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: 4.5/5
The promise: This mascara is marketed as smudge-resistant and flake-resistant for up to 24 hours, an intriguing -- and rare -- combo. According to Frey, smudge-proof formulas are typically no bueno when you're trying to avoid flakes. "The more it claims smudge-proof, the more it's going to be a dry film," he explains. Could this Clinique curling mascara do the impossible: resist both smudging and flaking?
The reality: This mascara isn't as rock-solid as a tubing mascara when it comes to keeping flakes at bay, but it comes darn close. Flakes are next to none after an impressive 17 hours of wear. True to the packaging's word, it doesn't smudge or smear at all -- in fact, it stays put even when I didn't want it to. (Removal requires some rubbing and scrubbing.)
However, its clumpiness is disappointing, and while the curved wand helped lift my lashes on application, it doesn't make them look curlier.
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