Black mascara -- very black mascara -- is my absolute favorite makeup item. Now, that doesn't mean that I'm sporting a smoky eye everyday, but it does mean that I like my lashes dark black no matter what other eye makeup I choose to wear. In my quest to find the ideal ultra black mascara for all occasions, I've tried dozens of brands and formulations. These three have risen to the top of the pile (for the time being, at least), each for a different reason.
Contrary to what the name would have you believe, Benefit BADgal Lash mascara is actually the most tame of the three mascaras here. It goes on smooth and clump-free, but has a deep black color that is gorgeous for everyday wear.
→ Buy Benefit Cosmetics BADgal Lash Mascara, $9.00 - $19.00, at sephora.com.
Looking for a little more length with your ultra black mascara? Dior's Diorshow Blackout mascara combines a glossy, ultra black color with lash-lengthening effects.
→ Buy Dior DiorShow Black Out Mascara, $24.50, at sephora.com.
For very plump, and very black, lashes give Make Up For Ever Smoky Lash a try. It goes on super thick and creates huge, sooty black lashes that look like they came off of the runway. Perhaps not everybody's idea of a daily mascara, but definitely high-drama.
→ Buy Make Up For Ever Smoky Lash Mascara, $22.00, at sephora.com.