8 best-selling mascaras that won't irritate sensitive eyes
Gentle on eyes, big on impact.
Content Producer / June 26 2023
Embarking on the quest for your perfect mascara can already feel futile at the best of times. What works wonders for one person can turn into a smudgy, flaky disaster for another. Especially if you have sensitive eyes that just won't tolerate an everyday, run-of-the-mill mascara.
The struggle intensifies when you discover that many of the popular mascaras out there are loaded with potential irritants like artificial fragrances and preservatives. These troublemakers can wreak havoc on the sensitive eye area, which just so happens to be one of the most delicate spots on the entire body.
So naturally, we've been thrilled to witness the skyrocketing growth of mascaras dedicated wholly to sensitive eyes. These babies deliver the same jaw-dropping (or lash fluttering) effect we've come to expect from their counterparts, but without the nasties.
Here are some of our favourite picks.
The best mascaras for sensitive eyes...
jane iredale PureLash Lengthening Mascara
jane iredale has gained a rock-solid reputation for its incredible talent in developing makeup for those with sensitive skin. And this vegan, cruelty-free and fragrance-free mascara stands as a testament to the fact that you can have it all: vibrant colour, captivating volume and lash-nourishing benefits.
$28 at Skin Matrix
Eye of Horus Goddess Mascara
This cruelty and fragrance-free hero is one of the best mascaras for sensitive skin. Soothing moringa oil is a popular Ayurvedic skin care ingredient that's gentle on the skin and eyes. Plus, it's nutrient-dense and high in antioxidants, meaning you'll be protected against nasty free radical damage.
$39 at a-beauty
M.A.C Cosmetics Extended Play Giga Black Lash
When it comes to makeup, M.A.C doesn't mess around, and this gentle mascara is no exception. The long-wearing formula lasts up to 16 hours, while it lifts, lengthens and separates lashes for a full, flirty look. The teeny-tiny brush reaches every last lash, no matter how small or hard to reach.
$45 at Myer
Clinique High Impact Waterproof Mascara
This version of Clinique’s High Impact Mascara stands up to heat, humidity and the most active of days. Ophthalmologist-tested, it's safe for sensitive eyes and contact-lens wearers. Plus, it's also waterproof, so go ahead and shed those tears, sweat it out, or rock the oiliest eyelids known to man – this baby won't budge. But don't worry, it comes off easily with a good makeup remover.
$43 at Sephora
Mirenesse Secret Weapon Mascara
Secret Weapon comes in a tubing formula that (unlike lots of other tubing mascaras), is super easy to remove with warm water. Fragrance-free, hypoallergenic, organic and infused with vitamin B5, it's the ideal choice for those who prioritise their sensitive skin, a natural approach to beauty, and of course, achieving serious curl and volume.
$39 at RY
Nude By Nature Absolute Volumising Mascara
Crafted with 100 per cent natural ingredients, this mascara has a blend of naturally-derived minerals and plant oils that work harmoniously to instantly magnify your lash volume. Not only does it deliver stunning volume, but it also excels at separating, lifting and nourishing your lashes, leaving no room for flaking or smudging mishaps.
Was $29.95, now $24.99 at Chemist Warehouse
Poni The White Night Mascara
Prepare for a lash transformation of epic proportions. Unlike conventional waterproof mascaras, this innovative gem works its magic by forming delicate 'tubes' around each lash, ensuring effortless removal with just a touch of warm water. And if that's not impressive enough, it's enriched with three potent ingredients that not only enhance your lashes, but also promote natural lash growth.
$32 at Sephora
Asap Mineral Mascara
Lacklustre lashes got you down? Pump up the volume, length and curl in a few simple swipes with Asap Mineral Mascara. This eye-opening little guy defines the lashes with a buildable formula and a unique brush that coats and lifts each lash. Perfect for sensitive eyes, it's gentle, flake-free and water-resistant, making a gorgeous lash look achievable for everyone.
$30.42 at Adore Beauty
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