Mascara is the darling of drugstore makeup. The options available hold up to more high-end mascara options out there — and even out perform. Still, I’m not willing to compromise my health for longer, fuller lashes. To avoid potentially-harmful ingredients I simply choose drugstore makeup that gets a safe rating from the Environmental Working Group (EWG). For me, in order to be the best drugstore mascara, a product must also be nontoxic. Luckily, some mascaras make the cut. Check them out below.
Mineral Fusion Volumizing Mascara
Try this mascara if you’re looking to boost the thickness of your lashes. Mineral Fusion uses natural ingredients that are gluten-free, paraben-free, and hypo-allergenic, which means this mascara won’t irritate your eyes. The mascara also contains vitamins and botanicals in order to keep your lashes healthy. It’s EWG Verified.
Physicians Formula Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin Mascara
This moisturizing mascara won’t clump. It promises to both lengthen and thicken your lashes and gets a 1 on EWG. Be careful to let it dry, but once it does it should stay put.
e.l.f. Studio Mineral Infused Mascara
If you’re a fan of waterproof mascara, check out this very affordable option. It won’t run and it adds a lot of length to your lashes. It gets a rating of 2 on EWG, which means it doesn’t include hazardous ingredients.
Maybelline New York The Falsies Push Up Drama Washable Mascara
Similar to Benefit’s They Are Real mascara, this one from Maybelline will give you that so-good-they-must-be fake look. The mascara adds volume and will help your lashes hold a curl, making it great for a more dramatic look. The mascara gets a 2 on EWG, so the ingredients are good to go.
With these affordable drugstore options, you can keep experimenting with safe and affordable mascaras.