I can't wear mascara of any kind, period. There's something in it that makes my eyes itch. Fortunately, I have dark lashes, so it's not such a big deal.
It seems I've become more sensitive to eye makeup as I've gotten older. I can't just wear the cheap stuff anymore. I have to use something like Clinique or another brand that is specifically hypoallergenic. And even then, I like to get a sample to make sure the stuff isn't going to make me itchy. It's easier to do this with department store makeup. They usually have samples, and a good associate will tell you about how often people react to their products. Yes, they want to make a sale, but they also don't want an unhappy customer returning the product.
Sometimes, all you can do is just sample the product to make sure you won't have a reaction.