You can take away our brow pencils. You can even take away our cream and powder highlighters. But the one product that we will never (ever!) live without is mascara. Whether it's just one quick flick or 400 coats, mascara helps frame our face, widen our eyes, and makes us feel more powerful. Here, the 25 must-have tubes we stockpile in our vanities.
Maybelline's Snapscara is a wax-free formula, so it's easy to remove with just soap and water at night. But that doesn't mean it will flake on you. A few coats delivers serious length and volume with an inky black tint that's perfect for casual, day-to-day wear.
Pick up this mascara on your next trip to the drugstore if you want everyone to ask you when you got lash extensions.
A mascara with the name Extreme Eye Bad Ass Mascara better deliver. This does: our lashes have never looked so instantly thick, voluminous, and flirty after just one coat. Add two if you're a bad ass.
Why we love it: The sexiest mascara to pair with smoky eyes, it leaves our lashes looking patent-leather shiny and ultra-black.
Why we love it: The name isn't just for kicks. This super-thickening yet non-clumpy mascara gets its lash-conditioning powers from CBD oil.
Why we love it: It's not the sexiest or flashiest mascara out there, but it's in every makeup artist's kit for a reason: there's nothing better for red-carpet-ready lashes.
Why we love it: The name is genius, but the formula inside is even more so. The ultra-plush brush is the perfect vehicle for making lashes look full and feathery, not coated and heavy.
Why we love it: If your lashes are sparse and you're looking for drama, this will be your new go-to. It plumps and thickens in just one sweep.
Why we love it: This vegan mascara comes with a warning—and rightfully so. It's called Caution Extreme Lash because just one dip in the tube is enough to get both sets of lashes coated in the wet, patent-black formula. If you're looking for more definition, wipe the excess formula off the brush before applying.
Why we love it: One coat gives the perfect daytime volume. Two coats is enough for a night out. Three or more coats and your lashes will look so thick yet defined everyone will ask you if they're fake.
Why we love it: Though the name suggests something dramatic, the effect this mascara leaves is more soft and fluttery than all-out bombshell. But you can layer on more than one coat to reach perversion-level volume.
Why we love it: There are dozens of incredible drugstore mascara dupes, but it's rare to find out that might actually be better than its designer counterpart. This mascara from L'Oréal Paris looks just like one that also comes in an all-pink tube, right down to the hourglass bristles. But this thickening formula doesn't flake or fall-out—in fact, you'll need a heavy duty makeup remover to get it all off at the end of the day.
Why we love it: There are curling mascara, and then there is this—basically a lash lift in a tube. The formula curls and sets even the straightest lashes for all-day hold and definition.
Why we love it: Classics are classics for a reason. Devotees to DÉFINICILS swear by it for its natural lash-lengthening effect and impressive long-wear. But at the end of the day, it washes off at the first sight of soap.
Why we love it: If you want darker, thicker lashes—this will be your new holy grail of mascaras. The inky black formula can get a little clumpy on its pursuit to volume (in a good way), but be warned if you like your lashes on the straight and narrow instead.
Why we love it: It's one of few mascaras that doesn't sacrifice long length at the expense of full, thick volume at the base. Is it better than sex? No. Is it on par with a pair of your highest, sexiest heels in terms of making you feel like the hottest woman in the room? Yes.
Why we love it: This mascara boosts a custom-domed tip to lift, define, and curl even the tiniest of fringe for a sculpted look that's shockingly similar to false lashes.
Why we love it: For as long as mascara has been around, it's had the same fate: eventually, the formula would get so thick and dry that you'd have to toss the whole tube prematurely. Not anymore. This new formula from Dior is super-thick, but it has a squeezable tube that allows you to warm-up and revive the formula before ever swiping it on. Just one coat on each eye delivers intense, inky black volume.
Why we love it: This classic has been thickening lashes since the '70s with its signature, easy-to-handle narrow wand and clump-free formula that resists smudging but washes off in a cinch. Iconic status: completely deserved.
Why we love it: It creates a clean, natural lash but with a lot of length and zero clumps for a defined, eye-catching effect. This formula is perfect if you have a lot of lashes that are short or if they're light on the ends and just need some tint.
Why we love it: Once you get over the novelty of the funny name and extra-fat brush, you'll find that the formula inside sharply defines and fans each lash. One coat leaves behind a tint of color, while two, three, or four coats creates lashes begging to be seen.
Why we love it: If length is what you're after, look no further: it extends your lashes and makes them ultra-fluttery.
Why we love it: The cup-shaped bristles push lashes up without the use of a curler and keep them in place all day—think hairspray meets (as the name suggests) a push-up bra.
Why we love it: There aren't many Chanel items you can (or should) wear every day. This is the exception. The classic mascara defines and separates each lash for a fresh daytime look.
Why we love it: The unusual bent wand lets you wiggle the rubber bristles right at your lashline for crazy-intense volume and lift.