Are you, too, the Goldilocks of mascara? Every single traditional mascara runs and smudges, but waterproof mascaras are too difficult to remove and too much of a struggle for everyday use. If you are with me in this conundrum, then, friends, I have your answer: tubular mascara. Prepare to rejoice for this mascara formula that’s “just right.”
Also known as tube-forming mascara, tubular mascaras use polymer-based formulations to create tiny tubes that wrap around each lash. They’re perfect for everyday use, they won't budge a moment. Oil cannot penetrate them. But a wash of warm water can, which is how you'll wash it off at night. Just a single wash of water, and you can watch the tube polymers run down the sink, an oddly satisfying, yet kind of freakish thing to behold.
You’ve got plenty of excellent tubular mascaras to choose from—here are a few of our favorites (p.s.: Tubular mascaras are the perfect vacation staple—you don't need to pack eye makeup remover with you, and it can withstand the heat and humidity.)