If we asked you what makeup product you couldn’t live without, we can imagine a fair few of you would say mascara. There’s no easier way to open your eyes, deepen your lashes and give your whole makeup look a lift than with a swipe of mascara. Despite their simple and similar appearances, not all mascaras were made equal – and some are stronger than others in certain areas. We tried and tested the best mascaras on the map to give you an insight into exactly which mascaras measure up.

Best For VolumeNYX Professional Makeup Worth The Hype Mascara

Left Eye: Wearing Worth The Hype | Right Eye: Wearing no mascara

Incredibly lightweight but shockingly volumising, this mascara will give you the look of enviable, full eyelashes but it will feel like you’re wearing nothing.

Best For LengtheningToo Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

Left Eye: Wearing Better Than Sex | Right Eye: Wearing no mascara

The hourglass shape wand makes for effortless eyelash extending. This collagen fuelled formula darkens and fans out both top and bottom lashes for a dramatically lengthy lash look.

Best For Flawless Touch Ups On The Go Little MAC False Lashes Mascara

Left Eye: Wearing Little MAC False Lashes Mascara | Right Eye: Wearing no mascara

The iconic MAC false lash mascara now comes in miniature size for easy on-the-go eyelash application. One swipe of this black mascara fans and multiplies lashes instantly.

Best For Sensitive EyesClinique Lash Power Flutter to Full Mascara

Left Eye: Wearing Clinique Lash Power Flutter to Full Mascara | Right Eye: Wearing no mascara

Twist the barrel of this mascara to customise the wand for a personalised lash look! This smudge resistant formula is perfect for early rises and late finishes with up to 24 hours of wear. Plus, the formula is perfect for contact lenses wearers and even the most sensitive of eyes.

Best For a Colour Pop Yves Saint Laurent Vinyl Couture Mascara 

Left Eye: Wearing Yves Saint Laurent Vinyl Couture Mascara in 05 | Right Eye: Wearing no mascara

This mascara is weightless, but it still packs a powerful punch! Wrap your eyes in a wardrobe of colour with this stunning mascara. If you want to dabble in coloured mascara but are a bit apprehensive, Stella suggests using on either your top or bottom lashes!

Best For Curling – Laura Geller Lash Boss Mascara

Left Eye: Wearing Laura Geller Lash Boss Mascara | Right Eye: Wearing no mascara

Infused with proteins which nourish your lashes while you wear, this mascara is the ultimate choice for transforming your eyelashes from straight and short to curly, dark and long – without a clump in sight!

What’s your favourite mascara? Leave us a comment below with your recommendations!