The Best Mascara For Thin Lashes (2022 Reviews)

Are you tired of seeing other women with thick, luxurious-looking eyelashes while yours are so thin, putting regular mascara on them hardly makes a difference?

If that’s the case, then keep reading!

What you need is simply one of the best mascaras for thin eyelashes! We have all of the current best on the market, below, and have everything you need to know about them!

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Without any further ado, here are 5 of the best mascaras on the market that are qualified as being perfect for thin lashes!

MascaraTypeAt a Glance 
Mia Adora 3D Fiber Lash Mascara FiberWater and smudge-resistant, natural ingredients, one tube of gel and one tube of dry microfibers, recyclable carrying case, great for sensitive eyes, made with green tea
L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Volume Building RegularComes in various colors, bold, builds volume, up to 4x fuller lashes, separates and builds each lash, clump-resistant, waterproof
MAC False Lashes ExtremeNormalMousse-like formula, carbon black color, ultra-thickening, double-lush brush, very lightweight feel, no scent, flake-and-smudge-proof, safe for sensitive eyes
Blinc Mascara Amplified (Editor's Pick!)NormalSmudge-proof, fade-proof, run/smear-proof, great for sensitive eyes and skin, buildable, maximum amplification and hold, no clumping or flaking
Yves Saint LaurentRegularComes in four different colors, non-drying formula, enriched with B5 pro-vitamins, darkens and deepens lashes, builds luscious volume, coats from root to tip

Now that you’ve had the chance for a quick overview of each of the best mascaras for thin lashes, you’re probably interested in reading all the fine details. You’ll find in-depth reviews and descriptions below, so let’s get started!

Mia Adora 3D Fiber Lash – Best Fiber Product

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Looking for the best mascara on the market for thin lashes? We think we have just what you need. However, this one is a bit different than your “normal” mascaras.

In the past two years or so, we’ve noticed a huge uptick in popularity in fiber mascaras. These products typically feature a two-step process, where you first apply a type of gel or liquid, and afterward, the fibers. The fibers are what will really give your lashes a huge boost, not only in thickness but length.

There are a ton of mascara brands out there to choose from, and Mia Adora may not be one of them, but after using this one, you’ll begin to wonder why.

The trouble with many fiber mascaras is that they aren’t exactly safe or comfortable. Some of the fibers are made from rather questionable materials, and they can irritate the eyes. However, with this Fiber Lash Mascara, you don’t have to worry about that.

The product is made of natural, non-toxic ingredients, with the fibers being made with Green Tea. Everything is Paraben-free, SLS-free and is never tested on animals. The product is so gentle, that even if you have sensitive eyes, you could probably feel comfortable wearing it!

What does it actually do to your lashes?

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The gel holds the fibers on, making your lashes look shockingly thicker and longer. The product is also buildable, so you can adjust how you’d like. If you’re worried about all of the different steps drying your lashes out, don’t. They’ve included an array of different ingredients to make sure that your lashes are always hydrated and feeling soft, so there’s no breakage.

What didn’t we like?

The only thing we really didn’t like, was the fact that there is a learning curve, and it takes some practice to get it to look “right”. As it is a three-step process, it also isn’t the quickest thing to use when you’re in a rush, but it is definitely worth it!

If you are having some troubles beginning, the mascara comes with a handy eBook to help guide you along the path towards gorgeous, thick lashes.

What We Liked

  • Boosts lash volume immensely
  • All-natural, non-toxic ingredients
  • Safe for sensitive eyes/contact-wearers

What We Didn’t Like

  • Takes some learning to apply correctly
  • Takes longer to apply than your typical mascara

L’Oreal Paris Voluminous – Best Waterproof

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L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Mascara is your best option if you need something to hold on and keep your lashes looking their best, through rain or shine.

This unique formula was made to stay on through rainy weather and makes sure you don’t need to apply another layer just a couple hours after the initial application.

Also, one of our contenders for the best drugstore lengthening mascara, if you’re searching for one of the best but don’t feel like shelling out a lot of money, this is one of the least expensive mascaras you’ll find at such a high level of quality.

So, what does it do?

The formula was created to resist any clumping and build lashes up to a whopping 5x their natural thickness. There are plenty of mascaras out there that look to thicken lashes but do so at the cost of clumping, where it just ends up looking unnatural.

The Volume Maximizing Brush helps thicken lashes in an even, smooth manner to keep everything looking naturally-luscious, soft, and flake-free for a full, dramatic look. The inclusion of Panthenol and Ceramide-R helps to protect and condition lashes, keeping them soft and making sure they don’t dry and break.

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Despite being waterproof, it does come off relatively easy when using warm water and/or some kind of eye makeup remover.

Have sensitive eyes?

No worries! The Paris Voluminous Mascara is perfect if you have sensitivities or wear contacts. It comes in three different colors: Black, Black/Brown, and Carbon Black. Our favorite was the Carbon Black, as it looks like you’ve practically painted your lashes with a jet-black ink. If you want to make your eyes stand out, this is the one!

So, was there anything we disliked?

Actually, yes. The mascara is quite heavy, and there’s a fine line between having just the right amount, and it gets too thick, so you really need to be wary of this. However, it’s a very low-priced product, so at such a low price point, it was still quite impressive.

What We Liked

  • Boosts lash volume by up to 5x
  • Hydrates and nourishes lashes
  • Waterproof, but comes off easily with cleaner
  • Great for sensitive eyes/contact wearers
  • Very inexpensive

What We Didn’t Like

  • Is quite heavy and can get too thick easily

MAC False Lashes Extreme – Most Pigmented Product

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If you’ve already used a MAC product before, you probably already know the high level they hold each of their products to, and their False Lashes Mascara is no exception to that standard.

If you’re looking for an ultra-thickening mascara that’s not too heavy, and that will absolutely soak your lashes in pigmentation (in a good way), then keep on reading.

The mascara comes in a beautiful, luxurious-looking design that does well to set the tone for what waits inside.

The False Lashes Extreme Black works the thickening formula to its height in combination with the plush action of their unique double-lush brush to not only provide an amazingly full effect but to also douse your lashes in a super-dark carbon black.

The application is very straightforward and simple, so even if you’re a beginner to using mascara, you will be able to get excellent results your first time without practice.

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What we loved about this product, was the fact that it did look very natural, and provides a full, feathered look without getting all clumpy. True to the name, it will actually look like you’re wearing false lashes.

While this is one of the best mascaras for volume, we did notice some things we weren’t huge fans of.

One is the fact that it’s not waterproof. Oddly enough, however, was that it was stiff like many waterproof mascaras are, so the lashes did not really move after the mascara dried. If you have watery eyes or tend to rub yours, you may want to steer clear of this one.

Other than that, we absolutely loved it!

What We Liked

  • Provides a beautiful, natural, full look
  • Very easy to apply
  • Very pigmented, thickening formula

What We Didn’t Like

  • Isn’t waterproof
  • Makes lashes stiff

Blinc Mascara Amplified – Editor’s Pick

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The original tube-technology mascara, Blinc Mascara Amplified has everything you need for healthy, long, thick lashes that are sure to make your eyes pop!

Even if you have practically-nonexistent lashes, you’ll find that you’ll see an impressive improvement in your lash volume.

Blinc, which used to be known as Kiss Me, is a company that makes an array of fantastic products, but this waterproof mascara is probably our favorite. The way it works, s in the tube technology. It works to create water-resistant tubes around the eyelashes, so it’s essentially smudge-proof and waterproof. Despite this, it’s actually shockingly easy how quickly it comes off with warm water and a bit of pressure

If you’ve tried their original formula and were frustrated at the clumping, give the Amplified formula a chance. This one lets you apply as many coats as you desire, and because it’s not that wet of a formula, you can easily reapply, even after drying.

The wand is thick and fluffy, which easily coats lashes from root-to-tip quickly. It also helps to boost lashes and lift them at the root (however, we also recommend curling lashes prior to application). The mascara glides right on, and you’ll see results immediately.

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Live a hectic lifestyle?

Get on board with Blinc Amplified. When your days are unpredictable and hectic, the last thing you need to be worrying about is your makeup melting off. You can even wear this mascara to the gym without having to worry about it sliding off! After 14 hours of wear, we noticed no flaking, no clumping, or smudging, and it even held a curl the entire time!

Any downsides to this amazing product?

We can really only think of one: the price. It is rather expensive for a mascara. However, given the fact that you won’t have to apply it as often as you would with pretty much any other product, you’ll save product and it will last you much longer than competitor products would.

What We Liked

  • Better-than-waterproof formula stays on through just about anything
  • Easy to apply with thick, fluffy brush
  • Up to 14-hour wear time

What We Didn’t Like

  • Rather expensive

Yves Saint Laurent Effet Faux Cils – Easiest Product to Use

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Are you searching for one of the best mascaras on the market today, but also something that’s going to make your lashes look thick and gorgeous in just one application?

Look no further than YSL’s Effet Faux Cils Mascara.

The mascara not only works to thicken and darken lashes with actual pigmentation but through their non-drying formula enriched with B5 pro-vitamins. This helps your lashes grow, stay hydrated, and leave lashes looking immediately thicker upon application.

Right off the bat, we would like to let you know that it is on the expensive side of the mascara spectrum. However, it is an incredible product.

We tried High Intensity Black, however, it does come in four other gorgeous colors: Brown, Blue, Purple, and Burgundy. Each one has an amazing color payoff and the pigmentation that you’ll see on your lashes is deep, dark, and rich.

The packaging, which is probably the most attractive we’ve seen and kept up with trends, is a gorgeous rose gold tube.

How’s the application?

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The clump-free formula sweeps easily onto the lashes, which makes it excellent for a beginner to use. Even if you apply multiple coats, it won’t get all weird and clumpy, and your lashes will still remain soft and flexible. If you have thin lashes, you know how important this is!

The brush, itself, is very thick and full enough to coat from root-to-tip easily, and the tip of the brush is narrow enough to easily coat each individual lash.

Only one coat is required to achieve the dramatic, plush, feathery effect. As the Best Overall Mascara in InStyle’s 2015 Best Beauty Buy Awards, we can confidently say others think it’s pretty great, too.

Overall, if you’re someone who wants super-voluminous lashes but doesn’t want or too busy to wear false lashes, then check this one out!

What We Liked

  • Very dark, pigmented colors (5 options to choose from)
  • Beautiful packaging
  • Easy and quick to apply
  • Non-clumping, thickening formula improves lash volume significantly

What We Didn’t Like

  • Rather expensive

Choosing The Best Mascara For You

Now that you’ve had the chance to read all about the best mascaras for thin lashes, you may have some more questions. What exactly is best for you and your lashes? What’s your budget? These are all things to take into consideration before hitting “buy”.


What type of eyelashes do you have? Are they straight or naturally curled? If they’re straight, you’re going to need to make sure to first, curl your lashes before using your new mascara, and second, make sure that the mascara will hold your curl.

Sometimes they don’t, and they end up sticking straight out. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but if you want the illusion of more volume, it’s a good idea.


Thickening mascaras are a bit difficult to work with at times because there’s often a fine line between volume-enhancing, and clumpy. We don’t want clumping in our mascara because it just doesn’t look good and definitely doesn’t look natural.

Some are non-clumping formulas, which means that it’s much harder to get it to clump, but usually not impossible, so don’t go on putting 10 layers thinking that’s okay. Also, make sure you’re not choosing one that clumps just after one or two applications!


Are you looking for the traditional black or a bright, outrageous color not commonly found in stores? Do you want something to just add a slight tint to your natural lashes or something that’s going to have a tremendous color payoff?

As consumers, we often just think that all mascara colors are the same, when in fact, they vary widely. Some will be super deep and inky, and some will hardly add any color at all to the lashes. This is typically more important to those with light-colored eyelashes.


Another common misconception is that all mascaras are the same ballpark price. That couldn’t be further from the truth. It’s true that most are within the range of maybe $5, and are found at drugstores and the like. However, there are many that we contemplate the best thickening mascaras on the market that are much more expensive than that.

Keep this in mind when making your purchase. Most of the more expensive products are also going to last longer, due to the longer wear-time and the fact that you generally require less product to see desired results.


Not all mascaras are waterproof, and not all women even want a waterproof mascara. Generally speaking, they’re often harder to get off at the end of the day and can tend to make lashes stiff.

However, there are also some of the best thickening mascaras that are the opposite and will melt off if you even think about rubbing your eyes. Think about what your daily life is like; are you really active and don’t have time for reapplications? If so, then consider a waterproof mascara.


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So, which mascara caught your attention?

Our personal favorite was the Blinc, for various reasons. Probably the most prominent reason was its tube technology. The technology makes it practically better than waterproof. You can wear it even in the most hectic of days, and not have to worry about retouching.

It doesn’t flake and is smudge-free, and waterproof. At the end of the day, it comes off surprisingly easily with some warm water and a little pressure. It also works to help hydrate and nourish the lashes, thus further advancing the appearance of volume and darkness.

While it is more expensive than most of the others on our guide, the sheer length of wear time practically makes up for it, due to the fact that you don’t have to reapply after the first application.

We truly loved all of the best mascaras for thin lashes that we have listed here today. Which one will be making its way to your doorstep?

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Jennifer Webb
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Jennifer Webb

A little over a year ago, Jennifer quit her job as a PR consultant to backpack through Europe and Southeast Asia, where she decided to turn her passion into a business and launched JustWomanThings.