I love this mascara! Before I bought it, I read other reviews online. If someone like me is doing the same thing, buy it! I've gone to two dances where I used the illuminator from the lash line up for a dramatic look, and I've had many compliments on it. For a regular day though, I use the illuminator just on the tips of my lashes, and it's still amazing. The mascara does flake a little, but it's not aweful. I love this product, and I hope you will give it a try... you can always take it back!