7 Of The Best Budget Mascaras

7 Of The Best Budget Mascaras

Still searching for an affordable mascara that performs? Next-gen formulas and modern innovations mean they’re now more accessible than ever. Case in point: these nine SL-approved options, which will lengthen, lift and thicken, and all without straining your bank balance…

1. Collection Fast Stroke Defining Mascara, £2.99 

Collection is one of the best brands for high-street make-up. Its Defining Mascara is loved by industry insiders for the dramatic curve and definition it lends lashes. The bristles are soft, which is great for both sensitive skin and eye types.

Available at Boots.com

2. ELF 3-In-1 Black Mascara, £4.50

Designed to lengthen, define and volumise lashes, this silicone brush delivers ‘your lashes but better.’ Results are similar to a freshly tinted lash treatment. The bristles are also quite fine, so it’s easy to manoeuvre and never clogs up on application.

Available at Elfcosmetics.co.uk

3. Isehan Heroine Make Long & Curl Super Waterproof Mascara, £9.57

The packaging is questionable, but don’t judge a mascara by its cover. Fans call it the ‘holy grail’ and it’s affordable, too. The unassuming Japanese mascara has achieved cult status because it can hold a curl for hours, and lengthen even the most stubby, flat lashes. Plus, it’s non-smudge, with the deepest black shade for extra depth and inkiness.

Available at Amazon.co.uk

4. Maybelline Total Temptation Mascara, £8.99

We love this one for its thickening formula that makes such a difference after just one swipe. Try layering a few coats for the best results and to see that glossy, jet-black finish. It’s also available in brown – a great colour for anyone seeking a more flattering finish.

Available at Superdrug.com

5. MILK Kush High Volume Mascara, from £10.25

This is the mascara for full-fat lashes. With a CBD oil-laced formula, it glides on without any stickiness or clumping, and lasts the whole day without a single smudge in sight. One swipe will cover all your lashes, or you can keep going for a more amped-up look.

Available at Cultbeauty.co.uk

6. NYX Worth The Hype Lengthening Mascara, £9

With a clever brush that tapers at the tip, this mascara helps you lengthen even the stubbiest of lashes. It’s really buildable, too, which means it can take you from daytime to evening in just a few sweeps. Available in blue and purple if you’re after something a bit different.

Available at Cultbeauty.co.uk

7. Ardell Wispies Fiber Building Mascara, £7

Ardell’s innovative formula uses actual hair-like fibres to mimic the effect of faux lashes. It sets quite fast, so you need to be quick with application to ensure lashes don’t stick together, but it’s so worth investing in for the impactful definition it leaves behind. 

Available at Beautybay.com

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