So after two coats my lashes are both lengthened and volumised. It is definitely very easy to go overboard and make them very spidery looking. Although you are supposed to throw mascaras away in 3 months I would still prefer one that doesn't need to be built up in order to get the effect because then I would run out quite quickly but since this is so inexpensive, it doesn't really matter. It is available in black, carbon (extra black) or waterproof. I don't know why I didn't purchase the waterproof version, I think it's because it is in a blue tube instead of a black tube so I didn't realise that there is one. I might pick up the waterproof just to compare them but maybe not till a lot later.