Uggghh...I went back and forth about this mascara for months. I am a mascara junkie and having used SO many drugstore brands, I desperately tried to love this.
MY LASHES: Stick straight, sparse, short, VERY resistant to curling
FORMULA: Very wet at first which made this a huge no-go initially. It used to take forever to dry. I kept using it and as it dried out, the better results I got.
LASH EFFECT: As the formula dried out this gave me AMAZING lashes. They were long and voluminous to the point that they touched my eyebrows. The look was dramatic and perfect for smokey eyes, almost like falsies.
CURL: Held my curl all day - my lashes didn't droop even a bit.
LONGEVITY: Alas, the deal breaker that broke my mascara-addict heart. While this held the glamorous "look" of my lashes all day, it tragically smudged to my lower lash line within hours of wear. I changed up my liner on both top, bottom, and waterline as I was desperately hoping it was not the mascara. Finally as I wore it on its own it revealed itself as the culprit. To add insult to injury, despite it smudging it is IMPOSSIBLE to remove. I have to put this through two rounds of oil-cleansing with olive oil to get *most* of it off (not all - I still wake up with black smudges the next day). I will commend this mascara for not flaking off at all, especially because most fiber mascaras tend to do so for me.
As a side note, I will add that my eyes "bag up" underneath my eyes when I smile so I am positive this contributes to the smudging problem. If your eye shape is not like this, I am sure you will have better results. A shame this did not hold up better as it was THIS close to being HG. Alas, the journey continues...
Just bought this mascara and am using it today. I am loving it so far! I have had it on for the past 6 hours and have had no smudging, or flaking which I was concerned about as I had heard this mascara does in the non-waterproof formula. But no such issue with the waterproof, not a single flake!
It really gives a long, lush appearance to my lashes - I find it very noticeable enhances both length and volume, and maintains my curl which is very important as the majority of mascaras I have tried pull all the curl right out of my lashes.
I waited about 4-5 hours and it still looked very good, like I had just applied, it wasn't fading off or anything. I tested to see how adding another coat at this point on top of hours old dried mascara would look, and it still layered on beautifully, no issues at all.
All in all I think this is a new favourite!
Shiseido discontinued a waterproof mascara that I was devoted to for some time, and after searching for a replacement, this seemed like the best option. I tried higher end brands like Dior, but L'Oreals was the best price and product for me.
I prefer waterproof because it prevents raccoon eyes best for me. This one does the trick. It maintains my curl while lengthening and thickening (after two coats). This doesn't flake or smear. It doesn't create spidery lashes with multiple coats, and I don't use a lash comb much.
I usually apply three coats to get the desired length. I won't say that it's as great as false lashes, but its close enough to add drama as though your lashes were naturally long and thick. I don't go for the clubbed-out look during the day, so this is perfect to make my eyes pop and define them.
It's price friendly, and after shelling out so much for designer mascaras this is definitely worth trying out for a daily use. I've continued using this mascara for over a couple of years now, and while it's not the holy grail, which I am starting to wonder if it really exists, this works perfectly well for everyday length and volume without the fuss or hassle. Easy to remove, too.
Also, if I want fat false lashes, I use this and layer on two coats of Maybelline Volum' Express Mega Plush Washable Mascara, Blackest Black.
I have tried many different drug store mascaras (within the last year), the regular voluminous millions, CG lash blast, revlon lash potion to name a few. This one takes the cake, it's waterproof, doesn't flake and most importantly makes my lashes actually look longer. I have been asked before if my lashes were really, or if I was wearing false lashes by different people. Hands down my favorite mascara!
Absolutely LOVE this mascara! I'm Asian, so I have the unfortunate thin, stick straight lashes that tend to point downward and they're somewhat sparse. Luckily, I do have some length to mine. Anyway, once I put a single coat of this on, you can actually SEE my lashes. One or two coats is enough to see an effect, although I like to add a few more because I like the dramatic look. Works WAY better than my Diorshow mascara, and at a much friendlier price! I'd definitely buy again.
Two or three coats makes me look like I'm wearing false eyelashes, but it doesn't flake or smudge. It's waterproof and doesn't move until I take it off with some remover. I will repurchase it again
I like this stuff. Mine dried out too quickly which sucks when your cheap like me but I decided since I hadn't been using it that long I knew it had more in there so I added a drop or 2 of vitamin e oil and castor oil to my tube. It wanted to clump together at first but a little pumping and a little twisting (that sounds dirty sorry) I got it all incorporated and this stuff is better than ever! Now it does effect the waterproof aspect a little but I was crying the other day with it on and it only smudged a little mostly under my bottom lashes. I like it better now b/c I don't have crunchy lashes anymore but still have some waterproof protection. This mascara really pumps up the volume and makes my eyes pop without having to put on any other makeup. I still need a lash separating comb especially since I tinkered with the formula but I can live with that. Everyone should try this with their mascara if it dries out and when I really do run out I may put in a little more castor oil and vitamin as a night time lash treatment.
Awesome mascara! I was a fan of MUFE smoky lash but at nearly 30 dollars I was looking for something more affordable. This mascara is everything I was looking for. My lashes are naturally full. This mascara gives me more volume and length. Most importantly for me, it does not smear on my oily eye lids. I got this for around 7 dollars and it is just as good as my MUFE smoky lash.
It's a decent waterproof mascara -- lengthens, volumizes and doesn't smudge or flake everywhere. One coat is good enough to give a nice coating to your lashes. There's quite a bit of fibre on the wand, and the large wand helps coat every individual lashes. However, I think the wand takes out quite a significant amount of product, and so after a month the product starts to dry already. It still works well after the first month, but the mascara does get clumpy once in a while.
My lashes: I have sparse, short, stick-straight Asian lashes
PROS: waterproof, no smudging, holds curl*, doesn't clump, volumizes to give lush look, lengthens, buildable, not too wet or dry, black color, lashes don't feel hard/brittle, brush is perfect for application and reaching corner and bottom lashes, great packaging.
CONS: flakes if u only use water to remove (easily removed with
Neutrogena Oil-free makeup remover), it could be better at holding my curl but I found it helps to use a lash curler before AND after application.
I've tried and loved the Voluminous Carbon Black WP but I think this one does a better job at lengthening in addition to volumizing. Overall I would definitely recommend to others!