As a result, I have spent no small amount of time and money attempting to find the best mascara available (within my price range, good lord!)
A few thing I'll cop to:
Up to this point in my life, I am not in the kind of financial position that allows me to spend more than $10 per tube of mascara. Did I mention I use it...A LOT?! So I generally don't have a ton of experience with pricier offerings, outside of samples (which I freaking love BTW).
My eyes water like CRAZY. Years ago I switched to waterproof mascara. Alas, this was not a solution. At the time, I had been using different types from a particular make up line (not L'Oreal) and when I finally made the leap from that brand it helped my waterworks situation to a huge degree! However, my eyes are still leak prone, so I stick with waterproof mascara anyway.
I have a winner take all ranking system. My method is EASY... I keep trying new mascaras, if one actually performs better than the current champion then I bring that new one up to the big leagues and put the last one on the bench. This has been working over the years, more or less.