10 Waterproof Mascaras to Pick Up at Ulta Beauty
From humidity to sweat, we can relate to the struggle of sporting raccoon-style under eyes, especially during the warmer weather. However, the right mascara is all you need to get your lashes on point without smudging and bleeding. We rounded up the best waterproof mascaras at Ulta so that you can enjoy your summer adventures without worrying about your makeup.
We found plenty of bestselling picks, ranging from affordable drugstore mascaras to once-viral favorites worth every penny. Whether you're attending a pool party, a beach hangout, or just want to look cute during your hiking adventures, these mascaras have got your back. Your lashes will be fluttery and full all day long! Keep reading to see our top picks and why customers at Ulta keep repurchasing them.
— Additional reporting by Krista Jones
For Major Volume: Maybelline Volum' Express The Colossal Waterproof Mascara
The Mascara: Maybelline Volum' Express The Colossal Waterproof Mascara ($9)
Benefits: The big brush with densely packed bristles makes this mascara perfect for those with volume needs. You can build up your lashes for a dramatic, falsies-like appearance.
Why People Love It: This reviewer loved the affordability and the easy-to-use brush. "I started using this mascara about 5 years ago with a coupon I had and it is now the only kind I use! I absolutely love the brush applicator, it goes on smooth and it is actually water proof! I use lotion to remove rather than soap. It is affordable and I look fresh all day."
For Flake-Free Volume: CoverGirl Exhibitionist Waterproof Mascara
The Mascara: CoverGirl Exhibitionist Waterproof Mascara ($12)
Benefits: This mascara has a flake-free, smudge-proof formula that will make your lashes look fluttery and full. The hourglass brush with densely packed bristles will lift your lashes and coat each hair for a thicker yet weightless appearance.
Why People Love It: This reviewer claims it's cry-proof and gives a falsies-like appearance. "Look I have a very stressful job. I've cried many times on the job but when I wear this mascara, no one can ever tell. When I wear this mascara, people have asked if I'm wearing falsies. 100% my ride or die."
An Ergonomic Design: L'Oréal Unlimited Length and Lift Mascara
The Mascara: L'Oréal Unlimited Length and Lift Mascara ($14)
Benefits: This mascara has a wand that's ergonomic and lets you bend it to coat every lash and angle possible. It has a lash-lifting effect that will make your eyes look more awakened. It's smudge-proof and great for those with sensitive eyes.
Why People Love It: This reviewer isn't a fan of drugstore options, but this mascara changed her mind. "I'm more then pleased with this mascara! This product states that it lifts and adds length, well it sure lives up to its description. I got lengthening effects and lifting. My lashes are so long and they have that nice lash perk. The top of the twist tube is actually bendable! This is soooo handy, to be able to adjust the tube and really move in around the corners of my lashes better to apply mascara."
For Long-Lasting Curl: MAC In Extreme Dimension Waterproof Mascara
The Mascara: MAC In Extreme Dimension Waterproof Mascara ($25)
Benefits: This mascara is made for those who want to achieve that lifted, voluminous look. It can hold a curl and instantly lifts from the root. Its densely packed bristles are perfect for separating each lash for a clump-free application. It's smudge-proof and great for those with sensitive eyes.
Why People Love It: This reviewer with sensitive eyes loves how gentle the formula is and how it holds up in the summertime. "I have very sensitive eyes especially during allergy season but this mascara is amazing. My eyes don't water or sting. I never have raccoon eyes, no bottom smudging either. I also have long lashes but not volume, this mascara makes them beautiful and full. This also easy to take off, I use a makeup wipe then just wash with a cleanser. There is also NO flaking or brittle lashes."
For Lift and Curl: Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash Super Curling & Lifting Mascara
The Mascara: Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash Super Curling & Lifting Mascara ($27)
Benefits: This mascara has a curved brush with silicone bristles that lifts and separates each lash from the root. The formula is an opaque black with a satin finish and can hold a curl for around 12 hours. Although it's water-resistant, it's pretty easy to take off with a cleanser, micellar water, or cleansing balms.
Why People Love It: One reviewer stepped out of their comfort zone to try this out and was pleasantly surprised with the wand. "This is my daily mascara. I used to be a huge fan of strictly big/thick mascara wands and never really went after wands like this one. Don't make the same mistake as me! This is one to keep in your collection if you're like me and like to use more than one. This wand is perfectly curved to hit every lash and lift them without producing clumps."
A Volumizing Mascara: Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara
The Mascara: Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara ($27)
Benefits: This mascara is just like its original counterpart, however, it's waterproof. It's a volumizing mascara that has an intense black pigment. The hourglass-shaped brush helps coat every lash from root to tip for that fanned-out, lifted look. It's also smudge-proof and can hold a curl for a long time.
Why People Love It: This reviewer loved the wand and how it's perfect for humid climates. "I love this mascara! I like that it has a thick wand for building layers. I also like the waterproof formula for humidity. I don't have to worry about mascara smudges under my eyes. And it comes off just fine with a little eye makeup remover."
For Contacts-Wearers: Lancôme Hypnôse Buildable Volume Waterproof Mascara
The Mascara: Lancôme Hypnôse Buildable Volume Waterproof Mascara ($29)
Benefits: This mascara is great for those who like to have as much control as possible when it comes to their mascara. It's a buildable formula that lets you go for something natural or dramatic. It coats your lashes from root to tip for a fuller appearance. It has a 16-hour wear as well.
Why People Love It: If you wear contacts, like this reviewer, this mascara won't irritate them. "This is one of my favorite mascaras. It keeps my short, straight lashes curled and adds volume. It also does not smudge or flake. I have pretty sensitive eyes and wear contacts, but this didn't irritate them at all. I still try to switch up and try other brands, but always end up coming back to this one."
A Clump-Free Mascara: Maybelline Volum' Express The Rocket Waterproof Mascara
The Mascara: Maybelline Volum' Express The Rocket Waterproof Mascara ($9)
Benefits: This mascara is perfect for those who want that lengthened, fanned out look. The big brush with densely packed silicone bristles will separate and lengthen lashes to new heights and give the appearance of fuller, thicker lashes. It smoothly glides from root to tip for a clump-free application.
Why People Love It: This reviewer loves this mascara for its ability to hold a curl and stay put. "I have tried many mascaras throughout the years, but NONE have come close to The Rocket. I always find myself coming back to it. I have average lashes in length with very little (if any) curl. Not only does this mascara hold a curl beautifully, but it thickens my lashes and gives them great length as well – with no clumps! I have very oily skin and I get zero smudging with this product."
For Thicker Lashes: CoverGirl Professional Super Thick Lash Waterproof Mascara
The Mascara: CoverGirl Professional Super Thick Lash Waterproof Mascara ($7)
Benefits: If you're in the market for something that will give you the appearance of thicker lashes, this mascara is a great option. The brush separates and defines each and every lash, even the little ones. It's even great for those who wear contacts or have sensitive eyes.
Why People Love It: If you love that natural yet fluttery, fluffy look like this reviewer, this mascara might just be your newfound favorite. "I honestly cannot say enough good things about this mascara! The thing I hate about most mascaras is how you can rarely ever get two coats without your lashes sticking together and becoming clumpy. This mascara gives me the most fluffiest, most natural looking, volumized, thick, long, luxurious lashes out of any other mascara I have ever tried. I can't believe more people haven't discovered this hidden gem. It doesn't look like you have coated your lashes in mascara, rather it looks like you were just born with natural bomb lashes."
For Lash Definition: Buxom Lash Waterproof Mascara
The Mascara: Buxom Lash Waterproof Mascara ($22)
Benefits: The hourglass-shaped brush with densely packed silicone bristles makes this mascara great for defining each and every lash. It will lift and lengthen from the root to the tip with a clump-free application. You'll have glamorous lashes all day long, even in the pool.
Why People Love It: This reviewer loved its brush, and how the formula was light and easy to remove, even though it's waterproof. "I have hooded eyes and extremely oily skin and live in a climate that rains and snows a lot. This mascara held up shoveling snow in a blizzard, and walking across campus in the pouring rain. It has never smudged on my hooded eyes or underneath my eyes. There's always the right amount of product on the brush as well, never messy. I use Banila Co. cleansing balm to remove."