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Kevyn Aucoin The Volume Mascara
Credit: Kevyn Aucoin

You don’t need to skip the mascara in anticipation of holiday-meal prep this year. I’m going to let you in a secret that I can’t stop telling people about: Kevyn Aucoin The Volume Mascara. I didn’t know what I was missing until I swiped it on for the first time. I’m at the bottom of my current tube and will probably need to buy in bulk moving forward. For those who price out of the mascara market at $8, this will be an adjustment. It’s not cheap as far as mascaras go, clocking in at $28. But is it worth it? You bet.

What makes The Volume Mascara a winner for warding off smudges is the tubing formula. Whether you’re planning to re-watch It’s a Wonderful Life, have been put in charge of chopping potent produce, or are anticipating tears of joy this holiday, know know there's one thing you won't have to worry about and that's your mascara. It’s not going to budge an inch. It won’t smudge, it won’t flake, it will stay just where you left it until it’s time to remove. But that doesn't mean the process is going to be a hassle—I can confirm that it’s much easier coming off than stubborn waterproof formulas. Those who have gone to battle with their face over the bathroom sink, wet washcloth in-hand, and an uncapped bottle of micellar water at their elbow, you know what I’m talking about.

To remove, I just cleanse my face normally then gently hold a warm, wet cloth against my lashes for a few seconds before gently swiping downward. Little stretchy tubes of mascara should immediately pull away from your lashes. No raccoon eyes and no extra products needed.

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As for the wear, the formula lengthens and separates to provide amazing volume and zero clumping. A super skinny brush ensures that every last lash is coated, which (in the game of volume) is a must. Also I would be remiss if I didn’t mention just how festive the red shimmery tube is—it makes a great stocking stuffer, if you’re in the market.