Short, sparse and thin eyelashes can plague the best of us, but even if we dream of long feathery lashes, extensions and falsies have the potential to be more trouble than they’re worth. Before you reach for your old reliable tube of mascara, know that there’s a new sheriff in town: the tubing mascara.
Sometimes referred to as “lash extensions in a tube,” these innovative formulations differ from traditional mascaras in that they are typically made up of polymers rather than pigmented oils or waxes, according to L’Oreal. True to their name, the polymers individually envelop lashes in order to build and extend beyond the natural lash length.
Another reason why tubing mascaras are trending (the hashtag #tubingmascara has 29,000,000 views on TikTok alone) is that they tend to be especially long-wearing and resistant to smudging, sweat and flaking due to their very cohesive properties.
People with sensitive eyes and skin may also find these mascaras favorable because removal doesn’t require painful tugging or rubbing. Instead, the tubes come off in satisfying little cones leaving behind lashes that are completely intact and makeup-free.
Many cosmetic brands from drugstore to luxury have tried their hand at crafting tubing mascara formulations. If you’re curious to give them a shot, keep scrolling to shop them just below.
Essence Bye Bye Panda Eyes! smudge-proof mascara
You may already be familiar with the Essence’s Lash Princess formula that enjoys social media fame thanks to its lash-defining performance and affordable price. The brand’s Bye Bye Panda Eyes tubing mascara gained a similar following due to its truly smudge-proof capabilities and lengthening effect. And despite its long-wear promise, it gently washes off with warm water and won’t damage lashes or skin in the process.
Kevin Aucoin The Volume Mascara
Created by renowned luxury beauty brand Kevin Aucoin, this amplifying mascara is infused with volume-building tubing fibers that adds length and volume to lashes from root to tip. This smudge-resistant mascara has also been formulated with nourishing jojoba oil for a soft, shiny and flexible finish.
No7 Stay Perfect tubular mascara
For ultra volumized and highly pigmented lashes that are 100% waterproof, the No7 Stay Perfect mascara claims to be your best bet. Its flake-free tubular formula coats each lash to deliver unmatched thickness and hold lash curl while remaining resistant to smudging. The in-flexible and plastic-bristled brush also ensures that every lash is separated and evenly covered in product.
Milani Highly Rated Lash Extensions tubing mascara
Using lash extending tube-like polymers, Milani’s Highly Rated mascara aims to deliver instantly longer and lifted lashes that won’t clump or flake off even with multiple applications. The formula has also been enriched with shea butter and castor seed oil to help keep lashes conditioned and nourished.
Simihaze Clean Lift tubing mascara
This formula claims to leave lashes looking defined and lengthened, but never weighed down thanks to the inclusion of rice bran wax that envelops lashes in a feather-light and flexible film. There’s also rose oil and rosewater to help condition lashes and potentially boost elasticity.
Velour Lashes Pretty Big Deal peptide mascara
With each application of this 3-in-1 tubing mascara, lashes become encased in a hydrating peptide complex that the brand claims to help grow fuller and longer natural lashes over the course of four weeks. The lengthening and lifting formula also contains antioxidants to help shield lashes from environmental damage.
Tarte Tartlette tubing mascara
This 24-hour flake-free mascara by Tarte claims to achieve all your lash wants: volume, length and curl. The inclusion of carnauba wax makes it effortless to glide the product onto lashes and, once dried, leaves behind smudge-proof micro-tubes that dramatically enhance the appearance of lashes. The mascara also offers moisturizing and conditioning benefits from the addition of castor oil and shea butter.
Thrive Causemetics Liquid Lash Extensions mascara
Referred to by Thrive Causemetics as “lash extensions in a tube,” this sensitive eye-friendly mascara creates precision-wrapped tubes that are lightweight and clump-free. Available in three shades, this mascara also boasts an orchid stem cell complex it claims can support longer and healthier lashes.
Merit Clean Lash lengthening mascara
Merit, the trendy “clean-girl aesthetic” beauty brand, created their everyday lengthening mascara with proprietary tubing polymers that are applied with a brush that defines and lifts lashes. It also contains plant-derived rice bran wax to add structure and length, as well as fatty acids and olive oil esters –– both sources of vitamin E for nourishing and protective benefits.
Caliray Come Hell or High Water mascara
With Caliray’s Come Hell or High Water tubing mascara, you can expect to find a triple wax mixture and film-forming agents for a dramatic elongation of lashes that is completely smear-proof. The creamy-textured product, which is applied with a fluffy brush wand, also contains 2% argan oil to deeply condition lashes.