Our 7 Favourite Mascaras of 2022

Editor's picks

When it comes to eye makeup, one thing is certain: Mascara is a makeup bag essential. But whether it’s voluminous, long, or defined lashes you desire, finding the right mascara can sometimes feel like a game of trial and error. To help save you time and trouble finding the perfect formula, we share the very best mascaras for every need, from those designed to boost short, sparse eyelashes to ones that protect them from the elements. Get ready for your most fluttery, full lashes ever.

Our editor’s picks

Benefits: Volumizes, lengthens, smudge-proof, long-lasting

Size: 7.7 ml

Shades: Four

Available in waterproof: Yes

Cruelty-Free: Yes

  • The smooth, whipped formula helps bolster volume without clumps.

  • Some users report the formula is fast-drying.

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Benefits: Volumizes, lengthens

Size: 12.64 ml

Shades: Six

Available in waterproof: Yes

Cruelty-Free: No

  • The big bristle brush gives lashes volume in fewer coats.

  • Some users report this formula does not provide a full-looking effect.

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Benefits: Separates, volumizes, lengthens

Size: 9.5 ml

Shades: Four

Available in waterproof: Yes

Cruelty-Free: No

  • This defining mascara has been ophthalmologist-tested.

  • Some customers report the curved wand may be tricky to use.

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Benefits: Volumizes, separates, wide-eye effect

Size: 8 ml

Shades: Five

Available in waterproof: Yes

Cruelty-Free: Yes

  • The flexible wand head includes a combo of short and long bristles.

  • Some users report smudging during application due to the brush size.

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Benefits: Volumizes, lengthens

Size: 12.7 ml

Shades: One

Available in waterproof: Yes

Cruelty-Free: Yes

  • The fibres are easy to remove.

  • Some users report the fibres cause fallout that may irritate eyes.

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Benefits: Volumizes, long-lasting

Size: 13.1 ml

Shades: Four

Available in waterproof: No

Cruelty-Free: Yes

  • It comes in a variety of shades.

  • Some users say the formula runs in hot, humid weather.

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Benefits: Lengthens, separates

Size: 8 ml

Shades: Three

Available in waterproof: Yes

Cruelty-Free: Yes

  • The dual-sided brush offers a flat side for major length and a comb side that carefully separates lashes.

  • Some users say it takes multiple coats to achieve a full-lash effect.

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In this guide
Best overall mascara
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  • Benefits: Volumizes, lengthens, smudge-proof, long-lasting

  • Size: 7.7 ml

  • Shades: Four

  • Available in waterproof: Yes

  • Cruelty-Free: Yes

There’s a reason this pretty pink tube is called Voluminous Lash Paradise. The long-lasting smooth, whipped formula in combination with the soft wavy bristle brush delivers a perfectly voluminous and feathery soft fringe. Not only will your lashes look irresistible, but they’ll also feel irresistible thanks to the smudge-proof, clump-proof texture. And, it comes in four different shades, so you can choose the intensity of lash definition.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • This tube tops our list because it amps up lashes, fans them nicely and really stays put—an across-the-board win for $12.

  • Forget spidery lashes: The smooth, whipped formula helps bolster volume without any telltale clumps.

  • The soft wavy bristle brush includes a combo of short and long bristles, so every lash is separated with a single swipe.

Cons
  • Some users report that the formula is fast-drying, which makes it difficult to apply multiple coats.

The draw
This has been my favorite mascara for the past year. It was on a "dupe" list and I can say I like this mascara as much as it's more expensive competitor. Easy to remove but stays on like a charm. Gives great volume without being clumpy!
-dominique, originally posted on Walmart.ca
The downside
My lashes started to droop after the mascara dried, even though I had curled my lashes before. It also dries very quickly so it's difficult to apply a couple of coats.
-Francesca, originally posted on Walmart.ca
Best budget mascara
Maybelline New York Great Lash Mascara in Very Black
  • Benefits: Volumizes, lengthens

  • Size: 12.64 ml

  • Shades: Six

  • Available in waterproof: Yes

  • Cruelty-Free: No

To make every penny count, seek out an affordable mascara that offers range. We love Maybelline’s Great Lash because its formula is more liquid-y than other options on the market, which makes it easy to layer without looking chunky (the wiper inside the tube is also key for dispensing just the right amount). One coat will do the trick for casual daytime makeup, or you can get a glam night-out look from the same tube by building it up.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • This tried-and-true tube has been a fan favourite for 40 years—and it costs about as much as your morning latte.

  • The clump-free formula lets you build up from a more natural look to a full-on, falsie-inspired set with ease.

  • Rushing to get out the door? The big bristle brush makes it easier to pump up volume in fewer coats.

Cons
  • Some users report this formula does not provide a full-looking effect.

The draw
This is the best waterproof mascara on the market. It dries quickly and does not smear. It lengthens lashes well and wears well. I have allergies and it is the only mascara that does not bother my eyes in any way.
-Jane, originally posted on Walmart.ca
The downside
It doesn't make my lashes appear quite as "full" as I'd like but I'd use again.
-Sammers87, originally posted on Walmart.ca
Best mascara for definition
Maybelline New York Lash Sensational Washable Mascara Maybelline New York Lash Sensational Washable Mascara Maybelline New York Lash Sensational Washable Mascara Maybelline New York Lash Sensational Washable Mascara Maybelline New York Lash Sensational Washable Mascara Maybelline New York Lash Sensational Washable Mascara Maybelline New York Lash Sensational Washable Mascara Maybelline New York Lash Sensational Washable Mascara
  • Benefits: Separates, volumizes, lengthens

  • Size: 9.5 ml

  • Shades: Four

  • Available in waterproof: Yes

  • Cruelty-Free: No

If you find that heavy mascara formulas leave you with gloopy eyelash “chunks” instead of a defined fringe, opt for Maybelline Lash Sensational Washable Mascara. Its fanned brush has 10 layers of bristles to help you create separation. Use the short-bristled side first to coat your roots and baby hairs, then switch to the longer side to comb the formula through for a fanned-out finish.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • The liquid ink formula coats each lash while staying lightweight.

  • Wear contact lenses? This defining mascara has been ophthalmologist-tested.

  • The fanning brush features ten layers of bristles for a full-fan fringe.

Cons
  • The curved wand is perfect for reaching your roots but some users report it is tricky to get the hang of using.

The draw
This mascara has a very smooth application. It is buildable and clumps are not very common. The plastic brush is really good for getting separation and length.
-babsy83, originally posted on influenster.com
The downside
First of all, the wand is very good but it wobbles every time I take it in and out. The mascara itself is not really good at thickening lashes and flakes after drying.
-qwertyuiop, originally posted on Walmart.ca
Best waterproof mascara
L’Oréal Paris Bambi Eye Waterproof Mascara in Blackest Black L’Oréal Paris Bambi Eye Waterproof Mascara in Blackest Black L’Oréal Paris Bambi Eye Waterproof Mascara in Blackest Black L’Oréal Paris Bambi Eye Waterproof Mascara in Blackest Black L’Oréal Paris Bambi Eye Waterproof Mascara in Blackest Black L’Oréal Paris Bambi Eye Waterproof Mascara in Blackest Black
  • Benefits: Volumizes, separates, wide-eye effect, long-lasting

  • Size: 8 ml

  • Shades: Five

  • Available in waterproof: Yes

  • Cruelty-Free: Yes

It’s no wonder L’Oréal Paris’s Bambi Eye scores such high ratings: It checks off all the boxes on our waterproof-mascara wish list. The brush is easy to manoeuvre and the formula delivers a fully defined and curled fringe. Most importantly, it’s one of the longest-lasting formulas we’ve ever tried (grab an oil-based cleanser to help break it down at the end of the day), and without a hint of that dry feeling that often goes hand in hand with smudge-proof options.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • This tube tops our list because it amps up lashes, fans them nicely and really stays put—an across-the-board win for $11.

  • Forget spidery lashes: The velvety formula helps bolster volume without any telltale clumps.

  • The flexible wand head includes a combo of short and long bristles, so every lash is separated with a single swipe.

Cons
  • Some users report smudging during application due to the brush size.

The draw
This is just what I needed in a mascara. This product held up great during a two-hour workout and lasted all work day with no smudging. It made my natural lashes look amazing.
-Chocolatedyn, originally posted on lorealparisusa.com
The downside
It was hard to apply as [the] brush is too big and smudges mascara on the lid and below the lower eyelash line too.
-Purehoneybear , originally posted on lorealparisusa.com
Best fibre mascara
L'Oréal Paris Voluminous X Fiber Mascara, Blackest Black L'Oréal Paris Voluminous X Fiber Mascara, Blackest Black L'Oréal Paris Voluminous X Fiber Mascara, Blackest Black L'Oréal Paris Voluminous X Fiber Mascara, Blackest Black L'Oréal Paris Voluminous X Fiber Mascara, Blackest Black L'Oréal Paris Voluminous X Fiber Mascara, Blackest Black L'Oréal Paris Voluminous X Fiber Mascara, Blackest Black L'Oréal Paris Voluminous X Fiber Mascara, Blackest Black
  • Benefits: Volumizes, lengthens

  • Size: 12.7 ml

  • Shades: One

  • Available in waterproof: Yes

  • Cruelty-Free: Yes

The promise of fibre mascaras is alluring: the fluid is spiked with little threads of nylon, silk or rayon that stick to lashes for added density. But too often, the fibres flake off or cause irritation. To dodge this issue, L’Oréal Paris’s Voluminous X has a black primer on one side (rejoice, not the usual white primer that inevitably shows through) to get lashes ready to grab the fibres from the other end’s loaded-up formula. And if you’re ever feeling lazy or simply more low-key, the primer on its own give a nice subtle look, too.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • To help mimic the look of extensions, this two-step system starts with a lash-darkening primer on one side, followed by a formula infused with tiny fibres that cling to lashes to add bulk.

  • An hourglass-shaped brush helps plump up lashes during the primer stage, while the fibre end’s slightly curved tip lifts and coats every lash for even distribution.

  • The fibres are a cinch to remove before bed by gently patting on an oil-based cleanser.

Cons
  • Some users report the fibres cause fallout that may irritate eyes.

The draw
I have not found a mascara that can beat this one in over a year. I’ve tried several other ones and nothing compares. If you're looking for volume and length this is the mascara for you!!
-xinsaneangelx, originally posted on Walmart.ca
The downside
I returned it, the fibers separate and get into the eyes.
-Martha, originally posted on Walmart.ca
Best volumizing mascara
Covergirl Lashblast Active Mascara Covergirl Lashblast Active Mascara Covergirl Lashblast Active Mascara
  • Benefits: Volumizes, long-lasting

  • Size: 13.1 ml

  • Shades: Four

  • Available in waterproof: No

  • Cruelty-Free: Yes

Like falsies in a bottle, Covergirl’s Lashblast Active Mascara is designed to amp up the volume. Short, sparse lashes will benefit from the alternating bristle lengths, which give definition to each individual lash without clumping or flaking. This formula is also available in four different shades, so you can choose how bold you want to go.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • It comes in a variety of shades, so you can choose the intensity of lash definition.

  • The alternating bristle lengths and brush shape hug the lash line for an evenly-coated fringe.

  • The clump-proof formula is suitable for contact lens wearers and is ophthalmologically tested.

Cons
  • Some users say the formula runs in hot, humid weather.

The draw
I have been using this product for YEARS. This mascara feels so good on my lashes and really helps my eyes pop. I don't need to curl my eyelashes when using this product. This mascara adds so much volume and definition to my eyelashes.
-amandao67, originally posted on Walmart.ca
The downside
I love this one because it gives me volume and length. The only thing is that sometimes if it’s a humid day then mascara will go on the bottom of my eyes, and I would have to clean it.
-lancstr_4ever, originally posted on Walmart.ca
Best lengthening mascara
L'Oréal Paris Mascara Telescopic L'Oréal Paris Mascara Telescopic L'Oréal Paris Mascara Telescopic L'Oréal Paris Mascara Telescopic L'Oréal Paris Mascara Telescopic L'Oréal Paris Mascara Telescopic L'Oréal Paris Mascara Telescopic L'Oréal Paris Mascara Telescopic L'Oréal Paris Mascara Telescopic
  • Benefits: Lengthens, separates

  • Size: 8 ml

  • Shades: Three

  • Available in waterproof: Yes

  • Cruelty-Free: Yes

To build long fluttery lashes, you need to start your mascara application right at the root of your lashes. It can be hard to find a brush head that’s thin enough to reach that area, but L’Oréal Paris’s Telescopic lets you do just that, and its comb-like bristles stretch and separate your hairs as you pull it through. The result: Noticeably lengthened lashes (add extra coats to help with volume, too). The only catch is that the nimble wand can take a bit of getting used to if you’re used to sturdier tools.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • The silky formula glides on evenly to deliver up to 50 per cent longer lashes.

  • dual-sided brush offers a flat side to coax major length and a comb side to then carefully separate lashes.

  • Short bristles let you get right to the base of your lashes, so you can stretch them out from root to tip.

Cons
  • Some users say it takes multiple coats to achieve a full-lash effect, which may result in clumpiness.

The draw
I tried the L'Oréal Paris Telescopic Mascara and loved it. My eyelashes seem long and endless. I love it and recommend it to anyone who has small eyelashes.
-maudegervais24, originally posted on Walmart.ca
The downside
This mascara did deliver the desired effects but it took more than 3 coats to do that and it left my lashes a little clumpy and heavy. There are other formulas I much prefer. But it does make them super long eventually.
-Mayflower7, originally posted on Walmart.ca
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Jillian Vieira is a writer and stylist living in Toronto. Her editorial work has been seen in The Kit, Elle Canada, CBC and Toronto Life among other publications, while her styling clients include Disney, Winners and H&M. In her free time, she enjoys dancing, reading and hiking Ontario's beautiful trails. 
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