I received a sample of Anastasia Lash Lifting Mascara Black in one of my Birchboxes. The description reads: "One coat of this exclusive silky, non-clumping, double effect mascara will add full volume thickness and uplifting curl", but unfortunately the actual result did not meet its description - it doesn't add volume, thickness, nor lift even after multiple coats. I consider this probably the worst mascara of 2011. It's still too early in 2012 so I ranked it against the other mascaras I've tried last year. The only aspect that meets its description is the non-clumping part, which makes sense because it really doesn't seem like anything is added onto the lashes, so there wouldn't be any clumps, obviously.
Here are some disappointing before and afters:
As you can see, the after is nothing special, it looks like I have nothing on my lashes even after several coats. I am not a fan of "natural" mascara because it is a waste of my time and effort of applying, you know what I mean? If you want a natural look why put on mascara? But there is one thing that is great about this, it is very smudge-proof, no panda-eyes whatsoever after a long day at work. But still, it is probably still the worst mascara of 2011, absolutely not worth $20, I don't even think I'd pay for it for $2!