I bought this on a whim.I have long, but light and sparse eyelashes so volume is a must. This mascara promises 'false eyelash' effect. Well, I'd say it is nothing spectacular. The color is lovely, very similar to L'Oreal Voluminous in carbon black. However, I don't like mascaras that I have to wipe off my eyelid after the application (it's not that I don't know how to put it on), it's just a little messy. I've had it for about a week hoping it will improve. It has not. It does not last all day as it says it will, it definitely needs re-applying after about 5 hours and I always end up having panda eyes as it smudges.It colors, it gives a little volume and length but any mascara would do that for that effect. If the 'carbon black look' is what you are after, you will get better results with the already mentioned L'Oreal Voluminous in Carbon Black.