(Last Updated On: April 30, 2018)

According to the beauty and lifestyle institution Vogue, it isn’t diamonds, but mascara that is a girl’s ‘best friend’.

But, clearly that doesn’t apply to all mascara.

It can hardly be your friend, let alone your best friend, if it streaks down your cheeks if you happen to tear up at the end of Sweet November.

Staying power – resistance to water – is a very important feature that can make or break a mascara.

And it is that that we intend to help you with. After a thorough review of over ten hot mascaras we shortlisted 3 that we judge to be the best waterproof mascaras.

At A Glance: My Choices For The Best Waterproof Mascaras

Maybelline New York Lash Discovery Waterproof Mascara is buildable, can hold a curl and has considerable staying power.

L’Oreal Paris Voluminous False Fiber Lashes Waterproof  Mascara adds length and volume and won’t smudge for a reasonable wear even if you have oily skin.

Covergirl Lashblast Fusion Water Resistant Mascara is creamy, buildable and easy to remove.

01. Maybelline New York Lash Discovery Waterproof Mascara Review

The single best thing about this mascara is the wand. The wand is what is known as a micro or a skinny wand.

It is good for getting a smooth coat of product from the root of a lash to the tip.

You can also expect a clean application on the smaller lashes (lower lashes and inner corner lashes) from this wand.

This wand is very good for tightlining as well.

Coming to the mascara itself, the texture is on the drier side.

That added to the small wand means you may have to apply a few times to get a reasonable amount of mascara onto your lashes.

Upon application it dries rapidly – it shouldn’t even take 30 seconds. And it doesn’t weigh on your lashes.

Anyone who’s ever applied mascara ever will put two and two together to figure out you can layer it to your heart’s content.

Another very good feature of this mascara is its curling power. Your lashes will remain curled with a capital C.

It’s available in only one shade – Very Black – but in waterproof and washable varieties; obviously here we’ve concentrated on the waterproof liner.

Color and shade are of course highly subjective choices that vary widely and wildly. However on the average we’d say the eyeliner could have been a little more pigmented.

Now the all-important question – can it resist water?

And the answer is…Yes It Can.

With the exception for three scenarios

You sweat heavily for a long time like in a gym session.

Your skin is very oily.

You apply a lot of moisturizer around your eyes.

Under those three scenarios you may face a little smudging or melting.

In that case, carry makeup wipes or some baby oil and cotton swabs. Touching up should not take very long.

Overall it’s very good for those who like a natural look but you may have to get quite a few layers to get thick and lustrous lashes.

Rice starch is well known as an absorbent which means that it absorbs liquids. This makes it a valuable addition as far as resistance to water is concerned.

The key ingredients are listed below.

SolventPetroleum Distillates, Aqua/Water
Viscosity controllingC8-9 Isoparaffin, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Beeswax, Carnauba Wax, Synthetic Beeswax, Paraffin, Propylene Carbonate, Polyvinyl Laurate
Suspending agentDisteardimonium Hectorite
EmollientBeeswax, Synthetic Beeswax
Film formingCarnauba Wax, Allyl Stearate/VA Copolymer, Propylene Carbonate, Polyvinyl Laurate, Sodium Polymethacrylate, Polyquaternium-10
EmulsifierSynthetic Beeswax, Sodium Polymethacrylate
Hair fixingAllyl Stearate/VA Copolymer
AbsorbentRice Starch
PreservativeMethylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Butylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben


  • This is a skinny wand so you may need to whirl it around a bit in the tube to collect adequate product.
  • Twist (why not pull will be explained later) the wand out of the tube.
  • Start at the base of the lashe and sweep upwards. The wand being skinny you can go as close to the lash line as you want.
  • If you feel your lashes are clumped, wiggle the wand a bit to separate them.
  • Upon application it dries rapidly so you don’t need to wait long between coats.
  • Complete removal (as opposed to a simple touch-up) may take a bit of time. We’d recommend using cotton pads and an eye makeup remover or warm baby oil.

What I Liked

Highly recommended for beginners.

The skinny wand is very good for doing your lower and corner lashes.

Does not take long to dry upon application.

Lightweight on the skin and buildable.

Holds a curl very well.

Quite waterproof.

Should not flake or fade for reasonably long wears.

What I Didn’t Like

You may have to apply it a few times to get reasonable cover.

May not add as much volume and/or length as you may want.

The shade could have been a little more pigmented.

02. L’Oreal Paris Voluminous False Fiber Lashes Waterproof  Mascara Review

L'Oreal Paris Voluminous False Fiber Lashes Waterproof Mascara ReviewThe wand is slightly tapered and curved, again slightly, not like a typical curved wand.

The taper will certainly help you negotiate the smaller lashes at the inner corners. It may also be useful in creating a curl.

The mascara has a thinner texture than many other mascaras.

Application is pretty easy. The mascara transfers smoothly onto your lashes without chunking.

Upon application it dries rapidly.

It’s reasonably lightweight; while it may feel heavier on your lashes than other mascaras you’ve used it can definitely hold a curl and give your lift a glamorous lift.

Also, the more layers you apply, the greater the chance of it starting to flake after 5-6 hours.

A word about the lash fibers – The lash fibers look quite natural, don’t clump and can definitely add length and volume.

However they do tend to clump onto the wand so you should clean it periodically.

As for removal, you seriously didn’t expect you could just wash off a waterproof fiber mascara, did you? Considering the fact that it’s made to resist water, it’s reasonably easy to remove with any oil based cleanser.

Which neatly segues into our key question – how well can it resist water?

Pretty well, as it turns out.

Throw at it what you will – rain, tears, sweat – it won’t budge.

If you have oily skin for shorter wears you’re protected against smudging.

But it may start to smudge a bit after a longish wear, say 6 hours. In that case, makeup wipes and/or your oil-based cleanser are your best bets.

The key ingredients are listed below.

SolventIsododecane, Aqua/Water/Eau
EmollientIsododecane, Beeswax, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Hexyl Laurate, Candelilla Wax, 2-Oleamido-1,3-Octadecanediol
Hair fixingAllyl Stearate/VA Copolymer
Film formingAllyl Stearate/VA Copolymer, Carnauba Wax, Propylene Carbonate, Polyvinyl Laurate, Ethylene/VA Copolymer, Acrylates Copolymer, Polyvinyl Alcohol
Viscosity controllingParaffin, Beeswax, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Carnauba Wax, Propylene Carbonate, Polyvinyl Laurate, Candelilla Wax, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Silica
Suspending agentDisteardimonium Hectorite
AstringentDenatured Alcohol
Skin conditioningRice Bran Wax, Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Ethylenediamine/Stearyl Dimer Dilinoleate Copolymer
AbsorbentTalc, Silica
OpacifyingTalc, Nylon-6, Silica
EmulsifierPolyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Candelilla Wax, Ethylene/VA Copolymer
Texture enhancerHydroxyethylcellulose
Hair conditioningAcrylates Copolymer

  • The wand is a little thick. You should be careful while applying otherwise you could get smears, especially below your lower lashes.
  • Before applying check the brush to see if there’s excess product accumulated on it. If you don’t scrape the excess off, you may end up with spider brows.
  • Start at the base of your lashes and move upwards. This is a thick brush so be careful at the base.
  • It’s eminently buildable but the more layers you add the more chance there is of the mascara starting to flake after 5-6 hours of wear.
  • After use wipe the wand. If that isn’t possible at least clean it every 2-3 days. Otherwise lash fibers will collect on the wand and clump on your lashes.
  • Use any oil-based cleanser and cotton pads to remove. It will take a bit of time. If you want to speed things up a bit, try using makeup wipes instead of plain cotton pads.
  • Do not become impatient and try to scrub the mascara off quickly. If you do, you will end up ripping your eyebrows out.

What I Liked

 The tapered wand helps you to reach the inner corner lashes and add curls.

 The mascara transfers smoothly onto your lashes without chunking up.

 Dries rapidly on application.

 Reasonably lightweight on the lashes.

 The lash fibers add length and volume and impart your lashes a glamorous look.

 Reasonably resistant to rain, tears and perspiration.

 Even if you have oily skin, for a short wear (less than 6 hours), you should face no smudging.

What I Didn’t Like

The mascara may dry up too fast, forcing you to purchase new product frequently.

Removal takes some time.

May smudge after a long wear if you have oily skin.

Adding layers may lead to flaking after 5-6 hours.

03. Covergirl Lashblast Fusion Water Resistant Mascara Review

The wand is of the tapered/cone type which is good for tackling the corner lashes and emphasizing the middle ones.

It has a gently tapered handle as well which yields a good grip.

The bristles are rubber and on the larger side and some users may get some mascara on their eyelids while applying; so be careful about that.

Coming to the mascara itself, a ‘creamy formula’ that ‘cradles’ lashes is how Allure describes it.

Sure enough, application should not be too difficult.

We don’t expect the mascara to accumulate on the brush so you should not have to scrape it against the tube rim to lose the excess.

It transfers smoothly onto your lashes without chunking up.

Clumping should not be a problem; however the wand is tapered whose main forte is negotiating the small and bigger lashes without a hassle.

So if you do notice any clumping, wiggle the wand a bit as you sweep it up or down.

Upon application it may take a bit – say 30 seconds to a minute – to dry.

We don’t expect too much flaking.

If you are experiencing flaking, you may be applying coats too early. Give the mascara more time to dry before you apply another coat.

Now the big question – how well does it resist water?

This mascara strikes a good balance between resisting water and ease of removal.

It can withstand a drizzle, some perspiration and a few tears but not full-blown rain or a workout.

On the other hand removal is quick and easy. In fact, you may be able to wash it off with just soap and water.

Overall this mascara seems to be best suited for zero-clump lashes, length and reasonable staying power…leading to a lasting natural look.

If you’re in the market for a lustrous dramatic look though you may need to pick a different one.

The key ingredients are listed below.

EmollientGlyceryl Stearate, Stearic Acid, Lecithin, Soybean* Oil
EmulsifierGlyceryl Stearate, Stearic Acid, Triethanolamine, Synthetic Wax, Lecithin, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Xanthan Gum
Film formingAmmonium Acrylates Copolymer, Carnauba Wax, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Propylene Carbonate
Viscosity controllingAmmonium Acrylates Copolymer, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Propylene Glycol, Carnauba Wax, Synthetic Wax, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Propylene Carbonate, Benzyl Alcohol, Silica, Xanthan Gum
Suspending agentDisteardimonium Hectorite
HumectantPropylene Glycol, pro-Vitamin B5**, Glycerin
AstringentDenatured Alcohol
AbsorbentAcrylates Crosspolymer, Silica
Texture enhancerOleic Acid
PreservativeBenzyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben
Chelating agentTrisodium EDTA
Hair conditioningpro-Vitamin B5**
Skin conditioningVitamin E***, Xanthan Gum
AntioxidantVitamin E***, Vitamin C****
OpacifyingSilica, Nylon-6
* Glycine soja.

** Panthenol.

*** Tocopherol.

**** Ascorbyl Palmitate.


  • Twist (why twist is explained below) the wand out of the tube.
  • It’s unlikely but all the same check for excess product lumped on the brush; if there is any scrape the brush on the tube rim to lose the excess.
  • Place the wand at the base of your lashes and sweep toward the tip. This is not a skinny wand so be careful at the base.
  • If you experience clumping, wiggle the wand a bit while sweeping it towards the tip.
  • Having applied it, don’t move your lashes or apply another coat for, say, 30 seconds to allow the mascara to dry.
  • If you’re experiencing flaking, give the mascara more time to dry.
  • Makeup wipes/baby oil/any good eye makeup remover should be able to clean it off easily.

What I Liked

 Nice creamy texture.

 Transfers smoothly onto your lashes.

 Dries fairly quickly upon application.

 You can build layers.

 Reasonably water resistant.

 Quickly and easily removed.

What I Didn’t Like

 Some users may prefer a skinnier brush.

May not be able to yield a very dramatic look.

Not suitable for heavy rainfall, gym sessions and so on.

What should you look for in a waterproof mascara?

‘Water resistance’ is a double edged sword.

If a mascara resists being washed off by water when it rains it’ll resist being washed off by water when you’re trying to clean it off as well.

And if you get impatient while cleaning and start scrubbing roughly you may end up ripping your lashes out.

Now let’s try to understand some of the properties the ingredients have.

A hair fixer helps your lashes remain in shape by stopping them from absorbing moisture.

A film former keeps your lashes/skin smooth and soft by forming a thin film on them.

Opacifying ingredients make the makeup more opaque. They are often used to hide blemishes.

A binder holds various ingredients together.

A chelating agent binds metal ions to prevent contamination.

Conditioners (skin and hair), emollients and humectants keep your skin lubricated and soft.

Texture enhancers more often than not enhance the texture of the mascara rather than your skin.

Absorbents soak up liquids.

Some ingredients resist settling down in a solution. Suspending agents reduce that resistance and help keep them in solution.

Now let’s get down to identifying which among our 3 waterproof mascaras is the absolute best waterproof mascara.

L’Oreal Paris Voluminous False Fiber Lashes Waterproof  Mascara

The wand helps you to negotiate the corner lashes and to build curls.

The mascara is easy to apply.

Dries rapidly on application.

Lightweight and buildable.

The lash fibers add length and volume.

Reasonably resistant to rain, tears and sweat.


A simple mascara hack

Who doesn’t want less to be more?

Who doesn’t want their mascara to last longer, even if it is for the teensiest bit?

Here’s a simple hack – when you’re applying mascara, twist the wand in and out of the tube instead of pumping it. Click To TweetThat reduces air movement in and out of the tube, extending shelf life.

A Critical Curling Tip

It’s a bit obvious but many users miss it.

If you want a good curl, your mascara should be strongest at the root of your lashes and get gradually lighter as you move upwards.

Too much mascara at the tip will weigh lashes down, undoing the curl.

An important application tip

So, you’re applying mascara in a hurry and while you’re doing your bottom lashes, some mascara gets onto your skin.

Either you carry on with the little smears or you bustle around for Q Tips and a cleanser to get them off.

You can avoid that with a simple tip.

While applying mascara get a piece of paper and hold it just below your lash line against your skin. There, the paper will guard your skin from being smeared with mascara. Click To Tweet

Cleaning your mascara brush/wand

This is another one that’s so obvious yet easily forgotten.

You should periodically clean your mascara wand so mascara doesn’t clump onto the wand over time.

If you don’t, the excess mascara clumped on your wand is going to go onto your lashes in a goop on day, and you’ll be faced with a party pooper that’s REALLY difficult to dislodge without removing all the mascara you have applied.

This is all the more important if you use mascara containing lash fibers.

Now, many people use things like isopropyl alcohol, warm water, even detergent to clean their brushes.

While we can’t pinpoint any particular demerit those have, since you’re dealing with a critical body part like the eye here, we would advise you to use a dedicated brush shampoo like the one from EcoTools.

We hope you enjoy checking out these waterproof mascaras.

We look forward to hearing from you about which one you chose as YOUR Holy Grail Waterproof Mascara.

If your choice is not there in our round-up, please do tell us about it! Good choices may get a shout-out on Twitter and/or Facebook.

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