Mascara Monday: Essence Get BIG Lashes Volume Boost Waterproof mascara

Oooh baby baby! It’s an Essence mascara. I love me some Essence products. Have you seen their new swoon-worthy nail polishes? Girl. GIRL! They are hot stuff. I’ve played around with some of their mascaras before too haven’t been too impressed. But the other week I was in Ulta (for no real reason, of course) and came across this mascara. I’m always getting requests to review waterproof mascaras so I decided to give this baby a whirl.

Price: $3.99 at and you may spot it at Ulta stores.
Packaging (brush wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 2 out of 5

What It Claims: “Essence Get Big! Lashes Mascara. Good things may come in small packages, but bigger is always better when it comes to lashes. Available in the original and waterproof formulas, with the option of two different brushes, this mascara from Essence will make batting your lashes a breeze.” (source)

The Truth: Oh no. I hate to say it but it sucked. Not just a little bit but a lot.

What I Loved About It: Well. Um. It’s affordable!

What I Didn’t Like: It was a hot and flaky mess. To make matters worse, I barely got any noticeable volume. Fail!

Overall: Oh geez. I really do hate writing mascara reviews about mascaras that sucked. But I’ve got to be honest with y’all. It comes with the territory. *sigh* But yeah..this mascara’s performance certainly wasn’t up to par. And it’s a shame really because I find that most of Essence’s products perform really well despite their affordable price tags. I mean, where else can you get decent products for your entire face for under like $10? Yeah. Essence rocks and I’ll continue loving them as a brand but when it comes to this mascara, it’s unlikely that you’ll hear me recommending it.

The wand…

The wand isn’t THAT terrible. I mean, yeah…it’s huge and uncomfortable for those of us who prefer smaller wands. Because the bristles are so large, it’s really hard to comb through the lashes. A wand like this is best suited for guys and gals who have long and thick lashes or those who don’t need to do much separating. My lashes, however….they ALWAYS need some form of separating. It’s difficult to get it with this wand. But it’s not the wand’s fault that I have special needs lashes.

Now let’s rap on the formula. WOW. And not a good WOW either. In first glance and with the first stroke of application, the wand doesn’t appear to be all that bad. It’s got a nice consistency. But with the the huge wand, the formula doesn’t seem to thicken up as well on the lashes. Even after a second coat, I didn’t really notice anything. A third coat showed a bit of omph but still not enough to appease me.

Hours later, I would notice this mascara flaking down my cheek. No bueno. I HATE when this happens. I can tolerate a lot of mascara woes but flaking is just a no no in my book. Flaking also means that the waterproof-ness of the mascara isn’t even that effective. What a waste! With the ginormous wand, flaking formula and ineffective waterproof properties, I’m thinking this isn’t one of Essence’s greatest hits. No worries. I still love you, E. But let’s step that mascara game up a bit, eh?

[NOTE: Okay now, check this out – the camera I used to use for eye close mascara pics has decided to leap to its death. I’m in the process of learning how to take pictures with my DSLR. Sooooooo bare with me, okay? ]


Bare Lashes

Lashes after 2 coats

Do I recommend it?: Nopers. Grab one of their awesome polishes instead.

Okay Essence lovers…have you tried this mascara? Or any of Essence’s mascaras? What do you think?

  • I really love Essence, but their mascaras are all awful, at least for me. They make my eyes itchy and my eyelashes fall out!

    • Brittany

      Yikes! Two no no’s in my book when it comes to mascaras.

  • I’ve found the trick with Essence mascaras is say no to anything with a big brush. Love their All Eyes On Me and the old brush for the Falsies sets of mascaras, but all their BIG type mascaras just flake or clump.

    • Brittany

      Thanks for the heads up. I’ll keep an eye out for those. 😉

  • gio

    How disappointing! I’ll definitely pass on this one. Thanks for the review.

  • Annie

    Oh how I love Essence! However I agree this one is flake city 😛 I found that this works well layered over a lengthening mascara, but on it’s own it is fairly HOWEVER the “normal” version is one of my all time favorites.

  • victoria

    Actually it gave you decent length lol

    I really love the DSLR quality!

  • Hunny, I got the Get Big! lashes mascara but the Curl one (The one that comes in a silver packaging) at is THE BEST mascara I have ever ever got. It’s even better than my Lancôme or Helena Rubinstein mascaras. You see, I used to always curl my lashes before applying mascara but with the essence mascara I just apply it and my lashes look way longer, fuller and CURLY! the only thing that could make that mascara better would be if it was waterproof – that’s why I found your review …. So maybe the wand or the formula didn’t work for u and thats totally normal – we all girls have different lashes. Anywae I think your blog is awesome (since i’m a mascara fan)

  • Kayleigh

    I am on my second tube of this and I actually quite like it! It’s definitely not my number one mascara (CoverGirl Lash Blast waterproof has yet to be dethroned LOL) but I like it quite a lot, for its price point especially! I find the formula a little hard to work with but I don’t get any flaking from it. What I love is how it holds my curl, my lashes love to go as straight as possible as soon as I apply mascara, this is one of the select few that holds my curl!