Wednesday, February 10, 2010

About 3 Mascaras... review part 1 - Maybelline Volum' Express

This is the first part of a three-part mascara review.

These I am reviewing. First one is the Maybelline Volum' Express (in black, not waterproof) that's in the middle of the picture. Second mascara will be Max Factor's False Lash Effect (in black, not waterproof), and the last one is Lumene Natural Code Eye Dramatizer Volumizing Mascara (in blackest black, not waterproof).

Here are pictures of the mascara wands.

As you can see, the Maybelline one is the thinnest and I'd say the Max Factor is the biggest. Also Lumene and Max Factor are shaped the same whereas Maybelline is different from those two.

My lashes look like this without any mascara.

Maybelline Volum' Express mascara is hypoallergenic and safe for contact lense wearers. It is Ophthalmologically tested. This mascara can also be found in waterproof formula, but I don't use waterproof mascaras so I can't say anything about those.

The package claims that with this mascara you can achieve three times more volume. It also claims to not get clumpy.

In this picture (above and below) I have only used 2-3 coats of mascara. I like to think that there is more volume and length, but I am not entirely sure. I have very fair skin and my hair is quite light, so my eye lashes are somewhat dark where they start, but the ends are very clear. I don't exactly know how long my lashes are, but I like to think this mascara also lengthens my lashes.

The following 2 pictures are of my lashes when I have applied several coats of mascara.

I'd like to point out that when I took these pictures I had not brushed my lashes at all. The lashes are separated, look longer and appear a little volumized.

There are a few clumps, but those can be gotten rid of by brushing the lashes.

I do like the color, it really is black.

I like the wand and the bristles. The wand isn't flimsy. I don't know how many of these I have used, but I do remember that at first the brush was a little difficult to use, because it is reasonably big, but the other mascaras I am reviewing have even bigger brushes. I have learned to use this mascara without making a mess.

I haven't had a problem with removing the mascara. It comes off easily with makeup remover, doesn't even have to be specifically eye makeup remover. I have slept with this mascara still on, and I don't look like a panda the next morning. But don't do what I do, do what I tell you to! Remove your makeup before going to bed! Also I have experienced this in extreme weather, as in when it has rained (and snowed) horizontally straight in my face, this hasn't moved at all. It stayed on my lashes. I think I have even swam once or twice while wearing this and haven't had a problem. But just because I can still swim and wear this does not mean that you can. Everyones lashes are different, so don't take my word on that swimming part.

There is no perfume in this one, but it does smell a little. Like a typical mascara smell. I am not as sensitive to scents as some might be. I really don't mind it. It's very mild... It kind of smells clean.

It dries on your lashes fast enough. The mascara formula is not runny or too thick.

The quantity is 10ml. It is quite a lot for 'normal' mascaras. A very big plus.

I have seen this price vary a lot! 8-13€ normally (so $10.99-$17,86). Depends where you buy it. Now I kinda wish I'd live in the US, because that is a ridiculous amount to pay for a drug store mascara, but even the cheap mascaras are around 6€ (so $8.20 or so). Basically this is the only reason I'd like to live in another country. But everything is way more expensive here, and I'm used to it, so for me paying 10€ for a mascara does not seem very abnormal.

This mascara has been my go-to product for years now. I am going to buy this again like I have done so many times before. I am still intrigued by other mascaras that is there anything better out there...

Have you tried this mascara? What did you think of it?

Disclaimer: Not sponsored by Maybelline New York. All opinions are my own and 100% true.

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