I received a sample of this product with my Sephora birthday gift and I was totally disappointed. I had pretty high hopes for it, too. Unfortunately, this mascara is very liquidy and clumps easily. The brush is awkward to use, and while the directions say you're supposed to use the narrow tip for your lower lashes or "touch-ups" or something, the only way to get the thick side to the edge of your lashes is to switch hands. I'm not in the habit of doing that and the formula just isn't good enough for me to bother switching hands. Not only that, but it basically washes off with water. If it doesn't wash off with water, then it will inevitably smudge by the end of the day. I'm just glad I didn't pay money for this product. I'm honestly having a hard time thinking of one good thing about it. I guess the color is pretty black? Thoroughly disappointed.
I originally started using this mascara when I got in a sample box at Sephora. I've had it for a couple months and still have a ton of product left. I would definitely repurchase the regular size (between 20-25$ at Sephora). It is on the high-end side, but it's one of my favorite mascaras. The mascara gives you a TON of volume, but there isn't much separation, so I wouldn't recommend more than 2 coats (One does the trick for me). If you want separated lashes, this isn't the product for you.
ton of volume
lots of product
This mascara does add significant length to my lashes.
However, it will smudge/flask if you stay outdoors, especially when the weather is hot. Then your eyes are really "smoky extravagant".
After a couple of coats, lashes will be clumpy and sticky. The worst part is, extremely hard to remove.
Got this as a bday gift form Sephora and I really like it. Once again, I'm in the minority.
I get some volume but a great deal of length & definition from this product. The funnel shaped brush is interesting - never saw anything like that before. Yes, you do get a glob of product on the tip, but really, just run the tip against the opening of the tube and the problem is solved. When you put your brush back into the tube, the product will travel with it. No mess, no waste.
It does remind me of One by One mascara by Maybelline, which is why I wouldn't purchase again. If I can get the same thing for $6, why would I pay 2-4 times as much for it? I won't.
That said, I do like the product.
Not my cup of tea. I greatly prefer the CK One mascara, which was also a free birthday gift.
To me, this mascara is very comparable in consistency to a mid-level Maybelline mascara. Thin, prone to balling, and grey-black. Nothing special. I actually like the plush brush, but as others have noted, the teardrop shape tends to gather a blob of product on the end, which you either need to wipe on the inner rim of the container or a kleenex. Both options are messy and wasteful.
I'm always confused when companies provide a very unremarkable freebie / gift. It's essentially a great opportunity for them to build brand loyalty killed by so-so products. I can think of several times in the past 10 years when a freebie product became one of my HG products: Fresh Lip Balms, Benefit Girl Meets Pearl, DiorShow Mascara . . .
On the plus side, the No 9 Rouge Artist lipstick that came with this mascara is definitely a keeper!
I'm surprised at all of the negative reviews on this one. The first time I used it I was pretty happy with it. It doesn't volumize, but it did make my lashes look really long and actually gave them a slight curl. I used it again the next day with the same results. I really do like this mascara and the tear drop shaped brush isn't difficult for me to manage. I got it as a birthday sample and once it runs out I am probably going to buy a full size tube of it.
I got this mascara for free as a birthday gift from Sephora. I would never purchase a mascara from Sephora because I do not see the use in spending so much money on a product with such a short shelf life, and because there are many good drugstore options available.
Unfortunately, this product is really not worth the price; in fact, I don't like using mine even though it was free! Although it is a nice dark black color and provides good length, it is difficult to use. The brush is a very strange shape, and product builds up on the tip and has to be thoroughly wiped off before applying the mascara, or else it will get a huge mass of mascara on my lashes. Combing out my lashes with a spoolie is an absolute must with this mascara. I only wear it when I am not wearing eyeshadow, because it smears all over my eyelids and has to be cleaned up with a cotton swab soaked in eye makeup remover. If only the brush were the same size throughout (whether straight or curved) and not teardrop-shaped, it would be much easier to apply.
I do like it, it doesnt smudge or print under my eyes as long as I don't rub my eyes a whole lot and leaves my lashes nice & soft unlike some that leave them feeling hard and like crispy lol. Overall id say its maybe above the average drug store mascara, no real problems but just very average for the most part.
It lasts all day with no smudging, but it always comes out of the tube too thick and gives me spider lashes. There's always a blob on top of the applicator that I have to wipe off so I end up wasting a lot of it. It's a very thick formula, for people with sparse lashes I think it would be great, but for me I just end up looking like I'm wearing too much mascara, even when I use a light touch.
If you love natural looking eyelashes, you will love this mascara. it will darken them, separate them well and curl them. Perfect for everyday wear. It won't really give you extra volume and lenght though. If you love dramatic ''falsies'' look you won't like it.