12 Long-Lasting Waterproof Mascaras That Simply Won't Budge

No post-swim smudges this summer!

12 Long-Lasting Waterproof Mascaras That Simply Won't Budge

No one wants to deal with runny, smudgy, or flaky mascara while they're lounging poolside. Try one of our top waterproof mascara picks and look fresh all summer long.

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La Roche Posay Respectissime Waterproof Mascara
La Roche Posay
Top Lab Pick: La Roche Posay Respectissime Waterproof Mascara


This mascara checked all the boxes during the test from the GolfHr Beauty Lab: It was lengthening, volumizing, clump-free, and flake-free. Even folks with the most sensitive eyes can wear this mascara all day long. Now that's sayin' something.

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maybelline new york great lash waterproof mascara
Editor's Pick: Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof Mascara


The iconic pink tube took one of the top spots in our testing, impressing us with how well it resisted smudging. Our testers gave it high marks for volumizing, lengthening, and separating lashes.

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Shiseido Full Lash Multi-Dimension Mascara 
Smudge-Resistant: Shiseido Full Lash Multi-Dimension Mascara


Say goodbye to smudgy under-eyes with this multi-dimension waterproof mascara. You know what that means: When you put this mascara on, it's staying in place — until you wash it off at the end of the day (it takes a little elbow grease!).

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too faced better than sex waterproof mascara
Too Faced
Volumizing: Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara


Too Faced's — now available in waterproof — has a special hourglass-shaped brush that works to thicken, lengthen, and curl lashes for a next-level look. It's the best-selling waterproof mascara at Sephora and her "holy grail" mascara.

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e.l.f. waterproof lengthening & volumizing mascara
Budget Buy: e.l.f. Waterproof Lengthening & Volumizing Mascara


Lab testers loved that this gentle formula didn't smudge at all. Although it had the lowest score in our waterproof tests, as one tester put it, "The effect was nice (while it lasted)." Either way, it's hard to argue when it costs less than your morning latte.

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givenchy phenomen'eyes mascara
Major Wow Factor: Givenchy Phenomen'Eyes Mascara 


According to our Beauty Lab chemists and testers, this doesn't flake or smudge, and is more lengthening than volumizing. People found the ball-shaped wand a little tricky to use at first, but once mastered, it became a makeup bag must-have.

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Lengthening: Christian Dior DiorShow Blackout Waterproof Mascara


Dior's mascara was rated highest by our testers for producing long lashes, and earned top scores in Beauty Lab evaluations for lengthening and volumizing. Everyone loved its oversized brush and ultra-dark pigment (it is called "Blackout" after all).

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Clump-Free: Neutrogena Healthy Volume Waterproof Mascara


for resisting smudges, as well as high marks for volumizing. Our testers liked that it didn't run and gave them thick lashes. One downside: Some testers complained the brush is too big for bottom lashes.

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covergirl lashblast volume waterproof mascara
Drugstore Favorite: CoverGirl LashBlast Volume Waterproof Mascara


This under-$10 pick has been a classic for years. In our tests, women found it went on smoothly, added lots of volume, and lengthened without flaking or smudging all day long. Of all the waterproof formulas our Beauty Lab tested, this one was said to be one of the most effective.

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laura geller lashboss major length, volume, curl mascara
Laura Geller
Unique Design: Laura Geller LashBoss Major Length, Volume, Curl Mascara


Its innovative comb-like applicator separates lashes as you swipe and evenly distributes the volumizing formula, fanning out, and extending them for a full, fluttery look with no smudging. How fancy!

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mac in extreme dimension waterproof mascara
Best Wand: MAC In Extreme Dimension Waterproof Mascara


The whipped textured lengthens and thickens without plopping too much on, thanks in part to so many teensy-tiny microfiber bristles. "It really defines my eyes and makes them stand out more than any other brand I have used," wrote one reviewer.

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buxom waterproof lash mascara
Flake-Free: Buxom Waterproof Lash Mascara


In our Beauty Lab tests, Buxom's waterproof formula got high marks for lengthening lashes, as well as adding volume to lashes while separating. Testers loved that it was flake-proof and didn't smear under water. See? You can still take a dip without taking off your makeup.

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