The Best Mascaras on a Budget

Some of us have awesome hair. Some of us have incredible figures. My superpower is my ultra-long eyelashes, so I’ve been obsessed with mascara for quite a long time. That being said, I’ve tried almost every product under the moon. When you choose mascara, it’s helpful to think about what you want your eyelashes to look like. I prefer ultra-thick mascara, while many of my friends just want a little length.

To achieve the best look possible, I recommend putting primer on before you apply your mascara. Primer doesn’t have to be expensive. I haven’t noticed any difference between primer from a drugstore and primer from higher-end makeup companies. Similarly, there is rarely a difference between $10 mascara and $30 mascara. So, I’ve gathered together our top mascara picks on a budget. All of these products have either been featured on our site before, rated highly on, or used by me personally.

Best Mascara on a Budget

1. Maybelline Great Lash Washable Mascara, Very Black
Price: $4.99

Maybelline Great Lash

Why It’s Awesome: Probably the most recognizable mascara, Maybelline Great Lash is an old favorite. It’s inexpensive, so it’s great to keep one in your bag and one in your desk at work. A plus is that it is hypoallergenic for those of us with sensitive eyes.

Where to Get It: $4.99 at

2. JK Jemma Kidd Ultra Plush Mascara (With Bonus I-tech Glitter liner)

JK Jemma Kidd Mascara

Why It’s Awesome: Don’t you love it when Target brings in high-end designers? This is not only great mascara, but for $10 you also get glitter eyeliner. It’s known for lengthening and thickening and has a nice compact case.

Where to Get It: $9.99 at Target

Catherine A.

Catherine A.

Catherine keeps you up to date on the most stylish beauty trends. A southern gal and avid blogger, Cat is armed and ready with a wealth of beauty knowledge to share with the world. Even though she's a die hard fashionista, she's also extremely frugal and loves sharing tips on "spending less and living more." When she's not writing, Cat loves teaching, taking dance classes, and spoiling her dog, Julep.
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