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Thursday, 8 January 2015

Review: Essence I ♥ Extreme Volume Mascara

Hello and welcome to my first beauty review of 2015, and we're starting as we mean to go on with a budget-friendly mascara - but is it worth spending your cash on? I received Essence's I ♥ Extreme Volume Mascara as part of a giveaway prize last year, and have been using it as my day-to-day mascara for the past few weeks. "Mascara for extreme volume; ultra black; ophthalmologically tested."
Essence I Heart Extreme Volume Mascara
First things first, I can't help but think the tube is just too chunky, I can't see why it needs to be so fat - it makes it harder to store and means it takes up more space in my make-up bag so it's less than ideal for travelling with. Maybe a minor thing but the little things can add up! That aside, the packaging is quite nice, with the product name printed in hot pink on the black tube - simple but effective. The wand features a standard brush-style application - none of these new-fangled plastic combs or spoon-shaped things here! - though the brush is a little on the larger side.
Essence I Heart Extreme Mascara Wand
I find that the mouth of the tube doesn't tend to remove excess product from the tip of the wand, meaning you have to remember to do this yourself or risk ending up with mascara-blobs in the corners of your eyes - never a good look! The large brush makes application a little tricky, as it can be hard to reach the inner corner lashes without getting mascara blobs on the lids - see photo below...
Essence Mascara Review
I'm lucky in that I have quite long lashes as it is, so in a mascara I'm generally just looking for a jet-black colour and a nice amount of volume, rather than anything extreme in terms of added length. For me, though, I felt that this mascara actually made my lashes look shorter somehow. Seriously, I don't know how it would achieve that, but everytime I apply it I feel like my lashes end up looking kinda stumpy...?!
FOTD Essence Mascara
[Also wearing: Laura Mercier Foundation Primer; Rimmel Lasting Finish 25H Foundation in '100 Ivory'; Benefit High Beam; Soap & Glory Kick-Ass Concealer in 'Light'; Makeup Gallery Smoothly Does It Pressed Powder; NARS Powder Blusher in 'Douceur'; MUA Pro Brow Kit; GOSH Forever Eyeshadow Metallic Eyeshadow Stick in '02 Beige'; Essence I ♥ Extreme Volume Mascara]
I should mention that this mascara lasts well - I've not experienced any flaking or smudging, even when wearing it for 14+ hours - and removes reasonably well with an eye make-up remover on cotton pads. I do get a nice dark, black colour but, rather than adding volume as it claims, it has a tendency to clump a little if you try to apply more than one coat, and that alongside the fact that it somehow manages to make my lashes look shorter means this isn't a winner for me! All in all, the little things have added up to make this a pretty poor offering as far as I'm concerned; the excessively chunky tube, the mascara blobs not being removed from the wand, and the way it looks on my lashes, mean I won't be repurchasing this and I don't really feel like I could recommend it, though I wouldn't be put off trying other Essence mascaras as for the price they have the potential to be an absolute bargain! Have you tried Essence's I ♥ Extreme Volume Mascara? Did you have a similar experience? Would you recommend any other Essence mascaras, or should I give them a miss?



  1. This mascara is fantastic !
    Your blog is very interesting


  2. Im suprised at how good this mascara is! Love thicker brushes on mascaras x
    Emma | Emmys Blog

  3. I think this does look good on you, but the large brush puts me off as I have really short lashes xx Thou Shalt Not Covet

  4. I think it looks good on you! However I really don't like brushes like this as I feel they clump my lashes so I would steer clear xx

    Charli | Beauty and Lifestyle Blogger at CHARLI B

  5. This mascara looks really amazing, I actually like mascaras that have really big brushes, I'm not sure why but they just make lashes look really big and voluminous

  6. I have tried quite a few essences mascaras and I've been really happy with them but I haven't tried this one x

  7. Such a great mascara! it made my favourites on a good few occasions! xxx

  8. Such a shame you didn't like this mascara, I do like my mascaras to give me a lot of volume.


  9. I wasn't a huge fan of this mascara.. It didn't really do anything for my lashes

  10. OOh wow, this looks fantastic hun x

  11. I haven't tried any mascaras from Essence, but I can tell your lashes look so full and they don't seem like their shorter ;)

    Pink Frenzy

  12. It's a shame you didn't like it, but personally I don't think it looks too bad! Maybe apply a little to the lower lashes too, to see if it'll make a difference? Hope your next Essence beauty buy will be more successful!

    Frankie x

  13. Yeah I find essence products to be a bit hit and miss, although like you say, for the price you really don't mind! I love their lipsticks- if you haven't tried them yet you definitely should!
    Libby xxx

  14. Ohh this Mascara makes your Lashes look so fluttery and full! ^ ^


  15. Well between those two photos you can most definitely see a difference, but what a shame it isn't the one for you.

  16. Ooh this mascara sounds quite good :)
    I'd love to give it a go and see if it works for me or not!

  17. I'm not a fan of super chunky tubes either! I always feel like I won't be able to get all the product out very easily! xo


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