When my old mascara ran out recently, I really didn't feel like going out to buy a new one. So, I asked a friend if she had any extra, which she did. She gave an Estee Lauder Lash XL Maximum Length Mascara that she had a sample of from those free gifts with your purchase. Let me just state for the record that I have no idea how old this thing is, so you might have a different experience. When I first started using the mascara, it was great. It's dark, and it easily lifts and lengthens your eyelashes. I'd been applying it for a while when I decided to breath through my nose. I dropped the mascara brush, doubled over, and started gagging. This thing smelled *horrible.*I don't know if it's just the mascara, or because it went bad and there was some rancid animal fat in it. All I know is that every time I use it, I hold my breath. And even for a little while after I stop using it, the odor is still there. (I know that there is the whole "when in doubt, throw it out" philosophy, but the label only says that if your eyes are irritated you should discontinue use. My eyes are not irritated. Just my nose.) Aside from that, this is an okay mascara. At times, there are a few clumps, but if you have a dry mascara brush that you aren't using, you can just whisk them away. It does last all day, and your lashes won't sag down to where they were before you applied the mascara. Also, when applying this, for some reason, it gets *all over* my eyelids. Near the eye lash line, the brow line, everywhere. I don't know if it's just the way that I, personally, am applying the mascara, or what. Anyway, this mascara isn't my favorite. If you had to chose, you're better off getting something else. Even though your lashes do stay up, it isn't the perfect mascara, and I'm sure you can find something better out there.
A Small Town, NJ