6 Amazing, No-Flake Mascaras
We took a cosmetic chemist shopping to find flake-free mascaras. You won't believe our top picks
Flake factor: 4/5
The promise: Maybelline's Volum' Express Mascara is a drugstore favorite, and its newer offshoot, The Mega Plush, appeals to me with its promises of "supple" lashes and a formula absent of "hard waxes." Those marketing buzzwords tip me off that the formula might include moisturizing ingredients, which Frey recommends for flake prevention.
"Water-based mascaras or [water-glycerin] hybrids are better if flaking is your issue," says Frey. Moisture-loving ingredients lend themselves to a flexible film, he explains.
The reality: True to its name, this mascara makes lashes look fluttery and soft, thanks to its mousse-gel formula and feathery brush. The formula feels a little dry going on and sets quickly, meaning speedy application is a must; otherwise, your lashes will stick together and clump.
Nevertheless, I'm impressed with how little the formula migrates. I expected it to get brittle and flake, but I notice barely any flecks under my eyes at the end of a long day. At six bucks, this mascara is a great value.
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