For the last 5-6 years I have been using DiorShow mascara, on the recommendation from a friend who was a buyer for cosmetics at a department store. I have been very pleased with this brand and product and have no reason to stray. However, a couple of months ago my sister gave me her Maybelline XXL Curl Power mascara because she didn't like it. I had just run out of my Dior, so I tried out the XXL until I had time to make it to the store to refill. Now with this product, there are two wands - 1 to be used as a primer (it's white) and 2 - is the mascara itself (black). I used as directed, but didn't particularly like the outcome. The next couple of days I used only the second wand and was surprisingly pleased with how my lashes looked! So if you're on a budget, I would definitely check out Maybelline's XXL line of mascara; there are several different versions, such as volumizing, lengthening, etc.