Sometimes, it feels nice to splurge on high end beauty products. Ones with fancy packaging and a from a highly regarded brand. Other times? You just need something affordable and effective. Something that works well and gets the job done. When it comes to mascara....high end isn't usually on my radar. Sure, there are high end options that I like. Examples include Benefit's They're Real and Too Faced's Better Than Sex. However, drugstore options are always preferable. This is partly due to the cost and partly due to the many wonderful drugstore options. (Like my all-time favourite, The Super Sizer from Cover Girl.) Recently, I was able to try out a mascara from Essence. This is an ultra affordable brand that I've had success with over the years.
When my makeup collection was still in its infancy, Essence was a brand that I loved testing and trying products from. They were cheap. They looked cute. And they were shockingly impressive in quality. Over the years, I've tried out a fair number of products. Some brow sets, mini eyeshadow palettes, and blushes galore. There have been a handful of hits and a handful of misses. Somehow, in all of the things that I've tried out...mascara was never on the list. So a part of me was a little excited to try out the Lash Princess mascara from Essence. Especially because I've heard a lot of people talk about it over the years.
Since it was my first time using a mascara from this brand, it only made sense to film a first impressions video. It is live on my YouTube channel now. Take a look....
As you can see from the video, this mascara didn't impress me all that much. It works decently but not spectacularly. It seems unable to provide both volume and length. Though this visually works well for a simple everyday look...it doesn't deliver any drama. The mascara just lacks that bold impactful finish. Additionally, I found that it flaked throughout the day. Small flecks of product were underneath my lash line and some had fallen halfway down my cheek. It was frustrating and embarrassing. I don't want to have to worry about my mascara staying put. So for me, this was a miss. It isn't a mascara that I would recommend nor would I purchase it in future.
Rating: 1.5 / 5
I really wanted to enjoy the Lash Princess mascara from Essence. Since there have been a lot of products I've enjoyed from the brand in the past? My fingers were crossed. Sadly, the mascara did not deliver the results I was hoping for. Though the bottle was cute and the price was reasonable....it flaked and didn't deliver an impactful lash look.
Have you tried this mascara? What did you think of it?