I rarely ever wear mascara. I feel like these products just aren’t enough for these sparse, stick-straight lashes. My lashes seem committed to staying stick straight for life. And mascaras that could hold a curl are hard to come by.
I don’t experiment with different mascara brands either. Mascaras’ shelf life is so short at six months. I feel like I’d be wasting product if I don’t use it up fast enough. Still, I do have a favorite mascara, Majolica Majorca Lash King Mascara (review here). It is so good! It holds my curl, volumizes sans the clump. It also lasts forever and a day. Lovet.
Anyhoo, I found out that Essence has a cult favorite and I wanted to test it out. It’s the Essence Lash Princess mascara. Luckily, this product was in stock when I swung by Mega Mall and got one to try.
What is it: Essence Lash Princess Mascara
Here is what the brand has to say about the Essence Lash Princess Mascara:
Royal! The lash princess mascara, with a specially-shaped cobra-head wand, covers each individual lash to create dramatic volume and a gorgeous, sweeping look.
For intensive fluttering lashes. Just as unique as any princess, the mascara is presented in a beautiful evening gown.
Essence’s Original Lash Princess has a big and bold sister with voluminous false lash effects, Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara!
The conic shape fiber brush provides lashes with dramatic volume and sculpted length. Opthalmologically tested. Not tested on animals.
So essentially, this mascara adds volume to the lashes for that coveted falsies look. Is it any good? Let’s review!
The mascara comes is housed in a black, plastic packaging embellished with rubberized accents – the “evening gown” described by the brand. If I didn’t know it’s made by a German brand, I would mistake the product for a Korean mascara by the whimsical design alone.
The wand is quite sizable for Asian eyes though. I always poke my eyes with it because my eyes are so smol and the brush so big. It’s not a design flaw, methinks, I’m just klutzy like that! The product boasts of a “cobra” brush design that promises to lift and coat every lash. The spiral design is nice but I don’t feel that it made any difference in terms of keeping these dang Asian lashes lifted.
The mascara itself has a mousse-y texture and is intensely black and matte. It does coat every lash easily but the consistency is quite thick. In fact, the formula is so thick, it instantly unfurls my curled lashes. I mean it man, no matter how long I curl my lashes, they become stick straight when I apply the Essence Lash Princess Mascara.
It was so frustrating! Sure, I wasn’t expecting much but this mascara has a cult following so I had my expectations. To compare, check out these images:
On the left, I applied the lash king mascara. As you can see, the product did not weigh my lashes down, you can see the curls. On the right is the Lash Princess. You can’t see my lashes at all!
Below is a closer look of the product in action: same mascaras applied on each eye. The top photo speaks for itself (using Lash Princess), my lashes were nowhere to be seen!
I wasn’t looking directly at the camera so my lashes aren’t as prominent in the bottom image (using Lash King). But I can assure you, my lashes were visible when I look straight on.
The clumpy formula is something I was having problems too. Sure, the mascara fattens my lashes but if you go overboard, the lashes could look scraggly in no time at all. Not the look I was going for. The only thing I liked about this product is how easy it washes off. All you need is a swipe of micellar water to remove the Essence Lash Princess Mascara.
Well, that’s PhP300+++ I won’t be able to get back. I suppose the Essence Lash Princess Mascara is best for those #blessed with lush, naturally curled lashes. For Asians with sparse, thin, and stick straight lashes, this is a dud. It straightens curls like nobody’s business.