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Mascara Mania, Part III: The Best Drugstore Brands

Since you guys have loved Parts I and II of my New Mascara Mania series, I've decided to bring you Mascara Mania, Part III: Drugstore Brands, in response to several reader requests for the best budget options. Here's a list of my favorites from both old and new products.

Physicians Formula F.L.A.T. Fabulously Long And Thick Mascara is the ultimate full-coverage mascara. Its customized brush has both long and short bristles to really grab hold of every lash for maximum results. It even has a handy mirror built right into the back of the shaft! Buy it here for $6.95.

How could any drugstore mascara post overlook L'Oreal's trusty line? My favorite happens to be the oldie-but-goodie,L'Oreal Voluminous Original Volume Building Mascara. This original formula really lengthens and thickens, separating each and every lash. Plus, it won't clump, flake or cake, and it also keeps your lashes soft. Buy it here for $6.99.

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Maybelline Illegal Lengths Mascara gives you unbelievably long looking lashes. It goes on smoothly while separating and conditioning all of your lashes. I personally love the medium consistency of it and find that a tube lasts quite a long time. Buy it here for $5.89.

Max Factor 2000 Calorie Mascara makes lashes lush and full. When you are going for that smoky eye look, this is what you'll want to grab! It won't smudge or run, and it washes off with no problems if you use a little cleanser and water. Buy it here for $5.79.

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mrsyuen mrsyuen 8 years
I've used Max Factor 2000 Calorie Mascara for years and loves it. L'Oreal Volume Shocking is my new favorite! All I can say is Whoa! I have long lashes but very thin, it was def shocking when I used it, it gave me full lashes.
prinsessa prinsessa 8 years
I love the L'Oréal Telescope..It's great, it lenghthens my lashes to the max!
sherrz-like-whoa sherrz-like-whoa 8 years
I use Revlon Luxurious Lengths and it's hands down my favorite mascara. You can get it anywhere really and it's around $6 I think... It's hard for me to find good mascaras because I have really long and full lashes, but that one seems to work the best for me.. I tried 2000 Calories but all it did was clump my lashes
MartiniLush MartiniLush 8 years
I really love the Rimmel Lycra Lash Extender mascara! You can get it at Target for only $5!
xxxxxxy xxxxxxy 9 years
I use full and soft, but it weighs down after awhile. any other suggestions?
LaLaLaura LaLaLaura 9 years
FULL AND SOFT.
ShimmerBronze ShimmerBronze 9 years
ShimmerBronze--. dont most mascaras ceperate and lengthen your lashes nicely. i don't think your lashes woulod look dramitically different with a mascara costing like 20$. And does Loreal Volumnious really give your lashes volum or do u have to apply fake lashes on top of it first?
azucar_maddy azucar_maddy 9 years
I've wanted to try 2000 calorie - never have yet though.
DearMissPriss DearMissPriss 9 years
2000 Calorie is the best, I like it better than YSL Faux Cils! The wand is garbage though; I toss it and use the one from Voluminous.
azucar_maddy azucar_maddy 9 years
Just a heads up-- I'm allergic to Maybelline's Volum' Express! I don't know what is in it that makes my eyes RED for days, but it does. Just a friendly warning. :)
azucar_maddy azucar_maddy 9 years
I just picked up CoverGirl's Exact Lash for the second time. The new brush technology actually works really well; I'm definitely impressed. And at the price ($5-6), you can always pick up a new one when you're supposed to! I also like L'Oreal Voluminous. Maybelline's Great Lash is a good stand-by too, but I don't feel that it lengthens enough, and it tends to clump.
RCLdesigngirl RCLdesigngirl 9 years
I am a L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara-aholic. It's been my #1 since high school!
bluejeanie bluejeanie 9 years
i like the covergirl exact lash mascara. it's wonderful. it's actually better than my clinique stuff...sayd.
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