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Mascaras are a godsend for girls who aren’t born with full, fluttery lashes. And even if you are blessed in the lashes department, a coat of two of mascara always works wonders to give lashes more oomph.

If you’re like us, you want a formula that isn’t a pain to remove, and yet doesn’t leave pesky smudges everytime you blink or tear. We’ve tested many, many different mascaras and these 5 come highly recommended by the Her World team for their flawless wear and fuss-free removal. They’re not water-proof formulas too, so you don’t need an oil-based remover, nor lots of time and scrubbing to take them off. 


Burberry Cat Lashes Mascara, $52

“This mascara is worth every cent – once I started using it, I noticed a huge difference in my lashes from the volume, length and curl. But it goes beyond how good it makes my lashes look – what I particularly love is that it doesn’t smudge towards the end of the day, but is very easy to remove. I actually use baby lotion to remove my eye makeup, it is so gentle on your skin. Just massage it on and wipe off with a cotton pad.” – Nicola Watson, associate editor


Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, $35

“This mascara really makes my lashes look va-va-voom with just a few swipes, the pigment is so intense and the brush deposits it abundantly on my lashes. I love that it isn’t waterproof but it doesn’t smudge despite the thicker formula. And it comes off easily with a few wipes of a cotton pad soaked in micellar cleansing water.” – Tan Ju Min, intern


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Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara, $54

“The big bristle wand grabs every single lash with every swipe, even the tiny lashes at the corners. The formula spreads easily to coat lashes and the curl it give my straight downwards pointing lashes is impressive, even without using an eyelash curler. It stays put all day and doesn’t smudge even when I am flu-y and sneeze non-stop, and it comes off easily with cleansing water.” – Melissa Chew, associate beauty editor


Chanel Inimitable Extreme Mascara, $50

“I love this mascara formula, it really does it all – lengthen, volumise, define and curl lashes with just two coats. The formula isn’t too thick so it looks pretty natural, not too falsie-like. No smudges even though I have teary eyes, and I even wear this when I’m traveling on the plane and want to look good when I land. No fuss when removing it either, my regular makeup remover takes it off easily.” – Melissa Chew, associate beauty editor


Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Lash Multi Effects, $44

“This volumises and lengthens my short, straight lashes. I really like the mascara wand because it can pick up my very fine, almost non-existent, lower lashes. And it’s easy to remove with micellar water too.” – Kaycee Teo, beauty writer


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