No matter how late we’re running in the morning, we’ll always make time to unzip our makeup bags and twist open a tube of our go-to mascaras. But even though we’ve wished and prayed otherwise, noticeably longer lashes don’t just happen at the snap of your fingers—and usually, our time spent applying coat after coat feels like a full-blown waste of time. So, after far too many stubby lashes and coated eyelids, we decided to finally sift through the massive market of mascaras to find the absolute best lengthening formulas.
Since we’ve all spent more money than we’d like to admit on mascaras by now, we made sure each tube was under $9 and available at your local drugstore. After coating our lashes in more than a hundred different formulas, we found the eight best mascaras that truly lead to long eyelashes. Shop our picks, below.
Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara
Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara, $4.99; at Target
CoverGirl Total Tease Full + Long + Refined Mascara
CoverGirl Total Tease Full + Long + Refined Mascara, $7.94; at Walmart
E.l.f. Lash Extending Mascara
E.l.f. Lash Extending Mascara, $3; at E.l.f.
Maybelline Lash Stiletto Ultimate Length Waterproof Mascara
Maybelline Lash Stiletto Ultimate Length Waterproof Mascara, $8.95; at Maybelline
No7 Exceptional Definition Mascara
No7 Exceptional Definition Mascara, $8.99; at Target
NYX The Skinny Mascara
NYX The Skinny Mascara, $7; at NYX
Revlon Super Length Mascara
Revlon Super Length Mascara, $5.97; at Walmart
Rimmel London ScandalEyes Mascara
Rimmel London ScandalEyes Mascara, $6.79; at Walgreens