Everyone’s talking about tubing mascaras recently and trying to find one that works best for them. Even though the concept isn’t new, the demand for long wearing and reliable makeup products has been on the rise as people take more of a no-nonsense approach to their beauty routines. Higher end brands may have popularized the unique mascara formula, but today I am sharing the best affordable tubing mascaras (in my opinion) under $15 that deliver the same look and performance at a fraction of the cost.
But before we dive in, what is tubing mascara? Tubing mascaras contain polymers in the formula that create a 360˚ wrap around the lashes in a tube-like layer. This allows for incredibly even application, buildable length, and smudge-free all-day wear. Also, removing tubing mascaras is also different than a traditional mascara because you use warm water only and the mascara slides off your lashes in tube shapes and clumps. No need for rubbing or tugging, so it’s a great option for sensitive eyes.
Now on to my budget friendly tubing mascara options available at the drugstore…
The L’Oréal Double Extend Lash Extension Mascara was one of the first drugstore tubing mascaras to hit shelves. While it’s been reformulated since its release, it remains one of the most reliable budget friendly options. This is a two-step mascara, with a nourishing and protecting primer and finishing with the tubing mascara topcoat. I love the length and volume I get with this mascara because it really creates dramatic lashes! I do wish the brush separated the lashes better, but since it’s a thicker formula, my lashes sometimes end up sticking together. However, the length, volume and lift last all day with no smudging or transfer. Removal is quick with warm water, with no smearing or running.
If you really want a bang for your buck, the Essence Bye, Bye Panda Eyes Mascara is the cheapest you will find, but don’t let that fool you! Essence is known for their cruelty-free mascaras, and this one is up there with the best at the drugstore. I love how fanned out my lashes look after application; it definitely gives a wide-eyed shape. In my opinion, you get a little more length versus volume but an overall balanced look that lasts all day. Unlike a traditional tubing mascara, some smearing occurs when removing with warm water, but this mascara wipes away easily without needing any extra products. No residue sticks to the skin or requires rubbing– just splash a little more water on.
Half Caked Totally Tubular Mascara ($12.60)
The Half Caked Totally Tubular Mascara was a surprise Amazon beauty find from a small woman-owned vegan makeup brand. What I find particularly interesting is that this mascara is available with four different wand options depending on the look you like. I chose “The Ultimate” wand, which has a curved plastic comb brush to focus on length and curl. This mascara ended up being my favorite of the three. The effect looked the most natural and gave off an appearance similar to lash extensions. I thought my lashes looked wispy but defined with extra length, volume and lift that didn’t budge throughout the day and it was also the easiest to remove.
And let’s not forget the newest tubing mascara to hit the drugstore scene…
I have not tried this tubing mascara as of yet, but the reviews are mixed with some loving this while others don’t care for it.
Have you tried tubing mascaras yet? If yes, let us know which ones you have tried in the comments below and until Wednesday, be happy, healthy, and beautiful!