A Definitive List of Mascaras That Won’t Budge


I think it’s safe to say that pretty much anyone who wears mascara wants one that doesn’t budge at all. There’s really nothing more annoying (makeup-wise) than painstakingly applying the product to your lashes and feeling so good about it, only to look in the mirror later on in the day to see a smudged mess. There are just so many mascara options to choose from out there, but of course, not every formula is the same.

17 Smudgeproof Mascaras That Have the Most Staying Power

Some have more staying power than others. Some might even claim to be waterproof and clump-free, but they’re not. And if you haven’t found your holy-grail product yet, it can be a bit overwhelming to shop for one.

That’s where we come in. We’ve combed the reviews, looked at our own makeup stashes, and studied the best sellers our readers love to share a definitive list of the best smudge-proof mascaras. Take a look below.

This is a big-time Who What Wear editor favorite. All of my colleagues talk about how it lengthens and volumizes their lashes. The flake- and smudge-free formula is made with beeswax and shea butter for staying power.

There’s a reason Too Faced’s Better Than Sex mascara is always on “best of” lists. It’s just so good. It will make your lashes really pop.

This highly rated mascara is volumizing and lengthening, and it won’t budge because it’s waterproof.

17 Smudgeproof Mascaras That Have the Most Staying Power

Milk’s mascara contains unique ingredients like heart-shaped fibers, hemp-derived cannabis seed oil, and pure pigments. Your lashes will be soft, feathery, and fully coated.

Every single lash gets coated with this mascara, which means that you’ll end up with the fullest look. It will stay in place for up to 24 hours and won’t weigh your lashes down.

Merit Beauty Clean Lash

Merit’s Clean Lash has become my go-to mascara recently. My lashes are kind of sparse, so I need something that’s lengthening and lifting but that doesn’t weigh my little lashes down. This does the trick. And I don’t have to worry about raccoon eyes throughout the day.

Chances are you’ve probably owned one of these pink-and-green tubes in your lifetime. The iconic mascara is still going strong. The waterproof version stays put while also doubling your lashes.

17 Smudgeproof Mascaras That Have the Most Staying Power

Clinique’s mascara lasts for a whopping 24 hours so you don’t have to worry about any touch-ups. It can withstand rain, sweat, humidity, and tears.


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