I have very short and sparse Asian lashes. After searching for a good mascara that would help them, I've recently given up. Now, I usually skip mascara because it doesn't make a difference on the visibility of my lashes once I put on my heavy winged eyeliner, but I've been noticing that since my eyeliner is so black, my lashes are visible and grey in comparison. So I've been fooling around with mascaras and impulsively picked this one up to try. Long story short, this is the only mascara I've EVER found that makes my lashes go past my eyeliner! The mascara is very black, and you apply it with a short-bristled rubber brush, like a thicker version of CG Lashblast Length. I use several coats and it lengthens my lashes significantly, volumizes, and even thickens quite a bit. It's a magic worker on my pathetic lashes and it only costs $5! My only gripe with it is that the stopper doesn't seem to work very well and the opening is a little goopy, even after two short weeks of usage.
This is the first Essence mascara I've bought, though not the first Essence product (I've tried and like some of their lip products). It seems like most of this brand's mascaras on MUA have very high ratings and they are so cheap, I figured I had nothing to lose by trying one.
What I look for in mascara generally, ranked by priority:
This mascara is very, very dark, maybe the blackest mascara I've ever used and I love that. The brush is a rubber/plastic with teeny tiny stubby bristles, which I've noticed is a common brush in the volumizing formulas of a few brands. Even the end of the brush is rounded with a few spiky bristles, which is great for picking up the tough corner lashes. It works really well, picking up every lash. The formula can be somewhat goopy/clump lashes together, so you definitely need a lash comb, but the formula itself doesn't crumble or flake. It does a great overall job of giving the impression of thick/many lashes, lengthening them to some extent and also holding curl as well. The effect is dramatic, just what I was hoping for. I use about 2 coats - any more than that and you quickly get into spider lashes territory. This formula wears well without smudging or bleeding at all. Although it is not waterproof, it can become a mess if you are just trying to wash it off without using an eye makeup remover first. Remover is needed to get all of this off. Don't go to sleep without it cleaned off or you'll wake up with irritated eyes.
The packaging is cute and the price is unbeatable. This is my go-to for night-out/bold lashes.
This mascara totally exceeded my expectations. Here's my quick review:
After reading the reviews on MUA I decided to give this mascara a try since it's so cheap. It really makes my lashes look fuller and it stays on all day. It also hardly clumps which I normally have an issue with, I think because I don't have to apply so much because only a few strokes does it. I was so excited when I found this worked so good because it was only 4.99 the cheapest mascara I've ever bought.
My favourite mascara, better than lancome
Cant fault it!
Bought this after seeing reviews on youtube but was skeptical because its an inexpensive product. Although I cannot use it on my lower lashes because it did transfer on me, I cannot say enough good stuff about how much I love it on my upper lashes. The brush is like no other I've tried before, its long and skinny, the bristles are not consistent in length or density around the wand, it also has a ball-ish tip that really reaches my inner harder to reach lashes. One coat really does provide enough length and volume, and I am a fan of heavy mascara, two coats is a home run! Its super volumizing and lengthening. Strange enough, it does not flake or transfer on my upper lashes so for the price I am ok with buying a separate mascara for my lower lashes. Never confuse inexpensive for cheap, this mascara is a lesson in that concept! Highly recommended.
MY CURRENT FAVE MASCARA! Love it! And ridiculously cheap!!!
By far my favorite drugstore-like mascara. Love almost everything about it: the brush, the coverage, the volume, the definition. The perfect amount of product comes out, the formula is great from the first swipe. Two coats is great, but three is perfect.
My one gripe is that it transfers on me. I have only ever had one other mascara do that (Voluminous by L'Oreal), so I'm rather sad this otherwise fabulous mascara does it. I may have to try the waterproof version (is there one?) to see if that cures the problem.
Edit 7/14: I started using a different mascara on my bottom lashes to see if that solved my smudging problem and it did! I L-O-V-E the look this gives my top lashes. I find myself reaching for this more than any other mascara I own (I pair with Maybelline F&S for my lower, in case anyone is looking for a combo that works well).
No need to write the same thing as all the ladies - one word - AMAZING! HUGE lashes and clump free! would definitely buy another tube. A+++
This price is ridiculously cheap and stays put but the brush is large and awkward to get a clean swipe on lashes. It also pulls way too much out and clumps occurred in less than a month's time. Once it's on tho, it looks good so if you're willing to work with it, then it's worth it.