Lately, I’ve been using Maybelline’s Volum’ Express The Falsies Big Eyes mascara, which is a new one for me. I expected to like it after enjoying the original The Falsies so much and having heard good things about it. I also have really fine, blonde lashes and really liked the idea of having the smaller wand dedicated to defining the lower lashes because I often feel like normal wands deposit way too much mascara on my lower lashes.
In short, I like this mascara but it’s not my favorite. Having the two wands in one tube for around $8 is handy, and I find the formula performs well. I don’t have any longevity issues and it comes off fine at the end of the day. The wand for the upper lashes surprised me, I guess I expected it to be similar to the wand from the original Falsies, but instead of a spoon shape it’s sort of twisted. Or, you might say it’s a spoon shape that’s been straightened and then spun a bit.
I will say, I don’t understand why it’s twisted and how that might be at all helpful in applying the mascara. The overall shape tapers toward the end, and I think it does a good job covering both the inner and outer lashes.
The lower lash wand is really fantastic, the bristles are very short and dense and I get just the right amount of black color and definition. I have absolutely no complaints about the lower lash wand, and I love that it was a package deal.
In general, I think my reservations about this mascara are simply some frustration over the upper lash wand. It might be a combination of the bristles not being quite dense enough and the formula being a little wet when the product’s first opened, but I feel like it makes my lashes clump together somewhat. It also isn’t a the most amazing mascara for length and curl, and I need to spend a lot of time curling my lashes prior to applying so that they have enough lift.
One last note, I see on the website that Big Eyes features a “quick-dry formula” but I actually thought that this one took a while to dry, especially when it was first opened. If I open my eyes too much after applying I’ll get some transfer above my eyes. So, I wouldn’t put too much faith in that claim.
Now that I’ve had the mascara for around a month, it’s dried out a tad and I don’t have as much difficulty separating my lashes with the wand, so it’s getting better. It seems like a good, basic mascara and I really enjoy the lower lash wand that’s included, but I’m not positive I’ll repurchase it in the future. I’m just not as happy with it as I thought I’d be.
Have you tried this one? Are you a fan?