Secrets to Finding the Best Clear Mascara – Five Best Choices of 2018

Ah, the beauty world. One can get easily lost upon entry to the intimidating world of cosmetics and makeup. There’re lipstick, foundations, primers eyeliner. Thrown in also are words such as matte, satin, gel, liquid. If you are already feeling some migraine kicking in then fear not, we are here to help you answer what is the best clear mascara?

What is a Clear Mascara?

Mascara is probably every woman’s secret beauty wand. One can argue that fairy tales and fairy godmothers do not exist but anybody who knows where to score a trusty mascara knows fully well that this is a fallacy.

Mascara has a full capability to draw attention and put emphasis to your eyes and make them pop out. Mascara can define your lashes, lengthen your lashes by adding in the illusion of length, and define your lashes by separating them. A clear mascara is just basically a type of mascara that has no pigmentation. Furthermore, it moisturizes and conditions your eyelashes.

Benefits of Clear Mascara and What to Consider when Buying

Just from looking and hearing the word clear mascara, it is most definitely safe to assume it has no color. So if you’re the bold types who go for edgy make up looks 99 percent of the time, then this might not be the one for you.

However, if you are looking for a go-to mascara you can use for you everyday no makeup makeup looks, one who recently got her lashes tinted or someone just starting to try out makeup looks, or if you are using eye contacts and thus have sensitive eyes, then a clear mascara is definitely the one for you.

It all depends on what you need, consider if you’re just looking for a primer, a base coat, a product that offers brow gel, as well or an everyday go-to mascara that can make your eyes pop out. It can also depend on whether you have sensitive eyes and thus you will be needing a vegan chemical-free product.

For Natural Go-To Everyday Makeup Looks

Clear mascaras have the power of naturally accentuating your eye lashes and pair of eyes without looking too overwhelming. So for those aiming for daily no makeup natural looks, a clear mascara can be your go-to. Often, celebrities going for day outs or off duty models turn to clear mascara for some eyelash coverage without looking too over the top.

For Touch Ups

Oftentimes, we women, run errands throughout out 9 to 5 jobs and at the end of the our day, we have our weekly night outs with our girl friends. This often require us to retouch our makeup looks or do some touch-ups.

Touching up with a pigmented or colored eye mascara such as black or brown can end up making your lashes look too clumpy or thick. Touching up with a clear mascara as a perfect way to retouch your makeup without looking to overwhelming and distribute the pigment evenly and tidy it up without making your eye lashes look cakey.

Brows are Life

This mantra has probably been a principle most women live by nowadays. You know the saying, you can’t make headlines without a perfect set of brows.

Well, that is indeed true, Defined brows make you instantly look polished which is why any tool that can help you up your brow game is essential. And one tool happens to be a clear mascara. It can help you tame your brows and manipulate them into the direction you like.

Perfect Companion to Eyelash Curler


After using your eyelash curler to give your lashes that oomph curls, you can take advantage of your clear mascara to lock it your curls and set in. After a day under the harsh rays of sunlight, your clear mascara has the perfect capability and power to make your eyelash curls last longer.

As Topcoat or Primer

Oh, the wonders of a clear mascara. If I’m ever asked to choose what makeup product is the most versatile, I’d definitely choose a clear mascara. A clear mascara can also be used as either your primer and used on your lashes before you apply your main mascara or colored mascara for some added volume. Or it can be used as a finishing touch. For extra shine, it can be used as a topcoat.

How to Apply to Lashes


Curl Your Lashes

This acts as the perfect primer of prep game to anything you will do afterhand to your precious lashes. So remember not to apply makeup beforehand. Curling them with an eyelash curler gives them the ideal preparation.

Hold it the way you would a scissor with your right hand, or left hand if that is your dominant hand. Then begin to position it at the base of your lashes. Remember, that the curved side should be facing outwards. Be certain that every single one of your lash are perfectly in between the upper and lower edge of your curler.

Now that you have safely placed it in between your lashes, you may now begin to squeeze your lashes between. Gently pulse it and for best results, try keeping your lashes in between your curler for at least ten seconds.


Apply Your Clear Mascara

This can seem like a daunting step depending on your mascara but it’s actually very simple. Simple place your eye mascara at the base of your eye lashes and wiggle it in a back and forth motion. Do this repeatedly depending on how many coats you are aiming for.

Reviews of Five Best Clear Mascara


CoverGirl is one of the go-to drugstore makeup products of women. They’re affordable and reliable, making it a perfect for a beauty junkie that’s on a budget. Their Professional Natural Lash Mascara Clear product.The packaging of this is quite simple.

Perfectly matching its clear gel formula, it comes with a clear bottle, as well. It has a pretty secure lock that goes off with a sound once you close it which gives you an assurance of no spillage or leakage.

One feature I really like about this is its curvy which is just a huge help when applying the product to my lashes. The bristles also separate my lashes well without clumping. Furthermore, because of its gel formula, it can give your lashes really cool feeling.

However, what’s disappointing about this is it doesn’t really deliver on its promise of volume it supposedly offers. So if you’re a girl with naturally thick long lashes and just wants a non sticky mascara that can separate your lashes well, this one is for you.

Things We Liked

  • Does not clump
  • Not sticky at all
  • Defines lashes and separates lashes really well
  • Can be used as a commendable brow gel product as well
  • Can be used as an eyelash primer, instead
  • Applies evenly
  • Gives an added shine

Things We Didn't Like

  • Does not offer that much volume
  • Does not curl your lashes that well
  • Its lengthening ability is not that great


This is a product intended for two things which is as a brow gel and a mascara. It’s not that clumpy and sticky so long as you don’t overload on your coating. So one or two coats will probably be enough. For those looking for an added benefit, this is really god as a brow gel. It helps brows stay in locked for many hours.

One disappointing feature about this, though, is that it has the tendency to make your eyes hurt, most especially if you have sensitive eyes.Best for girls looking to just naturally tidy up their lashes. And moreover, for those who want a brand that’s animal cruelty free.

Things We Liked

  • Really good for tidying up your lashes
  • Comes in with its own brow gel brush at the other end
  • Can be easily removed
  • Applies really well
  • Gives your lashes a natural and neat pair of lashes
  • Ideal as a base coat for your other mascara
  • Really good product for setting in your brows

Things We Didn't Like

  • Does not have that much ability to lengthen your lashes
  • Does not have that much ability to curl your lashes
  • Does not offer that much volume
  • Can be sticky and gooey if application is not maintained or not controlled


This is definitely the perfect fit for girls whose lashes and brows need taming. This is a reliable product for setting in your hair. After you have curled your lashes, using the Maybelline New York Great Lash Clear Mascara for Lash and Brow is a good product for locking in your curls and keeping them intact for a much longer period of time. It’s invisible so it’s good for taming your lashes and just smoothing them out.

One definite disadvantage of this is that it has a thick consistency that can end up too wet for you. Because of this, it has the tendency to clump. This product is perfect for girls with natural long lashes who just really want to put emphasis or accentuate their lashes.

Things We Liked

  • Ideal for holdingin your brows
  • Good for those with already natural looking curly lashes
  • Perfect fit for those who wants natural looking smooth lashes
  • A good after product to use after curling your lashes
  • Sets in curly lashes really well

Things We Didn't Like

  • Has a big tendency to clump if used too much
  • Does not really lengthen lashes


This one can be applied really easily, most especially because of its smooth consistency. This also happens to be my favorite and pick because it is a vegan, free of any chemical and a cruelty-free product and since I have sensitive eyes, I found that among all five, my eyes don’t react badly to this one.

Because of its smooth consistency, it has the perfect ability to make my eyes pop out beautifully without looking to gooey or ending up clumpy. It adds a natural shine for my lashes and locks in my lashes perfectly. I also tried using this as a brow gel and works perfectly as well.

Moreover, for those leaning towards the natural no makeup makeup look, this is really ideal as they can make your eyes stand out without looking too overwhelming.

Things We Liked

  • Locks in lashes well
  • Perfect for sensitive eyes
  • Perfect for those who want a natural look
  • Ideal for those who want vegan products
  • Can make your eyes naturally pop out

Things We Didn't Like

  • Does not lengthen lashes


This one is really great for it has active plant botanicals in its formula and moreover, it has active minerals and vitamins that are good for your lashes’ well being. It doesn’t really add that much volume. However what it amazingly does is that it perfectly keeps your lashes intact even after, say, you accidentally rubbed your eyes.

One really edge of this one compared to others is that it has a conditioning formula that helps protects your lashes and then add into that its ability to lock your curls and make last longer

Things We Liked

  • Has active botanical ingredients
  • Naturally conditioning
  • Has added minerals and vitamins designed to protect lashes
  • Locks in curls after using an eyelash curler
  • Really good for those with sensitive eyes

Things We Didn't Like

  • Does add that much volume
  • Does not add any pigment
  • Does not lengthen

Final Thoughts

Drumroll—and the winner is Zuzu Luxe Mascara Clear. All five do not really offer that much volume and lengthening abilities which is definitely acceptable as they are clear. The Zuzu Luxe, however, is the one that came out on top with its chemical free formula that offers conditioning.

Add into that is its ability to naturally and smoothly make your eyes pop by locking in your curls or serving as a base coat out making it an ideal fit for a classic daily makeup look. Plus, if you have sensitive eyes and looking for a two-in-one product that offers a brow gel, as well, then this product was definitely made just right for you.

I hope this article really helped you on your journey to finding the perfect clear mascara for you! If you have any more questions, suggestions or just recommendations, do not hesitate to leave them down below!

Amanda Landers

Hi, I am Amanda. I live in New York City. I’m a passionate beauty aficionado and I have a burning desire for makeup and skincare products. I would like to serve up great beauty tips and awesome pictures to share the common interest with all beauty lovers.

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