Give yourself the prettiest peepers possible with our picks of some of the best mascaras money can buy…

Mascara: it’s pretty much the key ingredient every make-up bag and that one item that no woman should ever be without. No time for make-up? A simple lick of mascara will do the trick.

No sleep, tired eyes and no energy? Why, hello mascara, thanks for making my eyes look wide awake! Need to finish off any make-up look? Mascara, mascara, mascara.

It really is the must-have make-up item that can pretty much solve any problem in the world (ok, well, almost!), but with so very many choices and types of mascara out there, how on earth are you supposed to know which one to pick?

To help you out, we’ve rounded up some of our top mascara picks; trust us, these are some of the best mascaras at the best prices out there!

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Maybelline Great Lash Mascara

There’s a reason this iconic pink and green tube is a cult classic, and no list of best mascaras would be complete without it.

There’s a reason this mascara is the world’s best-selling one: it is highly pigmented, creating a dramatic black lash and a thick, luscious look.

The waterproof formula makes this a great pick for beach days, or when you’re heading to that wedding and you know you’re going to be reaching for the tissues!

Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara

Be prepared to wow yourself with this fab mascara. They aren’t lying with the name “False Lash Effect”, giving you volume, length and an all-over coast with an easy-to-apply wand.

Plus, there’s the fact that this mascara is incredibly budget-friendly, making it one to stock up on.

Elizabeth Arden Grand Entrance Mascara

The slightly curved silicon wand makes this mascara a pleasure to apply, separating and coating each individual lash with ease.

You’ll get length, definition and volume, and an evenly dark coat of mascara, without clumping or crumbling. Plus, for one of the ‘fancier’ brands, the price point isn’t too bad.

L’Oreal False Lash Superstar X Fibre Volumizing Mascara


This drug store favourite has a 2-in-1 system to give you thick and full lashes with all kinds of volume, really opening up the eyes.

The first step is the application of a primer, which separates each lash, prepping it for the mascara application and ensuring that each lash is fully coated and that the product stays in place all day long.

Lancôme Grandiose Extreme Mascara

If you’re looking for a bit of a splurge, this is undoubtedly our top pick. The swan-neck wand is a complete game changer for mascara application, making it so much easier to do without smudging the rest of your make-up.

You’ll get extreme definition, thicker-looking lashes, volume and no clumps. Is it worth the splurge? We think so!

Revlon Ultimate All-in-One Mascara

This is definitely one of our all-time favourite mascaras.

The Revlon range has a mascara for just about every need, but this all-in-one is our go-to.

The smaller wand makes application a dream, and you get volume, fullness and bold, open eyes in just a coat or two.