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The Best Bargain Mascara? Essence Lash Princess

In Beauty by Gemma Tomlinson14 Comments

essence lash princess mascara false lash effect review uk beauty makeup cosmetics cruelty free inexpensive affordable cheap best Mascara has always been something I’m willing to spend quite a lot of money on, even when I didn’t really have any. I developed an addiction to YSL Faux Cils mascara at a pretty young age after wandering around duty free on a family holiday with my pocket money burning a hole in my wallet. From that moment on I was hooked, and when my student loan couldn’t quite fund the luxury lashes I loved I would get one of those little gold boxes for birthdays or Christmas, and make them last as long as humanly possible.

I am quite particular when it comes to what I like in a mascara – I know what I want and for that reason it’s hard to use sub-par formulas, I’ve seen what my lashes can look like and it’s only natural to want that every day. Until quite recently I was using Benefit’s latest mascara Rollerlash, which was fantastic and gave me not only the volume of my previous YSL love, but some separation, it also didn’t dry out as quickly.

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Since going cruelty free in August I knew I needed to find an alternative for when my Benefit love ran out, I wanted something equally amazing to use both in my daily life and in videos so I scoured my favourite high end cruelty free brands only to discover it was hiding in plain sight all along…

I was already a fan of Essence, the budget cruelty free brand you can find around Europe and in Wilko’s here in the UK. I’ve already raved about their £1 red lipliner and after being impressed by a few other items I went for a browse to see if anything else took my fancy. I picked up a couple of lip products (which are equally awesome – more on those soon) and decided to try a mascara as a bit of an afterthought to be honest. There’s a lot of choice, but I settled on the Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara, mainly because the ‘false lash’ promise reminded me of my YSL days but also because I’m more drawn to anything with the word Princess in the title than any 30 year old should admit to. Sue me.

Above you can see what my lashes look like with no mascara and then with one coat of the Essence mascara on. One coat! I didn’t wear any liner so you can get a true reflection of what it does – I have decent lashes to start with but you can see that my left eye (your right in the photo) looks much better at the moment, I think I instinctively rub my right eye more and I’m waiting for a few lashes to grow back. The struggle is real.

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Unlike the Benefit offering the brush is a traditional bristle one, not plastic, but it is very narrow, tapering towards the end – this gives a lot of control and allows you to really get to the root of the lashes without smudging, it’s also great for adding a light coat of mascara to the lower lashes. The formula is a great halfway point – not too dry that it clumps but not too wet to smudge easily or be watery and thin. At just £3.30 this is an absolute steal, but it isn’t just ‘good for the price’ it’s good full stop, great in fact.

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This is my new go-to mascara – I’m pretty excited that I found such a great cruelty free alternative on the first attempt, and one that doesn’t break the bank to boot! Have you tried any Essence mascaras?

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  • Kat Horrocks

    Wow! I too am a huge Benefit mascara fan and have been crying thinking about when mine runs out. I’m also using another Essence once at the moment that’s good, but a little clumpy. This looks like a dream come true – definitely going to pick it up 🙂 yay thanks for sharing!!

    Kat | http://www.kathorrocks.com

  • Manouk

    My friend told me about it the other day but I went for a different one. Will definitely keep this one in mind, looks amazing! Essence has been around here for as long as I can remember. Great budget brand!

    Womanouk.com

  • Flaminia

    I LOVE Essence’s mascaras. They’re just all so great for my lashes. My favourite are the Multi Action Mascara and the All Eyes on Me Mascara!

    Flaminia | lipstickle.blogspot.com

  • I’m a BIG fan of the Essence mascaras. The Multi Action Mascara is my favourite but the Lash Princess ones are awesome too. Essence are such a great budget brand xx

    Ioanna | Hearting.co.uk

  • I love Essence mascaras and I use them for years. At the moment I’m using the I like long lashes volume & length mascara which I really like. I never tried the Lash Princess one. When I go home to Germany for Christmas I will definitely buy one and give it a go!
    Patti
    http://www.shiftingtales.com

  • It looks really beautiful! And it looks like it doesn’t clump up terribly!

    Chelsey | http://www.chelseythornton.com

  • Looks amazing! Will try it next time I visit an Essence counter 🙂

    carlotarules.wordpress.com

  • Hey that’s awesome! They sell Essence in Canada too and I’ve been amazed at the prices (I have to try all their lip liners). Not usually impressed with drugstore mascara but will have to give this a go!

  • Yiotou_La

    I am a fan of Essence but I was sceptical to buy this mascara, I don’t know why…. I will give it a try next time! Thanks.

    http://pinkdaisyloves.blogspot.com.cy/

  • Hannah Victoria

    Will definitely be trying out the essence mascara now! I use the lush one at the moment but I’m on the look out for a new one 🙂

  • Will have to try it out now. Great post

    http://www.yukovablog.co.uk/

  • Sophie
  • I love the Essence lip liners so I will definitely give the mascara a go! I haven’t really found a good cruelty free mascara yet so fingers crossed! x

    https://helenashleigh.wordpress.com/

  • I just reviewed this mascara but the one I reviewed is pink, this one looks really good! Thanks for sharing x

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin


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