If eyes are the window to the soul, mascara would be the curtains on those windows. Adorning them, decorating, closing them off or opening them up to the world. Maybe that’s why picking the perfect mascara can feel like a life-long journey, filled with dead ends, forks in the road and regrettable spider-lashes before you finally arrive at the holy grail – the right balance of volume and definition with the perfect amount of pigmentation.

With so many options out there, it’s enough to make you cry (luckily, though, waterproof mascaras are a thing that exists!). And, luckier still, we are here to help guide you on your search. Check out our run down of the five best mascaras out there for every budget.

1. Benefit BADgal Lash Volumising Mascara – £17.50

Benefit BADgal Lash Volumising Mascara

This blacker than black mascara has all the oomph and lift you need to open up your peepers. Dramatic but buildable, Benefit’s extra thick formula and easy to manoeuvre wand are famous for a reason, with celebrity fans like Sophia Bush singing it’s praises.

2. Chanel’s Sublime de Chanel Infinite Length and Curl Mascara – £25

Chanel Mascara

Perfect for layering for dramatic length, this premium mascara provides subtle pigmentation for when you are feeling a little more demure. The wand is known for its curling abilities, thanks to its “Stretch Bi-Injection” technology and four layers of white combs that help to separate and control your lashes.

3. Max Factor Masterpiece Mascara – £9.99

Max Factor Masterpiece Mascara

For the beauty lover on a budget, don’t look past Max Factor’s Masterpiece Mascara – the iFX wand allows for perfectly precise and controlled application and coats even the tiniest, hardest-to-get lashes, resulting in beautifully framed eyes. Available in rich black or black/brown, this is a great everyday mascara.

4. YSL Baby Doll Mascara – £19.50

YSL Baby Doll Mascara

YSL’s Baby Doll evokes very 60’s vibes, with exaggerated, blackest black results to unleash your inner mod. The wand has a mixture of thick and thin, spaced and close bristles meaning that this mascara will give excellent coverage. Feelin’ a little bit bold? Why not try Baby Doll in purple?

5. Tom Ford Extreme Mascara – £34

Tom Ford Extreme Mascara

Definitely on the pricier end of the spectrum, this Tom Ford mascara is worth every penny (in our humble opinion, at least!). From the chic packaging to the luxe ingredients, this is a cult product if ever there was one. We love that it is buildable, and doesn’t flake or dry out. Dark, glossy and suitable for sensitive eyes – what more could we ask for?

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