Some of my favorite makeup releases over the past year have been mascaras. So many amazing drugstore mascaras actually outperform high end options, and at a fraction of the price! Even though some of my old favorites are still holding strong, I’ve discovered 5 new drugstore mascaras in 2021 that are blowing me away!
Keep reading to see my picks for the newest best drugstore mascaras in 2021, and before and after photos.
1. Revlon So Fierce! Big Bad Lash Mascara ($9.49 at Ulta Beauty)
I’m mentioning this mascara first for a reason— it’s become my every day go-to for both subtle and dramatic looks. I’m a big lash kinda person, and this really delivers length, volume and lift! The So Fierce! Big Bad Lash mascara fans out my lashes for a fuller lash effect, and is a buildable formula that doesn’t smudge or flake. I love that I can apply a light coat for a fluttery effect or layer it up for a falsie look. People with light colored lashes should note that this mascara is also a lash tint, and will gradually darken your lashes with natural dyes within 7 days of regular use. I’m not sure how effective the tint is, though, as I have black lashes.
2. Flower Beauty Warrior Princess Mascara ($10 on Amazon)
Earlier this year, I crowned this the best drugstore mascara that you’ve never heard of. Since Flower Beauty isn’t as widely available as other drugstore brands, it can go overlooked, but this mascara transforms my lashes! This vegan mascara adds noticeable volume while holding my curl really well throughout the day (and I have pretty straight lashes). You don’t need to layer up to get a ton of length, and there’s no clumping or lashes sticking together. While it doesn’t smudge, I do experience some flaking with this mascara if I’ve applied more than two layers. This mascara actually reminds me a lot of the Too Faced Better than Sex mascara, but is a lot easier to use!
3. Ulta Beauty New Heights Mascara ($10.50 at Ulta Beauty)
This mascara is a hidden gem from Ulta Beauty’s own makeup brand. As the name suggests, the New Heights mascara heightens my lashes like no other. It has extreme lift and hold using special pigments and waxes that bind to lashes and layer up easily. The small mascara comb applicator makes it easy to get into each corner and separate each lash. Glycerin and Vitamin E in the formula condition and moisturize your lashes so they’ll never look crunchy or flake throughout the day.
4. Maybelline Lash Sensational Sky High Mascara ($8.98 on Amazon)
If you wanted to know what the most popular drugstore mascara this year has been, I’d say this one, hands down. The Maybelline Sky High Mascara went viral on social media for the high impact volume and length. The tapered comb wand helps you reach every lash, and the formula is washable, meaning it’s removed easily and suitable for sensitive eyes and contact wearers. Featured ingredients include bamboo extract and fibers that help extend the length of your lashes dramatically without weighing them down. I would say there’s a bit of a learning curve with this mascara, especially for knowing when to stop layering as one coat too many could cause clumps.
5. Covergirl Lash Blast Clean Volume Mascara ($10.99 at Ulta Beauty)
I’ve always been a fan of the Covergirl mascaras, and I had several people recommend I try this newest version, saying it was the best yet. Well, I can’t disagree. The Covergirl Lash Blast Clean Mascara adds major definition to each lash while maintaining a more natural, clean look. It’s a great every day mascara that separates, lengthens and adds subtle volume that doesn’t go overboard, making it a great option for fresh faced makeup looks. It’s a vegan and cruelty free formula that’s also made without parabens, talc, sulfates, or mineral oil.