Review: Essence I <3 Extreme Volume Mascara


I should have brought a back up American mascara. Here in Australia, even brands like Maybelline have $20 mascaras! It blows my mind, and because I’ve always hated spending more than ten bucks on a mascara, I decided to try to find a great one on the cheap.

The first contestant is Essence’s I <3 (heart?) Extreme Volume Mascara. It was one of the cheaper Essence mascaras, just under six dollars, I think.

Honestly, y’all, I thought I had found my great mascara on my first go. This gives my lashes length, separation, and volume without clumping. It was one of the best mascaras I have tried in years. But after wearing it for a few hours at work, I snuck a peek at how it was going–SMUDGE CITY. My poor eyes looked like I had soot smeared under them. Nothing a quick finger blend won’t fix, but who knows how long I was walking around looking like a chimney sweep…

I think for the price this mascara is great, and I’m definitely going to keep using it until I get around to finding the waterproof version. Hey, maybe I can even make the chimney sweep look a thing.

I would love to hear any Aussie chemist recommendations! Let me know your favorites in the comments below.