The 8 best tubing mascaras for falsies-level length
Retire your fake lashes for these innovative formulas
By Briar Clark
Beauty Crew Content Producer / August 31 2021
If you find yourself routinely torn between silver screen-worthy lashes or having the bank account and application skills of a generally average person (*ahem* us), then news of a collection of reasonably priced and easy-to-apply tubing mascaras must be like music to your mediocre ears.
We know ours pricked up with interest at the mere mention of a mascara formula that could take our stubby and largely unimpressive eyelashes to great new heights. Look out world because we (and our ridiculously large lashes) are coming for you… Once we add one of these eight lash-lengthening tubing mascaras to our makeup kits, that is.
In the eponymous words of Troy Bolton – “bet on it”.
VELOUR LASHES Pretty Big Deal Peptide & Tubing Mascara
You get more than just a tubing mascara with this peptide-infused formula. We’re talking a conditioning and nourishing mascara packed full of ashwagandha, castor oil, shea butter, hyaluronic acid, omega-6 fatty acids, vitamin A and vitamin E that promotes optimum lash health while simultaneously installing skyscraper-level strands. Plus, the innovative polymer tubing formula also helps to protect lashes from environmental damage thanks to pollution shield technology.
$40 at Sephora
HOURGLASS Unlocked™ Instant Extensions Mascara
The name ‘instant extensions’ may seem like a major oversell but just like every other Hourglass product you’ve ever used, you’re not going to be disappointed when you lacquer on a few coats of this lash-lengthening formula. Film-forming technology and transformative microfibres are utilised to create dramatic length where there previously wasn’t any, just like a set of eyelash extensions would – only at a fraction of the price. Happy swiping!
$41 at Mecca
M.A.C COSMETICS Extended Play Giga Black Lash
If you know your stuff about tubing mascaras, then you’ll no doubt have M.A.C COSMETICS Extended Play Giga Black Lash on your radar. Notorious for providing long-lasting, next-level length, this OG pick is an absolute winner for long nights out when you need to be assured that your makeup is going to stay put on your face, regardless of how messy you’re going to get.
$39 at Adore Beauty
MILK MAKEUP Kush Mascara
This mascara earned quite a name for itself after it was released thanks to a naughty ingredients list that includes hemp-derived cannabis seed oil. No need to worry though, the only thing getting high off this lengthening formula are your lashes, thanks to the inclusion of said ingredient (which has some impressive conditioning benefits), plus soft volumising fibres and pure pigments for an intensely black lash finish.
$39 at Sephora
Yves Saint Laurent Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils The Curler
The curved rounded fibres and pink elastomer comb of this mascara creates a delicious curled, lifted, separated and defined effect. All while the clump-free, oil-infused formula nourishes, strengthens, conditions and adds shine to lashes.
$60 at Adore Beauty
Kevyn Aucoin The Volume Mascara
Another cult-favourite in the world of tubing mascara, this volumising pick creates impressively long lashes without compromising on volume. Oily lids and watery eyes are no match for this flake-proof, clump-free and smudge-resistant formula that’s enriched with hydrating and conditioning jojoba oil.
$40 at Mecca
Designer Brands Centre Stage Curl & Volume Mascara
Designer Brands Centre Stage Curl & Volume Mascara is our go-to budget-friendly tubing mascara. It curls and volumises just as well as the rest of ‘em with the added bonus of a $15 price tag. Not bad if you ask us considering this jet black, water-resistant and smudge-proof pick lasts all day and even hydrates lashes thanks to the inclusion of humectant hyaluronic acid.
$14.99 at Adore Beauty
Rimmel London Wonder’Extension Mascara
Rimmel London Wonder’Extension Mascara is the budget-friendly tubing mascara we didn’t know we needed. Review Crew®-approved for good reason, this lash-lengthening pick delivers clump-free volume and definition by utilising patented full-stretch™ technology. The result? A natural-looking lash extension effect that’ll make you look like you were just blessed by the talented hands of your lash tech.
$10.97 at Chemist Warehouse
Briar is a Content Producer at BEAUTYcrew. She is a self-professed skin care obsessive, always on the hunt for the perfect mascara, and can't go past a plumping lipgloss.