Shopping the best mascaras on the market is no easy task. You might hold the Two Faced Better Than Sex Mascara as the gold standard of all formulas, but your bank account might not be able to keep up. Luckily, there are plenty of great drugstore mascaras for half the price.

When on the hunt for the best drugstore mascara, there are a few factors to consider: it needs to hold a curl, offer high color payoff, resist flaking, and give you extra length. Those are tall orders for a product under $20, but it's not impossible. There's no shortage of mascara options out there, (the Wet N Wild Mega Length, Maybelline Colossal, and the Essence Lash Princess mascaras are a few that jump to mind), but the trick is finding the one that best fits your personal needs. Do you like falsie-level drama? Extreme length? Or a clean, all-natural formula that's gentle on the eyes?

Ahead, we rounded up the best mascaras you can buy at the drugstore without doing too much damage to your wallet.

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