5 of the best conditioning mascaras for healthier lashes

They do *SO* much more than give you really ridiculously long lashes

Beauty Crew Beauty Writer / April 09 2019

You know what we love more than mascaras that *actually* curl/lengthen/volumise lashes? Ones that keep ‘em healthy at the same.

We’re talking about all those nourishing and conditioning mascaras out there that really put in the extra mile to make sure your lashes are kept in tip-top shape. They work to strengthen, protect and prevent lash loss, so you’ll not only enjoy extra length and a big curl instantly, but you’ll be treating them at the same time.

Mascara can take its toll on lashes, so if yours need some TLC, take a squiz at these innovative conditioning mascaras that are packed with lash-loving ingredients. 

#1 / La Roche-Posay Respectissime Multi-Dimensions Mascara

A French pharmacy mascara that promises to give you next-level definition while protecting AND strengthening weak lashes? We’ll take 10, thanks. La Roche-Posay’s Respectissime Multi-Dimensions Mascara is a jet black formula enriched with arginine to give you fuller and stronger lashes, protecting your eyes from external aggressors. In true La Roche-Posay fashion, the Respectissime Multi-Dimensions Mascara has all the sensitive peeps out there covered - it contains reconstituted lachrymal liquid, which means it won’t cause irritation. Eye makeup that's perfect for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers? Yep, it's a thing.

One of our SUPERcrew members said, “This mascara is perfect for sensitive eyes. I love that this is paraben-free, also that it is dermatological and ophthalmological tested so it's perfectly safe and won't irritate.”

Another one of our members said, “This is a fantastic mascara that leaves my lashes feeling soft instead of dry and flaky. It has an even consistency and smooth texture, I've never had clumps form. It is long-lasting yet comes off quite easily with a simple cleanser, no need for painful rubbing.”

#2 / Max Factor Volume Infusion Mascara

Max Factor Volume Infusion Mascara is everything you want in a mascara. Not only is it a smudge-proof, clump-free, curling mascara for more voluminous lashes, but it’s also formulated with keratin (a protein that's naturally found in hair) and biotin (a plant cell extract), which work to protect and nourish those precious lash hairs to keep them healthy and shiny. We tried this mascara for ourselves – check out our review.

#3 / Jane Iredale Longest Lash Mascara

Short lashes? This lengthening mascara has you covered. Jane Iredale's Longest Lash Mascara is made with a blend of seaweed lipids (yep, you read it correctly!) that provide essential nutrients to strengthen lashes, preventing splitting and breakage. Great length, separation and definition are also part of the package deal.

#4 / Peter Thomas Roth Lashes To Die For The Mascara

Peter Thomas Roth’s Lashes To Die For The Mascara is loaded with a whole squad of lash-conditioning and softening ingredients such as bamboo, aloe vera, macadamia nut oil and silk powder, along with vitamins A, B5, C and E. This combination helps guard against brittle lashes and dryness, which can cause lashes to break and fall out prematurely. As a mascara, it delivers a full flutter of lashes. 

#5 / L'Oréal Paris Paradise Mascara

This drugstore mascara is designed to condition and boost the volume and length of your lashes. The ultra-soft brush coats lashes evenly while the castor oil-enriched formula nourishes lashes and offers a smooth finish that won’t flake. But don’t take our word for it, just take a look our Review Crew reviews.

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Have you tried any of these great lash-conditioning mascaras before? What’s your Holy Grail mascara? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Erin Docherty is a Beauty Writer for BEAUTYcrew, Beauty Editor for Women's Health magazine and a Grooming Writer for Men's Health magazine. She has a keen interest in cosmeceutical skin care and is currently working on minimising her 9-step skin care routine – because ain’t nobody got time for that. When she’s not writing about the latest beauty news, or applying copious amounts of serum, you can find her spending all her money in Sephora.