Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Maybelline Volum' Express THE FALSIES Mascara Review

Holla, belles!

Such a hard work to open blogger.com and finish the unfinished drafts. College break got the best of me because MOVIE AND DRAMA MARATHONS!!!!11 lol

Anyway, this time I'm going to review a mascara that I've been using for the past months which is Maybelline Volum' Express The Falsies Mascara. And so far, it has been working really well on my lashes.



Maybelline is known for its super collection of mascaras and ever since I got into makeup, I've only used Maybelline ones. Because it's been working well and one important thing, it doesn't break the bank for a tight budget student (uhm, me, for example).


Yup, mine is made in China and no, it's not a fake one. I bought it at a supermarket (Carrefour fyi). L'Oreal Group built many factories in China and so it makes sense if you find some of their sold-in-Asia products are made in China. (I need to explain it because apparently there are still some people who are insecure and in doubt. Yea, except that there are still lots of online sellers who sell Maybelline mascaras for less than 3 dollars that's so obvious.)


Anyway, back to the mascara. It comes with a bristled wand and I actually like it more than the cat eye one that I previously reviewed. The cat eye one has that plastic wand (but that won't stop me from buying mascaras with plastic wand lol). Other examples of mascaras with plastic wand are Benefit's They're Real and Maybelline The Rocket, FYI. (Anyway, found a good post about mascara wands.)



As you see, it comes with a concave brush. Not as concave as the illustration on the packaging points out, but good enough to work on the lashes.

The formula is quite thick and so it coats the lashes very well, but also prone to clumps if you apply too many coats. I dislike spidery lashes so I always try not to over-coat my lashes although once I hold the wand, it's just hard to stop moving the hand and stop coating the lashes. LOL


The staying power is also good. Last time, I wore it for like 15 hours and it held the curl pretty well although my lashes started to weigh down a little bit. But that's not a big deal for me though. When it comes to mascara, I always go for the waterproof ones because my lid is so oily. Although it's waterproof, but it's not too hard to remove.


I own it for almost two months and it still works fine although I feel like it's not as smooth(?) as it used to be on the first month of usage. As you may/may not know, mascaras should be tossed away after three months of usage. Well, what I personally will do: checking on what the formula will be on the third month. If it dries and clumps so bad, then I'll buy a new one. But if it still works fine, then I'll still be using it.

Well, what it claims? To get the look of falsies. Well, my lashes are long and straight (I curled my lashes beforehand on the before-after photo picture above) and I personally like light mascara on the lashes more so I don't really need to get the look of falsies. What I'm looking for in a mascara? To hold up the curl and give some volume. Does it work? For me, yes. It could give that falsies look if I put more coats. Well, I usually only put one coat because I don't go for the dramatic eye look.

How I apply mascara? First, I curl the lashes. I curl the roots and hold it for 5 seconds and then drag it down (because I tend to go for J-curl lashes). With the mascara, apply it with a zig zag motion on the roots and drag it upwards toward the tips of the lashes. And then I only focus on the tips as I want them to have a bit more definition. I will probably write a Mascara 101 post if needed (and requested).

All in all, I really like this mascara and will most likely purchase another mascara from Maybelline. The formula and the staying power are good. But I personally think the wand is a little too big for my eyes. Well, maybe it's just me, but I still like the mascara. :)

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