What is the best mascara? I use Benefit's "They're Real!" and for me, it does what it says - no flaking, smudging, comes off with a little oil. But it is about 22 dollars. Is there a less expensive brand with similar characteristics? They all make the same claim! I have had to try so many, and sometimes I think they change the formula, because I have to keep changing mascara's. As a girl, I used Great Lash, but I am 60 now and haven't tried it for....ages :).