When it comes to mascara, cosmetic companies are constantly innovating. Between plastic molded brushes and argan oil–enriched formulas, every new launch promises to give you the best lashes of your life. But nothing changed the game quite like tubing mascaras.
While traditional formulas paint the lashes with pigment, tubing mascara contain polymers that encapsulate each individual lash in a water-resistant, tube-like vacuum. Once it binds to your lashes, a tubing mascara won't run, flake, smear, or clump.
The result? An impressive lash-lengthening mascara that stays put, even when it's massively humid outside. Tubing mascaras have just as much staying power as a waterproof formula—but are significantly easier to remove. Simply wash your face with warm water and a cotton pad, and watch the tube-like enclosures slide right off.
Tubing mascaras originated in Japan and slowly made their way stateside. Now they're some of the most popular mascaras on the market—shop the best tubing mascaras for natural-looking, sky-high lashes below.
Drugstore Gems: $10 or Less
No. 7's top-rated tubing mascara is smudge-proof, flake-proof, sweat-proof, and humidity-proof. In other words, it can handle whatever life throws at you. A beauty editor favorite, this $9 mascara delivers on its promise of smudge-free, jet-black lashes that stay intact all day.
If you love L'Oréal's cult-favorite Voluminous mascara, consider this its tubing counterpart. While both deliver on their promise of full, sumptuous lashes, Million Lashes Excess won't leave smudges on your eyelids or under-eyes.
Nyx's Doll Eye mascara is the best budget buy on our entire list. At just $3 a tube, this lengthening mascara is formulated with natural oils, nylon fibers, and vitamin E to give you the silky-smooth, mile-long lashes of your dreams.
With more than 1000 five-star reviews on Target's website, Maybelline's Snapscara is quickly becoming a cult favorite. This tubing mascara features a zero-hassle, no-clump formula that makes lashes appear long and wispy.
L'Oréal's Double-Extend mascara features two distinct formulas: a ceramide-rich primer to nourish lashes, and a jet-black tubing topcoat to lengthen and extend. You get all of this for just $9 a tube.
Elevated Essentials: $20 to $30
Meet the tubing mascara that started it all. Blinc's trailblazing formula hails from Japan and is now sold in over 30 countries in six different colors. The ground-breaking formula is both lengthening and volumizing, and it will not budge until you're ready to take it off.
Formulated with nourishing jojoba oil, this cult-favorite tubing mascara hydrates and conditions lashes to prevent clumping and fading. Opt for this $28 buy if you're looking to add both length and fullness.
Mirenesse's award-winning 24-hour tubing mascara is so popular, it's currently sold out on Amazon. This all-natural lengthening formula is vegan, gluten-free, hypoallergenic, cruelty-free, and non-toxic.
This all-natural formula also hails from Japan, and contains beeswax and vitamin E to strengthen and condition lashes. If you're looking for a lengthening mascara that also improves the health of your lashes, this pick is for you.
Behold Japan's number-one best-selling tubing mascara. The unique curved brush grabs on to every last lash, lengthening and thickening with every flick. If you're looking for an especially dramatic tubing mascara, this one's for you.
If you have sensitive eyes or wear contact lenses, this non-irritating formula from Clinique is a great option. Designed to last for up to 24 hours, this ophthalmologist-approved buy is allergy-tested and 100% fragrance- and paraben-free.
As to be expected, MAC's take on a tubing mascara is on-point. This smudge-proof, carbon black tubing mascara will lengthen and extend each individual lash, without appearing caked on or sticky.
Created by celebrity makeup artist Troy Surratt, this humidity-proof Japanese formula hyper-extends lashes while warding off smudges and flakes. The secret is in the slim, angled brush that seamlessly lifts and fans out lashes.