The Estee Lauder Sumptuous Waterproof Bold Volume Lifting Mascara is Good Only if You Don’t Apply Too Many Layers


This mascara makes no less than three well-loved claims:

Claim #1: Waterproof
Claim #2: Volume
Claim #3: Lifting

So does the Estee Lauder Sumptuous Waterproof Bold Volume Lifting Mascara live up to all its claims? Let’s see!

Lovely Metal Casing

When I first had the cool metal mascara tube in my hands, I imagined it’d be what Sunny’s (from the movie iRobot) girlfriend would be using. Sexy and futuristic, perhaps all our mascara tubes would look something like that in the future, or for that matter, everything makeup.

I don’t know why movies always depict the future as all shiny and metallic. It looks all sophisticated and high-tech, but at the same time, soul-less and homogeneous.

Ah! I digressed! Haha. But so yes, in the sea of black mascara tubes like the Rimmel Glam Eyes Waterproof Mascara, Anna Sui Super Black Volume Up Mascara, and Lancome Oscillation Vibrating Infinite Mascara, this Estee Lauder mascara stands out shiny well.

But it’s precisely because of its shiny metal casing that made is so hard to capture! Light reflected from every part of this tube. I took about 50 pictures of just the tube itself. No kidding! @_@


I haven’t been running through any rainstorm or gone swimming with this mascara, but it stays pretty much on my eyelashes until I get home after a day’s work and have it removed. That speaks volumes because any mascara that can withstand my oily lids deserves a standing ovation.

Some many people have reviewed that this mascara is too dry and its consistency is well, inconsistent between tubes and colors. I guess I’m lucky that mine was in good condition when I got it, not too wet or dry.

(Luck is really important when it comes to buying makeup products! Luck sure wasn’t on my side when I got the Lancome Artliner Precision Point Eyeliner!)

Anyway, I’ve used the Estee Lauder mascara for 3 months and it still hasn’t dried up too much. Unlike some mascaras that go on completely dry and flakey after a short period of time like the Chanel Exceptionnel De Chanel (1 month! GAH!) and Maybelline The Falsies Volum’ Express Waterproof (about 3 months), the Estee Lauder Sumptuous Waterproof Bold Volume Lifting Mascara still goes on smoothly now. It does not leave flaky, crumbly bits of black dirt on the undereye as well.

Not Volumizing Enough for My Sparse Asian Lashes

Between lengthening and volumizing, I always choose a mascara that claims to volumize. The Estee Lauder mascara doesn’t give the volume I want so I’m disappointed that one of its claims was that of volumizing.

When I wear mascara, I want to look like I am wearing mascara. Unless the subtle no-makeup look appeals to you, then one or two coats of the Estee Lauder mascara doesn’t plump up the lashes very much.

I thought that putting on more layers would add more volume, well it did, but not at a cost of having me see through prison bars. Meaning having all my eyelashes drooping down! I think if you have naturally curled eyelashes, then layering the Estee Lauder mascara on shouldn’t pose such a big problem for you.

Not Lifting Enough for My Straight Asian Lashes

Due to a difference in anatomy between Asian and Caucasian eyes, Asians typically have short, straight eyelashes that stick out and point straight to the ground. Mine, although not too short, do point straight out if left uncurled with a good eyelash curler that fits the Asian eye contour.

The weight of the Estee Lauder mascara ‘un-curls’ my lashes and makes them stick out stiff and straight in a few hours. So, unfortunately, this mascara does not lift nor hold a curl very well.

Not Black Enough

I like mascaras that are very jet black, as with eyeliners, due to my brown-almost-black eyes, and this mascara isn’t quite as black to give me dramatically enhanced eyelashes.

Out of its 3 claims, only the Waterproof claim works for me. But if you prefer natural-looking mascara-ed eyelashes that don’t look overdone, then you might want to give the Estee Lauder mascara a try. Just slap on some powder, blusher and a swipe of this mascara and you’re ready to head out to the grocery store or gym.

Get the Estee Lauder Sumptuous Waterproof Bold Volume Lifting Mascara here!

Bun Bun thinks of the Estee Lauder Sumptuous Waterproof Bold Volume Lifting Mascara as:


What is your favorite Waterproof, Volumizing, Lifting mascara?


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About Bun Bun

Hello! My name is Juli and Bun Bun is my alter-ego. I blog to share my love for makeup, how to apply it, and what works or what doesn’t work, all from an Asian perspective.

My first makeup product was a shimmery light blue lipstick which I proudly wore all over my eyelids and lips. It cost $2.50, felt like $250, and made me feel like a million bucks.

  • Izzy

    I’m wondering if you have tried any “tubing” mascaras. I got a sample of Blinc recently, and it’s just so different that it’s possibly brilliant. The one wonderful thing is that it really stays put and will not budge unless you get your eye area really damp and wiggle it off. It’s pretty weird removing it the first time! It’s fantastic for oily eyes, and it really does lengthen. It basically magically deposits a plastic tube over each lash. It may not provide the thickness you’d like, but it is at the very least outstanding for the lower lashes. See if you can find any tubing mascaras near you. I’d live to hear your thoughts on them!

    • Bun Bun

      Oh yes! I’ve heard of Blinc mascaras. I don’t know why I’ve never got around to trying them though. Now you’ve intrigued me! =D

      By the way, what do you mean by it’s pretty weird removing it the first time? Do they come off in… tubes? That would be really weird. Haha!

      • Izzy

        Do a little research on different brands and see what other people are saying especially to find out what might be available near you. I’ve only tried Blinc, but Philosophy and apparently even L’Oreal have a tubing mascara. The L’Oreal one has a primer that helps fullness before you tube, so you might want to look into that one. It’s just different than anything you’ve ever used. It may not be able to do everything, though, but you will likely love it on the lower lashes if nothing else. Lower lash mascara might as well be instant raccoon for me in the heat and humidity in oily eye land, but it looks so good! No problems with this stuff!

        And yes, removal kind of comes off in tubes as well. I think people have mentioned they were afraid they were pulling their eyelashes off, but you’re pulling off the strands/tubes that were stuck on the lashes. I know it sounds creepy, but once you get used to it, it’s not bad at all and you can easily take it off by feel. If you put your fingers around the lashes, you can feel that they are coated in something, but you won’t pull it off unless you apply friction AND water. Since you’re removing pieces of it, removal is clean.

        I would love to see what you think, and I’m curious about other brands. I’m not sure why the concept hasn’t really blown up because it’s just so different and makes more sense than more or less applying paint to your eyelashes.

        • Bun Bun

          Sounds phenomenal for lengthening, but the thing I look for in a mascara is the volumizing factor. I don’t know, probably the ‘tubes’ will somehow make the lashes look fatter since they are wrapped up in a way, so they’ll look more volumized as well?

          Shall look into them soon. Thanks Izzy! =D

        • Bun Bun

          Ah! Are you gonna review the sample of the Blinc mascara you got?

          • Izzy

            I suppose I could. The problem is that my sample was pathetically small and I think I’m nearly out already so it wouldn’t be a good representation. My roommate has a much larger sample. I could possibly see if I could use hers to show you how it works on me. I’d be curious to see the photographic evidence anyway since I was considering buying it. I seriously would buy it for lower lash use alone. I’ll try to do that tomorrow or this weekend and I’ll let you know!

          • Bun Bun

            Great! Looking forward!