5 High End Mascaras Worth Buying

If you are going to invest in a high-end mascara you only want the best of the best. See which high-end mascaras make the cut.

If I could only wear one makeup product for the rest of my life, it would be mascara.  I love how mascara instantly makes me feel a bit more glamorous, especially high-end mascaras.

Now when I look for a mascara, I want one that pretty much does it all. I want long, voluminous, yet defined lashes. No clumps wanted here, well most of the time…There are certain days a nice clumpy mascara is just what I’m looking for.

For this multi-part series, I tried over 20 different mascaras.  I tried drugstore mascara, high-end mascara, fiber mascara, and everything in between.

For my testing process, I tried each mascara. After applying it, if I was impressed, I put it the good pile. If the mascara wasn’t so great, it went in the bad pile. I then retested all of the good to find the best mascaras.

This post is specifically about high-end mascaras. If that isn’t your thing, don’t worry. I’ll be doing a best drugstore mascaras post too!

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Best High-End Mascaras

Lancôme Monsieur Big

This wins for best overall. It made my lashes bigger and more dramatic by adding volume and length, without looking clumpy. If you are into waterproof formulas, they do make a waterproof version that a lot of people love.

Lancôme Definicils High Definition

If you want ultra defined lashes, you cannot go wrong with this Lancôme mascara. Just one coat and each of your lashes will be defined. 

Benefit Roller Lash

Winner for defining and curling. The mascara has thin bristles, that lifts and curls your lashes. Plus the formula is made to help nourish your lashes.

Tarte Gifted Amazonian Clay Mascara 

Vegan ✓ Repairative ✓ Volumizing ✓

Benefit BADgal Bang

This lifted my lashes, made them longer, and more dramatic. This does give a messy, semi-clumpy look to the lashes, which is perfect for those days you want to look a bit edgy.

Givenchy Noir Couture 4 In 1

This mascara really does it all. It lengthens, defines, and curls. It is a bit harder to find so if you can find it, make sure to grab it. 

*Bonus* Best High-End Primer

Lancôme Cils Booster XL Super Enhancing Primer Base This primer made a noticeable difference in the length of my lashes.

Mascaras Tested:

Urban Decay Trouble Maker
Benefit Roller Lash
Kevyn Aucoin The Expert Mascara
Make Up For Ever Excessive Lash Arresting Mascara 
Lancome Monsieur Big
Dior Diorshow
Clinique High Impact Mascara 
Yves Saint Laurent The Shock
Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Lash 
Marcelle Extension Plus Curl
Lancome Definicils High Definition Mascara 
Givenchy Noir Couture 4 in 1 
Doucce Maxlash Volumizer
Smashbox Full Exposure 
Tarte Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara

Do you have a high-end mascara that you absolutely love? Or are you more into drugstore mascaras? Either way, share your favorite in the comments below!


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  • I’ve tried Benefit Roller lash and like it a lot. I bought Tarte Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart mascara based on another recommendation and I find it very clumpy. I really wanted to like it because I love the packaging, but I was very disappointed.

    • I’m sorry the Tarte didn’t work for you. I didn’t have issues with clumps when I tried it, but maybe I got super fresh one?