From space-age, volumising formulas to one-of-a-kind wands, we're rounding up an edit of new and tried-and-tested mascaras that go above and beyond in their lash-boosting mission.

With the potential to make or break a look - we've all fallen victim to a crumbly mascara in our time - mascaras are a seldom neglected staple in any make up maven's arsenal. But what makes a mascara 'good'? Be it long-wear credentials, ultra-pigmented formulas or clump-free curls, read on to discover a mascara to match your style...


A Copy Team favourite here at Cult Beauty, Smashbox's {Full Exposure Mascara} is jet black, glossy, and has helped us recreate that iconic ‘Twiggy-eyed’ vibe. The buildable fibres allow you to seamlessly generate breath-taking length – ‘tipping’ your lashes like brush-on extensions – while the wand grips and separates each, individual lash to create a full, fanned-out effect. Thickening for subtle ‘oomph’ or after-hours drama, this cruelty-free mascara doesn’t clump or flake, while the tapered brush can be used vertically to define.


The key to a false-lash effect - without weighing down or damaging your delicate lashes - Hourglass’ all-new {Unlocked Instant Extensions Mascara} achieves realistic yet ultra-impressive definition and lift. If you’re looking to break free from your favourite falsies, this ultra-defining mascara is your ticket to intense length and lift. Moulded with a slight curve, the lash-grabbing wand reaches along your lashline to exaggerate your every hair. Plus, the innovative formula is made using film-forming technology that coats each lash in featherweight fibres to perfect a long-lasting, fanned effect.


Nothing less than an industry eye-con, Benefit's {BADgal BANG Mascara} is synonymous extreme volume. The unique, intensely black formula stars gravity-defying aero-particles – one of the lightest known materials derived from space technology - to ensure that the formula can be layered up for maximum impact without weighing lash hairs down: adding volume, length and curl without clumps. The streamlined, ‘slimpact’ brush is designed to have root-to-tip, corner-to-corner 360° reach, so you can coat every lash evenly with the smudge-proof and water-resistant formula... Cue lash lift-off!


Here to whet your appetite for the upcoming RÓEN release, feast your eyes on their {CAKE Mascara} - coming soon to Cult Beauty. Enhanced with a clever, volumising formula and equipped with a uniquely fluffy brush, this sleek mascara instantly plumps your lashes. The uniquely flexible bristles effortlessly catch every single lash to lengthen and lift from the root for a visibly volumised effect. But it doesn't stop there, this game-changing mascara is also buildable without looking OTT and it doesn't flake or crust up either - we're impressed! The icing on the cake (too much?) is that the intensely black formula leaves you with flake-free, thick, and lengthened lashes. You can join the waitlist here!


Known for dialled-up, high-performing make up, it's an understatement to say we were excited to welcome Huda Beauty's mascara vision. Inspired by a life-long mission to maximise her short, sparse lashes, the innovative {Legit Lashes Mascara} was five years(!) in the making. "Why?", you ask. This unique, dual-ended mascara has not one but two mascaras and formulas. If you're after dramatic volume and unbelievable lift, the 'Volume' side is the way to go; it has an hourglass-shaped wand to fan each lash and low-gravity fibres to weightlessly thicken your hairs. Whereas, the delicately curved 'Curl & Length' end is designed to reach even your teeniest lashes: clinging to your side and bottom hairs effortlessly. Use both for unparalleled curl and lift! Think: maximum volume and pure-black pigment impact.