12 Mar 2009

Review: Essence mascaras

In a recent video I talked about these mascaras from Essence, a very inexpensive drugstore brand here in Europe (it's a German brand.) Even drugstore makeup can be a bit pricey in Europe with some mascaras from Max Factor running to around $20 USD a pop, so Essence caters to the lower-end price spectrum and is popular with teenagers.

Essence Volume Boost Base Mascara

I had high hopes in this drugstore fiber mascara base, because of how inexpensive it was and how much I have heard about fiber mascaras. A fiber mascara is essentially a mascara that contains small fibers inside (I don't know what the fibers are made of), which stick onto your lashes to add length. They are very popular in Asian countries but are largely unknown on the Western beauty market. Some high end fiber mascaras include Fiberwig and Kanebo. This one by Essence was dirt cheap so I was very excited to try it out.

Sadly, I was unimpressed by this. This product made my lashes very brittle, and while the fibers seemed to add length, they also made them very uneven, almost bumpy looking. It was very hard to coat the lashes evenly with mascara after. This mascara base is white and it didn't dry clear, so it was hard to fully cover up the base with a black mascara. It did add volume but it also made my lashes look really bumpy and just not....smooth and luscious. It also did nothing for waterproofing or at least smudge-proofing; I didn't feel like my mascara performed any better with this on. In fact, I think my mascara looked better without this product on!

In conclusion: If you're curious about fiber mascaras, give it a go as it's so cheap, but overall I wasn't impressed with this at all.

Essence Lash Mania mascara

This is essentially trying to copy at least the packaging of Dior's Diorshow mascara, and it has a similar fat brush as the Diorshow. But I think that's pretty much where the similarities end. I do not own Diorshow so I can't say how they compare, but overall I wasn't impressed with this mascara. It did have a very nice deep black color and I didn't have any problems using the wide brush, but it didn't do much for my lashes. This mascara was just OK. Not horrible, but not wonderful. I have better results with Covergirl Lashblast or Max Factor 2000 Calorie. Once again it made my lashes very hard and brittle, and sort of clumpy looking. This did nothing for separating and defining the lashes, and it was hard to do my lower lashes with the fat brush. The mascara also flaked after a period of wear.

In conclusion, I guess if you're on a super tight budget then give Essence mascaras a try, but there's plenty of other drugstore mascaras out there that are just better. I don't think I will foray into Essence mascaras again.


  1. thanks for the review! well this brand sincerely I just have tried the Essence lash &Brow, the transparent mascara :P it was good. I take on mind the advices of the other products u mentioned but I sincerely think that pretty much every mascara gets kinda weird when it is applied in too much quantity :P

  2. essence is the cheapest makeup you can get in a shop. all its good for is lipgloss to be honest!

    best cheap mascara to get is somthing from rimmel.
    but the brushes on there are like the plastic comb ones but better then nothing i suppose!

  3. Anonymous5:15 am

    maybe higher end fiber brands are better? ive heard good things

  4. Anonymous11:39 pm

    I recommend you try essence multi action mascara. It's my all time favorite. And the first mascara that made me go wow. But I should mention I never tried any of high end brands.
    As for volume boost I agree with you.

  5. Anonymous2:51 pm

    One more vote for trying essence's multi action mascara:-)

  6. The multiaction mascara is also my fav :) But I haven't tried any high end mascaras either... only Maybelline and Bourjois :\

  7. Anonymous5:13 pm

    Very sad the Essence Mascara you tested wasn't good, but me, I really recommend the Multi Action Mascara from Essence, it is really good! So, if you'd give it a try (though you were disappointed by the one you used) I think you'd be suprised how well it works!


    Es ist sehr schade, dass die Maskara, die du getestet hast, nicht gut war. Ich würde dir trotzdem die Multi Action Mascara von Essence empfehlen, ich hoffe für dich, dass du sie versuchen wirst, sie ist wirklich gut, du wirst überrascht sein!

  8. Anonymous12:50 pm

    I have tried this base and I like it after it dries a bit, because it isn't so good when it's new :D It lasts quite long and it does much for my poor lashes :/

    Lash Mania isn't good. I took it also because I wanted to see the effect but the brush is too huge and it doesn't do anything for me. Multiaction is much better when it comes to this brand. :)

  9. Anonymous9:12 pm

    KISSES ;*