I got this in sample size (as part of an offer from a magazine), and although I was initially pleasantly suprised by the effects of this mascara, it being the first Estee Lauder mascara i've ever tried, I just feel it still doesn't match-up to my regular favourite mascaras.
I like the fact this mascara does exactly what it says its supposed to, as a 'Bold Volume Lifting Mascara', it gives a very clean and non-clumpy result of beautifully separated lashes and decent lifting effect (I don't have the steadiest of hands but when I applied it to my mum's lashes it went on perfectly-where as with most mascaras I ususally I get it smudged allover her eyelid, lol), and this mascara is suitable to wear for pretty much any occasion whether it be office, casual daytime or an evening out.
However, the thing I really dislike about this mascara is the chemical cosmetic smell it gives off when you use it. Its quite noticeable and unpleasant (especially when you compare it to the lovely fragranced smell of my GA Eyes to Kill Excess Mascara), and for a luxury product, from a long standing luxury brand, I feel Estee Lauder should really know better and at least be able to diguise the smell! Kinda feel that they created a drugstore style mascara with a high-end price tag!
I like my mascaras to be pretty high impact and although this one delivers what it claims, it lacks the intense and sultry eye look. And it didn't look as classy on my mum as her usual (Chanel Inimitable). There are sooo many mascaras on the market and i'm simply not blown away by this one.
Can be lifting if used properly!! It's a nice mascara and can create a nice look. The cons of this product are that you need multiple coats to achieve the dense lifted look and the product dried up quickly (like within a month).
Didn't do much for me. I suppose Estee Lauder is a good brand. But somehow I feel like this is a drug store quality mascara for a department store price. Maybe it's because of it's smell (smells moldy...-_-")
It thicken your lashes a little bit but doesn't do much for the lengthening or lifting. It starts to smudge after 3 to 4 hours. Try to wipe off the smudges? Sorry, you have to RUB!
Btw it dried out my lashes. I actually regret buying this.
I decided to try this because of all of the great reviews.
I found this really dried out my lashes and made them look clumpy and spider like...No good!
I recently just got Geisha Ink's mascara (because of the amazing reviews as well) and so far it has been the best!
I bought this mascara in the States on advice at Sephora, being from Europe, it's much cheaper to buy US stuff while there ;-)
This mascara did not disappoint, it makes my lashes thicker, curled up, and more visible.
I do have to wear a primar though, to get the desired maximum look, and still then, I have the feeling I could find a better product to lengthen and get more volume.
No clogs, no spider look, it looks clean, and well defined, which I like.
To make a long story short, I will stick to this one until I find something better!
love this mascara!
- very easy to apply
- provides BOTH good volume and length
- looks quite natural and soft
- not brittle/stiff
- does not flake
- does not clump
- easy to remove at the end of the day
the only downside to this mascara is that it smudges horribly on me. maybe the waterproof formula wouldn't smudge as badly but i've yet to try that one out. and of course, this mascara is not as cheap as drugstore brands.
I got this free when purchasing another product. This mascara is one of the best I've ever used, it volumizes and really lengthens and opens lashes. The ONLY problem was the smell, which is probably because it was old (which is probably why it was free). A dang shame, this is a really good mascara :(
I got this as a freebie at Nordstrom. Other posters are correct: this stuff is fabulous. I got full, lengthened lashes with no clumping, flaking or smudging. This also looks natural, which I prefer. This mascara is indeed sumptuous...but the performance of Clinique High Impact is close enough for me at a much better price.
I got a sample of this mascara and I am impressed. I use my Shu eye lash curler and put one coat of this mascara. It separates my lashes, it opens up my eyes and adds nice volume (my lashes do not look fake or spidery, a look that I do not like). It does not clump and the lashes look thicker and more defined. It lasts all day without smudging and flaking (I tested it in the gym and after cardio and workout it was still perfect - and I use the normal version, not the waterproof one). Easy to take off in the evening with a normal eye make up remover. I may consider buying the full size. However, I prefer GA Eyes to Kill, the original version of that mascara is truly amazing (but far more expensive). There is a special edition of the sumptuous mascara with eye cream and eye make up removal, that would be good value.
** EDIT: I bought the full version of this mascara and it is terrible, it looks like it is another product compared to the sample. It is very dry, does not add that much volume and my lashes look spidery. Not good. I will stick to GA from now on.
This is my HG!! My eyelashes are thick but not too long, but this stuff makes them look fake! My eyelashes end up looking very voluminous, defined, and oh so long! My eyes do not water that much and since my skin isn't oily it hasn't smeared or smudged on me. I'm not sure if it would on anyone else. No flaking at all either. Way better than Dior and Lancome mascaras. Just love it!