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Maybelline Volum’ Express The Falsies Big Eyes Mascara

November 23, 2014
Maybelline Volum' Express The Falsies Big Eyes ($8)
Maybelline Volum’ Express The Falsies Big Eyes mascara ($8)

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.

Maybelline Volum' Express The Falsies Big Eyes mascara
Maybelline Volum’ Express The Falsies Big Eyes mascara

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.

Maybelline Volum' Express The Falsies Big Eyes mascara
Maybelline Volum’ Express The Falsies Big Eyes mascara
Maybelline Volum' Express The Falsies Big Eyes mascara
Maybelline Volum’ Express The Falsies Big Eyes mascara

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.

Maybelline Volum' Express The Falsies Big Eyes mascara
Maybelline Volum’ Express The Falsies Big Eyes mascara

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.

Wearing Maybelline Volum' Express The Falsies Big Eyes mascara
Wearing Maybelline Volum’ Express The Falsies Big Eyes mascara
Wearing Maybelline Volum’ Express The Falsies Big Eyes mascara
Wearing Maybelline Volum’ Express The Falsies Big Eyes mascara

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.

You can buy The Falsies Big Eyes everywhere you’d find Maybelline mascaras, and it usually costs around $7 or $8 at full price. Take a look at Maybelline and Ulta.

Have you tried this one? Are you a fan?

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