Daily Obsessions: Major Mascaras

Fun fact: If you search “What’s the best mascara?” on BeautyTalk, you get more than 10,000 results. That’s 10,000 conversations. About mascara.


To save you some time, I scoured our Daily Obsessions archives to bring you Sephora staffers’ preferred mascaras. Of course if you’d like to read through 10,000 mascara threads, be my guest! (Seriously, please do. I think that’d be awesome.)


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1. Tarte Lights, Camera, Splashes! Waterproof Mascara
“My favorite waterproof mascara. It lengthens and gives lashes the volume I desperately need. And it stays put all day long." Connie Y., Senior Director, Marketing


2. Benefit They’re Real Mascara
"This mascara truly does it all, leaving lashes full, pretty, and not clumpy! The jet black formula looks great on everyone, the brush is truly innovative, and the tip pulls lashes in just the right way." Amy E., Manager, Client Service


3. Kat Von D Sin-Full Lash Mascara
"I love this mascara and wear it everyday. It defines, lengthens, thickens, goes on so easily, and stays put without clumping or flaking. I also love the thick brush, as it gets all of my lashes." Marie S., Senior Counsel


4. MAKE UP FOR EVER Smoky Lash
"I continually try new mascaras, but this is now my one and only. It lengthens and volumizes without ever being clumpy, and deposits the darkest of dark color." Tiffany L., Senior Marketing Director


5. Yves Saint Laurent MASCARA VOLUME EFFET FAUX CILS - Luxurious Mascara in Fascinating Violet
"As crazy as it sounds, the Fascinating Violet shade looks more natural on my blonde-tipped lashes than black. And as a bonus, the purple color makes my eyes look greener." Amy G., Editorial Director


6. Hourglass Film Noir Full Spectrum Mascara
"My favorite mascara is a bit lesser known, but it goes on evenly, thickens lashes, and comes off easily with makeup remover." Bridget D., VP, Interactive


7. Lancome CILS BOOSTER XL Super-Enhancing Mascara Base
"I got this as a sample and now I am hooked. My mascara looks perfect from morning application to evening." Emily T., Store Marketing Assistant Manager


8. Dior Diorshow New Look Mascara
"I love coating my blonde lashes from base to tip in black. With this mascara, it's all about the brush. The small rubber wand allows you to really work it into the lashes and build lots of length." Helen P., Sephora PRO Artist


So what’s your ALL TIME FAVORITE (yes, that deserves all caps, this is a big deal!) mascara?

Show & Tell in the comments!

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I like Benefit Theyre Real and Givenchy Phenomen Eyes Smiley Very Happy

Sephora introduced me to Fairy Drops Scandal Queen and it was love and first application....sadly it's been discontinued from online/in stores so it's off to Amazon Smiley Sad

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I love Benefit Theyre Real, Tartes Light Camera Splashes, but most of all I love love love Lancome CILS BOOSTER XL Super-Enhancing Mascara Base - With that I dont even need to curl my lashes its amazing!

I can't believe the DiorShow Mascara isn't on that list with it having a cult following.

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That's like asking to choose a favorite child! I love Benefit's They're Real, Dior's Extase, and my new favorite is Dior's Iconic Super Curl. I have a tendency to flip flop my mascaras as needed.


The one thing that never changes in my mascara routine is using Diorshow Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum! It's a primer and a lash serum. 

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Benefit They're Real. Love how long it gets my lashes without any clumps or smudges.

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It doesn't matter what else I use, I always have Diorshow Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum on my eyelashes!


I am a MUFE Smoky Lash girl, but lately I've been loving Bobbi Brown Everything Mascara.

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I have been loving Benefit They're Real.  It makes my lashes look fantastic!

Mascara junkies unite!


@sephoramusthave - I adore, Phenomen Eyes! It looks like a tiny medieval weapon, but it works wonders!


@lylysa - I know! Smiley Sad But there's got to be something else you'll love. I really liked Fairy Drops but I couldn't figure out how to get all of that extra product off of the brush! lol.


@lolo01 - mascara bases are one of those products you didn't know you needed, and now you can't live without, right?


@beautylovingirl - there have actually been PLENTY of DiorShow obsessions submitted over the years, but since that's like the OG of mascaras, I tried to pick ones that may be surprises. Smiley Happy


@Janine - I've been hearing seriously awesome things about the Overcurl. I think might need to try that.


@shyvicki - I'm actually a BadGal devotee, but They're Real is growing on me!


@starletta - I got a sample of that Bobbi Brown and did really like it. Great for everyday!

I LOVED the original Urban Decay Big Fatty formula and brush.  Then UD had to change it for some reason.  Smiley Sad

I'm with Lylysa, Fairy Drops Scandal Queen is my all time favorite. I've tried most of the ones on the list and they all fall short. Benefit's They're Real especially, I got a sample of it and it clumped like crazy on my lashes and gave me raccoon eyes!

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Coincidentally, my top two happen to be your top two listed!  I love the Tarte Lights Camera Lashes, but need a waterproof version because of my allergies AND lets be honest, I'm a crier sometimes.  Thank goodness for Lights Camera Splashes!!  The Benefit They're Real is also great for building and holding my curl.  Two absolute necessities. I'm with Janine on the Diorshow Lash Serum... now THAT is a must Smiley Happy

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@kimmi - that actually happened to me with my favorite ever concealer (which will not be named here, lol). I was devastated. But it just gave me an excuse to do more shopping!


@prettyinpa - this is why I like talking about this stuff, something will always work for someone that doesn't work for somebody else. Smiley Happy


@mia - ugh, I'm a crier too. I can't even be in the kitchen while someone else is chopping onions. :/


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I love Buxom's Buxom Lash Mascara and Benefit's They're Real. Tarte and MUFE Smoky Lash mascaras give me pretty much the same result - very natural(=not enough drama for me). I also like Lancome's Hypnose Drama, but it doesn't stay great for a long time (2 months at the most, then it becomes sticky and leaves marks under my brows).

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My two favorite are UD Lush Lash, I have noticed that my lashes are fuller and longer since using it and my other favorite is tarte lights camera lashes.

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@candacebt- Do you mean the HG of mascara instead of OG?

@solveig - that's totally how I feel too! I love the tarte, but I need uber-dram lashes everyday, even at the grocery store.


@queenbee - a vote for Lush Lash! Love it!


@beautylovingirl - nope, I meant OG (as in, original gangster), but that's probably not a work-safe term to describe mascara, so ignore me. Smiley Happy It's clearly a Hall of Famer mascara, though.

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It's funny, I used to buy the Lash Stash every year until I realized I kept reaching for the MUFE over. And over. And over.  Now it's just whether I want a softer look or a BAM! Look at me! eye....

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Lately I have been enjoying Tarte's Lights Camera Lashes! (or Splashes! the waterproof version) and UD Lush Lash.  My all time favorite primer is Lancome Cils XL because it works and the formula starts out white but covers easily.   

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@candacebt- Everyday I learn new lingo because I had no idea what the OG stood forSmiley Happy

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I'm allergic to most of those on the list. Smiley Sad

I do like Urban Decay Big Fatty and Diorshow Blackout. 

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Diorshow Iconic Overcurl mascara.

@starletta8 - Pssst...the Lash Stash (not even on the site yet!) this year comes w/ a voucher for a free full-size tube. #justsayin #youhearditherefirst


@garnett - I love Cils XL, I hoarde every sample I get!


@midniterae - oh no! Have you tried a brand like Korres or Josie Maran?


@krunce - okay, now I really need to try that.

@candacebt- knock,knock....who's there???  ENABLERS R US!!!!!

@beautylovingirl - hahahahahahaha. We really should just make that the name of the community. Smiley Happy

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@candacebt- No doubt! It seems we all have that in commonSmiley Happy

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I love Lancome Cils Booster and also Hypnose Drama.  They're my current favs but I alternate between DiorShow Blackout...

@candacebt- I smell enabling!  (Of course, not that I need much of it).  Today I was able to help a co-worker in need out with my mini stash of unused samples that I keep for just that reason. That's what happens to a lot of the ones I know I don't like in advance/random GWPs.


Plus mini anything is cuter!


That said, I'm really into the Clinique Bottom Lash mascara for- you guessed it- bottom lashes. Perfect little wand!

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Tough question, I love too many! Top favorites are Laura Mercier Long Lash, Fairy Drops Scandal Queen, Hourglass Film Noir, and Buxom Amplified Lash. I have a ridiculous number of mascara samples to get through, it will be a LONG time before I get to repurchase some of these favorites!

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My all time fav is Benefit Bad Gal Lash.  I try to find one to take its place, but I've yet to find a better mascara.

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Hands down benefit they're real!

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YSL Faux Cils, because nothing makes my lashes fuller or longer looking -- they really do look false. It's such a pain to remove, but it's worth the trouble for how amazing it is. Smiley Happy

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I really like the Blinc mascara for those natural look days. I wear glasses (can't do contacts) and sometimes mascaras that add length or volume can be a little TOO much, if you know what I mean, particularly since my eyelashes are naturally pretty reasonable. The Blinc just defines them and adds some color and doesn't irritate my eyes even when my allergies act up and make them water, so it gets a win all around from me as my go-to when I'm not doing anything particularly special or dramatic.


(I do love the Lash Stash, though. Never know when you'll find something new you love, plus the smaller sample tubes of the more dramatic mascaras are perfect for me since I hardly ever do a look that needs that full on could-be-false-lashes effect. Smiley Happy )

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Those are two brands I have not tried yet. Do you like one better than the other?

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@starletta - I'm ALL about enabling, lol. Speaking of which..


@crazyzeeRN - don't forget your open mascaras expire after 3-4 months. I know we all keep them longer, but they can get icky. If it starts to smell wonky, toss it (and buy more!) Smiley Happy


@makeupobsessed - Bad Gall stays in my rotation. It's my fave for the dramatic lashes I love everyday.


@kaotichappiness - if you like They're Real, try Givenchy 

Phenomen'Eyes, it's got a ball wand (similar to the top of They're Real) and gets EVERY lash.


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@katie1724 - Hi! Have you tried the Koh Gen Do Cleansing Water? It's amazing and super gentle. I use it with the Shiseido cotton pads and I can get my whole face off with one pad.


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shiseido: http://seph.me/YVFQEC


@piratefoxy - I still buy the lash stash, those little tubes are great for travel!


@midniterae - So I like both, but Korres is more everyday and not dramatic enough for me. Smiley Happy The Josie mascara has actually made the Obsessions list a few times from different employees, everyone loves it!


@Candace those Shiseido cotton squares are AMAZING! I laughed at first and now I can't live without them! Smiley Happy


I think my favorite mascara has to be either the Dior OverCurl or the Hourglass Film Noir full lash mascara- the Dior lifts my lashes and the Hourglass thickens them up.


I'm like Janine and Mia though, I LOVE my Dior maximizer! It's truly amazing and makes my mascara go on and look flawless!

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My fav mascara isn't sold at Sephora, but it is without a doubt Rimmel Scandal Eyes Show Off Mascara. It is my total HG mascara, hands down. Clinique Lash Doubling Mascara is good, too.

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I've been using Lancome Hypnose Drama for the past month or so and it's definitely the best mascara I've used in a while. Plenty of volume and drama and very little smudging/flaking!

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I am a Buxom devotee for everyday use! Some mascaras burn my eyes after a couple of hours and I have grown to hate many of the newer applicators but Buxom's is never fail.

I bought a collection of mascaras from Sephora during the holidays in '11 and also fell for Badgal and Tarte.

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I absolutely love Laura Mercier's Faux Lash.  It's not without its application issues (got to love eyelash combs) but it stays on so well and does beautiful things to my lashes.  I really think it deserves some praise!  Smiley Happy

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Out of all my faves, i always go back to Benefits Bad Gal Waterproof! It separates, lengthens, and the waterproof version is perfect for summer! Its like the cloud nine of mascaras!

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My two all-time favorites are Benefit's They're Real Mascara and Eyeko Skinny Mascara.  I find that with both of these there is no smudging, they don't irritate my eyes and they are waterproof.  I like the brush on the Benefit They're Real--It Cosmetics also now makes a mascara that is pretty good with the same type of brush with the ball tip, also by It Cosmetics is a tightliner mascara--it has a super skinny brush that you use at the root of your lashes and it gives the tightline effect and lasts all day--it also works really well as a bottom lash mascara..  The Eyeko will stay on my lashes for days until I decide to take it off and it doesn't make your lashes hard and brittle like other waterproof mascaras.

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