The Best Tubing Mascaras On The Market

The Best Tubing Mascaras On The Market

Next time you’re in the market for a new mascara, a tubing formula could be worth a go. The tube-like fibres wrap around individual lashes, which makes them seriously long-lasting – plus, they slide off easily with warm water at the end of the day. Here are some the experts rate.
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Unlocked Instant Extensions Mascara, £29 | Hourglass

Best For: Instant Volume This mascara has racked up rave reviews since it launched – especially among make-up artists, including Caroline Barnes. “Hourglass has nailed this tube formula and the brush," she says. "It allows you to get right down to your roots for extra volume, while the wand distributes colour evenly with rich, glossy pigment – it’s my go-to new mascara.” A must-try for those seeking volume and depth. Available here

Lash Volumiser 38°C Mascara, £31 | Sensai

Best For: Jet Black Colour Just a couple of strokes of this mascara offers plenty of impact and definition. It has a shorter wand so you can get right up close the root, while the colour is an almost vinyl, glossy black. A-list make-up artist Mary Greenwell often says it’s the one mascara she buys on repeat. Available here

The Curling Mascara, £22 | Kevyn Aucoin

Best For: Even Application One of the first tubing mascaras to hit the market, this cult classic is still considered one of the best thanks to its clump-free formula and jet-black colour. No longer a make-up artist secret, it’s become a bestseller on numerous sites and regularly sells out – so be quick. The thinner wand separates and curls lashes for a wide-eyed effect, while allowing for even application on smaller eye shapes and the lower lashes. At the end of the day, let the warm water soften the tubes and gently remove them with a flannel or cotton pad. Available here

Black Magic Mascara, £15.20 (was £19) | Eyeko

Best For: Conditioning Lashes Make-up master and SL contributor Zoe Taylor recommends this Fat Brush Mascara. “With an impressive tubing formula, it never budges, and the colour is deep and intense. I always have one to hand – especially for my clients who are looking for something long-wearing,” she says. The supersized bristle brush is a huge bonus, as it allows for maximum intensity, while the keratin formula keeps lashes strong and healthy. Available here

Stay Perfect Long-Lasting Volume Mascara, £13.50 | No7

Best For: Zero Transference Silicone-based, this high-street mascara is known for being seriously smudge-proof. It rinses off easily and with tightly packed bristles, the wand is great for those wanting to get close to the lash line without any transfer onto the eyelids. Expect a lifted, cat-eye effect. Available here

Double Extend Beauty Tubes Lengthening Mascara, £11.99 | L’Oréal Paris

Best For: Those On A Budget If you want to try a tubing formula but you’re on a budget, opt for this one from L’Oréal. Regularly found in make-up artist kits backstage, it has both a primer and mascara to ramp up and lock in the look. That said, experts recommend you use the primer sparingly – use only a tiny bit to avoid clumps. You’ll find this formula gives the appearance of fullness immediately, with its tube polymers quickly wrapping around each lash to lengthen and define. Available here

Extended Play Lash Mascara Gigablack, £18 | MAC

Best For: Boosting Density  Ideal for those seeking length over volume, this mascara is known for its separating abilities. Delivering a natural, everyday look, it glides through lashes with a glossy black finish that looks expensive. Despite being resistant to sweat and humidity – you won’t find it migrates down your face come 3pm – it washes off well without the need for tugging or rubbing. It has a very thin brush, as well, so it’s great for catching the smaller lashes at the inner and outer corners for extra density. Available here

Relevée Mascara, £28 | Surratt

Best For: An Everyday Look Industry insiders swear by this mascara for its thin wand which creates a fanned out, natural effect. The only problem is it’s often hard to get hold of. Using a tubing and microfiber formula, it quickly latches onto lashes, cloaking them with jet-black colour and just enough volume – it’s never too clumpy or heavy, so it’s ideal for those who prefer a natural look. Designed to ‘lift’ lashes, you’ll find it delivers the kind of featheriness that’s unbeatable.  Available here

Lash Sensational Sky High Mascara, £7.95 (was £9.99) | Maybelline

Best For: Ease of Application  You’d be hard pressed to find someone who hasn’t heard of Maybelline’s Sky High tubing mascara after it went viral on TikTok last year. Luckily, it really does live up to the hype – we were seriously impressed when we tried it. Working to thicken and lengthen lashes with just one coat, the clever, bendy wand picks up even the tiny eyelashes at the corner of eyes, resulting in a full-on look. It also contains bamboo extract for extra hydration – plus, it sweeps off easily with a decent make-up remover. Apply two to three coats for a standout effect. Available here

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