LEIGH CAMPBELL: 'You don't need to spend huge on mascaras. Here are my 5 savey faves.'

Question for you: What three products would you take with you if you were stuck on a desert island?

Oh, come on. For fun?

Well, Leigh Campbell told us. In fact, in this week's You Beauty newsletter (have you signed up, yet? You totally should!) she said it's one of the most common beauty questions she's always asked.

Because it's so damn pervy, after all.

While Leigh revealed beauty would be the last thing on her mind (because, survival), hypothetically, she said she would choose these three things: a solid SPF, a cleanser and — you guessed it — mascara.

Watch: Four mascara myths that'll change the way you put it on. Post continues below.

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She shared, "I feel naked without mascara. I have small-ish eyes, and without curling and coating my lashes, I just feel undone."

And honestly, SAME.

Mascara is hands-down the one product that can change your beauty look in seconds. If you're anything like us it's the one thing you do when you want to look like you've made an effort, without making an effort.


The best part? There are so many goodies on the market — and we've seen a whole whack of new launches saunter their way across the shelves this year.

Take, for example, Kylie Jenner’s brand-new mascara, Kylash. We actually reviewed it last week to see if it was really worth the $40 price tag (you can read it here).

As Leigh said, it's definitely not the cheapest out there, but by no means the most expensive. 

Leigh shared, "Annoyingly, a lot of my favourite mascaras are over the $50 mark, and with the whole cost-of-living situation, my bank account doesn't like that."

Can relate.

"It inspired me to share my top five mascaras, all under $40. They all give long, lush-looking lashes without clumps, which is my prerequisite for a good mascara."

As someone who tries a helluva lot of beauty products, you know Leigh Campbell's recommendations are going to be good. 

So! Keen to hear what her picks are for the best savey mascaras?

Say no more.

MCoBeauty Xtend Lash Mascara, $28.

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In case you haven't heard of this cult mascara from MCoBeauty (where have you been?!), it's a tubular formula that's incredibly popular for good reason. 

Just take a look at the You Beauty Facebook group and you'll find about eleventy million people singing its praises.

Loungeface Lash Mascara, $37.

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Another one of Leigh's savey recommendations is LoungeFace Lash. The brand is founded by Aussie beauty YouTuber and content creator Lauren Curtis — and it's more than ridiculously cute packaging, we promise.

Another tubing mascara goodie, it promises to deliver long, non-clumpy, beautiful lashes. Ugh, the dream.

CoverGirl LashBlast Volume Mascara, $21.95.

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When you think about mascaras, chances are CoverGirl is the first brand to come to mind. These guys just *know* how to make a stellar formula, with many of their mascaras fast becoming part of our Holy Grail staples over the years. 

Leigh's pick of the bunch? CoverGirl LashBlast Volume Mascara.

Revlon So Fierce! Mascara, $21.95.

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A fairly recent launch, Revlon's So Fierce! Mascara is another affordable formula that tops Leigh's list. It promises long, lash-extension-like lashes with a whopping 24-hour wear — and honestly, where do we sign up? 

We'll take ten.

Rare Beauty Perfect Strokes Universal Volumizing Mascara, $35.

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Yes, you can buy celebrity mascaras for under $40! How good. This lightweight formula from Selena Gomez's Rare Beauty offers pretty much everything you could ever want in a mascara — lifted, lengthened, curled, and volumised lashes. 

The best part? It's totally buildable.

So, there you have it! Five stellar mascara formulas that won't break the bank.

Yer welcome.

What are your favourite affordable mascara picks? Did any of your picks make the list? Share with us below.

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