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: 5/5
The promise: I'm impressed with the flake-resistant prowess of Too Faced's mascara, so I decide I'll try a lower-priced dupe: the double-ended L'Oreal Paris Double Extend Beauty Tubes.
Frey's advice when it comes to buying mascara: "Buy the drugstore version of the department store brand." Department-store products "might be incrementally better ... but primarily what you're paying for is the package, the name [and] what the department store charges." The technology in a low-end tubing mascara is "very much the same" as a high-end product, he says.
The reality: Sure enough, this is a solid drugstore find. It doesn't flake, and the nourishing primer-and-mascara combo makes my lashes look long, dark and defined. The brush isn't too large, either, which makes application easy and mess-free.
This one doesn't deliver in the thickening department, so if you want volume from your mascara, look elsewhere. But if you're a beauty addict on a budget, this product is comparable to Too Faced's tube mascara and half the price.
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