Under-$10 Waterproof Mascaras That Can Last Through an Episode of This Is Us

Updated 06/14/18

There's nothing like a good cry. Sometimes it hits us when we least expect it. Sometimes it hits us when we watch shows designed to pull at our heartstrings and make us feel all the feels days after an episode has aired. (Yeah, we're looking at you, This Is Us.) And there's nothing like tears to test the true power of a so-called waterproof mascara.

It's pretty simple: All a waterproof mascara has to do is not move or flake. We also believe in being economical, so we looked everywhere for the best drugstore waterproof mascaras. So if you're hoping to avoid the iconic Lauren Conrad mascara teardrop roll, scroll down to see the drugstore waterproof mascaras that passed our crying test.

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Maybelline Lash Discover Waterproof Mascara $8
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"It's by far the best (tiny) mascara brush I've found for short or lower lashes, and the waterproof formula doesn't transfer," celebrity makeup artist Lisa Aharon once told us

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Covergirl The Super Sizer Waterproof Mascara $7
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The small wand makes it so that it naturally separates lashes and ensures no product gets into your eyes. (You'd be surprised how often this happens.) Plus, the color does not flake and will stay on all day. 

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L'Oréal Paris Waterproof Voluminous Carbon Black Volume Building Mascara $8
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"It's a high-end formula in a drugstore price," celebrity makeup artist Katie Jane Hughes once told us

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Maybelline Volum' Express the Colossal Waterproof Mascara $7
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This mascara really lifts your lashes to give you intense volume. But we're most impressed with its staying power. If it's good enough to last during those hot, humid summer days, it's good enough to last through your tears, too. 

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Maybelline Full 'n Soft Waterproof Mascara $8
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"I love this mascara because its formula is much more lightweight than others, and it's buildable, which we all love," celebrity makeup artist Katelin Gan once told us. "It gives a beautiful and natural look to the lashes without weighing them down. Less weight means more lift, and that is the key when it comes to lashes! I also love this mascara for the wand. It's so big and feathery, which helps you coat the lashes without getting too much product in one place."

Best drugstore waterproof mascara
Rimmel London Scandal Eyes Mascara Waterproof $6
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The brush is pretty intense, but it really does give you maximum volume with your lashes. It's made with collagen and keratin to really plump lashes. Big lashes that are waterproof are all we ask for. 

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Maybelline Great Lash Mascara $4
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This is honestly the OG beloved mascara that everyone can't say a bad thing about. It builds great lashes, is waterproof, and you cannot beat the price. 

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E.l.f. Cosmetics Waterproof Lengthening & Volumizing Mascara $3
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Phthalate-free and paraben-free, this mascara packs on the color while staying on without flaking. 

So for the next episode of This Is Us (we know there will likely be tears), get prepared with one of these mascaras.  

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