I've bought a few tubes of this already, for various reasons which I'll list below. As a whole it has some serious shortcomings that keep me looking to replace it while looking for something that ticks the same boxes.
The good: The brush, the lengthening/definition, the lack of irritation.
The bad: Lack of volume (no drama, every day type mascara), the completely false "water resistant" claim, the flake and lack of curl holding power.
So, let's start!
I love this brush. I have finicky eyelashes that clump easily and honestly can be a pain to coat properly. They seem to splay out widely across my eye, with the outer corner ones literally facing the same way winged eyeliner would. It makes it hard to get in there with a larger brush and not touch my (hooded, ugh) eyelid. The size of this brush makes that possible. The bristles are perfect for combing through and separating my lashes, making them look longer and defined. I get long, fluttery looking lashes that help open my eye and make me look more awake.
As a bonus, this mascara doesn't irritate my eyes like some can during the wonderful season of allergies.
Now, the not so good.
This is a one trick pony. All length, little volume. While my lashes may look long and fluttery for a bit, it doesn't quite hit the sweet spot I'd like. Admittedly, I'm picky and can build some volume at the root with multiple coats, but with my lashes it's 1 step from clump city.
The main problem is no matter how much I apply, this just doesn't hold a curl. I have straight, but still fairly long lashes and keeping them curled is a j o b. I have yet to actually find a mascara that doesn't clump my lashes together but curls them/holds a curl for more than an hour tops. This is a good everyday mascara for work and basic makeup needs but don't try to rock this with a full glam look (unless using falsies).
I wouldn't call this particularly long wearing, since it flakes onto my cheekbones. The ends just lose all product and unless I reapply it just slowly ends up all over my face during the day. It also smudges to my lower lashline because, surprise surprise, the water resistant claim is unfortunately B.S. I can remove most, if not all, of this with just water and a microfiber cloth even with 3+ coats on. It does not survive crying, showering, deep humidity or sweating, and especially not swimming. Disappointing, considering the orange tube lash blast is almost TOO budgeproof.
I keep buying it for the brush, and keep being annoyed that I don't have a properly waterproof mascara. I have Wet n' Wild megalength in the mail at the moment, and I'm hoping that will at least close the needed gap for a waterproof lower mascara. If I can find something truly waterproof, budget friendly, with a similar wand... goodbye to this product.