March 25, 2015

Essence Lash Princess Volume Mascara Review

This was provided to me by a brand for review and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post but all opinions are my own.

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Essence Lash Princess Volume Mascara ($4.99) is an affordable, budget friendly mascara that recently launched with the Essence Spring/Summer 2015 Makeup Collection. Dontcha just love cheap mascara? It’s a product we often have to throw out before fully using it so paying dirt cheap for it is always the way to go but problem…

I always find I’m never truly satisfied with drugstore mascara.

If you do a a splurge and save post one of the first topics that people will say they don’t splurge on is in fact mascara. However, I’m always of the mentality I want to spend a little more for my formulas because I do find a $20 buck mascara tends to work better for me than one I’d purchased at the drugstore for less. Which leads me on a merry rant about how very, very expensive mascara has gotten at the drugstore. Seriously, if I’m going to pay L’Oreal $11.99 for the latest Voluminous formula I might as well just give my money to some mid-range brand that performs way better!

None the less, sometimes the makeup gods smile down upon our heads and gift us with under $5 buck mascara like Essence Lash Princess Volume Mascara!

Essence Lash Princess Volume Mascara

Essence Lash Princess Volume Mascara comes in a cutesy shaped bottle with a heart corset design that gives off a very Korean beauty vibe!

This has a cobra-like shaped bristled brush for application that promises to volumize lashes but thankfully doesn’t tell me how long, full, and juicy my lashes will look. So indeed, it only markets itself as a one trick pony for creating volume. But…

Wait, there’s more.

ShamWow commercial style for you there.

I actually like they market it the way they do because there’s little room for disappointment if it doesn’t in fact make your lashes longer! However, it comes as a nice little surprise that it does in fact give excellent length and fairly nice volume.


The brush is a little awkward at first but you can twist it gently as you work the mascara through lashes and it pulls them upward, outward, and curled upward for excellent length. I wouldn’t say this is a full volume mascara as there is some space between lashes but none the less with a few strokes you can build for more fullness. It really excels at length though! The formula isn’t stiff nor did it make my lashes crunchy. There is no mention of it being waterproof but I had no issues with smearing on my drier eyes and the formula removed easily at the end of the night. It held curl quite nicely as well as my lashes were not wilting by the end of the day and I ended up looking all bushy tailed and bright eyed courtesy the nice way it extended and curled my lashes up.

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All in all for under five bucks I’d say Essence Lash Princess Volume Mascara is worth a try! The brush has a slight learning curve but this one gives good length, curl, and a hint of volume making it a win for me.

Essence Lash Princess Volume Mascara before after

Available now at Ulta and

Tried it?

Do share your experience!


This was provided to me by a brand for review and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post but all opinions are my own.

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  • Ryou

    After moving to Aussieland and lamenting how ridiculous make-up costs (seriously, Revlon lip butter for $21??), I’ve started appreciating drugstore brands more. Essence is great because even with the mark-up it’s still pretty dang affordable here. My favorite mascara from them is probably the Maximum Definition one in the orange tube. I don’t love the flexible applicator to be honest, but the formula works well on me.

    Then again, since I’m pretty bad at using up mascara in 3 months, nowadays I prefer scoring some mascara samples on eBay. Guerlain Maxi Lash is probably my favorite mascara at the moment, and the best part is that I pay $5 for a sample, and I don’t have to feel guilty binning before using it up. πŸ˜€

  • Carol G

    I did buy this and it is just meh for me. It’s not the worst mascara but nothing to write home about. Still doesn’t beat my current fav drugstore mascara, Maybelline’s Lash Sensational. Still, for the price, it’s not bad.

  • Yen

    I really wanted to try this so I went to ulta looking for it. There was only one left and someone had opened it πŸ™ I kinda wish essence has some kind of seal or sticker on their products. I always take a small peek inside mascara without pulling out the wand just to see if someone used it. After examining many used tubes, I ended up going home with essence lash mania waterproof and it works pretty well. I was thinking it’s ok I didn’t get this since i need waterproof to keep my curl. Sparse, short, downward aimed lashes are the bane of my life! Lol they are even hard to curl! Gentle pressure would seriously take 5 min per eye. Oh the lash abuse! But seeing pictures of your lashes make me tempted again

  • Lori

    I saw this at Ulta last week, and based on the cute packaging alone, I wanted to buy it. Lord knows I do not need one more mascara!! I need to go to Ulta today, and wil most likely end up getting this.

  • NJ

    For anyone living in Canada… The Essence Products can be bought at Shoppers Drugmart.

    & some Fred Meyers in the US

  • NJ

    Ulta is offering a free full size with purchase of $10.00 this week.

  • Abdula

    Hi am from Dubai
    Do you send the product to Dubai
    I want to buy online

  • Ren

    Does anyone know if this is a good mascara for someone with sensitive eyes and is a contact wearer?