Byrdie Editors Agree: These Waterproof Mascaras Are Actually Good
Waterproof mascara is a staple beauty product for the Australian summer. Whether you're in the surf, the humidity, sweating it out on the daily commute, or working hard at Pilates, no one wants dark, smudgy panda eyes ruining their laid-back summer beauty vibe.
The Byrdie Australia team is all too-familiar with this struggle. So for this reason, each of us have a go-to waterproof formula for those days where our regular one just isn't going to cut it. Keep scrolling for the waterproof mascaras our team keep on hand for summer.
Lancôme Grandiose Waterproof Mascara ($56)
"Lancôme Grandiose Waterproof is truly amazing. It adds just enough colour and volume to my lashes to define them without making me look like a nut wearing mascara on the beach. Plus, it's infused with rose oil so it's not flaky and dry like most waterproof formulas."
How easy is it to remove? "5/5: It comes off cleanly with micellar water."
"My lashes are blonde, so mascara is always a must for me, even at the beach. Make Up For Ever's Aqua Smoky Lash Waterproof Mascara is ultra-pigmented and volumising, which I love, and it won't budge or flake, even after a swim in the ocean."
How easy is it to remove? "4/5: My normal cleanser does the job easily."
Max Factor Masterpiece Waterproof Mascara ($24)
"I've always liked Max Factor mascara, but this waterproof formula is one I'll continue to buy. The plastic comb wand separates and pulls my lashes out, and it doesn't smudge if I'm swimming."
How easy is it to remove? "4/5: I use a cleansing oil followed by a balm and that takes of every last bit."
Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara ($33)
"Aside from the pretty bottle, I love this mascara because it goes on thick without being clumpy. The shape of the brush also makes it really easy to get all of your lashes. It's a winner for those long hot summer nights out."
How easy is it to remove? "4/5: All I need is a little oil-based makeup remover."
Avon Wash-Off Waterproof Mascara ( $7 ) ($5)
"I really like Avon mascaras. Both the formula and the brush (and price) are amazing, the only thing is it's hard to buy. This one has great staying power. There's nothing I hate more than going to the bathroom and seeing dark flakes under my eyes or smudged mascara after exercising."
How easy is it to remove? "5/5: It's super easy. I use an oil makeup remover."
MAC In Extreme Dimension Waterproof Mascara ($42)
"I love all things MAC, and this mascara is no exception. The comb gives great length, and it stays put even on hot, sweaty afternoons spent on the train."
How easy is it to remove? "4/5: I need an oil-based remover, but other than that it's really simple."