Once upon a time there were three options for a "good" mascara: Lancome, Estee Lauder and Clinique. Some of us were loyal to one brand (I was a Lancome girl for more than a decade), others have been bouncing between them. The market is so much different these days (hey, even Chanel learned to make an almost decent mascara!), but it's still nice to go back to the classics. Of course, formulas have changed and improved greatly since my late teens, but the overall quality of Estee Lauder mascaras remains consistent.
Estee Lauder Sumptuous Bold Volume™ Lifting Mascara feels and looks like a classic mascara that adds extra fibers to the lashes. The consistency is such that makes it look seamless yet bold enough in terms of length and volume. I also find Estee Lauder Sumptuous to be very sturdy and smudge resistant. The black color is rich and slightly glossy, lending itself to a classic polished thick lashed look. The brush is good at separating the lashes and I like the very tapered shape that's good for reaching corners and tiny lashes.
Bottom Line: remember the classics.
Estee Lauder Sumptuous Bold Volume Lifting Mascara ($22) is available from the counters as well as from Esteeluder.com. I've gotten several of these as gifts with purchase in recent months and I'm also on my second full size tube.