Sunday 13 April 2014

Maybelline Big Eyes Volum' Express Waterproof Mascara - Review

Hay-fever season started for me back in late February and so I needed a waterproof mascara pronto...I picked up Maybelline's newest mascara - Big Eyes Volum' Express Mascara in the waterproof version to put it to the test. With a waterproof mascara I look for two key things - is it waterproof and how nice does it make my lashes.

Maybelline say 

Amplify lashes all around with our first eye-opening double brush Mascara.
Push-up brush: pushes upper lashes up and wide for a volumised full fan effect.
Sculpting mini-brush: grabs and magnifies the look of even the tiniest of lashes.
For an all-around eye-opening effect.
Up to 2x more visible impact.

For Best Results

Use the upper push up brush on your top lashes, applying from root to tip until a clean, voluminous look is achieved.

Use the sculpting mini-brush on your lower lashes, to magnify the look of even the tiniest of lashes. 

Upper Lash Brush

Lower Lash Brush

My thoughts 

I had high hopes for this mascara, I was intrigued by the double ended nature of it. 2 brushes, one for the upper lashes in a traditional brush style and a tiny, thin lash brush for the lower lashes.

I think you can see from the before and after pics that the mascara does indeed leave my lashes looking good. It provides decent length and reasonable thickness to them. The formula as with most waterproof mascaras is dry. However, I have found that the more I use the mascara the nicer it is making my lashes appear. For example, on first application I wasn't that blown away by how black it made my lashes look but after a few uses the formula appears richer and the colour more intense. It curls the lashes well.

I am not that convinced that it is necessary to have the lower lash brush, I don't think it adds much value to the product as often I find myself forgetting to use it and just using the standard brush, in the photo below I did use it and when I do use I do like it.

Is it waterproof ?- In a nutshell yes, my hay-fever is pretty severe with constantly streaming eyes without my meds and the mascara stayed put. It does suffer from a tiny bit of flaking but this is after many hours of relentless watery eyes and rubbing of my eyes. Hey, I had to really put it it through its paces!

Before and After Pics 

After Pic Wearing Maybelline Big Eyes Volum' Express Waterproof Mascara

Maybelline Big Eyes Volum' Express Waterproof Mascara costs £8.99


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