Unpopular opinion, but waterproof mascara is kinda the worst sometimes. Like, sure, it lasts longer, but taking it off is an actual pain. And since long-lasting coverage doesn't always outweigh rubbing and scrubbing the hell out of my lashes at the end of the night, I've recently become obsessed with an alternative: tubing mascara.
Unlike regular mascaras (which coat your lashes with pigment), tubing mascaras wrap each individual lash in water-resistant, tube-like polymers. It sounds weird, but these tubes make your lashes look insanely good. Tubing mascara doesn't smudge, it gives you crazy length and volume, and, best of all, it's easy to remove—just soak a cotton pad in warm water and it'll slide right off. Sold yet? I had a feeling, which is why I rounded up the nine best formulas, ahead.
1. No7 Stay Perfect Long Wear Tubular Mascara Black
best long-lasting tubing mascara
If you're over mascara that doesn't even last until lunchtime, it's time to switch to this tubing mascara. Because of the tube-like polymers around each lash, it legit lasts until you wash it off. The short, tightly packed bristles makes this mascara especially perfect for shorter lashes, since it's super easy to get close to the root without smudging your lids.
2. DHC Mascara Perfect Pro Double Protection
best conditioning tubing mascara
No need to worry about weak lashes with this tubing mascara, since the formula is loaded with vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps condition and strengthen your lashes. Plus, the wand has tapered bristles, so you'll be able to coat every single lash (even the bb ones in the corner of your eye).
3. Kevyn Aucoin The Volume Mascara
best volumising tubing mascara
This tubing mascara will give you some major Bambi lashes. Seriously, you'll have people wondering if you're wearing fake eyelashes. The teeny-tiny bristles grip your lashes for intense volume and length, while the jojoba oil in the formula keep 'em soft and shiny.
4. Surratt Beauty Relevée Mascara
best tubing mascara for curly lashes
If you're going for a doe-eyed, va-va-voom look, this tubing mascara is a smart choice. The bristles are thin and short, so you're able to catch, coat, lift, and curl each lash. To get some extra curl, focus on applying your mascara to the base of your lashes to lift them up.
5. Clinique Lash Power Mascara Long-Wearing Formula
best tubing mascara that won't smudge
One time, halfway through a date, I went to the bathroom and noticed my mascara had completely smudged underneath my eyes. Not a cute look, and I definitely could have avoided it if I used this tubing mascara. The formula doesn't budge, so it won't give you raccoon eyes (bless), but it will give you curly and long lashes, thanks to the tapered brush and wavy bristles.
6. NYX Professional Makeup Doll Eye Mascara
best budget tubing mascara
This tubing mascara really does live up to its name. The fiber polymers extend each lash, making it look like you just popped on false eyelashes. Oh, and it costs less than $Dhs36, which, TBH, is probably less than the sandwich you bought for lunch. Coat both sides of your lashes with mascara for max volume.
7. Blinc Mascara
best water-resistant tubing mascara
With almost 4,000 reviews on Sephora.com, a lot of people stan this tubing mascara—and for good reason. It's the OG tubing mascara and the formula truly works to add both volume and length without smudging or flaking. It's also water-resistant, aka just water alone won't remove it from your lashes. So, if you need a good cry (or you're just watching an episode of Queer Eye), don't worry about streaking.
8. MAC Extended Play Gigablack Lash Mascara
best tubing mascara for defined lashes
Your new go-to for your lashes? This tubing mascara. Not only do the short, dense bristles grip and lift every lash, but they also work to separate and coat 'em. The result? Lashes that are defined, but still look natural.
9. L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Million Lashes Excess Mascara
best lengthening tubing mascara
If you're trying to go all out with your lashes, but don't feel like getting lash extensions, you need to swipe on this tubing mascara ASAP. The massive brush helps separate and coat your lashes, leaving you with a bold, dramatic look. It's perfect for a night out (or, like, any time you run into your ex and want to look like a 10).