12 of the best mascaras of all time, from just

12 of the best mascaras of all time, from just12 of the best mascaras of all time, from just £7.99.

From volume-boosters to curl-enhancers, these are the very best of the bunch.

Few beauty products are as universally loved as mascara – for so many of us, our favourite tube is a desert-island essential. (Along with our lash curler, of course.) After all, no matter how low-maintenance the rest of your beauty routine may be, there’s no denying the instant eye-opening effects that a slick of mascara offers.

But finding the best mascara can be a test of endurance. Today, there are endless tubes to choose from, all proffering different (yet equally appealing) benefits. From mega volume to fluttery length, curl-enhancing and waterproof formulas, the options are truly endless.

If you’re still on the hunt for your holy-grail mascara formula, we’re here to help. We’ve tested dozens of the most-hyped mascaras – both long-loved classics and new game-changers – to bring you the ones really worth trying out. We’re sure you’ll find one to love.

The high-street shelves are lined with more options than you can shake a mascara wand at, but there’s a small handful that perform better than all the rest.

One winner is Maybelline’s cult Lash Sensational Luscious, which has a thick, bendy wand that allows you to coat every single lash in one swoop.

Dior’s latest innovation will have you wondering why all mascaras don’t come in a squeezable tube. The simple yet game-changing packaging dispenses an even coating of the curl-enhancing formula on the bristled brush, and also ensures you aren’t left with a load of claggy product at the base of the tube.

Despite what the name may indicate, this one isn’t the most volumising of the bunch. However, if you’re after an elegant everyday look, it’s hands-down the best option out there.

The consistency is fairly ‘wet’, meaning you won’t get those dry clumpy patches, and the finish is beautifully glossy, which feels more sophisticated than a flat, matte black.

We love how the slim brush allows you to wiggle it right into the roots without smudging onto your lids.

Brown mascara undoubtedly looks more natural than black, especially on anyone with very fair eyelashes.

Rimmel makes one of the best brown formulas: it’ll leave you with light, defined lashes that can be built upon come evening. A true bargain.

Mascaras can be drying, so if you’re trying to keep your lashes in top condition, give Perricone MD’s cult (and confusingly named) No Mascara Mascara a go. The gentle formula contains biotin and peptides to encourage longer, stronger lashes, while the comb-style brush will give you lifted, defined look that never ends up overloaded.

This hotly anticipated debut mascara from brow queen Anastasia Soare certainly doesn’t disappoint: a single swipe will have people wondering if you’re wearing falsies.

With a huge, fat brush and thick, creamy formula, it’s absolutely not for the faint hearted – but if you’re after major false-lash drama without those spidery clumps, it’s undoubtedly The One.

For a your-lashes-but-better look, Glossier has you covered. Just like the rest of the brand’s no-messing offering, this gentle mascara is ideal for subtle enhancement, rather than total drama.

That said, it performs remarkably well in the lengthening stakes, and won’t clump or flake – even after you’ve layered it up. What’s more, the super-lightweight formula means it won’t make the curl from your eyelash curler droop.

Spend over £30 on the brand’s website (we’d recommend the brilliant Brow Flick eyebrow pen), and shipping is free.

It took ruthless rounds of testing for Ciaté to settle upon the winning formula for its new mascara, and we can confirm the effort was worth it. The finish is dramatic yet still flattering, delivering long, glossy lashes that hold a curl all day long.

So many waterproof mascaras are overly drying, but YSL’s offering is formulated with hydrating oils to ensure it stays put without stressing out your lashes. It’s intensely black with just one coat, and we can confirm it’ll see you through a teary-eyed wedding ceremony with ease.

This gentle formula is specially formulated for sensitive eyes – it’s perfect for contact-lens wearers, too. The lightweight texture delivers more of a soft flutter than look-at-me impact, and the ceramides inside actually help to strengthen and nourish your lashes.

You probably wouldn’t expect to find a game-changing mascara in Ted Baker, but this one from the brand’s fresh new make-up line really is outstanding. The wand is neither too fat or too spindly, and the well-spaced bristles coat each lash with an even, glossy coat.

Benefit has many an iconic mascara under its belt, but if you’re after a lasting curl, Roller Lash is the only choice.

The wand’s angled bristles grip each lash as you comb through, deliver an eye-opening curve and a clump-free finish.