10 Best Clear Mascaras 2018

Some of you may be wondering why you should use a clear mascara in the first place.

If you have ever been out running on a hot, summer day during your lunch break and then returned to your desk with smudges all around your eyes, the chances are that you already know why it comes in handy!

Clear mascara allows you to curl your lashes naturally, sans the dark creases or fallout crumbs that dark mascaras leave.

So, how should you choose one and what options do you have?

In our guide, we will help you find the best clear mascara and provide you with helpful shopping tips to clear up (no pun intended!) and doubts you have about this type of product.

First, however, have a look at the top ten products in our table.

Top 10 Clear Mascaras Table

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1. e.l.f. Clear Brow and Lash Mascara Crystal, 0.08 Fluid OunceMascara$4.3
2. Maybelline New York Great Lash Clear Mascara for Lash and Brow 110, 0.44 Fluid OunceMascara$4.1
3. Zuzu Luxe - Mascara Clear - 0.25 oz. Mascara$$$4.1
4. Wild Wild Nest Organic Castor Oil - 100% USDA Certified Pure Cold Pressed Hexane freeCastor Oil*$$$4.1
5. CoverGirl Professional Natural Lash No Color Mascara Clear (N) 800, 0.34 Ounce BottleMascara$$3.9
6. Golden Rose Perfect Lashes Multi-vitamin Transparent Mascara Mascara$$3.9
7. e.l.f. Essential Wet Gloss Lash & Brow CLEAR Mascara Eye Makeup ELF Flawless by E.L.F. CosmeticsMascara$$3.9
8. Body Merry Lash & Brow Elixir- Biotin Infused Eyelash & Eyebrow SerumSerum$$$$3.8
9. Rimmel Lash Accelerator Serum, Clear Serum$$3.6
10. Technic Natural Lashes Clear Mascara Mascara$3.4

*Note – The castor oil we included is beneficial for lash growth and not specifically for styling lashes. If you are in need of a product that will help your natural lashes grow, then this would be a great fit.

Clear Lash Products

You have a few options when it comes to clear mascara, which is why we listed this information for you in our table.

  • Mascara. As we mentioned above the table, a clear mascara (when used as a mascara only) is perfect when you want to avoid raccoon eyes or give your lashes a more natural look.

It acts as a sort of styling gel for eyelashes, as well; if you use an eyelash curler on your natural lashes, the chances are that they won’t hold a curl for very long.

With a little help from a clear mascara, you can hold on to that curl for much longer, minus the mess!

  • Serum. Some clear “mascaras” are really serums that are formulated to help your lashes grow.

They kind of fit the bill since they are clear and they go on your lashes, and many like the Body Merry Lash & Brow Elixir function as both lash serum and lash enhancer: this product also allows you to style your lashes as you would with a clear mascara.

If you prefer a natural look and you want something that will nourish the lash hairs from within, try a serum to help them grow.

Some clear mascaras double up as a brow gel, so if you like having multifunctional products in your beauty bag, then you might opt for something like e.l.f. Clear Brow and Lash Mascara.

Avoid Eyelash Primers

Some of you may be tempted to use an eyelash primer as a mascara, but the problem with this is that primers usually go on white and not clear.

Primers are designed to be used on thin, short lashes before using regular colored mascara. It helps lengthen and thicken them, resulting in a fuller look once you do apply your regular mascara.

Top 3 Best Clear Mascara Reviews

1. e.l.f. Clear Brow and Lash Mascara Crystal

Our pick for best clear mascara can be used not only on the lashes but on the brows, too.

This product is a double-ended tube that has a lash brush on one side and a brow brush on the other.

We like that they separated the two so that you won’t risk mixing any of the colors you used to fill in your brows in with the mascara side (which you obviously want to remain clear).

The brow gel seems to be thicker than the lash gel, so it doesn’t appear that e.l.f. used the same exact formula for both sides of the tube.

Do both products work?

They did for us: the gel was great for setting eyebrows, and the mascara was ideal for days when we didn’t apply regular mascara but wanted to hold the curl.

The fact that it is so inexpensive makes it hard to pass up when you’re shopping on a tight budget.

2. Maybelline New York Great Lash Clear Mascara

The main purpose of this clear mascara is to help separate and condition your lashes to give you a more polished look. It also allows you to set and help contour your eyebrows.

The spoolie brush is small, but it does do a great job at separating lashes; they say that you can apply several coats if you’re going for a more voluminous look, but we would avoid applying too much since it may end up looking like white goo on your lashes.

Overall thoughts: we think this would be a good match for those of you who already have longer lashes and want to avoid using a colored mascara. It holds a curl well, but unfortunately, it doesn’t do much for short, thin lashes.

Our main complaint with this product is the fact that you use the same brush for both brows and lashes, which means that you risk tainting the clear gel with color that you used to fill in your eyebrows.

Is this a deal breaker? No, but it is something to keep in mind as you compare and contrast clear mascaras.

3. Zuzu Luxe – Mascara Clear

Zuzu has a much higher price tag than some of the other products we looked at, but due to the quality ingredients and staying power, we would gladly purchase another tube.

One of the most exciting things was that it didn’t flake. Some of the cheaper products still tend to do this, and even though the product is clear and you won’t see it, it is still an annoyance. Zuzu doesn’t flake!

Some seemed to experience clumping issues, but we didn’t have that problem. The spoolie was thicker than the one in the previous Maybelline product but still did a great job a separating and lengthening.

Anyone with sensitive eyes should have luck with this product because it is a vegan mascara!