The Best Mascaras Under R200

They’re affordable and do a pretty good job at boosting your lashes.

Most people assume that the best mascaras come with a hefty price tag. And while this can often be the case (like Lancome Hypnose and Givenchy Noir Couture) it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t consider the more budget-friendly options. A lot of the time these provide the same beautiful lash effects as luxe brand mascaras.

Did you know that when you buy a mascara, it’s not the formula in the tube that you’re paying for but rather the brush and its design. Most buyers aren’t aware that it’s the mascara brush that does all the work.

A good mascara brush will do at least three of the five things below:

  1. Lengthen
  2. Curl
  3. Evenly coat each lash with colour, giving them a little more depth and volume
  4. (Some) tightline your upper waterline as you coat your lashes
  5. And finally, they comb out your lashes, giving them a full, fanned-out effect

The four mascaras below are not only affordable but also do a pretty good job at boosting your lashes. See which ones made the cut…

1 MAYBELLINE The Falsies Push Up Drama

false lash mascara


This design of this mascara brush features cup-shaped bristles that gently comb, lengthen and curl your lashes with every coat. What we love about the shape of the bristles is that they prevent clumps from forming in-between your lash hairs.

2 ESSENCE Lash Princess False Lash Effect

essence mascara


If you love intense volume and a false lash effect, this mascara is a must-buy. The cone-shaped fibre brush lengthens lashes from root to tip, coating each lash evenly with color, leaving you with a dramatic lash finish.

3 L’OREAL False Lash Sculpt

loreal sculpt mascara


A game changer in the mascara world – this is one of the few mascara brushes that tightlines the eyes as you apply.

4 CATRICE Luxury Lashes

catrice mascara


If your lashes are naturally long and curly, use this mascara brush to define their shape and give each lash a little more definition.

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