Essence Forbidden Volume Mascaras

28th February 2016

Essence is one of my favourite brands, and I love that they’re constantly releasing new products to frequently update their product range and they’re quick at following trends without trying to copy or imitate other brands. For 2016, Essence have a Try It. Love it! campaign, and as part of this campaign they’ve released their range of Essence Forbidden Volume Mascaras which I’ve been trialing for the last couple of weeks. Read on to find out more about the Essence Forbidden Volume Mascaras…

Essence Forbidden Volume Mascaras

The Essence Forbidden Volume Mascaras range includes the Essence Forbidden Volume Mascara, Essence Forbidden Volume Rebel Mascara and the Essence Forbidden Volume False Lash Mascara Top Coat and they are between £2.79 and £2.99 so they’re extremely budget friendly.

Essence Forbidden Volume Mascaras

Essence Forbidden Volume Rebel Mascara £2.99

This mascara has a slight hourglass shape to its wand with natural bristles and a very wet formula which slightly intimidated me at first as I am the messiest mascara applier – I get it everywhere, so big brushes and wet formulas are usually a recipe for mascara disaster.

However, miraculously it’s actually not messy at all to apply which makes me very happy especially as it’s my favourite from the trio. This mascara is amazing. I always use two to three coats of mascara as my lashes are pathetic but I could honestly get away with using just one coat with this mascara, but it’s best applied in two coats for maximum impact.

When I apply this mascara, it gives my lashes amazing volume, curl and length and I find it rare for a mascara to give my lashes all three – it’s either volume or length, but this mascara really does deliver and I can’t believe it’s only £2.99 and I genuinely feel that it gives higher end mascaras a run for their money.

Not only does the Forbidden Volume Rebel Mascara give amazing results, it also doesn’t smudge or flake throughout the day and it’s easy to remove too. I would definitely say that this is the best all rounder from the collection.

Essence Forbidden Volume Mascaras

Essence Forbidden Volume Mascara £2.99

The wand of this Essence Forbidden Volume Mascara is quite thin in comparison to the Rebel Mascara above, with the wand tapering towards the end with natural bristles again. The formula of this one is a little less wet, but I find it to be a really good lengthening mascara rather than volume but it does still give some volume to the lashes but perhaps not as much as the Rebel.

I like that the wand is tapered as you can catch even the smallest lashes, especially on the bottom lashline without making a mess. I have actually been using this one as my bottom lash mascara and the Forbidden Volume Rebel as my top lashline mascara.

Essence Forbidden Volume Mascaras

Essence Forbidden Volume False Lash Mascara Top Coat £2.79

This is a topcoat mascara and it contains rich black microfibres which you apply over the top of your chosen mascara. I’ve tried quite a few fibre based mascaras and I’ve not had much luck with them as they can drop the fibres into your eyes and fall out below but this one’s the best fibre based mascara I’ve tried. I love using this top coat layered over both the other mascaras on both my upper and lower lashline for additional length, and it doesn’t give my lashes the dreaded spider leg look and doesn’t make my lashes look clumpy as the fibres are so small.

I do notice that the Essence Forbidden Volume Mascaras top coat is a little harder to remove than the other two which I guess is down to the fibres, but it’s still not difficult to remove. I think these three mascaras are definitely worth a look, and I like that I have a use for all three and that I can get varied results depending on what I’m wanting and the formulas don’t irritate my sensitive eyes; even the fibre based top coat which is even better. If you’d like to see some photos of the mascaras on the lashes, there are some great photos over on the Beauty and More blog.

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