Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara Review

I cannot remember the last time I did a full makeup review on a single product, instead of a summary of a few products in one post, well, aside from the brushes I did last week. I think it's been at least a month, and I've promised myself that I'll do a review each week or, at the very least, every fortnight. Especially because I've got a shit tonne of products to go through and hopefully this will convince me to use them more often.

Oh, and having a new job means I get to wear makeup at least twice a week, so that's something!

Today's review is going to be on the Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara. That's a serious mouthful! I'm not too sure why brands think it's a great idea to have such long names for their products. I like it simple and clean, not wordy. Anyways, it's not a very good reason to frown upon a product for, so I'll just move along and get down to the nitty gritty.

First up is the packaging. The mascara comes in a curvy tube that's somewhat ergonomic, but it unnecessarily takes up extra space in a drawer. It is made from what feels like cheap black plastic, printed in mint. The lid, or handle, is decorated with a rubbery, raised detail which guarantees a better grip, which is why I think it was designed with ergonomics in mind. The mascara closes tightly with a noticeable click which means there's little chance of air entering the tube and drying the product out. The wand is a tapered fibre spoolie.

Let's talk about the formula. I've read reviews on this product, from bloggers that seem to love it and nothing less. It was the main reason why I picked this mascara up, along with the minor detail of the cute packaging. It was purported to really lengthen your lashes and last all day.

I didn't like the formula at all at the start and here's why: It was thick, and the brush was really loaded with the gunk, so I got a lot of it on my eyelashes. I've tried scraping it all off before application, but I still ended up with so much that it clumps my eyelashes, and it didn't give me the length that I was looking for. I look for a lengthening mascara that lengthens with just one coat, and this did not do it. It was more of a thickening mascara.

However, more than a month or so after opening, the formula has actually improved to produce what you see below. I hadn't worn it for over a month, so when it came time to do this post I didn't scrape the brush off, so I could show you guys how much product is on the brush. Funnily enough, this post ended up being counter-productive because the mascara produced better results for the photos.

In short, it lengthens, it separates, and it coats each individual lash, without clumping them together and making my lashes feel heavy. I think it looks a bit dry though so it doesn't appear smooth or natural. However, considering the results it used to produce the first few times I tried it, it's quite an improvement.

This mascara lasts all day, but bespectacled beauties, be aware that this does not stand up to humidity behind the glasses and will flake a little bit throughout the day. So, if you're like me and wear glasses all day, every day, you might want to consider a different formula. It comes off with micellar water, though you'll find that you need a couple of cotton pads, as this product is so thick there's a lot to clean from the lashes. It's so thick and stubborn I was finding mascara on my under-eye area for a couple of days afterwards, regardless of how often I wash my face, my eye area included.

If you were to buy this mascara, I would recommend that you open the tube a couple of times for at least a few weeks to let it, I guess you could say, mature. Don't use it until then if you want to lengthen the life of the mascara and prevent bacterial growth. I throw out my mascara every three months, so I have about another month left to use this before I toss it, which is a waste.

Have you ever used this mascara before? What did you think? What is your favourite mascara to date?



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