Best Mascaras For Stubborn Lashes

Mascaras are kind of like life partners. We all want the perfect one, but everyone wants slightly different things and everyone’s idea of the ‘right one’ differs.

For my stubborn, hard to curl lashes (thanks for those genetics mum) I look for mascaras that lengthen, separate and hold a curl; no spider lashes here please. True story: I once knew a girl with eyelashes so clumpy that it literally looked like she had tarantula legs for lashes. Apparently she never removed her mascara, ever. She just slept with it on and then applied more in the morning and repeated the process. How horrific is that?! Now that I’ve put that traumatic image in your head, here are the best mascaras I’ve found that actually work for my lashes.

Covergirl Clump Crusher Mascara has earned a holy grail status in my eyes, purely because it’s blown so many others out of the water in terms of its ability to hold a curl, lengthen and separate.
The formula isn’t too watery or too dry, which means you can apply as many coats as desired without it clumping- the medium sized wand also makes it very easy to reach all the lashes. While wearing this I’ve had more than one person tell me how lucky I am to have naturally long eyelashes, which I don’t at all! Packaging wise it’s nothing special and I can’t say the lime green bottle particularly floats my boat…but hey, I’d rather substance over style.

Clarins Be Long Mascara is a great one if you want length and something that holds a curl, though the formula does have a tendency to clump at times if you’re not careful, so applying takes a little extra effort. Clumps aside, this is still a brilliant lengthening mascara with a heavy duty formula that won’t smudge throughout the day.

Chantecaille Faux Cils Mascara came into my life as a sample which I both love and hate. Love because it’s a great mascara, hate because the full size version is pricy. The formula is smooth but not watery, which makes it easy to layer up coats and build length. It manages to hold a curl even with my stubborn lashes and I haven’t found it to flake or smudge. I’m not the biggest fan of the stumpy, dense brush, but it’s workable. If you feel like splurging by all means go out and try this, but personally I find this comparable to my trusty Covergirl mascara so I’ll be sticking with that.

Paired with my Shiseido eyelash curler my eyelashes have been getting quite a few compliments lately and as far as the general public are concerned, I just have naturally long and curly lashes, okay?

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88 responses to “Best Mascaras For Stubborn Lashes”

  1. karan kaur says:

    I've heard so much about the chantecaille mascara but their stuff is sooo expensive it stresses me out 🙁 I don't tend to spend too much on mascara though because of the short life span xxx

    Karan|| studentbeautyhack

  2. Gabrielle says:

    Clarins Be Long Mascara sounds impressive and especially as I already know and love the brand. I'm well and truly hooked on Lancome's Hypnose Mascara though for now! 🙂

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice

  3. Thanks for the post! I have similar lashes to you, straight and unable to keep a curl. I'm going to try the clump crusher! 😀

  4. I'm really fickle when it comes to mascara and it's always good to know what else people are loving. x

  5. Girls keep calm with mascaras! Haha Very interesting post!
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  6. phoebe says:

    I have tried so many mascaras. I really like the chantecaille one too, though it is pricey. I used to love the one called fairy drops or fairy winks ( not sure) but they stopped selling it at sephora and I couldn't be bothered ordering from some far off place in asia to get it. Will give the covergirl one another whirl too.

  7. Sleeping with mascara?! Arg, gross, so gross! D: And mascara-wise, all of them sound really nice but Chantecaille is reeeally expensive and in Spain Covergirl is not sold, so I think that I will try the Clarins one hahaha
    Nice post, have a good day lovely!

  8. Great post! I followed you on Bloglovin, I would love it if you follow back 🙂

    Dice, Wildest Heart

  9. HOW can you not take of your mascara?! Like I get it you might forget it once…. but c'mon! Hahaha. Very fun and informative post.

    Xx Naomi in Wonderland

    • Oh I know! I remember I always just used to stare at her lashes, hopefully without a disgusted look on my face because that's kind of how I was feeling on the inside!

  10. Great post! I must try the Clarins mascara. I love their products X

  11. Harija says:

    Neat post and really cute!!
    Check out my recent post: Draped

  12. Mine are quite similar to yours, really subborn to curl haha. Really annoying sometimes, I will check these out for sure!

  13. I am lucky enough to have eyelashes that easily curl, so I love ones that lengthen and thicken! The Maybelline Great Lash mascara is one of my favorites. Lovely post!
    xo Kiki

  14. Charlotte says:

    Really good informative post!
    Charlotte //

  15. I have the same kind of lashes!! They can never keep a curl -___- I think I'll give that covergirl one a go next time I'm at the drugstore 🙂

    Samantha Series | bloglovin

  16. Also, the story about the girl who never removed her mascara: Omg. Thats all I can say.

  17. Wait who doesn't remove their mascara? I'm surprised it didnt make her eyes itch eventually.

    I love your selections! Urban Decay also has a really great mascara as well!

    xo, N

  18. HUEMORIST says:

    love your picks 🙂

    Hannie Arden,

  19. Thanks for sharing! We're obsessed with the curly doll-like lash look 🙂
    Feel free to check out our newest post x

  20. Anika H says:

    Great post, I haven't tried out any of these as I'm a bit of a Rimmel addict!

    Anika |

    • If you feel like venturing out of your comfort zone these might be some to try! I haven't tried much Rimmel so I'll need to take a look at what gems they have 🙂 x

  21. These are great tips. Thanks for sharing.

    Jenn | Jennifer Jayne

  22. This was the most lovely Saturday read, thank you! xx

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  23. Zeynab M says:

    I am obsessed with finding the perfect mascara, I definitely have to try out these mascaras they sound really amazing for me and my short lashes. I really want to try the Clarins one.

    Zeynab 🙂
    The Beauty Load

  24. This was such an excellent post. I have super stubborn lashes, but most of us asian girls do – they are short, sparse and straight! ugh. Haven't tried any of these ones yet, but maybe I should – I tend to stick to japanese brands with fibers, they seem to work really well. I also think a heated eyelash curler is a must.

    Rae | Love from Berlin

  25. Artdicted 2 says:

    The Urban Decay Perversion mascara is my favorite
    Nati xx

  26. Alina Bostan says:

    These all sound like great options even though I haven't used them before. I have ok lashes so I never really worry about my lashes not holding a curl but I do worry about the clumpy kind of look so I tend to opt for plastic wands x

    Beauty with charm

    • I've actually never really noticed whether my mascara want was plastic or not! I'll have to keep an eye out and see if there's a pattern relating to which ones I tend to like x

  27. Harija says:

    Neat post and really cute!!
    Check out my recent post: Draped

  28. Daniela says:

    Oooh I have a sample of the Chantacaille mascara and haven't used it yet, either way I'm with you, I refuse to spend too much on a mascara when there are so many great ones in the drugstore!

    Daniela |

    • If the sample you have is of this mascara, definitely try it asap- it's such a gem! I do agree though, I don't think I can justify spending $60 or so on a mascara when I could get my Covergirl for so much cheaper and it works so well. x

  29. I've never tried any of these but personally I love the red tubed mascara from L'oreal (hahaha I don't know what it's called, just that it's a bright red tube!), for the price it's perfect for everyday. I would love to try that Dior Show one though, so many people rave about it.


  30. Helen Chik says:

    Great recommendations hun! I always have so much trouble finding good mascaras. Have you tried the Better Than Sex one by too faced? It's AMAZING!

    Would love if you could check out my page and let me know your thoughts xoxo


    • Honestly I've heard so many good things about that mascara but I haven't tried it for myself! I love a good lengthening mascara but I've heard Better than Sex is more for volume?

  31. Oooh love this post – it's great to read! Have you tried the YSL Faux Cils effect mascara? In black? That's gorgeous as it just lengthens lashes, curls them, darkens them and makes them look great all day! It's my personal favourite! 🙂

    Layla xx

  32. Jenny Kim says:

    My lashes are long too, and I never have to use anything special with them.

  33. i do find the drugstore ones work as well as most of the high-end ones 🙂 love CoverGirl 😀

    Jessica |

  34. Tia Katarina says:

    I want to try Clump Crusher so badly, I love long defined eyelashes, and these fit the bill perfectly. It sounds just right, as you've mentioned its neither too watery nor too dry.

    Tia |

  35. I absoutely love love love the Clarins offering! It's soo good 🙂

    Sarah | More Than Adored

  36. I'm ALWAYS on the hunt for a mascara that works and stays put, will for sure give these a whirl!

  37. Great post!
    Mademoiselle Coconath



  39. I can't say I've used any of these before, I swear by Bad gal by benefit and Diorshow blackout but also used the clinique lower lash stuff for a while and loved it.

    we are dannah | australian lifestyle blog

  40. Oops – I can't remember if I've commented on this post or not but I love the YSL Faux Cils Effet mascara, it's absolutely gorgeous and all you need is 2 coats and your lashes look great all day!

    A good dupe for it is the Max Factor Glamour Extensions mascara – long and gorgeous! 🙂

    Layla xx

  41. Selene says:

    Thanx for sharing!

  42. Simply Rayy says:

    I would absolutely recommend Revlon Photoready 3D Volume, super defines lashes and doesn't clump o matter how many coats you apply. I will definitely try out the covergirl one.

    Rachael xoxo

  43. Diana says:

    Very intresting! Thank you!

  44. Diana says:

    Thank you for the sharing!

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