I, like a lot of the reviewers, have used MANY different mascaras throughout the years, and this one is the winner! I received the sample and was so impressed that I ordered the full size. I find it to be just the opposite of some of the negative reviews. The brush is excellent. I have never curled my lashes, and now this brush does it for me. There is no clumping and at the end of the day, there is no smearing or flaking. An extra bonus. . . after I wash my face, I do not have "raccoon" eyes. I will definitely continue to purchase this.