This is my favorite mascara at the moment. The wand is nothing special, just a traditional brush style wand. The mascara is a rich black color & the formula is perfect - wet enough that you have time to work with it to build your lashes up but dry enough that it will separate and define your lashes. Two coats gives me thick, full, defined, & lengthened lashes but doesn't make them crunchy or spidery. I don't experience any flaking or smudging & I think it looks just as nice at the end of the day as it does when first applied. For less than $5 you really can't beat it.