From a young age, I can remember watching my mom apply the focal point of her makeup: mascara. Her lashes were always full, separated, and perfectly curled, and her secret was Max Factor 2000 Calorie Mascara. I happily followed suit, flicking and wiggling and bending my lashes upwards with the magic potion for years until one day it was discontinued in the US. Who knows at this point if it was really that good or if I’ve since built it up in my head, but all I know is that for years I’ve been on the hunt for mascaras that will thicken and fan my lashes as well as MF2000C. As a person who often only wears mascara and lip balm, it’s always been fairly important to me that my lashes are just right.
After years of searching, testing, and review reading, here are my five top mascaras for full, fluffy, clump-free eye lashes…
5. L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara in Carbon Black. I think I read somewhere that this was Kim Kardashian’s makeup artist’s favorite mascara. Either way, I like the effect on my lashes – full and fanned out – but it is a little hard to wash off.
4. Blinc Mascara Amplified in Black. This is a more natural looking mascara, but also the most convenient! It covers your lashes with “a glossy, volumizing and extending coat that forms tiny water-resistant ‘tubes’ around the lash.” It’s a little weird at first because it sort of looks like all your lashes are falling out when you wash your face, but it’s really just the little tubes. No smudging!
3. Makeup Forever Smoky Extravagant Mascara. I got this as a sample from Sephora and I liked it way more than I thought I would! The tapered brush makes it easy to get to those little corner lashes while the full end does a pretty good job of creating separation.
2. Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara. A newly discovered close second. Thick formula and a fluffy brush are always a win in my book!
1. Diorshow Mascara in Catwalk Black. Hands down my favorite mascara. The brush perfectly fans out lashes and builds product without giving me spider lashes. Diorshow Black Out is another option for more drama, but it is MUCH harder to wash off which is the main reason I don’t use it more frequently.