- Essence Bye Bye Panda Eyes Mascara recently went viral on TikTok.
- TikTok users say it lengthens lashes and doesn’t flake or smudge.
- Our writer tested the product and shares her results.
I’ve never been a big fan of mascara. There, I said it. It either clumps or flakes off, or it takes two hours and five different types of makeup remover wipes to get it off, which I just don’t have time for. Wearing mascara usually only goes one way for me: I apply it in the morning, and five minutes later I completely forget I’m wearing it. I end up absentmindedly rubbing my eyes with my hands, and when I happen to look at myself in a reflective surface a few hours later, I find that my eye makeup has migrated to virtually every area of my face. Yes, no thank you.
I thought it might be time to ditch mascara altogether until I see Essence Bye Bye Panda Eyes Mascara ($5) go viral on TikTok. Platform users praise the product for its elongation, clump-free, and, understand this, smudge resistance. I knew I had to test it for myself.
Before I explain how it worked for me, I should start by saying that my lashes are short and stubby, they don’t hold a curl, and if you look at me from the front, you might wonder if I even have lashes from the everything. I do, but they just aren’t visible without using an eyelash curler and several swipes of mascara.
After finishing my base makeup and a few light eyeshadows, I curled my lashes then applied the mascara in a zigzag motion starting from the base of my lashes and working up towards the tips. The soft bristles make it easy to apply and the formula doesn’t feel too heavy or chunky.
After one swipe, my lashes were almost double their original length, and after two coats, my lashes not only looked longer but also thicker. I’ve tested the brand’s Lash Princess mascara in the past, so I wasn’t surprised that this mascara also added length and volume, but the real test would be whether it smudged.
To test the claim, after applying two coats of mascara to each eye and letting it dry for 15 minutes, I rubbed my eyes with my hands and then ran a piece of tissue paper over my lashes. Although I did see a very small dot appear, other than that there were no burrs or chipping.
I’ve worn it several times since the first try, and it always got the same results: long, thick lashes that look great all day. Plus, at just $5, it’s easily one of the most affordable mascaras I’ve ever tried. The best part? When it comes to taking it off, I can pretty much get it off with just water and a washcloth. I only need a tiny bit of cleansing balm to get my lashes completely mascara free.
One thing to note is that although this mascara is smudge resistant, it is not waterproof. I wore it during a sweaty workout so I’d say it’s water resistant, but I wouldn’t wear it for a full day of swimming. Also, while it’s great for lengthening my lashes, I found that I needed to use the eyelash curler if I wanted to give my lashes both curled and long.
Overall, it landed a permanent place in my makeup bag, and I can see why everyone on TikTok loves it. In my opinion, this product is perfect for anyone looking for a mascara that will last at least eight full hours without the need for constant mirror checks. Not only is it great for adding length, but the fact that it stays put all day long no matter what also makes it an ideal choice for anyone on the go.
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