Mascara has always been a make or break product for me. Popping a little mascara on the lashes always keeps my peepers looking nice and awake. Over the years, I’ve tried quite a few mascaras. These are the four that made the cut for me.

Benefit They’re Real Mascara; This is a great mascara if you want to both lengthen and volumize your lashes. It has a large rubber wand, and is really great for separating and lengthening. This is a good middle-tier mascara. It’s $24.00 for the 0.3 oz tube and $12.00 for the 0.14 oz tube.

L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara; This has been my favorite drugstore mascara for YEARS. I just went back into my archives and it was actually in my August 2013 beauty favorites, LOL. It’s a great, affordable mascara with a large rubber bristled wand. It creates a beautiful, natural effect, and it doesn’t flake off throughout the day. Win. It rings in at a nice $8.99. I’ve also tried the Voluminous False Fiber Lashes mascara and like that one as well (it has thicker, natural bristles, so it packs more of a punch and looks less natural).

L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara; If you couldn’t tell, L’Oreal is my favorite drugstore mascara brand FOR sure. This is my second favorite drugstore mascara. It has a super skinny wand with short, small rubber bristles. It’s a perfect mascara for lengthening. If you want long, fluttery lashes this will do the trick. I find that I have to let this one dry out a tiny bit before it’s the perfect consistency (it can be really wet), but I love it. This one rings in at $9.99.

Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Waterproof Mascara; This is a new purchase, inspired by Tati of GlamLifeGuru, and I’m obsessed. It is an absolute bitch to remove, but it’s an amazing, dark mascara. It’s got a curved, natural bristled wand, and really volumizes and lengthens. It’s amazing. It’s the most expensive of the bunch, ringing in at $29.50, but is a really nice high-end mascara if you’re looking for something a little more luxurious.

What are your holy grail mascaras?

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Miranda Feneberger

Miranda Feneberger

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