I purchased the Essence ‘Lash Princess – False Lash Effect Mascara’ after seeing it hyped up on youtube by a number of ladies. I was looking for a new mascara and Essence is one of the few cruelty-free makeup brands that I can access in person in my small town.
I have mixed feelings about this product. What this mascara has taught me is that I am actually more of a lengthening mascara lover rather than a volumizing mascara lover. Overall, I think I am more in the natural lash basket rather than a super dramatic lash person – so keep that in mind when reading this review.
Before I get started, the packaging of this is super cute. I enjoy the rubber embossing on the lid – very grippy 🙂 I like that the brush is relatively small as I am not about those big, bristle mascara brushes. Saying that, I found that this brush comes from the tube quite heavy with product. I have to clean it off considerably to avoid uber clumping. This mascara sure does give a lot of volume though! One coat gives plenty of drama. I often ran a clean spoolie through my lashes after application to separate my lashes a bit but that is just personal preference.
One criticism for me is that the formula is very thick and slow to dry when applied and I found it extremely difficult to avoid it transferring on my lid and/or under eye during application. I certainly enjoyed this mascara much more when it was a little older… but the catch is that I found the ‘golden era’ quite short. I was just enjoying the formula when it was suddenly too dry and moving into the flakey zone. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing though. Mascara does need to be used and replaced quickly so it was a timely reminder to replace the product in a way.
Overall, this was a pretty good mascara. It wouldn’t be MY first pick, but if you enjoy a dramatic mascara this may be work a try. With a price tag around AU$5 you don’t have much to lose!
Have a great day 🙂