Finding the perfect mascara is like finding the perfect pair of jeans. It takes a lot of trial and error. So when you find the right one, you tend to stick with it for a time. But when you want to try a new mascara, that's when the trouble starts all over again. So instead of starting from scratch, why not look for mascaras with the same wand to help find a new favorite? While the formula can definitely make a difference, sometimes it's the wand that really makes or breaks a mascara.
After all, it's not always like you can take recommendations for mascara. Because when it comes to beauty products, an eyeshadow that is pigmented for one person is usually pigmented for another person. And a lipstick that is creamy for one person is also creamy for the next. But mascaras are where it gets tricky. A mascara that's game-changing for one person could be the worst mascara ever to the next. So instead of relying on factors that work for others, try sticking to what you know works for you when selecting a new mascara. Want to try something new? Here are seven types of mascaras with similar wands to help you pick a new favorite:
Big & Fluffy
From left: Dior Diorshow Mascara, $29, Sephora | Urban Decay Perversion Mascara, $22, Sephora | Blinc Mascara Amplified, $26, Sephora | Benefit Cosmetics BADgal Lash Mascara, $19, Sephora | LASHFOOD Conditioning Drama Mascara, $20, Sephora | Pixi Large Lash Mascara, $16, Target | Essence I Love Extreme Volume Mascara, $5, Target | Bobbi Brown Extreme Party Mascara, $28, Nordstrom | MAC Haute & Naughty Too Black Lash Mascara, $23, Nordstrom | Eyeko Fat Brush Mascara, $20, Nordstrom | bareMinerals Flawless Definition Volumizing Mascara, $19, Nordstrom | Jouer Everyday Effortless Mascara, $24, Nordstrom | CARGO TexasLash Mascara, $20, Nordstrom
While big and fluffy mascara brushes can sometimes be difficult to wield (hello, eyelid mascara-marks), the thicker wands can help really coat your lashes for some va-va-voom volume. Although these 13 have different formulas, the wands are all quite similar.
Curved & Thick
From left: Wander Beauty Unlashed Volume & Curl Mascara, $24, Sephora | ARDENCY INN Modster Big Instant Lash Enhancing Mascara, $25, Sephora | Dior Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara, $30, Sephora | Perfekt Liquid Lash Curler, $29, Sephora | Essence Mascara Lash Princess, $5, Target | COVERGIRL Flamed Up Mega Curl Mascara, $6, Target | Sisley Paris So Curl Mascara, $67, Nordstrom | Cle de Peau Beaute Perfect Lash Mascara, $50, Nordstrom
If you look for volume and lift, try one of these eight mascaras with curved wands and longer bristles.
Curved & Thin
From left: Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash Curling & Lifting Mascara, $24, Sephora | Lancome Hypnose Drama Instant Full Body Volume Mascara, $28, Sephora | Shiseido Full Lash Volume Mascara, $25, Sephora | No7 Dramatic Lift Mascara, $10, Target | Milani Lash Trifecta Mascara, $8, Target | Eyeko Black Magic Mascara, $25, Nordstrom | Elizabeth Arden Grand Entrance Dramatic Volume Length & Lift Mascara, $24, Nordstrom | Dolce&Gabbana Beauty Passioneyes Curl & Volume Mascara, $30, Nordstrom
If shorter bristles are more your speed, these eight mascaras all offer a curved wand to help thicken and curl your lashes.
From left: Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, $23, Sephora | Stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara, $23, Sephora | Ciate London Wonderwand Intensely Volumising Mascara, $22, Sephora | Black Up Volumizing Lengthening Mascara, $24, Sephora | Essence Get Big! Lashes Mascara, $4, Target | COVERGIRL Flamed Out Mascara, $5, Target | IMAN Amplify Mascara, $9, Target | Burberry Cat Lashes Mascara, $29, Nordstrom | Eyeko Rock Out & Lash Out Mascara, $28, Nordstrom
An hourglass shape can help you attack your lashes from various angles to make sure they're thoroughly coated for optimum volume and length. If that's the kind of brush you crave, try any of these nine mascaras on for size.
From left: Tarte Lights Camera Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara, $21, Sephora | Clinique High Impact Mascara, $18, Sephora | Marc Jacobs Beauty O!Mega Lash Volumizing Mascara, $26, Sephora | Laura Mercier Full Blown Volume Supreme Lash Building Mascara, $26, Sephora | Bobbi Brown No Smudge Mascara, $28, Sephora | L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Mascara, $6, Target | Max Factor Masterpiece Max Mascara, $10, Target | Maybelline Lash Stiletto Ultimate Length Mascara, $8, Target | Essence All Eyes On Me Multi Effect Mascara, $3, Target | Laura Geller Beauty StyleLASH Intense Lengthening Mascara, $24, Nordstrom
You can't go wrong with a traditional mascara wand, and these 10 will give your lashes a little bit of everything: Volume, length, definition, and lift.
From left: Benefit Cosmetics They're Real! Lengthening & Volumizing Mascara, $24, Sephora | YSL Volume Effet Faux Cils Babydoll Mascara, $32, Sephora | Tarte Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara, $23, Sephora | COVERGIRL LashBlast Volume Mascara, $6, Target | Dior Addict It-Lash Volumizing Mascara, $29, Nordstrom | Peter Thomas Roth Lashes To Die For Mascara, $22, Nordstrom | Clinique Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara, $18, Nordstrom | Giorgio Armani Eccentrico Mascara, $32, Nordstrom
If you prefer slightly more separation than traditional bristles can offer, these eight wands with rubber bristles have you covered.
From left: Clinique Lash Power Mascara, $18, Sephora | Estee Lauder Double Wear Zero-Smudge Lengthening Mascara, $26, Sephora | Bobbi Brown Intensifying Long-Wear Mascara, $28, Sephora | Marc Jacobs Beauty Feather Noir Ultra-Skinny Lash Discovering Mascara, $24, Sephora | Surratt Beauty Relevee Mascara, $30, Sephora | Maybelline Lash Discovery Mascara, $7, Target; Trish McEvoy High Volume Mascara, $32, Nordstrom | MAC Extended Play Gigablack Lash Mascara, $18, Nordstrom | YSL Volume Effet Faux Cils Mascara, $32, Nordstrom | Kevyn Aucoin Beauty The Volume Mascara, $28, Nordstrom
These 10 skinnier wands will coat even the shortest lash to bring length and definition to any lash-line.
Because even when you try something new, sometimes it's helpful to stick with what you know.
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