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5 Awesome mascaras that actually do what they promise

Summertime is officially here! Let’s take note of the things we need to really pull together our looks. We tend to always have mascara on our list of essentials to carry in our purse. Some may say blush, some may swear by their lip glosses, but I bet we can all agree that a brush or two of mascara seals the deal. With the many choices of mascara on the market, it can be challenging to choose the right one for you and your style. Every day, beauty companies are releasing new and improved products that promise longer lashes, fuller lashes and even both.

It’s good to know that we have our options, but some of us may not have the time nor energy to play in makeup, trying to figure out what works for them. I can appreciate study and research when it comes to something that is so close to our eyes, which although it makes us prettier, can be irritating or annoying if it’s not the right product for you.

Since I’ve been a mascara wearer for over 15 years, I have tried over 20 types and brands, but only a few have become my Holy Grail. Also, since there are many reviews online and thousands of Sephoras across the world to try on your own, I have been able to round up five awesome and breakthrough mascaras that really do what they claim. Check out my picks below!

1. Benefit’s “They’re Real” Mascara. (Sephora, $12-$24)

What it is:

A lengthening mascara that curls, volumizes, lifts and separates lashes for an “out-to-here” look, now available in three vibrant shades.

My current obsession that really does the best at lengthening your lashes. Some onlookers may even think you’re wearing false lashes. I love that it comes in a full size and travel size. Tip: Make sure to take your wand brush and work from the beginning to end of your lashes. For a more dramatic effect, add more strokes toward the outer corners of your eyes.

2. Make Up For Ever “Smoky Extravagant Mascara” (Sephora, $12-$24)

What it is:

A precision mascara that adds volume, length and curl.

I scored this mascara from my rewards points at Sephora. At first I was hesitant to choose a different mascara since Benefit’s “They’re Real” is practically my Holy Grail. But I am glad I tried it. The results this mascara gives are a serious trifecta. I have absolutely no complaints with the Smoky Extravagant Mascara because it does everything you would want in a product for your eyes.

3. Lancome Definicils High Definition Mascara (Sephora, $28)

What it is:

An iconic, award-winning mascara that creates a natural-looking yet striking lash look.

If you are looking for a high-quality mascara that defines each lash perfectly by separation and lengthening, then this is your solution. Lancome Definicils delivers precise results. Although it has a hefty price of $28, it is well worth your money.

4. L’Oreal Paris Double Extend Mascara (Target, $6-$8)

What it is:

A revolutionary lash extension-effect mascara that provides up to 80 percent longer-looking, nourished lashes.

For a more affordable option, this is a great mascara to try and love. It has a nourishing base coat to prep your lashes for the lengthening top coat. It really provides beautiful, long lashes and the best part about this mascara is that it doesn’t smear and has long lasting power. Its only downfall is the removal of this product. It gets this clumpy flake after taking it off. A good oil-based makeup remover may prevent this.

5. NYX Cosmetics Color Mascara in Blue Dream ($7)

What it is:

A fun and vibrant mascara packed full of pigments and intense color.

Colored mascara is suitable for any season, in my opinion. It’s great for those nights out or even day parties where you want to charm up your face and be a little daring. A royal or bold hue is typically my favorite, but this line comes in a variety of shades ranging from mint julep to pear to purple. Don’t be afraid to to do a few swipes with colored mascara in order for it to really pop, but be gentle. When wearing a colored mascara, a lighter lip color may play well with your popping eyelashes.

Bonus: Most of these mascaras come in waterproof formulas.

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