Our 7 Favorite Mascaras – Starting Under $5!
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Get luscious lashes on the cheap with our favorite mascaras!
Your flawless makeup routine is almost complete and it’s time to apply the finishing touch – mascara! While we all might make the same opened-mouthed, slightly shocked face when wisping the wand through our lashes, we all have our own opinions on the best mascara.
Check out our team’s tried and true favorite mascaras – that we use on the daily!
1. Maybelline Volum’ Express is the most affordable of our favorite mascaras.
Get the most bang for your buck with this favorite mascara of ours! Right now on Amazon, you can score this incredibly effective mascara for UNDER 5 bucks and it even comes in 4 different colors! 😍 It’s Opthamalogist tested and thoughtfully crafted with a unique wand and pro-keratin formula for maximum buildability.
“This is my all-time personal favorite – I’ve been using it since high school! I don’t know which aspect of this mascara is better – the non-clumping, curl-holding formula or the precisely bristled brush. I always reach for the waterproof version since it keeps my lash curl in place all day long. Plus, I never have to worry about smudging when I’m working out or swimming.” – Emily
2. Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect mascara is a great budget-friendly option.
Buy it at Ulta – $4.99 (Buy two, get one FREE! No promo needed!)
Don’t think you can expect much from another $5 mascara formula? Think again! This budget-friendly beauty buy is raved about on forum websites like Reddit and even won over one of our Hip2Save team members. Plus, its high rating and over 3,800 reviews on Ulta.com confirm its ability to provide dramatic volume and sculpted length – it’s no wonder it made our list of favorite mascaras!
“It’s a drier formula (which I prefer), so it doesn’t get everywhere after you apply it, and you have time to add a few coats before it dries completely. I’m pretty shocked as I’ve tried most drug store mascaras and usually come away disappointed. But, for like $4-$5, you can’t beat it! Pretty sure it goes BOGO 50% off at Ulta fairly often, too!” – Cass
3. Maybelline Sky High Mascara is a viral mascara that’s my personal favorite.
Buy it on Amazon | $8.98
I find the Maybelline Sky High Mascara to give AMAZING coverage and the smaller bristles keep the mascara from clumping. Better yet, this also allows for easy buildability which any makeup wearer knows is key to a great mascara!
The formula is infused with bamboo extract and fibers for long, full lashes that never get weighed down. As of recently, it’s my new favorite mascara and I’m so glad I jumped ship!
“I saw this mascara all over TikTok a month or so ago and I just had to try it after all of the rave reviews. I am in awe of how much I love it! I really like the wand, and just a couple of coats makes my lashes look amazing!” – Angela
4. Urban Decay Perversion mascara will stimulate lash growth.
Buy it on Belk | $25
Another risqué-named mascara (how did that become a trend in popular beauty products?) is a beloved pick among our team. Aside from its full-bodied texture to ensure each lash has an ample coating, the formula contains a blend of proteins and amino acids that help stimulate lash growth, so you’ll see more length and volume each time you apply!
“This is my absolute favorite mascara! I adore the Urban Decay Perversion Mascara – it gives me the most amazing coverage & lift. I can often achieve the results I am looking for with just one coat and it comes off easily with a little makeup remover.” – Angie
5. KKW Mascara is a mid-range volumizing mascara that won’t disappoint.
Buy it at ULTA | $18
If you feel like you’ve tried every mascara out there and think each and every one of them is lacking something, my Hip sidekick, Rachel, swears this mascara is the best that has hit the beauty shelves yet! With its lush and creamy formula, it’s said to create some seriously intense thick & full lashes with literally just one coat!
“I have tried sooo many types of mascaras from Tarte to Too Faced and KKW Beauty is my absolute favorite mascara! When it was released a couple of years ago, I was a die-hard Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash fan and loved that it, but it was lacking in the volume department. KKW mascara lengthens, defines, and volumizes my lashes to make them look so full and curled and sometimes after just ONE coat! Best one yet!” – Rachel
6. The Benefit Roller Lash mascara conditions lashes while applying.
Buy it on Amazon | $21.99 (regularly $25.42)
Give those lashes an instant lift thanks to the curved nature of the Roller Lash brush. Each bristle has a unique hook’n’roll design to grab, separate, lift, and curl, with a formula that resists water and lasts 12 hours. Better yet, it contains Provitamin B5 and Serin, known for their lash-conditioning benefits. You can even score a mini version if you don’t want to splurge on the full-size your first time giving it a try.
“This is one mascara that regularly resides in my makeup drawer! I have short, straight lashes and this mascara never lets me down in the lengthening and separating department. I buy 2 or 3 tubes when they’re 50% off during ULTA’s 21 Days of Beauty sale so that I’m set and stocked for the year.”– Cass
“I received this mascara in one of my Ipsy bags a year or two ago and I have been getting it ever since! It doesn’t goop on but still adds a ton of length and I don’t need to use a lash separator thanks to lack of goop!” – Jessica
7. Beauty Counter Volumizing mascara is a wonderful clean makeup product.
Buy it on Beautycounter | $29
Are you a natural beauty lover? This mascara made from plant-derived ingredients not only creates high-drama glam without clumping, flaking, or smudging but it’s also infused with bataua oil to help soften lashes. If clean beauty is your thing, you’ll want to give Beauty Brands a try. The company bans the use of more than 1,500 questionable or harmful chemicals in all of its products.
“I care a bit more about the ingredients that go into products I use on a regular basis, so this one has been one of my favorites. The lengthening one is nice and simple as well.” – Jami
Bonus: Don’t have a favorite mascara? Some are getting eyelash extensions instead!
- Eyelash extensions initial application – $150-$200
- Monthly maintenance – $55-$65
While some beauty lovers haven’t found a favorite mascara or just prefer to skip it altogether – many are opting for eyelash extensions instead! It can be a lengthy and pricey beauty procedure, but the convenience can’t be beaten. You wake up every morning looking bright-eyed with impeccable-looking lashes!
Understand the pros & cons of lash extensions before you schedule your appointment.