All lashes are not created equal. Some have length but are thin and wispy while others are thick but short and stubby. Regardless of which hand you’ve been dealt, there is a fiber mascara to suit you. Though it looks like your run-of-the-mill tube, a fiber mascara is actually packed with teeny-tiny synthetic fibers (usually nylon, silk or rayon) that adhere to each hair like an extension would—but without any of the cost and upkeep. Here, five of our favorites to swipe now.
5 Fiber Mascaras That Give You Incredible Length and Volume
Best For Length: Maybelline Illegal Length Fiber Extensions
If you prefer a soft, feathery lash, this is just the thing for you. With a long, skinny wand and a glossy, lightweight formula, each swipe gives you noticeable length without any clumps or bulk.
Best For Volume: Covergirl The Super Sizer Fibers
On the other hand, if volume is what you seek, the combo of this tapered brush and dense, fiber-packed formula will give you fuller fringe instantly. Tip: For more intensity, coat both sides of your lashes from the top and the bottom.
Best For Sensitive Eyes: Blinc Mascara
Calling all contact lens wearers and eye rubbers: This innovative formula encases each lash in tiny “tubes” of pigment so it will not budge until you’re absolutely ready for removal. Warm water and gentle pressure from your fingertips will slide the tubes off (which can be a little alarming at first, but also strangely satisfying).
Best For Drama: L'oréal Paris Voluminous X Fiber Waterproof Mascara
There’s the natural everyday look and then there’s full-on glam; this duo will definitely give you the latter. The inky black primer alone left our lashes surprisingly darker, but when we topped them with the elongating mascara, it delivered a lush, fanned out effect that was truly (ahem) eye-opening.
L’Oréal Paris ($11)
Best Overall: Mia Adora 3d Fiber Lash Mascara
With over 5,000 positive reviews, this three-step formula uses a beeswax-infused gel primer (that doubles as a topcoat) and green tea micro fibers to define and lift your lashes. As one fervent fan puts it, the brand has "M.A.S.T.E.R.E.D the science of mascara. It not only added the volume I needed, it separated my lashes, elongated them, didn't burn my eyes and stayed on all day." What more could you want from a mascara?
Mia Adora ($20)