Essence I Love Extreme Crazy Volume


134 reviews

76% would repurchase

Package Quality: 3.9

Price: $$

Package Quality: 3.9

Price: $$


on 2/19/2015 1:18:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Normal, Olive, Neutral

Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Brown

First of all, I have mixed feelings about this mascara and I would have given it a 3 and a half lipsticks rating. I need to mention that I am a mascara lover, I can pretty much make any mascara work at least decently if the formula is not terribly bad. Point is, I do know my mascaras, I have decent technique and I will give an honest and in depth review as I can.
Points I would make about this:

-This is not a product you just dab on quickly and get out of the house. You need technique and patience to get the best results. The formula is really, really wet. Pair that with the large brush and the rather generous stopper and you get a big mess if you are not careful. I am very excited for the formula to dry out a bit as I think it would be much better. Don't buy this if you are a 5 minute make-up girl. If you like gazing in the mirror and carefully applying and experimenting with products and techniques, by all means, try this.

-I would not recommend this for girls who like natural, delicate looking lashes. If you like the more natural look you will not like this at all. I would recommend this for those of you who like EXTREME CRAZY VOLUME (: , like the packaging subtly suggests :lol: . Beware, the formula can clump your lashes together a bit but nothing a good technique will not solve.

- This mascara will make my lashes HUGE and I do mean HUGE really fast, without a lash curler. Like just 2-3 consecutive coats . I like Maybelline The Falsies really much and I need countless coats of that to achieve the same volume I get with this Extreme Crazy Volume in just 2-3 coats.
My natural lashes are quite average, nothing to brag about, and this makes them look HUGE . Did I stress HUGE enough ? :D

-My technique with this is as it follows: after I have wiped the bottom of the brush, I apply two consecutive coats of this, without letting it dry in between, insisting on the roots, and rolling the brush as I apply it. I find it kind of hard to really reach the roots with the huge brush but it can be done. I will wing the outer corner lashes towards my temples, the inner corner ones towards my nose and the middle ones upwards. I will apply then a little more on the outer corner lashes ( I love a cat eye look) . I will let this first coat dry a little bit ( maybe like a minute, minute and a half) and then I will put on another layer. Try to really, really work this into your lashes, rolling the brush as you apply really helps. After all coats have almost completely dried, I will separate any clumpy lashes with a sewing needle. Yes, I know about the metal lash combs but I still think a sewing needle gives me more precision.

-I am not sure about the staying power of this mascara. I hate it when mascara flakes, and I will update on that when I will know for sure.

So, would I buy this again? Absolutely yes, if I were to need a good, budget mascara. I paid 2.8 pounds for this. Rarely would I get a reasonable product at this price.


The mascara has dried out a little bit (2 - 3 weeks after I got it) and it's so much better now. No need to use a needle to separate lashes, can be applied really fast so I revise my previous statement that you can't use this if you are a 5 minute make-up girl.
Doesn't flake either or if it does it's very very minimal ( my biggest fear with mascara)
Great product and for the price it's absolutely amazing.

6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

on 2/18/2015 5:25:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Cool

Hair: Black, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Blue

I confess, I have also joined the cult of Essence I Love Extreme Crazy Volume. If it wasn't for MUA, I would never buy a mascara that costs like 3 euros. But now I must admit, my lashes have never looked better. This mascara does everything - it's really black, gives amazing volume, lengthens, holds curl and lasts all day. That's my biggest surprise. I've never had a mascara that wouldn't smudge after a long day. This mascara really sticks, you will more likely get clumps than smudges. I've noticed clumps only after showering. I really appreciate that it holds both curl and my lashes in place the whole day. With other mascaras my lashes were weighted down in a matter of hours. Now it looks like I'm wearing fake lashes. I only have an issue with the brush. It's too big for me. I'm used to small regular bristle brushes. So I apply it on my lashes and then brush it out with my old and dry Artdeco Lash Designer brush. With this mascara you have nothing to lose. I would recommend it to everyone.

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

on 2/18/2015 7:44:00 AM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Dry, Olive, Warm

Hair: Brown, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Brown

I have not written a review in years... I felt compelled to do so only because of how good this stuff works!!! I heard a lot of hype about this mascara on the boards, but did not actually give it a try until I watched a YouTube review. Even then I kind of thought she already had pretty full lashes compared to my thin lashes. I should add they are also poker straight, sparse, and I am even missing a few lashes on my left eye thanks to a chicken pox scar. I was AMAZED at how thick and full this makes my lashes appear. It really does look like false lashes. I like the brush quite a bit, as it both seems to volumize AND is small enough that I can get in the corners and outer edges. There are a few downsides in that the product does clump up a bit on the brush, and then can get a little clumpy if you try to put on too many coats. This happened the first time I applied and I quickly went in with my CG clumpcrusher brush and this helped. It also flakes by the end of the day... For this reason I can't give it a 5, but this stuff is THE best I've used for volume and fullness in my entire life. I found it at Ulta for $4.99- dirt cheap compared to the cost of the many high end mascaras I have used in the past-- most recently I tried the gift set from Sephora (Christmas 2014) that contained all their best sellers... Buxom, Too Faced, KVD, Benefit, Smashbox, UD, etc. I hated them all... and I was very unahppy with the product. I've used Dior, Shiseido, Lancome, before that, but ultimately I always came back to my favorites which were CG Lash Exact (for precision), and Clump Crusher for fullness. But this stuff makes my lashes 2-3x appear more thick than the CG ones. I just hope I can keep finding it in the store and that it doesn't get discontinued :( In the meantime i am stocking up on this stuff....

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Age: 19-24

Skin: Dry, Tan, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Green

I could not believe my dumb luck when I found this mascara. HOLY GRAIL.

I purchased this from shoppers drug-mart in Canada for 4.99. I originally tried an essence mascara that I got for 2 dollars from Fred Meyer in the States. The cashier told me to 'get the pink one next time, it's amazing.' The other one I tried (the black one 'get big lashes') did not impress me at all I actually threw it out.

So, back in Canada in shoppers i see the little essence stand in the isle and i grab ' the pink one ' it was only 5 dollars so why not, i didn't have high hopes but I liked the brush so.... what's 5 dollars right??? I bought it.

I have been wearing mascara for 10 years and I have never found one that I like as much as this. It builds very quickly and the brush is so sturdy and FAB. I don't like buying expensive mascara because, hey, a gurl goes through those things quickly and they dry up and can cause infection if you keep those bad boys too long.

This mascara is amazing, I would purchase 40 of them and not have any regrets, I've recommended it to several people and they all love it as well. I am picky with mascara and I ain't straying away from this one any time soon.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

on 2/4/2015 11:00:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Blond, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Blue

This is the first essence mascara I have purchased. A friend of mine suggested it, and her lashes always look amazing so I thought I'd give it a shot. This mascara is comparable to higher end products. My only complaint is its far too goopy and wet. The product itself seems rather potent. It does however, create intense volume and add a decent amount of length. Its super cheap too. For $4.99 at Shoppers Drug Mart why not re-purchase this product!?

Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Blue

This mascara isn't my favourite out of all the essence mascaras but it's still good. It makes my eyelashes very black but not as long as I like them. It clumps a little but it's no hassle and for the price it's amazing. Probably wouldn't buy again but I'll keep using it till it dries up

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Medium, Warm

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

so let me just say, i never write reviews just spend all day reading them. its crazy how depend i am on makeup alley.. this is a great great mascasa it is def comparable to high end.. people always ask if im wearing fake eye lashes. mind you i have semi long average lashes and this stuff works!! i def recommend to ppl with average length lashes! it is messy yes but i can deal with the mess it is definately one of the best drugstore and ever high end. i would just say to apply it cautiously if you do that you will not have a mess to clean up bc it is very wet. however i have extremely happy with the price $6 ulta and will repurchase. never have issues with mascara fall out
it has amazing performance for the price

on 1/12/2015 12:31:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I bought this cuz many ppl said it is a good mascara. in muy case, it irritated me, muy eyes got swollen and ver y red. and the mascara smudge an flaky and is hard to clean. I wont buy it again

Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Hazel

I am so glad I tried this mascara!The bright pink tube is what drew me in.I long for long,dark,thick eyelashes and this mascara delivers!I love the brush.It is one of those plastic like applicators where the bristles looks more prickly if that makes any sense?I actually prefer these type of brushes because I find it gives more volume and you can control the brush better.When applying this mascara allot of product does get on the tip of the brush so I either wipe it off with a tissue or just wipe off the excess on the inner rim of the tube.Once I do this its time to apply!I wiggle my brush and give it a couple of swipes and BAM my lashes are super long and thick and very black.I don't think this is one of those mascaras where you can apply quickly and go, it can tend to look clumpy if you don't take your time applying and comb the brush through enough (or if you don't remove the extra product on the brush).Besides that I love this mascara and for the price of $4.99 its a steal!

on 1/6/2015 1:19:00 AM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

Wow, what a great find! I love the volume and length this gives!! I use it on top of a waterproof coat and I love how long it makes my lashes. Awesome value!

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