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Out of any category of makeup products, I've probably tested the most mascaras in my years as a beauty editor. I'm always looking to try new launches, old cult favorites, high-end options, affordable choices, you name it — but there will always be a special place in my heart for drugstore mascaras. Growing up, I only used drugstore products and found so many formulas that I loved and still use today, but it's not lost on me that there's a lot of room for improvement in the variety of clean options available. That's why when I learned that CoverGirl was launching a clean version of its bestselling Lash Blast Volume Mascara, I knew it was going to be major.
I can't remember exactly when it was that I got my first orange tube of CoverGirl mascara, but it was probably around the time I was wearing too much eyeliner in my waterline and my wardrobe consisted of only UGG boots, skinny jeans, and zip-up hoodies with brand names printed across the front of them (aka the 2000s). Clearly, we've come a long way since then, but I've carried this mascara with me as a tried-and-true favorite ever since. Now that it comes in a clean and vegan formula, I feel like the mascara has had its own glow-up.