Nars Lengthening Mascara, Rimmel 1,2,3 Looks and MaxFactor Aqualash
Whether it's adding length to stubby lashes, thickening the lashes to create a fuller look, or keeping you free from panda eyes, it can be difficult to find a mascara that does exactly what you want.
So, we took it upon ourselves to find out which mascara does what the best. With so many products to choose from, it took some serious testing to find our three winners. To make things a little easier, we separated the mascaras into three groups: Best Splurge, Best High Street Brand and Best Waterproof. We then looked for volumising, lengthening and thickening qualities in each product, as well as testing the application, removal and durability of the mascara throughout the day. Those little black flakes under the eyes were a big no-no!
Begin your quest for lovely lashes below. Take a look at our gallery to see how each mascara performed, but first discover the winners in each category:
Best Splurge: Nars Lengthening Mascara
If you want thicker lashes with added volume, this is the one for you. After just one coat, it immediately made the lashes appear fuller. Our tester found it to be clump-free, easy to apply and remove. A brilliant all-round performer that is hassle-free.
Best High Street Brand: Rimmel 1, 2, 3 Looks
This adjustable volume mascara lets you choose how much volume you would like to add, depending on whether you twist to level 1, 2 or 3. If you're looking for adding length to your lashes, this is brilliant, even on level 1! Our tester was pleasantly surprised at the difference this mascara made to her lashes. It's great to be able to choose how you want to wear your mascara, too.
Best Waterproof: MaxFactor AquaLash
This MaxFactor mascara won for being one of the few 100% waterproof products. Our tester remained completely smudge-free when she wore this mascara to go swimming - without goggles! This is smooth to apply, long-lasting and great for shorter lashes as it added length after a few coats. This is a perfect mascara for taking on holiday - and it's good value too.