I was really excited to pick up this Maybelline mascara when it first came out, and I've finally gotten around to reviewing it! At first I was disappointed in the smudginess of the mascara, but afterwards I realized I was definitely having allergies and rubbing my eyes. Recently, I have not experienced any smudging or raccoon eyes. I did find after extended wear (10+ hours), the mascara did flake off a bit. Also I did wear it while taking a very hot bath, and in this case one of my eyes definitely smudged! However, it was not severe and this mascara is not meant to be waterproof!
As you can see, this mascara has a cone shaped wand. It reminds me of the Lancome Hypnose Doll Lashes mascara that came out last year, but I have not tried that mascara to offer a comparison. (I'd love to hear if you've tried both!! If it is similar then it is a great budget alternative!)
I was surprised to find that the cone shape doesn't go all the way around, but when I used those sides in a twirling motion on my lashes, I think this design is the reason that my lashes got some curl! (I have Asian lashes that go straight down, so I was shocked when I tried this technique and my lashes actually curled up!)
Here are a few shots of me wearing the mascara. I think it definitely has a doll lashes effect (from what I've seen in photos/reviews), but I can see how this might make sparse lashes look spidery.
I definitely find that an eyelash comb would be helpful to comb out my lashes a bit, but that may just be because I'm not used to the wand.
All in all, I think this is a great drugstore mascara, and definitely an option if you are on a budget! The wand is cool, and if you have a tough time with mascaras holding a curl, I think this is worth trying!
Although I prefer waterproof and thickening formulas, I definitely enjoy this mascara and would purchase it again in a pinch!
Note - I've only worn one coat and did not wear primer. I think primer and multiple coats may have a great effect as well!