara + Primer, $, available at
Honest Beauty More Essence Lash Princess Volume Mascara
Consider this mascara a Wonderbra for your lashes. It lifts, separates, and makes every individual lash look bigger.
Lash Princess Volume Mascara, $, available at
Ulta Beauty More
Sure, the thick brush will give you mega-volume. But this gentle formula is especially clutch if you've got sensitive eyes.
Organic Wear Jumbo Lash Mascara, $, available at
CVS More Maybelline Volum' Express The Falsies Mascara
For those of us who love wet mascaras that are almost
goopy on the wand, this is the stuff of magic. Whether you have long or short lashes, this not only volumizes them, but also makes them look darker.
Volum' Express The Falsies Mascara, $, available at
Ulta Beauty More Thickening
Haven't tried Great Lash yet? You're missing out. There's a reason this lash-bulking formula has been a favorite among pros for decades.
Great Lash Mascara in Blackest Black, $, available at
Mascara primer often feel like an unnecessary step (especially if you're short on time), but a
primer that thickens and darkens your lashes is a fast way to skip mascara altogether for a no-makeup makeup look.
Volum' Express The Colossal Big Shot Tinted Primer, $, available at
Ulta Beauty More L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Waterproof Mascara
This mascara will seriously beef up limp lashes thanks to its full, thick brush and volumizing formula.
Voluminous Lash Paradise Waterproof Mascara, $, available at
This mascara is designed with every lash type in mind — but we love it best when going for thickness, thanks to the unique brush shape. The round tip allows you to get incredibly close to the root of lashes, allowing for more density.
So Lashy Waterproof Mascara , $, available at
Neutrogena's Healthy Volume is made with a touch of olive oil to moisturize your lashes. The result? A thick, gorgeous set all through winter.
Healthy Volume Mascara, $, available at
Neutrogena More Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara
This fluffy brush creates fluttering lashes that won't sag or fall throughout the day. Plus, the formula can be layered for serious drama.
Lash Sensational Mascara, $, available at
Ulta Beauty More Conditioning
This mascara does such a stellar job of separating and defining lashes that we would be happy if that were its only trick. But it also contains conditioners geared to help lashes grow, too.
30 Days Extension - Daily Treatment Mascara, $, available at
Kiko Milano More
The thin, cone-shaped brush on this volumizing mascara makes it easy to coat every single lash. Yes, we mean
lash, from the hard-to-reach inner corners to the teeny bottom lashes.
Forbidden Volume Mascara, $4.49, available at
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Demi Lovato’s first makeup line in collaboration with New York Color is certainly a good one – but one of our favorite products is the Lovatics mascara, due to it’s lengthening skills. With a dual-fiber brush and a formula that has both beeswax and carnauba wax to help with volume and length, this mascara is a steal.
Lovatics by Demi
Mascara, $4.47, available at
If you're committed to your non-waterproof mascara, pick up Locked & Coated from BareMinerals. It's a topcoat that turns any formula waterproof, so you don't have to ditch your favorite tube. Though it's not technically a drugstore brand, its price is on par with the rest of them.
Locked & Coated Waterproof Mascara, $, available at
Bare Escentuals More
Avon's Mega Effects mascara has a unique brush that helps separate each and every lash. The bristles coat and stretch your lashes, making this a clear winner in the lengthening department.
Mega Effects Mascara, $, available at
Circa Beauty’s Absolute Lash Icon Mascara lives up to it’s name – the oversized, bulbous brush helps to mold each lash for extra volume. Plus, the formula has avocado oil in it, enriching the lashes so they won’t clump as you aspire to maximum lash height.
Absolute Lash Icon Mascara, $12, available at
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