EDIT: Stay Perfect Mascara, I will officially let you out if the dog house. I do believe that there is a learning curve when it comes to a tubing mascara and after I have been using tubing mascara for a while now I came back to this product and now I really like it. The thing one needs to remember with a tubing mascara is to use a primer first and it is here that one does all the work laying it on thick, possibly wiggling it for volume and really working it, even heavily handed if need-be. The tubing mascara should been then applied before the primer dries from root to tip in one smooth stroke. Don't wiggle or focus on the tips of the lashed as doing to will result in uneven tubed or odd balls at the tip of the lashes that look spidery and unattractive. I have no issues covering the heavy white primer with this mascara which is the goal here, simply cover the white in a thick, even coat of mascara. Applied correctly there is no smudging an very minimal flaking or tube debris which is still not ideal but also nothing like the issues I have had with other mascaras. I really like the brush, a modern, silicone-like applicator with little teeth that work well and are not spiky to the eye when using. I have left the older review to show what happens before one learns how to work with a tubing mascara.
This mascara is a fail for me, at least on the top lashes. Maybe I expect to much as this mascara looks terrible when I try to build it into the lashes which Cover Girl's remarkable professional mascara gives me. With this I get spidery, uneven lashes that look terrible. I do like it, however for the bottom lashes where I have much lower expectations. Here it defines an darkens but does not smudge or flake which I like, as most mascara's, even Cover Girls's does on the bottom to make up give up product on the bottom. For this reason I may buy again, but make no mistake I am disappointed in the product.