Mascara Monday: NYX Za Za Zu mascara

I’m just truckin’ right along with NYX’s Boudoir Mascara collection. You’ve heard of this collection, right? It showcases 7 mascaras with 7 different functions. Yup. Each mascara claims to give you the lashes that you desire. I don’t know why I waited this long to review Za Za Zu but alas…here she is!

Price: $6 at and you may spot it at Ulta stores.
Packaging (brush wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5

What It Claims: “Motherof all mascaras. Fiber infused to darken, lengthen, and volumize.Soft, bristle brush large enough to cover all lashes in one swipe.” (source)

The Truth: Meh. I’ve used better fiber mascaras.

What I Loved About It: I love to see a fiber mascara where you can actually SEE the fibers. Yas!

What I Didn’t Like: Despite seeing those fiber thingies, I didn’t really experience much volume overall.

Overall: I am so so excited to see a fiber mascara in this Boudoir Mascara collection. I am a huge fan of fiber mascaras as I find them to be super duper effective for those wanted plumper and longer lashes. They also remove easier than most mascaras and tend to last longer than non-waterproof mascaras too. Of course it takes some time to learn how to effectively use a fiber mascara but once you’ve passed that learning curve…you’re in there!

Za Za Zu has a massive wand but ironically that wasn’t my main problem with this mascara…

Yep, it’s a hefty wand alright but the bristles are nice and and long enough to allow easy root to tip application. But even after several coats, I didn’t notice much of a different volume-wise in my lashes. Fiber mascaras almost always guarantee added length and I got some of that but the volume? It just wasn’t there for me. I think a lot of it has to do with the formula.

While it wasn’t a pain, the formula was just…so so. I’m used to seeing fiber mascaras on the thicker side and that wasn’t the case with this one. Lots of fiber thingies but I didn’t get the darkness and thickness that I would have expected from a fiber mascara. It’s not a total lost though. I was able to get some good use out of it. I didn’t experience any flaking or smudging and it lasted throughout the day with no problems. This mascara made my lashes super wispy and I’m just not a fan of wispy lashes.

Not a total bust but I would have loved to see more added volume from this kid.


Bare Lashes

Lashes after 2 coats

Do I recommend it?: Only if you realllllly want to try a fiber mascara. I think NYX has better picks in the Boudoir Mascara line-up.

Okay fiber mascara lovers…have any of y’all tried this mascara yet?

  • 7 different mascaras?! That is a large collection. I am very meh about fiber mascaras, but really like NYX products. Thanks for the review!

  • victoria

    Well, it’s a nice natural look and great that it doesn’t flake!

  • Celine

    This seemed to give you good length.

    • Brittany

      Think so? Hmmm….maybe your eyes are better than mine. :)

  • hahahah it has the same name as our website we need to get one.

  • Yvette

    ZA ZA Zu Mascara. I have tried to get this mascara for 6 months. Even wrote to the company who said it will be available mid November. Tried today, on their website and instead of saying that it is not available the webpage goes to a page that states error. I even emailed the company to send me a sample and they claim they don’t give out samples. Sad because this company sells at high ends store.

    • Brittany

      Have you tried Ulta? I’m always spotting that mascara there.

  • I was just wondering… During the application, did the fibers flake all over your face? I don’t know if mine was all dried out or if it was supposed to be like that. It was almost like the applicator was fuzzy. I have never used a fiber mascara before, and all of your review seemed to have the same results, I just can’t seem to understand why a mascara would end up like this?

    • Brittany

      Mmm, I don’t remember running into any flaking issues. Maybe your mascara dried out a bit?