When your lashes are practically nonexistent, a lengthening mascara makes a world of difference. Like a hint of color on the lips, mascara instantly transforms your eyes without drawing too much attention to itself. But finding the perfect formula is easier said than done. Does it stretch out sparse strands? Does it keep lashes lifted without clumping? Will it smear into raccoon eyes as soon as you step out?

The hunt for your mascara is a meticulous trial-end-error process. So, we did the dirty work for you! Below, we’ve handpicked 2 lash-boosting mascaras for that “my lashes but better” effect. (It’s the new MLBB.)

SPLURGE: Heroine Make Airy Curl and Long Mascara Super Film, P1,170

A true lash-saver, the Heroine Make Airy Curl & Long Mascara Super Film stretches lashes with a single coat. And TBH, we don’t expect less from this cult Japanese brand! Made especially for short lashes, the mascara contains micro fibers that latch onto your strands. This makes them appear thicker and longer, but in a really natural way. Also, it’s totally smudge-proof. Just swipe on a couple of coats and bam! Your lashes look up to 120% longer. Who needs falsies now?

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SAVE: W7 Lashtastic Mascara, P337

Pay homage to Betty Boop with bold, blacker-than-black lashes. The best way to get ‘em: W7’s Lashtastic Mascara. Designed with short bristles on a thick barrel wand, the mascara applies pigment with laser-sharp precision. This transforms a short fringe into a stretched-out, fanned-out lashline and creates the illusion of doll eyes. All this lovely length for just a little over 300 bucks!

Shop it here.

What’s your pick: Heroine Make’s waterproof tube or W7’s ultra-pigmented wand?