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Member since 24/09/2007
17 Jun 2019 11:57 AM
Super voluminous and sexy
Thus is such a great mascara - super cheap and beautiful formula. The wand is so thickly bristled that you can really curl the lashes well and get the formula into a buildable length on your lashes. It washes off easily and doesn’t flake. This is a really great all rounder and so cheap you can’t not try
Member since 16/11/2018
5 Apr 2019 9:21 AM
Good natural looking everyday mascara
I am a fan of natural looking eyelashes and do not like crazy voluminous eyelashes unless in the evening. This works perfect for me as an everyday mascara when I'm not wearing a lot of makeup. It separates my lashes and gives it a bit of length and volume without clumping it. The brush is plastic and easy to use. The formula is thin when you open new one but I feel it thickened over a period of time which made it heavy for my liking. But it still is one of my everyday favourite. I only use it on my upper eyelashes and it has not smudged ever. I usually get smudges when I wear it on my lower eyelashes so would advise not to use it. It is buildable and you can easily get voluminous dramatic lashes with two applications. It's easy to take off and no residue or patches around eyes either after removal. The price is great for an everyday wear and would recommend it to everyone want slight volume.
Everyone looking for volume and thicker lashes to go with no makeup look
Member since 05/11/2017
11 Jun 2018 2:52 PM
WOW. Best mascara I have ever used and SO AFFORDABLE
This is the first mascara I ever bought, for about $5 at my local priceline. Since then, I have tried mascaras by Revlon, L'Oreal, Avon and Too Faced, but this is the one I always find myself reaching for.
The formula is thick without being too thick. The brush works really well and helps separate and define my lashes. It adds volume, intensity and length. It also makes lashes a really nice cat-eye shape.
It can be applied more for a dramatic effect, or sparingly for subtle definiton.
I wouldn't advise using it as a lower lash mascara. It isn't waterproof and so may run.
Otherwise it is very long wearing, and yet removes easily. I got water squirted at my eye once when wearing this but there was no mascara running!
Apply with a light hand or it tends to become too gloopy. I have long lashes and only apply it to the very ends with amazing effect!
Dries pretty quick, but just don't move you eyes for a few seconds if you tend to have an issue with transfer.
Absolutely everyone! Especially if you are on a budget
Member since 22/04/2018
23 Apr 2018 9:19 PM
for the price this mascara is super good. it does all the things that it claims. i would recommend this to people looking for a really food everyday mascara that is obviously super affordable. this gives your eyelashes a ton of volume and it makes your makeup look even better. the only annoying thing is that it isnt waterproof, but for the price i would still totally recommend it
Member since 10/03/2014
26 Oct 2017 5:11 PM
Good cheap mascara!
I've just recently finished my first tube of this and wow I loved it! It gave me good length to my lashes, and it didn't look clumpy. For people looking for volume this doesn't give it. I just wanted my lashes so look nice a natural with some length so this worked perfectly for me.
The brush is a nice straight type, and it worked well to get into my lashes. I've finished using my current one, but I've kept the brush to use with other formulas, since I don't like the super thick brushes.
Unfortunately this one was one waterproof / transfer proof, so it would after a while get some transfer to my under eye. This didn't faze me much though, as it is such a cheap mascara that worked to what I needed.
Member since 09/10/2017
24 Oct 2017 9:31 PM
I was gifted this mascara by my sister last month, at first I thought it was just some mascara as I had never heard of this brand before, I still decided to use it and wow, I fell in love with it, my lashes are really thin and this mascara did wonders it really volumized my lashes and love that the colour is really pigmented, I don’t think I need to wear any falsies when I wear this mascara. My sister also realized how good the mascara was and started using it as well, we both fought for it whenever it was time for dress up :p
Since it was a gift I had no idea on how much it costed, until I decided to put in a review I knew how much it costed, it’s a good bar again I must say.
This mascara really does the job! I love it
A little goes a long way
Thin lashes and for girls who are on a budget
Member since 04/06/2016
2 Jun 2017 10:52 PM
No volume but nice length
I really like the essence brand, I think the pricing is incredible and quality is pretty good too! In saying this, I tried this mascara in the hopes it would add volume to my long lashes however, I found it to be quite lacking in the volume department instead it added to my volume really nicely.
If you're looking for volume, in my experience, I wouldn't be picking this up in a hurry.
Member since 15/01/2017
12 Apr 2017 4:10 PM
Not for me
Did not like one bit. I bought it after reading so many good reviews of people loving it, but was disappointed by it. The wand is way too big ( and I have pretty big eyes) , the formula wasn't good in my opinion. It wasn't the worst, considering the price, but it didn't lengthen the lashes nor gave me volume. I love essence but they just have better mascaras than this one- like the princess lashes for example.
Member since 08/12/2016
27 Jan 2017 9:58 PM
This mascara was okay. It definitely added length to my lashes and was super black, but I didn't find that it gave me any volume at all. It did an okay job of holding my curl, but by the end of the day my curl was definitely completely dropped. It didn't smudge too much, however I did find that it flaked quite a bit which was a bummer. It's okay for the price, but I definitely prefer other mascaras over this.
Member since 21/09/2016
7 Nov 2016 12:31 PM
long lashes, hard to take off
This is a good mascara for the money you buy it for. The look it gives your lashes isn't bad, they make your lashes appear long and darker. However i would not call it extremely voluminous. It made my lashes more spidery then anything and the applicator is absolutely massive! It is also really hard to take off after wearing it and I often find it smudges after wearing it for a few hours.
Someone needing a cheap mascara
Member since 04/03/2016
4 Nov 2016 3:50 PM
best mascara ever
I love this mascara, but i love the look of long black lashes!
i actually use two mascaras every single day, i use the rimmel wake me up mascara with separates and lengthens the lashes, i then follow with this essence mascara, it coats the lashes with a thicker coat of mascara without being clumpy! it makes them appear longer and stronger!
i love how black it is too, its such a deep black colour it really gives them the illusion of long and healthy lashes
use it as the second coat and use a seating mascara first
everyone, i am super pale with blonde hair and the darkness still looks good on me
Member since 19/01/2015
24 Oct 2016 7:45 PM
The packaging was really nice and attractive, which was what made me buy this mascara (never mind the cheap price!). However, I was really disappointed.
It was really thick and made my eyelashes really clumpy, and it also smudged despite how carefully I applied it. My eyelashes felt so solid and dry like I applied a lot of gel, and they separated in an unattractive way. It made me look like a clown.
Member since 16/02/2015
30 Jan 2016 2:01 PM
Great product just not for me....
I love essence products and couldn't wait to try this one. I already have the pink one which is the absolute best out of the two. I love how this one gives so much volume and love how it makes my lashes so much darker.
Unfortunately it clumps really bad with only applying a very little on my lashes. It doesn't last long for me either and it has the biggest wand I have ever seen.
It was also hard to get the remainder off my lashes.
I hope it works for others just doesn't like me
Member since 13/08/2014
31 Dec 2015 10:43 PM
this is cheap and does an ok job
the brush is a bit intense for me
comes off very very black - my lashes are already black so it just looks weird
prone to spider lashes - so apply carefully
Member since 19/02/2011
29 Sep 2015 2:01 PM
I bought this from a Heat Group sale and really enjoyed it. I liked the brush and formula and found it easy to work with. It added decent length and volume to my lashes and didn't get too clumpy. It didn't last a super long time but for the price I think it is really worth a try.
Member since 17/04/2012
6 Nov 2014 10:45 PM
A good mascara for a great price
I know essence from when I used to live in Poland but I never bought any products of this brand then. The very first products I bought were their lip liners which I like very much. Some time ago, after I saw Maleficent in the cinema I went to Priceline to see what interesting was happening there. I stopped at essence stand and saw I love extreme mascara. I remembered that one Polish youtube beauty guru loved that mascara and couldn't praise it enough. Since the price is rather funny I got it ( and a eyeshadow brush which I really enjoy using).
The packaging is ok for a drugstore mascara. the amount of the product we receive is huge... 12ml! Not many mascaras are that big. I think Diorshow mascara is also 12ml, while most of other mascaras are 6-8 ml.
The brush is huge, I mean huge! When I first saw it I though of Diorshow mascara again. I like big brushes but this one might be quite tricky and one has to be careful not to do any damage to the eye area. The brush is a classic one, not the silicone or rubber one, which I don't mind. The colour is black enough, I really can't expect the blackest black for less than dollars.
What let me down is however the fact that although the mascara is called a volume mascara, it does not really give the lashes that much volume. It rather sticks them together. As far as the lengthening of the lashes is concerned I reckon it works quite well, but I am not satisfied with the volume ( or the lack of thereof) it gives. I noticed that I reach for that mascara when I do my daily make up look, when I really don't pay much attention to the lashes. I haven't noticed any fall out or any smudging and the mascara is quite long lasting too, easy to remove with a regular make up remover.
Don't get me wrong, this mascara is great for that price, but I love my lashes to be voluminous and thick that is why it is only an make up no make up look.
Member since 05/03/2012
10 Sep 2014 3:39 AM
Pink one is great, black one is not
There are 2 different mascaras in this range - I love extreme volume in the black tube, and I love extreme crazy volume in the pink tube. I have used both and I love the pink one but not sold on the black. The black one has a ridiculously big brush - almost as big as my entire eye - which makes it very impractical to apply. It makes such a mess and doesn't provide much volume or length at all. The pink tube has a smaller brush that is still big, and it gives great volume. The mascara has a wet formula, which I like, and the result is soft, feathery volumised lashes. It does make a bit of a mess because the brush is still on the large side, but for the results and at this price ($5!) I can deal with it. It's easy to wash off, doesn't smudge and is buildable. The downside is the tube is also really fat. I will probably get a mascara guard to fix the mess issue. I didn't like any of the other essence mascaras but honestly you can't go wrong with this mascara at this price.
Member since 26/08/2014
26 Aug 2014 4:19 AM
Favourite for volume.
I absolutely love this mascara for giving my lashes volume. I have quite long lashes and this works wonders with pumping up the volume and how can you go wrong with the price. I do find the brush can accumulate a bit too much product and would recommend wiping the excess onto a tissue before applying to avoid spider lashes.
Remove excess mascara from wand by wiping gently with a tissue.
Member since 19/10/2008
7 Aug 2014 8:32 PM
I like essence but i am always sceptic with mascaras. This one just performs wonderful. It doesnt smudge and i am wearing it in summer, in humid weather and it lasts whole day and no panda eyes. Excellent!
Member since 30/01/2011
11 Jun 2014 1:31 PM
In love with essence mascaras now
After trying this mascara on a whim I'm now addicted to essence mascaras! For a product this affordable I was most definitely not expecting such amazing results, naturally I have, sparse, straight lashes after using this product I saw incredible volume and length. It's able to hold a nice curl as well as make my lashes super black. It doesn't flake off on me and is fairly easy to remove at the end of the day.