When it comes to volumizing mascaras, we operate under the assumption that the bigger the brush, the better. And while that isn't always accurate for lengthening or curling formulas, it certainly holds true for the bold, dramatic volume we crave for a party or special occasion. Think fluttery, feathery lashes visible from across the room.
To find your perfect volumizing match, keep reading for our editors' top 10 picks.
L'Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Waterproof Mascara ($10)
"This is the mascara I recommend to anyone looking for a drugstore gem. I wrote a full review on it, but as a quick recap, the brush is fat and bristly (perfect for instantly adding volume) and applies clump-free. My only qualm is that it's not the best at holding a curl if you have stick-straight lashes, but if it's major volume you're after, you can't go wrong with this." — Faith Xue, editorial director
Cover Girl LashBlast Volume Mascara ($9)
"This is my OG mascara, and no matter how many new mascaras I try, I always, always, always come back to it. (It's like that one ex you can never quite shake—but without the drama.) It volumizes, separates, and lifts my lashes without any clumping, and I love that it actually stays put all day without flakes or smudges. Oh, and it layers like a pro." — Erin Jahns, assistant editor
Yves Saint Laurent Volume Effet Faux Cils Luxurious Mascara ($32)
"This mascara does a great job of lengthening and separating my lashes. The formula never leaves that dry, clumpy residue, and I swear it smells like roses." — Schuyler Youngstrom, partnerships coordinator
Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara ($26)
"I've tried so many mascaras and keep going back to this luxurious one from Marc Jacobs. The brush is packed with bristles but isn't huge (i.e., won't get all over your eyelid when you apply), which allows you to really wiggle it in between every lash and fatten it up. I love the inky formula—it's smooth as silk and stays in place with no flaking. I have thin, straight lashes, and this mascara makes them look lush and long. I'm obsessed." — Faith Xue, editorial director
Wander Beauty Unlashed Volume & Curl Mascara ($24)
"As someone who has chronically smudgy, watery eyes (especially during winter), I'm always looking for a mascara that won't flake, smudge, or run down my face. Wander Beauty's offering does just that, with a ton of added volume. The brush is curved to actually create fuller-looking lashes, and the tip is meant to grab and coat even the tiniest of hairs." — Hallie Gould, senior editor
Origins GinZing Brightening Mascara ($21)
"I'm extremely loyal when it comes to my mascara. And to be honest, I've used the same two formulas (one for volume, one for curl) since high school. So if a new wand manages to work its way into my makeup bag on a regular basis, that's saying something. This one from Origins has a super-fat brush (which I usually despise because they weigh down my lashes), but somehow this magical formula manages to coat my lashes with dark, volumizing pigment sans that dreaded droop." — Erin Jahns, assistant editor
Stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara ($23)
"This mascara gives me volume and fullness that is unparalleled to other brands. I love how the hourglass-shaped wand gives you the look of long, feathery lashes with only a few swipes." — Schuyler Youngstrom, partnerships coordinator
Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara ($23)
"Almost every time I wear this mascara someone compliments my lashes or, even better, mistakes them for falsies (especially in selfies). I'm convinced I'll never know how to flawlessly apply fake lashes—they always come out of a mess. I'll keep trying, but in the meantime, I'll be reaching for this little guy since a few coats tremendously amplify the look of my lashes." — Maya Allen, assistant editor
Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Black Lashdress Mascara ($28)
"This chic little offering does it all—add intense volume, curl, length, definition, and long-lasting wear. The inky-black formula coats every single lash thanks to a four-in-one brush. I use the angled side to add volume from the root, wiggling the brush along the length of my lashes, then the round tip to grab all the tiny hairs on the outer edges for a winged out, super-dramatic look every time." — Hallie Gould, senior editor
Lancôme Monsieur Big Mascara ($25)
"This is the craziest mascara I've used—it made my eyelashes look like falsies in two swipes. It features a super-thick, soft brush and a really creamy formula so that you don't have to apply very much to see pretty mind-blowing results. I use this one when I want a really over-the-top look." — Hallie Gould, senior editor
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