There are only so many things in life that get us truly excited—like jazz-hands, eye-widening-kind-of-excited. Amongst which includes finding a snazzy new restaurant, a good thrifted steal and tubing mascaras.
What is tubing mascara, you ask? Great question. Tubing mascaras, unlike regular wax-based mascaras, coat your lashes in water-resistant, tube-like polymers that wrap around your lashes. All this essentially means: long and fluttery lashes that won’t smudge…and the best part? All you need is a cotton pad soaked with warm water for these “tubes” to slide right off, thanks to innovative thermal-sensitive technology.
If you’ve avoided mascaras because of the intense scrub-fests that often result in the fall of your delicate, precious lashes and racoon eyes, give tubing mascaras a chance. I have, and I haven’t looked back since.
We’ve rounded up 7 of the best tubing mascaras—from drug-store standouts to treat-yourself-splurges.
L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Million Lashes Excess Mascara
Turn your lashes into a full-on fringe (that doesn’t require lash extensions) with L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Million Lashes. This red-metallic gold mascara promises two things: lashes that seem to pop out of nowhere and a pair of bold, ridiculously volumised lashes that gives you a charming, doe-eyed look.
Clinique Lash Power Volumising Mascara
Short, stubby Asian lashes don’t stand a chance with Clinique’s obelisk-shaped brush applicator that is designed specifically for Asian eyes. It’s thin enough to manoeuvre around, ensuring even the shortest of lashes will be well-coated.
M.A.C Cosmetics Extended Play Lash
With the lasting power of up to 16 hours, M.A.C Cosmetics Extended Play Lash is perfect for those long days. This mascara instantly lifts and curls your lashes each time you shimmy through them from root to tip.
DHC Mascara Perfect Pro Double Protection
A quick scroll down the DHC’s highly reviewed mascara on Amazon and you’ll see how much love this metallic-silver mascara gets. Touted by many as their holy-grail go-to, this J-beauty gem has a lengthening formulation that is long-wearing, water-resistant and oil-resistant. While you’re busy batting your coquette-like lashes all day, the infused beeswax and vitamin E condition your lashes, coating an irresistible sheen.
Esteé Lauder Double Wear Zero-Smudge Lengthening Mascara
Battling the extreme heat that mercilessly beats down on us calls for a heavy-duty defense. Cue Estee Lauder’s Double Wear Zero-Smudge Lengthening Mascara: a 15-hour wear mascara that withstands your worst beauty nightmares: high-humidity, high-temperature and perspiration. Well, of all the things that might ruin my mascara, at least we know Singapore’s weather and a sweaty workout won’t.
Maybelline New York Snapscara Washable Mascara
Hopping on the tube-technology train, Maybelline’s Snapscara is the first, and certainly not last, of its kind. Play up your eyes with 4 available colourways— including dark cherry for a subtle pop of burgundy or perhaps an electrifying Deja blue. It’s ophthalmologist-tested and suitable for contact lens wearers.
Kevyn Aucoin The Volume Mascara
This tubing mascara comes at a slightly higher premium price, but for reasons that will have you wringing your cash, screaming “take my money!” While most tubing mascaras are mainly aimed at lengthening, Kevyn Aucoin’s The Volume Mascara gives both the necessary length and fullness. The ultra- slim brush allows you to get real close to those harder-to-reach lashes, bestowing an end result that transforms your sparse lashes into a full fringe. It’s also infused with jojoba oil to keep them soft, shiny and well taken care of.