Recently I decided to try out a mascara from Essence — the Lash Princess Sculpted Volume Mascara. I actually was looking to try the Lash Princess False Lash Mascara, but my local store was fresh out. This one looked quite similar, so I decided to give it a shot! Today I’ll be sharing my thoughts on it with you!
Description: “Mascara for incredible volume, perfectly sculpted and fanned out lashes.”
Ingredients: Aqua (water), paraffin, glyceryl stearate, synthetic beeswax, stearic acid, acacia senegal gum , butylene glycol, palmitic acid, polybutene, oryza sativa (rice) bran wax, vp/eicosene copolymer, ozokerite, aminomethyl propanol, tropolone, hydrogenated vegetable oil, stearyl stearate, hydroxyethylcellulose, phenoxyethanol, ci 77499 (iron oxides).
Price: $4.99 CAD
Size: 12 mL (0.40 fl. oz.)
Is it Cruelty-Free? Yes!
Is it Vegan? Yes!
Availability: Available in-store at certain drugstores (Shoppers Drug Mart) and grocery stores (Loblaws), or it can also be found online.
Pros: Cruelty-free, vegan, very affordable, less than 10 minutes to dry, easy to apply, creates good volume if applied carefully, good packaging (other than no seal on it), sturdy wand; applicator curves — which allows it to apply mascara to all lashes.
Cons: Packaging is not secure (no seal around it, so it could be opened in the store), could become clumpy if not applied carefully or if too many coats are applied, some fall-out (but nothing too dramatic); curved applicator may be difficult for some.
My Thoughts: I wasn’t too sure how I was going to feel about this mascara, mostly because of the low price (funny how that is). I’d read mixed reviews online, but decided to give it a try because of its good price. To my surprise, I didn’t mind this mascara! It applies easily and creates pretty good volume in one or two coats. It also dries quickly; it’s completely dry in about 10 minutes. What I really like is that the wand is very sturdy, which you don’t always get with inexpensive mascaras. The applicator/tip/brush part is also curved, which may be good or bad for different people. I don’t mind it, but I find it makes it a bit trickier to apply the mascara. On the contrary, there’s a bit of fall-out, but not too much, so it’s not too bad. What I really don’t like about this product is that the packaging is not secure. You know how when you buy most mascaras, there’s plastic packaging around the mascara tube? Well the mascaras from Essence don’t have that (at least the ones I’ve seen don’t). On one hand I think that’s great because it reduces waste; however, because it’s a product that’s being applied so close to eyes, I feel like there should be some type of seal around it so that there’s no chance of someone else opening it and potentially introducing bacteria. I actually didn’t even think of this when I bought this mascara and when I first tried it out, but luckily it seems fine. I’m not sure I would repurchase it because of this, though.