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I bought this mascara when it was on offer and a lot cheaper than my regular brand and although it's not as good as the brand I usually buy, I was still pretty impressed overall.
The mascara goes on really thickly and dark but not in a way that it gives you immediate spider eyes like some cheaper brands tend to. It defines your lashes well and is dark but not 'fake'. I don't like wearing too much makeup and do go for more of a natural look. I know that's not everyone's cup of tea and if you're looking for more of a heavy look if suggest another brand.
The mascara lasts throughout the day without having to top up and doesn't have the awful crumbly effect that some cheap brands have where they slowly leaves specks of crumbled and dry mascara on your eyes and face. Anyone who has used a bad mascara can probably relate to this.
On the flip side I do find I need to apply Afew layers of the mascara to get the desired effect. And that's even with me preferring a more natural look. I find that to have my lashes extended in the way I like, I have to apply a layer, wait for it to partly dry and then reapply another layer or two on top. The end result is great and I love the way my lashes look afterwards but it can be time consuming if you're trying to rush out in the morning.
On the other hand, the consistency of it is very builds le and doesn't clump when I add an extra layer or two on top. Those awful spider eyes are easily avoided with this brand.
I'd definitely recommend it and although I'll be going back to my usual brand, I feel it's a good backup to have in the makeup bag or if my usual brand is out of stock.
I'm quite demanding about mascaras: they have to have a user-friendly brush for application, they mustn't flake or irritate my sensitive eyes, they must look natural and of course make my eyelashes look thicker and longer. It can't be waterproof as it's more effort to remove. Oh, and it has to be fairly cheap - being a bit of a germaphobe, I throw mascaras away after the recommended 3 months and have never actually used up a whole mascara. It's wasteful but with eye makeup I prefer to err on the side of caution.
I've tried loads of mascaras that do give volume and length but make my eyelashes look like I have mascara on - that coated, stiff look - and I don't think that is an improvement on wearing no mascara at all to be honest! And the price... well, the cheapest mascaras I've tried have generally flaked and smudged until now.
But Cover Girl Lash Exact is the mascara of my dreams! While in Canada last year, I stocked up on several different Cover Girl products as this is a brand I used to like a lot, but which has sadly been discontinued in the UK. One of the things I bought was Lash Exact.
It came attached to a cardboard backing, sealed with plastic over the product itself. You know, the typical mascara packaging in Boots, where they are all hanging from a metal rod. The mascara 'pot' and the brush/lid part were separate, although the mascara was obviously sealed. This is a really good idea in my view, as it allows you to see the shape of the brush before you buy. When I opened the package, I just removed the temporary lid from the well of mascara and inserted the proper lid.
Now, the mascara itself doesn't look amazing, it's certainly not got the glamour of Chanel or YSL mascaras, it is a simple purple plastic cylinder with a clear outer part at the bottom printed with the product name, and the handle of the brush is slightly more bulbous and wider at the end, which I think makes it ergonomic and easier to hold on to when applying the product than a skinny handle is. The product name is painted in silver, which is starting to scratch off from being in my makeup bag, so at this point it's not the classiest-looking mascara ever.
But what it lacks in looks it certainly makes up for in performance! My eyes are pretty sensitive and sometimes mascara irritates them (why, I don't know, as surely eyelashes can't be that sensitive, you'd think!) and I end up rubbing my eyes, which makes panda-eyes inevitable!
But Lash Exact hasn't bothered my eyes at all, so that's a major plus. As I mentioned above, the shape of the handle is good - it's sturdier than some and easy to hold onto while applying, and the brush is straight (which I find I'm less likely to poke in my eye than a curved brush). Once on, the mascara really makes my eyelashes look longer, thicker and darker (this is shade Black by the way), but guess what - they don't look coated with mascara or clumped together! They look quite soft and natural and even feel softer to the touch than when I've used other mascaras. There is no flaking and it definitely lasts all day. What more could you want from a mascara!
The only real problem in my view is that it's not widely available in the UK. I have seen it on ebay.co.uk for around the £5 mark, and for varying prices on ebay.com (from a quick search it seems to retail at around $5 to $8 in US drugstores). If you ever see it anywhere I do recommend grabbing one while you can as it's seriously the best mascara I've ever used.
The shade I have is Black, but this product is also available in Very Black, Black Brown and Brown.