The tubing mascaras for anyone struggling to find a mascara that doesn’t flake
And here’s some more good news: you can ditch your eye makeup remover altogether
Beauty Crew Contributing Editor / April 05 2020
If you thought waterproof mascaras were the toughest of the bunch, you haven’t met tubing mascaras. What waterproof and regular mascaras can do, they can do better. So, what is a tubing mascara? Tubing mascaras have a polymer-based formula that encapsulates individual lashes with a water-resistant tube that lengthens, volumises and defines lashes in a way that normal mascaras can’t (since they only ‘paint’ the lashes with pigment). Tubing mascaras are waterproof, smudge-proof and budge-proof *yet* they don’t need super-strength eye makeup remover to take them off at the end of the day. In fact, all you need is warm water. Now, we’re not saying ditch your go-to mascaras - we don’t know what we’d do without these ones - but if you have sensitive eyes, haver never been able to find a mascara that doesn’t flake on you, have oily eyelids or hooded eyes, then tubing mascaras could be a game-changer for you. And we’ve found the best tubing mascaras in Australia so you can end your search for your Holy Grail mascara today.
#8 / MAC Extended Play Gigablack Lash
If blacker than black lashes that look on point for a good 16 hours sounds like your cup of tea, meet your tubing mascara match. And, the thin brush delivers ultra fluttery lashes that are super long. What's not to like?!
The review: “I’m always getting compliments when I wear this and friends ask if I've had extensions. It lengthens lashes like nothing else, separates and doesn't clump. The wand is petite and allows me to coat every single lash both bottom and top. Doesn't provide any volume but will give you super wispy bambi lashes. A little pricey but worth it.” Priscilla, SUPERcrew member
#7 / DHC Perfect Pro Double Protection Mascara
Given Japan brought us tubing mascaras in the first place, it’s no surprise that Japanese brand DHC have nailed it with this formula. It has a luxe glossy black sheen to it, it delivers on the smear-proof, no-clump front, and those fine bristles on the wand leave no lash uncoated - teeny lower lashes included.
The review: “I absolutely love DHC Perfect Pro Double Protection Mascara in Black. After reading an article by Emma Watson about what makeup she uses, I decided to spend a bit more than my usual to try the mascara she was raving about. It’s long-lasting and separates and coats each lash with a nice rich black that doesn't come off until gently rubbed with warm water. While not an overly dramatic mascara, it builds well and gives great length. It's wonderful for work, as I can rely upon it all day long (and long after). It is also great for people with sensitive eyes.” Klara, SUPERcrew member
#6 / MCoBeauty XtendLash
Originally known as ModelCo LashXtend, you can now get the cult-favourite formula at a supermarket price. MCoBeauty XtendLash doesn’t just amp up the length of your lashes, it boosts volume too, all while feeling lightweight on lashes.
The review: “I can't recommend the MCo Xtend Lash enough. It's very cheap and easily accessible through Woolworths and definitely lives up to a lot of higher-end tubing mascaras. It's waterproof but incredibly easy to remove with water. It holds a curl well and never overloads the lashes.” Heather, SUPERcrew member
#5 / Eyeko Black Magic Mascara
Looking for the lash trifecta: volume, curl and definition? You got it. Plus, this conditioning mascara keeps your lashes in good nick above and beyond the perks of having a no-rub tubing formula.
The review: “Who doesn’t love a mascara that can be removed in one go but stays on when you want it to? Eyeko Black Magic is a favourite of mine, creating more curl and volume than my rather straight lashes would expect. The gently curving brush makes this mascara a dream to apply, and means you can coat the lashes you’re working on without any clumping. The jet-black formula gives my lashes a fantastic length and they stay like that until I’m ready to take it off – waterproof, sweat-proof, it doesn’t move or flake. No panda eyes the next morning. And it’s cruelty-free as well!” Anne F, SUPERcrew member
#4 / Clinique Lash Power Long-Wearing Mascara
Long days, hot days, rainy days, gym sessions...this is one mascara that isn’t fazed by the weather or where your day takes you. It’s got your back for a full 24 hours (although don’t take that as an excuse to not remove your mascara before bed!) and it’s not going to flake out on you.
The review: “I hate smudgy mascara and this is a tubular one that comes off with warm water in tubes rather than having to wipe off with eye make-up remover. No clumps, non-irritating and it stays on for a long time without panda eyes. It is perfection!” Pru, SUPERcrew member
#3 / Poni White Knight Tubular Mascara
It’s not just attention-grabbing length and definition that you’ll get from this tubing mascara. Its cruelty-free formula is enriched with ingredients that nurture the healthy growth of your lashes. The dual-formula mascara is also super versatile - use the ‘step 1’ brush for volume, then opt to add or forgo ‘step 2’ - the lengthening formula.
The review: “It’s tricky to find a better tubing mascara than Poni’s White Knight Tubular Mascara. I suffer from mascara smudge constantly, but this lash-lengthening, waterproof formula will not budge. The brush coats each individual lash for a clump-free finish. Plus, the added ingredients encourage growth; my lashes look full and long on the outside, but are also enjoying some nourishment from the inside.” Bettina Tyrrell, InStyle’s Beauty Editor
#2 / Kevyn Aucoin The Volume Mascara
Volumising and lengthening lashes, without making them look fake, is all in a day’s work for this iconic mascara. The formula has jojoba to care for lashes and give them a healthy sheen, and is also free of sulfates SLS and SLES and phthalates.
The review: “This is as good as everyone says it is. While the wand looks completely underwhelming, the bristles really get in between your lashes to lift and thicken within a few strokes (I reckon I’m done in two coats, max). It’s not the best at separating and defining, so I like to use it when I want more oomph than a normal everyday look. The best thing about it is no smudging, no smearing, no streaming down my face if I’ve had a teary day, and it’s so easy to remove with some warm water.” Carli Alman, Beauty Crew’s Editor
#1 / Designer Brands Centre Stage Curl and Volume Mascara
Designer Brands gets our vote (and 4.5 stars from our SUPERcrew team) for the best tubing mascara because it really dials up the volume and lift on lashes with its creamy, lightweight formula. We also love the addition of hyaluronic acid for irritation-prone eyes. The drugstore price is just icing on the cake.
The reviews: “The creamy weightless formula of the DB Cosmetics Centre Stage Curl and Volume Mascara works really well to coat and separate my lashes without making them look thick and clumpy. I use the curved shape of the hourglass wand to apply the first coat of mascara to curl the lashes and then turn the wand so the thicker fluffier side of the brush works its magic to add volume and lengthen the lashes. The formula stays in place all day without any signs of smudging or flaking, and I haven’t experienced any irritation to my eyes. The tubing formula cleans up well with micellar water on a cotton makeup pad.” Leonie, SUPERcrew member
“DB Center Stage Curl and Volume Mascara manages to seperate, lengthen and curl your lashes, giving them an even coating that somehow manages to look natural and stay all day. There is no clumping, smudging or flaking even after 12 hours of steamy work or the occasional rub. Removal is easy with a cotton pad, eye makeup remover and a little pressure to release the tube,” Anne, SUPERcrew member
Chelsea is BEAUTYcrew’s Contributing Editor. She has a sweet spot for anything that claims to make skin glow and won’t leave the house without a slick of mascara. Chelsea has 10 years of experience as a beauty editor and her words can be found on BEAUTYcrew, Women’s Health, Daily Addict, The Joye and Primped.