Maybelline Define-A-Lash Mascara is designed to give lashes volume and definition without clumping. I think they may have stopped producing this as I couldn't find it on the Boots or Superdrug websites and I bought mine from a discount beauty retailer for just £1.99.
I like the fuschia coloured packaging and I think it looks expensive. The tube is of an average size for a mascara making it easy to hold onto and use. The brush is the plastic spiky kind with all the same length 'bristles', but the brush has a slight hourglass shape to it and the tip end is slightly larger than the base end.
The mascara coats the brush nice and evenly so you do get a very even coat when applied to your lashes. It goes on smoothly and evenly, and indeed it does not clump at all. It gives a very nice natural look which is perfect for daytime wear. I don't find it gives me any extra volume though which was disappointing.
I tried layering this mascara up to give a more dramatic look but I found it didn't have much effect other than partially removing the first coat in places. So I stick to just one coat and wear it as my everyday mascara.
The colour I have this in is brown. I often choose brown mascaras as I'm blonde and it just looks less harsh against my blonde hair and pale skin, however I did not like the brown colour of this one, it seemed a little too greyish to me and a bit wishy-washy. I wish I'd chosen the black one instead.
It wears well and lasts all day without smudging, flaking or running, but it is very easy to remove with a basic cleanser or makeup remover when I want to take it off.
I would only recommend this if you're looking for a very subtle, natural looking mascara. If you are after extra volume then I would suggest you look elsewhere as this one does not deliver on its promises.
I am very picky when it comes to the type of mascara I use due to the fact that I only love it when my eyelashes appear thick and long. I bought this product with the intention of using it on my upper lashes. It went on smoothly and I used it for quite a while before deciding to try another brand. Overall, it was satisfactory for my taste. After using different brands of mascara for a while, however, I decided to come back to this one and discovered that it works beautifully on my bottom lashes for a full effect! Now it is my number one mascara to use on my bottom lashes. It completes my look and I won't ever change brands for this use of it. I recommend this product for bottom lashes especially and people who want longer looking lashes!
Before my obsession with false eyelashes started i had an even bigger obsession with mascara!
Very expensive obsession especially since mascaras hardly ever life up to their claims.
If you like your eyes to be dramatic i would seriously recommend using fake eyelashes, i mean come on all the models in the adverts are wearing them when advertising the mascara's anyways.
I went in to boots and asked the lady for a mascara she recommend to lengthen, thicken and voluminous my eyelashes.
She gave me define- a - lash volume mascara, the bright pink tube actually swayed me to buy it i cant resist pretty packaging.
I had very high expectations for the mascara because the women kept raving about how good it was i was very disappointed.
It claims no clumps, separation, and voluptuous volume it done none of these.
The brush is a small flimsy brittle like brush and to be honest i don't recommend these brushes i feel thicker ones work better.
On the first coat it did separate my eyelashes but by the second coat my eyelashes were quite clumped together, they didn't lengthen my eyelashes at all and they certainly didn't add volume just lumps of mascara.
As the day went on i found the mascara flaked away and left my eyelashes looking very dry.
The only thing this mascara has going for it is its pretty to look at.
I am quite a fussy person when it comes to mascaras, so I am looking for the perfect one. I found that this mascara was great for separating the lashes but it did not add enough volume to satisfy me. However I managed to resolve this problem by using mascara that would add more volume on top of this mascara. I have quite long eye lashes so I like to make the most of them as I believe they are my best feature. I found that using another Maybelline mascara made my eyelashes more noticeable and appealing.
The colour of the tube is a shocking pink colour which is extremely appealing to me as I am quite a girly girl and it looks pretty in my make up bag. This isn't my favourite mascara but it was by no way a poor mascara and I wouldn't mind using it again. Considering how much the mascara costs and its performance I would say that its good for the price.
So I brought this one on the cheap as it was on offer and I needed a mascara so I brought this one. It was ok actually not the best I have ever had but it sis the job.
Ok so the application brush was pretty standard, but the brush was bristles were nicely evenly speaced which give a clump free look. The mascara was easy to apply the only problem you come across is getting to the awkard lashes in the corners of your eyes are the brush is completly straight you can not get to them. You need to have really flexible arms and wrists which most of us do not. If you are patient though you can eventually get some of those lashes.
Each lash is made individual and your eye lashres really are defined and made longer, but it does not add volume so if that is what you want go for a volume mascra instead.
So colours you canb buy the standard black, brown and blue, however the black is always the most popular colour so if you see it there get it before it sells out as this one sells quite fast as it is a good price from a good cosmetic brand.
Price £3.99 is how much I paid but it may have gone up a pound or two so have a look! But it is worth having as long as you have patience.
When this first came out I was absolutely suprised and had to buy it. I previously had, had the first Maybelline Define a Lash in the green tube and was thinking that this would be good if it came with a version in volume and miraculously it did! Not only that but it came in a nice, girly but strong pink colour! It was a sign for sure.
It bought this for about £6.99, about the same price I was paying for the normal green define a lash mascara. Everything was pretty much the same to include the packaging, just the change of colour and the word ´volume`included. The brush was the same, a curvey wand made with rubber. Something quite different from most mascaras Id ever used, but I guess thats what makes this mascara so different.
Upon trying this mascara, I was pretty happy with the way it applied, the way it made my eyelashes look and just the general finish it gave to my eyes. However, one thing that I noticed that even though it did give volume to my lashes, it didnt seem to give as much length as the other define a lash mascara.
I found that the length of my lashes were replaced by the volume when using this mascara instead of being added as a special bonus. Having said this, I prefer (only by a slight small fraction) the green define a lash mascara better. This is probably because I need more help with my lash length than with my lash volume.
I have tried using the moth mascaras together and gotten a really good and satisfactory result, but that isnt what this review is about.
I do like this mascara and would certainly buy it again, but as already mentioned I would most likely to purchase the green one instead of this one if I had a choice. Thats not to say that everyone should choose the green one over the pink one. It all depends on what you need more help on. Length or volume.. thats all it buckles down to.
Overall, this is a great mascara, its just that for me, its sister is a little better! Only personal preference.
I have been using Maybelline Define a Lash Voume for around 18 months now and, despite trying out other mascaras, this is the one I keep coming back to. Prices range from £5.99 (Cheapsmells and Ebay) to £8.99 (Boots) and Superdrug have it on special offer at the moment (January 2010) for £7.64. There are only two colour options black or brown and a waterproof version is also available. The one I use is black and is not waterproof.
The mascara comes in an attractive maroon coloured container and has a slim brush which sits comfortably between the fingers. I can feel the pull of the built in clump remover as I take out the brush. The clump remover does a good job of making sure too much mascara is not deposited on the brush thus resulting in clump free lashes. After trying out many different mascaras which claim to be clump free I have been disappointed but with this one it does what it says. I usually only need one coat for the top lashes but tend to put two on the lower ones which are much shorter and harder to cover. Even when appling a second coat to still wet lashes there are no clumps.
The mascara defines, separates and colours my lashes well and by sweeping the brush upwards over the ends of my top lashes it gives them a nice curl too. As a rule I don't need to reapply it through the day but sometimes, if I''ve been reading or on the computer for long periods of time wearing my glasses, I find the lower lashes have lost some of the mascara and need a top up.
Removal is easy. As I said earlier I use the non waterproof version and I find a make up remover wipe brings it all off without the need for rubbing which can harm the delicate eye area.
I dread to think how much money I have wasted on trying out different mascaras always hoping the latest one will give me the lashes I dream of but of course they never live up to their claims. Maybelline Define a Lash is the best one I've come across so far and is, I feel, a reasonable price so I'm going to stick with it. It gives me natural looking lashes which are defined and lengthened and not the spiders legs effect some mascaras give. It takes me throughout the day and is suitable for night time use too so I have no hesitation in recommending it.
I hope this has been useful for you and thanks for reading
manlybeach January 2010
I stumbled across this mascara by chance, I was frantically searching for a volume mascara in brown in Boots. My usual Bourjois range let me down, ALL of their mascara's were in black, along with every other brand it seemed, and the first brown mascara I came across was this one, Maybelline's Define-A-Lash. I remember when this mascara came out a few years ago, with one of their fierce advertising campaigns they seem to do when they release a new macara (which seems to be every few months!), each one always promising to give you the most gorgeous lashes, ever. You may remember the campaign behind the mascara which came in a bright green tube, this is the same except this one is the Define-A-Lash VOLUME mascara, and comes in a pink tube rather than green.
One of the main reasons I bought this was because it had £3 off, making it only £5.82. The full price is £7.82 which I find a bit excessive for a Maybelline mascara, mainly because I find them to be quite average compared to other brands, often preferring to go for Bourjois mascara's which are good quality and value for money. However as I mentioned before I was looking for a mascara in a brown shade, this is because I have very long eye lashes which unfortunately lack volume. I prefer to wear a brown shade of mascara for going to work as it's more subtle than a black mascara which makes my long eye lashes look a bit over the top for the office, often having people asking me if I'm wearing fake eye lashes for work!
The packaging for this mascara is pretty much standard as far as mascara's go, one difference here is the brush. When you pull the brush out of the tube it goes through the 'built in clump remover' basically a small, soft opening in the tube which removes thick clumps of mascara from the brush. However I found the stick on which the brush sits to be alarmingly thin in quality, and quite bendy, and it sometimes feel as ifc it's going to snap. It hasn't yet, but I would have expected better quality in this area, considering you have to really pull the brush out of the tube, through this 'clump remover.'
So I have a clump free brush, how good is the mascara on my lashes? Well this brush has small, hard bristles which whilst good at avoiding clumps, doesn't help with building up volume. This mascara makes my eyelashes look more like spider legs than any other and I can't see how they dare even add 'Volume' into this product's name! The packaging states 'no clumps, separation, voluptous volume' and whilst I can agree with the first two, unfortunately I lacked to see any 'voluptous volume' on my lashes just long, clump free and seperated lashes.
I also like the shade which isn't too dark on my lashes, but I have to be careful not to apply too much mascara at all when I use this, as too much really makes my eye lashes look silly. A problem I have is I often compare mascara's to my favourite mascara, Benefit's Bad Gal mascara which is the best for my eye lashes, creating wonderful volume. So far I've found only Bourjois can come at a fraction of the price, and this one by Maybelline is near the bottom of my list!
The mascara lasts all day and doesn't smear or 'stiffen' my lashes. At the end of the day it is easy to remove with a good eye make-up remover and you don't have to spend ages scrubbing away at your eyes to remove this one.
* A good clump-free mascara.
* Seperates out each lash to give a more sleek finish.
* Doesn't smear, but easy to remove at the end of the day.
* Pretty pink packaging.
* Doesn't provide volume as promised.
* Poor quality brush, feels as though it will snap.
* Vastly overpriced for the quality you receive, don't pay full price for this one!
Overall if you are looking for good volume I would give this one a certain miss. If you are however looking for a clump free mascara, then this one if for you, but I would probably opt for the 'Define-A-Lash' original in the bright green tube, rather than this 'volume' version.
Define - A - Lash Washable Mascara by Maybelline.
I'm getting a bit sick of mascara adverts. The ad men must think we're all stupid.
You know the ones I mean. The model starts off with normal eyelashes, then one sweep of the magic mascara brush and she looks like half a dozen spiders have set up camp on her eyelids.
Well I'm sorry, but all these adverts for 'Super Fat Mega Sexy' get yourself a husband now, fluttery eyelashes are having us on. Anyone with half an eye can see that these models are all sporting a couple of sets of falsies.
I think I've tried most of these super mega mascara's. The worst are the one's that have a white base coat under a black top coat. They take about half an hour to apply as you always bollox it up the first few tries. The rest are gloopy and leave bobbles on your lashes. The ones with combs instead of brushes are particularly useless and hurt your eyes.
The one exception I've found is Define - A - Lash Washable Mascara by Maybelline. When applying mascara in the past I've always wiped most of the mascara off the brush onto a tissue then scraped it back into the bottle. This way you can apply a couple of thin coats. But with this product you can use the brush straight out the bottle. The trick is quick light strokes. Just be careful not to press the brush too hard near the base of the lashes. It's a plastic brush and can hurt the eyelid.
Just one coat of this mascara gives you thicker, longer looking eyelashes that look natural. The brush also gives you good separation so there's no horrible messy clumpiness. So if your lashes like mine are short, stubby and colourless; Define-A-Lash is for you.
Another plus point is its sticking power. Most mascara's I've tried start to fall off my eyelashes after about an hour. So by lunchtime I have to do a bit of maintenance. Some are so bad that I'd swear they are made of soot and cooking oil. Define - A - Lash however stays put, so panda eyes are a thing of the past.
It cost's about £7 but I have seen it at about £5 on sale. It's well worth the money as far as I'm concerned. Why not 'lash out' on some, I don't think you'll regret it.
Product: 2 out of 5
Packaging: 4 out of 5
Quality: 2 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5
Where to purchase? Superdrug, Boots etc
Price: Around £8
Would I buy again? No
Shades Available: Black, Brown and Waterproof black
What they say: Clump-free:
Lightweight formula coats lashes cleanly. Unique built-in clump remover leaves zero clumps on brush for zero clumps on lashes.
Sculpts & plumps the lash look for perfect fullness
The new volume lash look, perfectly defined.
For Best Results
"As a huge fan of the original Define-A-Lash mascara, I couldn't wait to get my hands on the new Define-A-Lash Volume mascara. For me it's the perfect choice in achieving fabulous volume whilst keeping the lashes really defined, and of course with zero clumping! Apply looking up, from the root of the lash, and if you need a second coat apply quickly before they dry." Fiona Jolly, Maybelline New York's Celebrity Make-Up Artist.
Water Aqua , Paraffin , Beeswax Cera Alba , Acacia Senegal Gum Acacia , Stearic Acid , Carnauba Wax Carnauba , Palmitic Acid , Triethanolamine , Talc , PTFE , Hydroxyethylcellulose , PEG-40 Stearate , Aminomethyl Propanediol , Panthenol , Methylparaben , Rayon , Sodium Polymethacrylate , Propylparaben , Synthetic Beeswax , Phenyl Trimethicone , Simethicone , Hydroxypropyl Chitosan , BHT , 2-Oleamido-1,3-Octadecanediol , Polyquaternium-10 , Acrylates/VP Copolymer , Iron Oxides May Contain [+/-] CI 77491, CI 77499, CI 77492 , Titanium Dioxide CI 77891 , Mica , Carmine CI 75470 , Ultramarines CI 77007 , Chromium Oxide Greens CI 77288 , Chromium Hydroxide Green CI 77289 , Manganese Violet CI 77742 , Ferric Ferrocyanide CI 77510
- Coats lashes evenly and quickly
- Doesn't clump when a second coat is applied
- Plastic bristles do not bend to accomodate eye shape
- Flakes off during the day onto the rest of face
- Smudges upon contact with heat or moisture
- Doesn't hold a curl
- Wand is hard to get back into container as it is too flimsy and bendy
Overall? I am not too fussy when it comes to mascaras and usually never have problems - I have over 20 mascaras and the only one I have ever had a problem with before was the Maybelline Sky High Curves and the only problem was that it was so waterproof I couldn't remove it. But this, for me, is riddles with problems, and is expensive, so i would not recommend.
Waterproof mascara /