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Etude House Lash Perm 3 Step Volumecara Mascara Review

Updated on January 30, 2013
Etude House 3 Step Lash Volumecara package.
Etude House 3 Step Lash Volumecara package.

The 3 Step Lash Volumecara is a new mascara product from the popular Korean company Etude House. I was intrigued when I first saw the promotional images for this item because it promised to give customized lash effects. You can use between 1 to 3 steps to achieve desired results.

I wanted to get full, thick lashes, so being able to do 3 separate steps to achieve long lashes appealed to me, though I do admit the product does seem somewhat gimmicky.


The outer box the mascara comes in is actually pretty simple. It just comes in a pink colored box with pictures of a model's eyelashes and the directions on the side. Nothing fancy. If you've purchased Etude House products before, you already know that there are Korean and English instructions on the box, which is definitely a plus!

The tube it comes in is kinda cute. It is a simple twist-off tube, like all other mascara, except the center spins to control how much product gets on the mascara.

This is how it works: twist the tube to the number 1 setting and a little mascara is on the applicator, but twist it to the next setting and even more goes on it. If you want really thick lashes, you're supposed to do this 3 times, once for each setting. So, you'll apply the mascara 3 seperate times.

Etude House Volumecara tube.
Etude House Volumecara tube.

Application and Results

Application is really simple -- I already detailed it above. The results are also very good. I was surprised by how well it worked. I did get long and full lashes, which is what I wanted. Since my lashes naturally curl, I didn't need to use a curler beforehand, but if your lashes aren't curled, you'll probably need to do it before you use the product, since it won't curl them for you.

One thing to note is that you need to apply it quickly, otherwise you'll get those spider-like eyelashes, which we all hate! It is pretty easy to avoid - you just gotta work quick with the product, so complete each step fast!

The applicator wand for the Volumecara mascara. This is on the 1st setting with the least amount of product.
The applicator wand for the Volumecara mascara. This is on the 1st setting with the least amount of product.

My Rating

5 stars for Etude House Volumecara


Using all 3 steps, I got wonderful results. It is worth the price I paid, around $14, because it gives me results as nice as high-end products. I'd compare this product to Benefit and Stila mascaras. The great thing is, this is much cheaper than those two brands.

There are two downsides: the product is not waterproof and you have to import it. But, those are pretty minor disadvantages. Unless you plan to be walking around in the rain, crying your eyes out or at the pool all day, this is a great choice.


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