[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] Good quality mascara is something I generally find worth the premium price, and since mascara lasts a while for me, the extra cost if fine for a product I really like. So people often review the packaging, which to me personally is pointless. I just don't get it. The packaging was pretty, and ridiculously wasteful. Though I recycle, I'd pay extra for packaging that isn't burdening the planet unnecessarily.
Considering that lengthening mascaras contain fibers which need to be pulled off lashes, this mascara goes on quite smooth. No chunks of fibers that need to be pulled off lashes. It's smooth, glossy and a gorgeous deep black. So it's great for the first hour or two. Then, when I least expect it, I'll see my reflection and am repeatedly horrified at the racoon eyes. I've tried eveything: no application to the lower lashes... racoon eyes. No eye cream... racoon eyes. No nourishing moisturizers... racoon eyes. Concealer instead of just a dab of foundation... racoon eyes. I finally found that applying a generous dusting of powder prevented the smudge, but I have no need to accentuate any fine lines for a specific mascara. Wanted to love this, but it's a fail for me personally.