It’s that time again! BeautyStat’s editors year-end review of the BEST MASCARAS of 2013! Now, we’ve tried A LOT of different mascaras — volumizing, lengthening, curling, conditioning, water-proof, even the most popular and innovative! You name it and we’ve most likely tried it!
Whether our beauty editors’ picks are of the latest and greatest mascara, or a tried-and-true classic, we’ll make sure to get your lashes looking lush, full and long right into 2014. Read on to see our picks, and make sure to tell us which are your favorite, too! We’d LOVE to know. xo
Managing Editor, Theresa Romano’s Fave Mascaras
CURLING: Clarins Be Long Mascara ($25.00) — “I usually stick to volumizing mascaras, but this curling and lengthening one really impressed me! With that small and curved plastic brush, it most definitely curled, separated and lengthened my lashes instantly! I look wide-awake when wearing this mascara. And that brush has become my new best friend in the morning.” See BEFORE/AFTER PHOTOS —> HERE!
VOLUMIZING: Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara ($23.00) — “This metallic pink tube of wonder gives me the fullest lashes! No falsies needed, the more you use the bigger your lashes. Its curved brush follows the same bust-to-waist ratio of Marilyn Monroe, hugging and lifting each lash. It adds fullness without weighing down your lashes. Even when I wear this without eyeliner, my eyes still pop. And I love me some eyeliner.” See BEFORE/AFTER PHOTOS —> HERE!
CONDITIONING: Krave Cosmeceuticals Vegie-Lash Mascara — “Whenever I wear this mascara, people always comment on how long my lashes are. Every. Single. Time! This vegetable-based mascara contains 80% less chemicals than regular mascaras. It has a HUGE, thick plastic brush and ultra-black pigment. And the best thing about it is that it washes off easily, never flaking or smudging.” See BEFORE/AFTER PHOTOS —> HERE!
INNOVATIVE: Avon Mega Effects Mascara ($10.00) — “This mascara is unlike any other. It looks like a paint brush with WonderBrush bristles that comb through lashes easily for clump-free volume. Unlike other mascara wands, it works to fit the curve of your eyes and adds 40% more mascara to lashes for more volume. It takes a bit of practice to maneuver, but it’ll definitely give you long lashes.” See BEFORE/AFTER PHOTOS —> HERE!
PRIME: Clinique Lash Building Primer ($15.00) — “I’ve never reviewed this on the site, but before I wear ANY mascara, I put this on first. Just like foundation, this base helps protect my lashes and extend the wear of the formula. ‘Underwear for lashes!’ If people ever comment on how thick and full my lashes are, I always tell them that I use this every day.”
Senior Editor, Erin Sutera’s Favorite Mascara
LENGTHENING: Votre Vu Eiffel Power French Accents Lengthening & Fortifying Mascara ($24.00) — “This mascara has a huge brush, yet doesn’t make a mess on your lids or anywhere else. Lashes get extended and volumized like never before! If you want maximum lashes, this is my all-time favorite mascara!” See BEFORE/AFTER PHOTOS —> HERE!
VOLUMIZING: Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant Mascara ($24.00) — “The conical shape of this mascara’s brush is so unique. It coats each lash from the tiniest to the largest. The pigment is also one of the blackest I have ever come across. This mascara also does a terrific job at separating and volumizing lashes.” See BEFORE/AFTER PHOTOS —> HERE!
DARK PIGMENT: Hourglass Film Noir Full Spectrum Mascara ($28.00) — “This mascara also has an extremely dark, sexy pigment. It does the most work with the least amount of effort. One or two coats and you have the sultriest eyes ever. I also love this mascara because no matter how long it makes my lashes, the product never winds up on my lids!”
Senior Editor, Nicole G Levine’s Fave Mascaras:
LENGTHENING: Tarte Lights, Camera, Flashes Statement Mascara ($23.00) — “It adds dimension and length by over 700%, giving my lashes a dramatic but not too over-the-top look. Every lash gets coated with the mascara from root to tip.” See BEFORE/AFTER PHOTOS —> HERE!
VOLUMIZING: Le Volume De Chanel ($30.00)– “Still one of my favorites, as it adds both length and volume in a natural-looking way. It has great staying power and quite a few people asked me if I have extensions on while using this particular mascara.” See BEFORE/AFTER PHOTOS —> HERE!
WATER-PROOF: Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Mascara $30.00) — “Another fave of mine; it adds length and volume, and soldiers on without leaving any residue under my eyes. It stays on until I decide to take it off!” See BEFORE/AFTER PHOTOS —> HERE!
GROWTH-ENHANCING/VOLUMIZING: L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Butterfly Mascara and Revlon Lash Potion Volume + Length Mascara by Grow Luscious — “One has an innovative brush and the other has soft bristles to swipe every eyelash.” See BEFORE/AFTER PHOTOS —> HERE!
THICKENING: Benefit They’re Real! Mascara ($23.00) — “It still fools people into thinking I have extensions, and I also really love L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Mascara for its intense color and lengthening power.”
Senior Editor, Evelyn Lugo’s Fave Mascara
LENGTHENING: Maybelline New York The Rocket Volum’ Express Mascara — “I have tried MANY mascaras, I’m STILL using (and obsessed with) Maybelline’s The Rocket Mascara, since I reviewed it last December! The brush is amazing, giving me lush, caterpillar-like lashes that nearly touch my eyebrows — with every blink! Doesn’t clump or feather, and under $8.00? My fave!” See BEFORE/AFTER PHOTOS —> HERE!
Editor, Stephanie Scannell
Steph appreciates a mascara that can amp up her puny lashes… and her favorite was found at a drugstore!
VOLUMIZING: L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Butterfly Mascara — “I have NO eyelashes, So, I have been in hot pursuit of a mascara that will add volume, lengthen and plump up my puny lashes. Every year I get the Sephora Mascara Sampler hoping to find my savior. Little did I know I would find it in CVS. One day, the shiny silver tube of the Voluminous Butterfly Mascara caught my eye. For less than $10.00, I had to give it a try.
I am so happy I did! This mascara does it all for me: adds volume, length and definition. The coolest part is the brush: It looks like it has three distinctive sides that promises to extend and lift outer corner lashes to give you a winged-out effect, instantly volumizing lashes at the roots and stretching them outward.”
BEST BROWN MASCARA: YSL Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils ($30.00) — “I always wear black mascara, but I really liked this brown one. The brush alternates thick, widely spaced bristles, while the finer more closely spaced bristles coat the shortest of lashes to create a voluminous defined lash. The formula wears very well. It does not clump or flake.” See BEFORE/AFTER PHOTOS —> HERE!
EYE-BRIGHTENING: Smashbox Photo Op Eye Brightening Mascara ($20.00) — “I love the brush! It lifts every lash! It is so user-friendly, too. There aren’t any clumps, smudging or flaking. The Blue Prism Technology makes the whites of your eyes pop by using a blend of micas, titanium and blue pigments. I tried Brightening Black and it provided excellent lash-lengthening and definition.” See BEFORE/AFTER PHOTOS —> HERE!
GIVEAWAY —> We’re giving away 3 L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Butterfly Mascaras and 3 Avon Mega Effects Mascaras! To enter, comment down below telling us which mascara you’d love to try! This applies ONLY to U.S. residents, sorry!
What do you beauties think of our mascara picks? Did any of your favorites make the list?
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