One of the mascaras we tried in this price tier was the top-selling Too Faced Better Than Sex (did you know that a tube of that stuff sells every seven seconds?), which was neck and neck with Buxom until it came to the all-important question of clumping: Better Than Sex got clumpy pretty fast, resulting in spider lashes, while Buxom was clump-free all day. Reviewers were split on the Buxom brush’s curling abilities, and we found that Better Than Sex gave a slightly more dramatic lash swoop. Better Than Sex and Buxom have similar brushes, but Buxom’s is just thinner enough to make it conducive to curling without clumping, which we believe is reason enough to award it the crown.
And lest you think we forgot about our chosen modifier, this stuff also stays on, moisture be damned. Unlike our $$$ pick, Eyeko Sport, Buxom doesn’t seem designed for actual submersion, but it’ll outlast humidity and watery eyes easily. Sephora reviewer cmt4wa reports that it “lasts through 100% humidity and 100-degree heat in a Mexican jungle without smearing or budging” and leaves “no raccoon eyes, not even when crying, and no smudging.” And despite its heroic staying power (it remained perfectly intact through another very active — and humid! — summer day), we found it pretty easy to remove.