Product Type: Maybelline makeup
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Maybelline Volum' Express Colossal Mascara
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Maybelline Volum' Express Colossal Mascara
Advantages: Affordable, Consistency, Easy Application, Finished Look, Lasting Power ETC.
Disadvantages: Dodgy Smelling Mascara & No Ingredients For People With Allergies.
Having tried pretty much every mascara on the market today (I would guess since I own so many!) I know exactly what I'm looking for when it comes to this kind of product and I don't often get taken in by the latest gimmick. Ive often found the mascaras that claim to offer something REALLY new and different - opposed to the standard length and volume you hope for - don't tend to work so I don't get swayed easily by those kind of claims. However that changed when I saw this particular product hit the shelves 'Maybelline Volum' Express Cat Eyes Mascara' I had to have it for 2 reasons - 1. I'm a big fan of the whole flicked, cat eye look anyway so anything to help me create that is welcomed and 2. I really liked the leopard print packaging - awful reason to buy something I know. But it seems my first impressions weren't wrong because I absolutely adored this mascara from the minute I used it and have continued with it ever since, I guess sometimes gimmicks can work!!
Price: I paid around £8 for this mascara.
Stockists: I personally bought mine from Boots but Ive also seen it in Superdrug & online from Amazon so its not a hard one to find.
Shades: As far as I can tell from buying experience this is only available in Black.
Other Info: This mascara claims to have a collagen formula combined with a curved 'claw shape' brush for extending the look of your lashes - particularly the ones in the corners for a really long, fanned out 'cat eye' look.
As I already admitted the packaging was one of the main reasons I was drawn to this mascara in the first place - having somewhat of leopard print fetish I'm sure you'll understand the lapse! This mascara comes in a bright yellow, cone shaped tube and contains 9.5ml of the mascara. Bu the vest thing about it for me was on the tube is some leopard print in a striking gold colour making sure it really stands out - the rest of the information on the tube is also that colour as well making it a lot easier to read. All the information on this is printed on the back of the tube - shelf life (6M) and claims but sadly not much else. Now that doesn't bother me as I don't really need a long winded ingredient list but if anyone has allergies to things sometimes used to make mascara then it will be a downside - also there isn't an address or website to find extra information out from either, again that's not an issue for me but for others it might be. Like a standard mascara the top of the tub simply twists away to reveal the applicator brush tucked away on the inside - seems very secure to me, haven't had any problems with my tubes drying out quickly or anything like that so practical and a really nice design for me. But for people who need ingredients either keep away or attempt to find a list online first.
Anyone who has read a mascara review of mine in the past will know how much I hate companies who claim to have a new fancy shaped mascara brush because Ive found they don't work in most cases and simply don't deliver on the wild claims, however this one has made me change my mind ... never thought Id write that! As promised the brush is slightly curved but I found it was just the right shape to fit the shape of my natural lashes very well from root to tip and all the way across. None of the messy business I normally have when using curved brushes in fact I found applying this a lot easier and a lot quicker than usual - when I'm using a straight, standard brush. There's none of that trying desperately to reach the little corner lashes without leaving a splodge of mascara on your eyelid because this one gets them without even trying as they fit the natural lash shape so well. This has definitely made me think twice about different shaped brushes - sometimes they do work, and in this case make the job a whole lot easier!
Seems like a bit of a strange section but I like to know a few things when it comes to the actual product before Ive used it - and not just what it looks like on. The consistency is a big factor I look for as often Ive found brands cant seem to get that just right texture between thick enough to make your lashes look thick and bold but thin enough so it doesn't dry out quickly and isn't a pain to apply. This one I'm happy to say is perfect for me a good amount comes out on the brush each time I come to apply and its thick enough to make a bold statement but not so thick my eyes feel weighed down - just what I was looking for. One small niggle which I find strange is this stuff has a very strange, almost chemical scent to it (very different to other mascaras in my opinion) luckily however the smell disappears when you apply it (Ive never been able to smell it anyway) and doesn't irritate my eyes or anything like that - again not a massive issue for me but people with skin that's sensitive to fragrance might want to watch out for that. Overall the mascara itself Ive been very impressed with - its exactly what I was looking for.
The Finished Look:
If someone could have tailor made me a mascara to fit in with my look I don't think they could have done a better job than this. Without mascara I have quite small and light lashes and the difference this makes to them is amazing - I have very thick and bold, statement lashes but with a LOT of length as well - without them looking over the top or the dreaded clumpiness that thick lashes sometimes creates. Ive had so many comments when wearing this from people asking me if I'm wearing false lashes so the difference for me without mascara and with is shocking. I think this is suitable for day and night wear as one coat will just open up your eyes a little with the thickness and length and then add a few coats for nighttime and it helps create a really bold look - particularly when teamed with some liquid eyeliner. Do I look like a cat? Probably not in all fairness but that's not why I bought this (I do the flicks with my eyeliner everyday anyway) but that's not why I bought this - I just wanted a mascara to team with my normal liquid liner look for a sometimes more dramatic effect and this has certainly delivered. I love this one and none of my little niggles about the dodgy smell would put me off using, buying and recommending this to others - so get out and buy yourself a tube!!
- As a quick footnote Ive also found this mascara to be very longlasting when your wearing it - no flakes or clumps as yet and its also very easy to remove with a quick swipe of eye make-up remover and all trace is gone, so no scrubbing your eyes red raw before bedtime with this one!
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