This week I was lucky enough to win a mascara from Maybelline that is yet to be released in New Zealand, through a competition. I had been seeing ads on buses and hints on their page, but I wasn’t sure what the product would actually be until it arrived. On Saturday I came home to a package from Maybelline, and I was so excited. I received the brand new Volum’ Express The Falsies Big Eyes mascara in shade 202 – blackest black. Alongside some of the other winners, I’ve been one of the first people in NZ to try out this mascara. It’s been on the market for about a year in the US, but isn’t available in NZ stores yet.
Conveniently, I was about to start getting ready to go and have lunch with my friend Caitlin, who is one half of the fashion/beauty blog My Flatmate’s Wardrobe, so I decided to put it to the test.
I’ve put the description of the mascara from Maybelline’s website below and I’ll see if I agree with their description.
Revolutionary dual-ended Mascara for 360˚ All Around Lash Glam
Two brushes specifically designed for top and bottom lashes
Special quick-dry formula holds lashes in place
Why You’ll Love It
Now amplify lashes 360! The Upper brush pushes lashes over the top while the lower micro-brush grabs every tiny bottom lash for a full circle effect.
I was quite intrigued by the concept behind this, as I’ve often smeared mascara on the skin under my lower lashes with big bulky mascara wands, so much so that I actually rarely wear mascara on my lower lashes. I’ve heard of brands that sell separate lower lash mascaras but I’ve never been able to bring myself to buy one for such an oddly specific reason, but the two in one concept appealed to me.
To start off this review, here is a somewhat creepy close up of my eye, to show how the mascara looks on – really the most important part. Looking at the photo close up made me realise I need to pluck my eyebrows and that I should get undereye botox if that exists. But back to the mascara. I didn’t curl my lashes before I applied it, partly because I wanted to see how it looked just on natural lashes, and partly because every time I curl my lashes my eyes water. The formula of the mascara was very slightly clumpy, so a tiny comb may have been helpful in making my lashes look perfect, but alas I didn’t have one.
Maybelline say this mascara is quick to dry, but when I sneezed a couple of minutes after application it got on my eyelid, which was annoying. I had to clean it up with a cotton bud and eye makeup remover, and ruined my eyeshadow. Realistically though, that would happen with just about any mascara that I’ve worn before. I’m not entirely sure what ‘amplify lashes 360’ really means, so I can’t say whether it did or didn’t do that. The lower lash wand was great, so delicate and applied nicely onto my lashes without getting close to the skin under my eyes, so I’m really happy with that. The upper lash one wasn’t anything revolutionary but it did give me results that I’m happy with.
The mascara lasted well through the day, and didn’t smear or rub off at all which is good. It was a bit of a challenge to remove using a make up remover wipe, so I’d suggest perhaps using an oil or a dedicated remover if you buy this mascara yourself. I don’t know what price Maybelline will be selling this for, but most of their mascaras are around the $20 mark. I would happily pay that much for it, primarily because of the lower lash wand, which is something that other mascaras, both from Maybelline and other brands, do not seem to have. If lower lash mascara application is something you also struggle with, then I suggest that you follow Maybelline New York – New Zealand on Facebook so you will know when this is available for purchase in stores.
Above is a non-close up picture of my make up for Saturday, which was a fairly low-key look. I wore Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB cream* (sensitive, light), with Rimmel Stay Matte powder over the top. I used my ELF brow kit, a couple of shades from my Naked 3 palette on my lids, the Maybelline mascara of course, and wore MAC Snob lipstick. It was perfect for a casual Saturday lunch in the sunshine, and then I went to get my nails done as you might have seen on instagram. I hope that you all had lovely weekends too 🙂
*I’ll be reviewing the BB cream on Beauty Review, if you’re interested you can keep an eye on all my reviews on my profile.