Can't vouch for all three settings, as I have far from a natural makeup look, and I leave this mascara on 3 at all times. Because it lets so much product onto the brush at once, when the lid is closed it spills out a bit, so it's a bit messy. It's worth it for how it looks on though, as it rivals the appearance of my previous favourite mascara, Precious Cells by Lancome. I have it in black, it's really dark, I've had no smudging, no flaking, it only takes a few coats for a REALLY intense look, and as I bought it on offer, it was good value for money. I will be reordering this!