Some things in life are absolutely worth splurging on. (Ever had bodega wine? Not recommended.) But mascara, happily, is not one of those things. The best mascaras under $10 perform just as well, or even better, than their prestige counterparts, whether their formulas are volumizing, lengthening, separating, curling, or a combination of those things. And since every mascara featured here is available on Amazon, they’re easier to get your hands on than, say, ordering from a department store (or, horror of horrors, going to a store).
Drugstore brands excel in making high-performing mascaras — which is why you’ll find three of the biggest drugstore names (Covergirl, Maybelline, and L’Oreal) well represented here. And while the mascaras on this list are these brands’ most popular offerings, you honestly can’t go wrong by choosing any mascara in their repertoires. Choose what sounds the best for you based on your desired effect, wand shape, bristle material, shade, and the like, but use this guide as your jumping off point.
And in this scenario, any trial and error involved in finding your ideal mascara is very low stakes. Start by checking out seven of the best mascaras under $10, listed ahead.
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