Mascara is a funny thing. For some women, it’s the only cosmetic they reach for in the mornings, but it also has such a short shelf life that it requires even the most casual makeup wearer to purchase it regularly. This is the main drawback of buying prestige mascara with double-digit price tags, not to mention the fact that a $5 formula could work just as well. But that’s not the case with these luxe mascaras that we’ve deemed totally worth the money. So, go ahead and splurge with confidence–your lashes will thank you for it.


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Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara

Infused with thickening ProVitamin B5, conditioning olive esters, smoothing carnauba wax and lengthening rice bran wax, it’s no surprise that this mascara is a quadruple threat of benefits that delivers a picture-perfect fan of lashes every time.

available for $19 at Sephora

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Benefit They’re Real! Mascara

Benefit’s BADgal Lash Mascara reached cult status, but They’re Real! has become the number-one bestselling prestige mascara and it’s not hard to see why. The tiny yet precise bristles cover each lash and the domed tip ensures even the tiniest lashes curl with ease.

available for $23 at Sephora

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Lancôme ‘Définicils’ High Definition Mascara

This legendary formula is so popular it’s reached icon-status among mascaras with its thick-but-not-too-thick consistency and super-thin brush that’s easy to maneuver and allows for widespread coverage.

available for $27.50 at Sephora

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Diorshow Mascara

And last but not least, the king of all mascaras: Diorshow. A backstage staple for over a decade, the creamy formula effortlessly delivers a dramatic lash effect in one stroke thanks to its gold standard, jumbo-sized brush.

available for $25 at Sephora



What’s your favorite prestige mascara?

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