The first time I used the sample, I used a sample wand from my previous life as a beauty consultant. The wand in the sample was just way too small. I really liked the mascara, even though it was a little dry. The next time I used it, the mascara in the sample was completely dry. Here's the strange thing---as awful as the sample supply was, I really liked the first time I tried it! After reading the online comments, I actually bought a full-size. The results--so far, so good! I have a lot of problem with mascaras causing raccoon eyes, and I do NOT get this with the Lashem. I haven't had it long, so we'll see what the long term verdict is.