If you read my recent Essence first impressions review you will know that I completely fell in love with the False Lashes Dramatic Volume mascara. It created incredible lift, volume and held a curl like no other mascara I’ve used before. As I have long but very straight, slightly downward-angled lashes I was naturally drawn to this Essence Volume Stylist 18h Curl and Hold Mascara. If I could get such an amazing curl from of a volume mascara, imagine what I can get from a product specifically aimed at creating and holding a curl? PS: if you missed the first impressions review you can read it here, it’s a goodie!
Essence Volume Stylist 18h Curl and Hold Mascara
Product: The Essence Volume Stylist 18h Curl and Hold Mascara is infused with micro styling waxes aimed to create and hold an incredible curl in your lashes for up to 18-hours. Sounds amazing, right?
Packaging: I really like the packaging of the Essence Volume Stylist 18h Curl and Hold Mascara. It’s bold, it’s fun and a little larger than your average mascara.
Brush: The brush is an ‘old-school’ slightly tapered conic-shaped brush with dense, fluffy bristles. As the brush is quite large I find the application and precision to be a bit more tricky than with a slimmer plastic bristle brush.
Formula: The formula is leaning towards the drier side.
Pigmentation: The pigmentation was mediocre to say the least and I had to apply several layers to even get a bit of color on my lashes.
Effect: I was holding my breath for that incredible curl and then….nothing. I am disappointed to say that this mascara did not create any volume and there was definitely no curling effect. I tried it with and without curling tongs of which neither yielded favorable results.
Wear: Apart from not delivering on its promises the mascara also didn’t wear well with lots of fallout within mere hours after application. So I am putting a serious question mark on that 18-hour claim.
What did I think? I was utterly disappointed to say the least. In my recent awe and amazement of the Essence False Lashes Dramatic Volume mascara my expectations were high and it was unfortunately not met. Initially I thought I must have gotten a dud product, but after reading other reviews it seems like the Essence Volume Stylist 18h Curl and Hold Mascara was not making anyone happy. Apparently the Volume Stylist 18h Lash Extension mascara is amazing, but I have not tried it yet for myself. I really, really like Essence’s mascaras in general, so I am not sure what happened with this product. I always try to balance a negative review with the product’s positive aspects, but I am afraid with this mascara I’ve got nothing. No volume, no curl, no pigmentation, major fallout, average brush. Overall I am sad to say, but the Essence Volume Stylist 18h Curl and Hold Mascara is a fail and should be voted off the island. The tribe has spoken!
Will I buy this product again? No, unfortunately not.