Finding the right mascara is totally life-changing, particularly for those who love nothing more than spending hours in front of the mirror, contouring, lengthening, highlighting, and defining their gorgeous faces. Then again, when you've seen what mascara does for your eyes, (and overall face!) there's no going back! A great mascara is your secret beauty ally. The only problem is, there are so many to choose from!
High-end mascaras will always be on our radars, but we also know that some beauty gurus and influencers overhype everything, and most of their reviews can be somewhat...sponsored. So when people are looking to purchase a new mascara, they simply don't know where to turn anymore.
If you're a makeup lover, you'll jump on the chance of trying something new, whether it's super affordable or pretty stiff for your budget. We're more than willing and able to throw lots of cash away on a luxurious formula, (even if you have to work extra to afford it!) but that's not always an option. So if you want the results but you still want to stay within budget, you'll have to go for the next best thing. These luxury mascara dupes perform as well as the real thing for just a fraction of the price.
Obviously, the first questions that come to mind when you buy a cheap alternative are: Will it flake or clump up? What if you buy a more affordable version of the mascara than you're used to and it ends up smearing by lunchtime? Look, if you were only allowed to use one beauty product for the rest of your life, it will probably be mascara. But if your budget doesn't allow for major splurging, then you can always try these drugstore dupes. But ask for a raise when you can because these luxury mascaras are worth every penny, too.
20 Luxury: BLINC Mascara Amplified
If you struggle with mascara because your eyes are allergy-prone then give BLINC Mascara Amplified a try. It's water-resistant and gives you buildable and glamorous volume that make your lashes long, well-defined, and really voluminous. You won't even have to deal with nonsense like clumping, running, flaking, or smudging, because this mascara is seriously the bomb. Plus, the application goes on smoothly, and it makes your lashes grow and thicken with just a swipe. Add a second layer, and your eyelashes will pop like there's no tomorrow. But start saving up, because this beauty will set you back $25. For many, it's worth every penny, though!
19 Dupe: Covergirl LashBlast Volume Waterproof Mascara
Covergirl LashBlast Volume Waterproof Mascara, ($6.74) is a formidable and cost-effective alternative to BLINC Mascara Amplified. It uses a formula and application wand that creates thick, long lashes that look eerily similar to BLINC's mascara. Seriously, no one will be able to tell the difference! Plus, it's hypoallergenic too. The only problem is that the product is not as waterproof as it claims to be on the label and the mascara tends to smear a bit, but if you don't mind adding setting spray to finish off the look and securing an all-night lasting effect, then go for the LashBlast Mascara and make those eyes look bold, big, and all-around gorgeous!
18 Luxury: DIORSHOW Waterproof Mascara
DIORSHOW Waterproof Mascara is every makeup lover's go-to mascara! It can lengthen, thicken, and curve lashes, without making them look too over the top dramatic. The formula is so sleek, it actually smells expensive. The product doesn't leave a chalky residue so you don't have to worry about clumps. You can go for a swim, get stuck in a hurricane storm, or get your heart broken, without having to worry about raccoon eyes. It can hold a perfect curl in ways other products don't, hence the somewhat stiff price of $29.50!
17 Dupe: L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Volume Building Waterproof Mascara
If the cost of the DIORSHOW Waterproof Mascara made your heart skip a beat, then don't fret, and head on to the nearest drugstore to get the amazing L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Volume Building Waterproof Mascara instead. The cost is really affordable, (only $5.84!) and you'll love the brownish black shade. It offers a formula that separates, builds, and lengthens lashes with its thick Volume Maximizing Brush, which won't leave flakes, clumps, or smudges. Yeah, it's pretty much a high-end mascara that's posing as a drugstore one. It's seriously good! You can take a shower with it on or binge-watch on the saddest movies on Netflix, and you won't find any mascara goop.
16 Luxury: Too Faced Waterproof Mascara
Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, ($23) comes with an hourglass-shaped brush that offers volumizing perfection as it separates, coats and curls each lash, while offering a color that is intensely black. No, like, REALLY black! The formula totally works for almost anyone that has tried it, because it holds your full, long curls while defining, separating, and elongating, all the same time. Best of all? Your lashes don't come out looking like spider legs. There's also a waterproof option so you can swim in the ocean for hours without having to worry about any smudging. If this isn't the ideal summer mascara, I don't know what is! You'll be amazed by how fast it thickens and volumizes your lashes mere seconds after you apply the mascara.
15 Dupe: L'Oreal Paris Lash Paradise
Surprise, surprise! Not all mascaras look the same, but if you put the L'Oreal Paris' Lash Paradise Mascara next to the Better Than Sex Mascara, you might not be able to tell them apart. There's a reason for that. This incredible dupe is seriously almost identical, except it retails for $9.99. It uses a soft wavy bristle brush with over 200 bristles that charge your lashes with its volumizing formula. If you love keeping the drama on your lashes, but not in your life, then this bold and dramatic mascara is your new bestie. The lengthening effect is no joke. But you do need to keep in mind that this mascara dries up too quickly, so you need to move fast when applying. One swipe is all it takes to get you to fall in love with Paradise, though!
14 Luxury: Urban Decay Cannonball Ultra Waterproof Mascara
If you live in an area where the summers are scorching hot, then try using Urban Decay Cannonball Ultra Waterproof Mascara, (only $20!) Its Japanese formula uses microcrystalline wax that works with the fuzzy brush to volumize and lengthen without flaking. It's super thick, waterproof, and you can wear it anywhere, whether you're at the beach, in a sauna, playing sports, or even showering. Other products might melt all over your face, but not this amazeballs mascara that actually delivers on its promises.
13 Dupe: Maybelline Volum' Express The Colossal Mascara
You've tried the luxury alternative. Now it's time to give your wallet a break and try this dupe. Maybelline Volum' Express The Colossal Mascara's patented mega brush and collagen formula plumps each and every one of your lashes to create a dramatic effect that adds a little POW to your face. For such a low price ($6.99), you're getting lashes that look natural, but can be build up into something a little more dramatic. The only downside is that some reviewers have struggled with the formula drying out fairly quickly. If you do end up going for this dupe, you'll just have to coat your lashes a little faster, without watching an hour-long makeup video on YouTube. Other than that, this baby is a major drugstore gem.
12 Luxury: Yves Saint Laurent Volume Effect Faux Cils Waterproof Luxurious Mascara, Charcoal Black
If you're happy paying a little extra to look and feel extra, then try Yves Saint Laurent Volume Effect Faux Cils Waterproof Luxurious Mascara, in Charcoal Black. Okay, so this one is pretty stiff, as it retails for $41, but once you've tried YSL, it's hard to go back, you know what I mean? This elegant and effective formula has four polymers that add a flake-free coat to the surface of your lashes. It also has Pro-Vitamin B to reinforce, condition, and soften your lashes, so this baby not only looks great, it treats every single lash on your lids! This is a definite advantage for those of you whose lashes have started to thin out. It might dry a bit too fast, but it's waterproof and gives you long-lasting results.
11 Dupe: e.l.f. Waterproof Lengthening & Volumizing Mascara
E.l.f. Waterproof Lengthening and Volumizing Mascara works great if you want to conceal, plump or define your lashes with a pleasant medium to deep dark tone. It's not very dramatic, but it's just what you'll need if you're having a lazy day and need fuller lashes in a heartbeat. You'll also be pleased to know that it's also a cruelty-free product, which is a rarity in dupe products, and it's also only $3. I know. Let that sink in! It's a perfect YSL dupe that costs almost the same as a cup of coffee! It's waterproof, just like the more luxurious alternative, and it'll add a little pizzazz to your stare without you having to get a second job to afford this one!
10 Luxury: Benefit Roller Lash Curling & Lifting Mascara
Benefit Roller Lash Curling & Lifting Mascara is girly and cutesy, thanks to the ultra feminine and sleek pink packaging. It retails for $30.98, but some, there's no other alternative, as they swear this is the best mascara on the market at the moment. If you're looking for a product that goes on smoothly and gives your lashes a good lift and separation, then look no further than this beauty. It's water-resistant, easy to remove and has an instant curve-setting formula that lasts up to 12 hours. And you know that if Benefit claims their product lasts up to 12 hours, they mean it! The formula makes your lashes look long and full and you won't have to deal with clumps, dryness, or flaking.
9 Dupe: Covergirl The Super Sizer Big Curl Mascara
The Covergirl The Super Sizer Big Curl Mascara leaves you with lashes that are out-of-this-world long, beautiful, and super defined. It's an adequate substitute for the Benefit Roller Lash Curling & Lifting Mascara, but it'll only set you back around $5, which is one-fifth of the cost of the luxurious alternative. I know. WOW! Plus, your lashes will pop immediately as the formula was designed to coat evenly while lifting your lashes from the root all the way to the tip. You can also choose from three different colors like black-brown, black, or very black. Oh, and don't be afraid to go a little overboard when applying this mascara because it doesn't get clumpy very easily, so layer up, sister!
8 Luxury: Urban Decay Perversion Mascara
It's ultra-creamy and can help your lashes stand-out with its lengthening and volumizing formula that isn't sticky or clumpy. It also separates the lashes evenly. Plus, you don't have to use a curler to make your lashes huge and long. Even with one coat, you'll look absolutely gorgeous and your lashes will do all the talking for ya! The only problem is, this beauty retails for $24. Ouch. But any luxury mascara lover will tell ya that good things come in small, luxurious packages! People will be wondering if you're wearing an expensive pair of faux lashes, and that's definitely a sign that you've chosen a really good mascara. It's perfect in every way and will never look cakey, clump up, or smudge!
7 Dupe: L'Oreal Voluminous Manga Mascara
Compared to Urban Decay Perversion Mascara, the L'Oreal Voluminous Manga Mascara can also perk your lashes right up while defining and adding volume. Who knew that a drugstore dupe product that's only $7.99 could come close to an Urban Decay product that's three times as expensive? It will give you lashes that look absolutely looking, vibrant, and long, and all you need to do is add two applications to make them really pop. You can also rest assured that you won't have to deal with clumpy or crunchy lashes. The cherry on top is that the lovely Manga mascara is very black. Like, REALLY black.
6 Luxury: Chanel Inimitable Mascara
With a single stroke of this intense formula and the sleek brush design, you can curl, plump, and lengthen your lashes, even if you have the shortest or finest hairs. Some mascaras tend to drop after a single coat, which can drive any makeup lover insane. But this lash curler won't cause your lashes to look droopy whatsoever. You won't have to worry about the mascara coming off, flaking, or causing your eyes to itch either. So, if you want some more oomph, then this is the mascara that you need to reach for the most. But fair warning. This spectacular tube of pizzazz retails for a whopping $32, so start saving.
5 Dupe: CoverGirl Professional Super Thick Lash Mascara
The CoverGirl Professional Super Thick Lash Mascara, ($5.99) gives Chanel Inimitable Mascara a run for its money. For starters, the CoverGirl brush is bigger and fluffier, which instantly coats all of your lashes with just one layer. Plus, the formula lasts all day long and won't flake or smudge either. Also, the mascara in the tube lasts a lot longer than the Chanel Inimitable mascara, which is a major plus considering its price. But since the dupe alternative is hypoallergenic, it's perfect for those of you who suffer from horrible allergies or wear contacts, because the formula won't irritate your eyes.
4 Luxury: Diorshow Pump 'N' Volume Mascara
Diorshow Pump 'N' Volume Mascara will give you some seriously dramatic lashes. The formula glides on quite easily and gives you the best possible volume. Now, in most cases, mascara can get dry if it has been sitting in the tube too long, but if that happens to your mascara, you can warm it up and reapply. You can also rest assured that this high-end $30 mascara will stay on longer and add tons of volume thanks to the rubber bristles that coat every lash.
3 Dupe: Rimmel London ScandalEyes Retro Glam Waterproof Mascara
This mascara is the closest dupe to the Diorshow Pump 'N' Volume Mascara. The formula is always important, but so is the brush. Why? Because a good brush will allow you to coat your lashes and volumize better with just a few swipes. The Rimmel London ScandalEyes Retro Glam Waterproof Mascara comes with a brush that elongates, separates, and coats your lashes evenly as you swipe and curl. Of course, seeing how this mascara is only $5.47 you will have to reapply after a few hours to keep your lashes from drooping, but if you don't need a mascara that lasts a hundred hours, then this baby needs to go in your makeup bag, pronto!
2 Luxury: Clinique Lash Power Flutter To Full
The fragrance-free $21 mascara offers three settings to give you a natural or a dramatic look. How often can you get three looks in just one mascara? Each setting is designed to lengthen and provide a certain amount of thickness using a nylon-bristled brush. So, if you want more, you just twist the dial and you'll get more of the formula on the brush, and if you want less, then you choose the lowest setting. What you'll get is volume and length that is smudge free, and only drops slightly.
1 Dupe: CoverGirl Plumpify Lash Blast Pro Mascara In Very Black
This incredible dupe is only $11.99 and it comes with a wand that's made of synthetic rubber bristles with a flail-like spike ball. The brush tends to be bigger than most people's lashes, so you'll have to be careful when you swipe it, so you can avoid smearing mascara all over your lid. The formula itself is pretty effective, as it manages to volumize without creating clumps or flakiness. The mascara will also last all day and you won't have to worry about any smudging either. Feel free to have a cry-out with your bestie while you binge-watch the saddest movies that put your mascara to the test!