10 Best Mascaras for Under $15 (PHOTOS)

mascaraMascara is the one kind of makeup that has the power to transform your face. If I had to take just one thing from my makeup kit with me on a deserted island, it would be mascara, hands down. Nothing opens the eyes up and hides fatigue quite like it.

Personally, I've become accustomed to the expensive brands that cost between $20 and $30. But even the fancier mascaras still go bad within a year or less -- so why spend that much in the first place?

People swear by drugstore mascaras, especially certain classics. The next time you need to replace yours, why not try one of these 10 great mascara picks for under $15?

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  • Maybelline Great Lash Mascara

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    Great Lash Mascara is a classic for a reason. It totally competes with the big guns from Sephora at a fraction of the price. At just $7, you can afford multiple tubes to keep wherever you might need a quick swipe or two.

  • CoverGirl Lash Blast Mascara

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    For just $7.79, CoverGirl Lash Blast mascara is said to be king. It's waterproof, so you don't have to worry about it running, and the brush separates and plumps with the best of them. Ratings on drugstore.com tout its ability to apply evenly, lengthen, and last a long time. Bonus: The orange bottle is fun.

  • Clinque Bottom Lash Mascara

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    Many people never think to apply mascara to their bottom lashes, but they're missing a great lengthening technique. This $10 bottle of Clinique mascara is specifically made for that, and it does the job perfectly. Plus, reviewers say it STAYS PUT, which, as we know, is vital for a good mascara.

  • L'Oreal Voluminous False Fiber Lashes Mascara

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    People say L'Oreal Voluminous False Fiber Lashes Mascara -- this $9 beauty -- is able to do in one swipe what it takes other mascaras 10 swipes to do. It offers a lot of length and no clumping.

  • Maybelline New York Volum' Express the Rocket Washable Mascara

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    This $6 Maybelline mascara has GLOWING Amazon reviews, including this gem: "By far the best mascara I've ever used. It makes your lashes longer, thicker, and darker. Very easy to use and your lashes will look very neat. Totally recommended." With those kinds of accolades, why would you ever spend more?

  • Avon Wash-Off Waterproof Mascara

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    For $6, this Avon mascara stays on nicely but is light enough for everyday wear. It gives beautiful definition and is said not to clump or run when you apply it.

  • Rimmel The Max Volume Flash Mascara

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    At $4.50, Rimmel in "extreme black" is the price winner for SURE. It's "dramatic" without being clumpy and goes on smoother than mascaras that cost five times the price. It also comes highly recommended.

  • Maybelline Illegal Length Fiber Extension Mascara

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    This Maybelline mascara is one of the more expensive ones in the bunch at $9, but people in the know love it. Says one fan: "The first time I used it, I was blown away at how long it made my lashes." Ding, ding, ding! For that price, it's worth a try, right?

  • Physicians Formula Organic Wear Jumbo Mascara

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    At $10, this Physicians Formula mascara is the priciest of the drugstore brands, BUT it's considered one of the best. It's also free of harsh chemicals, and the applicator is made from recycled plastic. Can't beat that, right?

  • L'Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Washable Mascara

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    At $8.99, this L'Oreal mascara is one of the pricier picks, but reviews say it's the closest mascara to the more expensive brands -- especially in "blackest black." The brush may be hard to get used to, but once you do, this one could be your new favorite.

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