Mascara Monday: Avon Mega Effects mascara

Welp, here we go…finally. My review of the very awesome Avon Mega Effects mascara. I’ve got a lot to say about this kid. But of course I would. I mean, it’s not everyday you see a mascara like this. I soooo didn’t see this coming. No offense Avon, but when it comes to dynamite mascaras, I wouldn’t think to turn to you. That didn’t hurt, did it? My bad. You know what I mean. Yes, of course…Avon is a great beauty brand but I wouldn’t exactly call them innovative. Welllll, honey, this mascara is single-handily changing the game. Yeeeep! I was so exactly that I received a sample of this to review.

Avon Mega Effects Mascara review

Price: $10 from Avon.com.
Packaging (brush wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5

What It Claims: “This breakthrough mascara provides 24-hour volume, leaving lashes darker, denser and more dramatic. Get ready for a corner to corner lash transformation with our first ever Wonderbrush. “ (source)

The Truth: It’s the most interesting mascara that I have ever used.

What I Loved About It: It is so easy to tote around.

What I Didn’t Like: It takes some time to really get the super lush lashes.

This is going to be a pretty lengthy review so for those of you that just want to get to the point, I’ve broken down the review in Pros and Cons.

Pros:
-It’s affordable. Only $10!
-It makes applying mascara to the bottom lashes super easy.
-It has a fantastic build-able formula.
-Ideal for traveling. It’s so small and compact!
-While not waterproof, I found it to be a pretty sturdy long-lasting mascara.
-It’s perfect for those with super small and wonky lashes.
-It really helps brings those lashes out.

Cons
-It can look rather intimidating.
-The wand may be difficult to hold for some.
-Excess mascara comes off each time you pull the wand out.
-There’s a learning curve that busy mascara lovers may not want to deal with.
-The mascara has more separating power than volumizing power.
-You have to squeeze the tube to get the wand out and that can be a bit tricky.

Avon Mega Effects Mascara packaging

 

Overall: I first learned of this mascara when my girl Lianne of The Makeup Girl showed it off on Instagram. Her picture had me at hello I just couldn’t wait to get my hands on this baby. And now she’s here. Is it love at first sight? Not exactly. But I gave this mascara a 5 out of 5  for a good reason. It’s just that awesome. Even if it’s not perfect. First let’s talk about the so-called wand.

Avon Mega Effects Mascara wand

Avon calls this their Wonderbrush. What makes it unique is that it is able to adjust in multiple angles. It’s pretty cool because you are really manipulate this wand to get every single lash on both the top and bottom rows of lashes. It also does a great job at getting those inner corners. The plastic bristles are stiff and long enough to sweep through the lashes effectively. However, the handle of the Wonderbrush is short. Very short. I found that it was easiest to use 2 fingers (my pointer and my thumb to apply the mascara. It’s tough for someone like me who has bad nerves. Trial and error will eventually help you find what works best but I struggled with application for quite some time.

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Also, when removing the Wonderbrush from the tube, I ended up with a ton of mascara residue. Getting that brush out is already a bit tricky (you have to squeeze both sides of the tube) and once you do, you’ll see way more mascara than you’ll want to use on the brush. Sweeping it on the side of the tube isn’t BAD but not always ideal.

Now for performance – it rocks! If you’re looking for a mascara that will last all day, this is your girl. She really doesn’t budge but managed to move easily with eye makeup remover. The longevity is my favorite aspect about this mascara. Volume and length were decent. Not impeccable but I did get a nice set of lashes that stood out. The more you apply, the more va-va-voom factor your lashes will get. I got a good 4 coats without having to worry about clumping.

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Lashes after 2 coats

 

Mega Effects mascara

Do I recommend it?: Absolutely! Especially if you are looking to try something fun and interesting in the mascara world. 

So yes. I adore this mascara. Mainly because I think it is crazy innovative but also because it just works really well. I should be available on Avon.com later this month. Think you’ll try it?

Mascara Monday: Clarins Wonder Waterproof mascara

I’m back with another Clarins mascara! I am slowly working my way through their mascaras and when I got a press sample of this one, I couldn’t wait to put it to use. It’s a waterproof mascara! I am always on the hunt for a good waterproof mascara. Especially in the summer time. I had high hopes for this bad boy…

Clarins Wonder Waterproof mascara

Nothing fancy in the packaging department…

Price: $27.56 from Amazon.com.
Packaging (brush wand): 4 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5

What It Claims: “The name says it all. This mascara not only creates volume, curl and definition but is also resistant to water.” (source)

The Truth: It’s waterproof…but only for a split second.

What I Loved About It: It has a fantastic formula and wand.

What I Didn’t Like: It just wasn’t…waterproof.

Overall: I’m a fan of Clarins. I haven’t featured many of their products but I’ve been messing around with them for a while. I’ve reviewed one of their mascaras before and I had high hopes for this one. Then again, I tend to think that when you spend a good chunk of money on higher-end cosmetics, they SHOULD work. Of course that isn’t always the case but hey…a girl can dream. At first glance, this mascara appears to have it all. It’s got decent and unassuming packaging and the wand is nice.

Clarins mascara

It reminds me a lot of those super cheap mascaras. And not in a bad way. It’s simple,  sweeps well through wonky lashes and it gets the job done. It isn’t plush so you won’t achieve insane volume but that’s okay because it’s a waterproof mascara. Any added volume would just be a perk.

Initial application of this mascara is grand. The gel-like formula laid on my lashes with ease. But because it’s a waterproof mascara I wanted to ensure that it could hold up if water hit it. So I dunked my face in a sink full of water and…the mascara stayed! I didn’t see any smudging and I was elated. And then I let my face dry and before I knew it the mascara was flaking off of my lashes. Oh boooo! It broke my heart, really. I tried testing the mascara again by spritzing my face with water and while the mascara stood up a little bit better, it eventually started to flake away. Dang it, man. The volume and lengthening is actually really decent so I was so sad that the waterpoof-ness wasn’t up to par.

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Lashes after 2 coats

 

Clarins waterproof mascara

Do I recommend it?: If you’re looking for a waterproof mascara, PASS. If you’re a Clarins lover who needs a decent amount of volume, go for it.

I’m still on the hunt for a fantastic waterproof mascara. Have you found one yet?

Mascara Monday: Maybelline Volum’ Express Falsies Big Eyes mascara

Goodness gracious. Mascaras have the longest names these days. I mean, my goodness….! I guess when you’ve been making mascaras since 1914, you run out of short and to the point names. I get it. Maybelline has a new mascara on the block and while I am usually excited about their new mascaras, this one didn’t excite me too much at first glance. Which is shocking because I usually go gaga over dual-wand mascaras. Did application and performance of this baby change my mind?

Maybelline Volum' Express Falsies Big Eyes mascara

Nothing fancy in the packaging department…

Maybelline Falsies Big Eyes mascara

Price: $7.99 in drugstores
Packaging (brush wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 3.5 out of 5

What It Claims: “Revolutionary dual-ended Mascara for 360° all around Lash Glam. Two brushes specifically designed for top and bottom lashes. Special quick-dry formula holds lashes in place” (source)

The Truth: I’ve had better Maybelline mascaras but this one isn’t too shabby.

What I Loved About It: I do love the option of having two wands. Not ideal for everyday use but if you’ve got the extra time, it works!

What I Didn’t Like: The volume power is just so so.

Maybelline Volum' Express Falsies Big Eyes mascara wands

Overall: This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a wand like this from Maybelline. Back in the day they had mascaras with dual wands. One wand was for a primer and the other was the actual mascara. Those were just so so. I actually like this mascara a little bit better because at least you can see the impact that is made. I like the idea of being able to have a mascara for those hard to get smaller lashes. Most wands make it difficult to do because the wands are large. The baby wand is fantastic for this purpose. Look how wittle she is…

Maybelline Volum' Express Falsies Big Eyes skinny wand

I found that this wand is also great for grabbing the inner lashes too. And I suppose if you have super tiny lashes, they work for those too. The regular wand, however just isn’t plush enough to provide a ton of volume. I mean it does ohhhhkay.

Maybelline Volum' Express Falsies Big Eyes mascara larger wand

It’s a nice wand. I think it’s great for separating and attempting to straighten out wonky lashes but I didn’t find it to be insanely impactful for those seeking crazy huge lashes. If you’re desirous are defined lashes without much POW, this mascara will work. But if you’re like me and need for folx to see your lashes before they see you…well, you may be disappointed. On the good side, the formula was easy to apply and I didn’t get any clumps. Score! So yeah, it’s not my favorite mascara but hey, if you are serious about maintaing those bottom lashes, me thinks you’ll like this baby. I also found it to be pretty lightweight. No heavy lashes here. I had nice and fluffy lashes all day. But on the downside, fluffy lashes don’t stand up too well in Florida humidity.

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Lashes after 2 coats

 

Mascara on eyes

Do I recommend it?: Meh. I think Maybelline has better mascaras in stores these days. Even the Rocket is better than this one.

Okay Maybelline mascara lovers, what did you think about this one?

Mascara Monday: Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Maximum Volume mascara

Guess how many mascaras I have formally reviewed? 200! Crazy ,right? I’ve probably tried more (not all of them make the cut) but I find it nutty that I’ve talked about, taken pictures of and tried at least 200 mascaras. Crazyyyyy. I was too lazy to think of some kind of creative giveaway but I do plan on doing something so stay tuned. :wink: In the meantime, let’s chit chat about this mascara…

Elizabeth Arden Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Maximum Volume mascara

And I know what you’re thinking…”Isn’t Elizabeth Arden for grandmas?” Heck no. It’s a brand that’s been around for quite some time but they ROCK in the cosmetics department. Remember that bronzer of theirs I reviewed? Anywho, I’m lovin’ this mascara that I got for reveiw…

Elizabeth Arden Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Maximum Volume mascara tube

Price: $19.50 at ElizabethArden.com or at Elizabeth Arden counters
Packaging (brush wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What It Claims: “This beauty award-winner dramatically thickens lashes as it separates and defines. Smudge-proof formula lasts all day.” (source)

The Truth: Oh, how I love the length and volumizing power of this mascara!

What I Loved About It: It’s got a great and easy to use wand.

What I Didn’t Like: The formula is so lightweight that it doesn’t seem to last all day.

Overall: I really wanted to make this mascara my 200th review because I think it’s special.I mean, how lame would it have been if that 200th mascara review was of a mascara that sucked? Yeah. This mascara rocks for several reasons. For one, the wand is niiiice.

Elizabeth Arden Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Maximum Volume mascara brush

Simple, yes, but I dig simple because I think we sometimes over complicate things like mascara wands. This is small enough to grab all of the lashes and plush enough to plump up the lashes. It works. It was tough to get the inner corners and bottom lashes but if you’re patient enough to work with it, you shouldn’t have too much of a problem with that.

My favorite aspect of this mascara is how wonderfully it volumizes. I applied to coats and got va va voom lashes. Lengthening was decent too. This is the perfect mascara for those who want volume and aren’t in need of a waterproof mascara. The formula is great but I found it to be extremely lightweight. Normally I wouldn’t complain about something like this but I need a mascara that lasts for quite some time since it’s almost summer time in humid Florida. That said, if you need super lush lashes and don’t plan on sweating vigorously, this may be a great mascara for you.

And even though it’s lightweight, I didn’t experience any clumps or smudging. So yay, Elizabeth Arden!

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Lashes after 2 coats

 

Elizabeth Arden Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Maximum Volume mascara on lashes

Do I recommend it?: I do! It’s a surprisingly stellar higher end mascara!

Have you ever tried anything from Elizabeth Arden?

Mascara Monday: Milani Grandissimo Lashes mascara

Milani Grandissimo Incredible Volume mascara

Ya’ll know I love Milani. Like adore. A lot. Their mascaras have always just been okay though. Not good but not terrible either. I’ve been eyeing this one for a while so when it landed in my mailbox I got excited and wished for the best. Let’s see how we did…

Milani Grandissimo Lashes mascara

Price: $5.49 at drugstores and at Milani.com.
Packaging (brush wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What It Claims: “Bigger is better! The mega volume brush creates a false lash effect. Dramatically enhances and thickens even the littlest lashes. Long-lasting, smear-proof, and non-clumping formula. Paraben-free. ” (source)

The Truth: Wowsers…this is definitely one of their better mascaras!

What I Loved About It: It’s got nice volume.

What I Didn’t Like: It has a large wand and may clump on you…

Overall: I first saw the wand on this mascara and just knew that she would be able to work some magic. And she didn’t let me down. Look at this baby…

Milani Grandissimo Lashes mascara wand

Not too shabby, uh? When you see a wand like this, you should realize 2 things. (1) A good amount of volume is coming your way and (2) so are clumps. It is almost inevitable. You just can’t avoid the clumps when you’ve got wands like these. To minimize them you can only apply one coat of mascara but if your goal is crazy awesome lashes, you’ll want to apply more mascara. That said, I REALLY dug this mascara. It’s average as far its appearance and she doesn’t tote any ah-mazing claims but it’s a fantastic mascara nonetheless. The wand is large but if you’ve got patience, you’ll find that it’s easy to breeze through the lashes.

The formula is great too. I didn’t find it to be too thick and it applied nicely to the lashes. I only applied 2 coats to my lashes and got a good amount of length and volume. It’s dark mascara so it’s perfect for a dramatic look. It does well with holding up throughout the day and I only found clumping to be a problem when trying to apply more than 2 coats. Way to go, Milani!  

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Lashes after 2 coats

 

Milani Grandissimo Lashes mascara on lashes

Do I recommend it?: Sure! It’s cheap and it works well.

 

Ooooh Milani lovers, have you tried this one?

Mascara Monday: Josie Maran GOGO Instant Natural Volume Argan mascara

Josie Maran GOGO Instant Natural Volume Argan Mascara

I am so in love with Josie Maran’s cosmetics. She rules. In fact, she rules so much I can’t even watch QVC because if she’s on I WILL buy something. There is no “if” about it. So yeah. I run far away from the TV if I know that she’s going to be on. I’ve finally gotten around to trying out her mascara. I got this one for review so let’s see if it was as good as everything else she’s got…

Josie Maran GOGO Instant Natural Volume Argan Mascara tube

Price: $22 from Sephora and Sephora.com.
Packaging (brush wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What It Claims: “This mascara’s patented Triple V Brush delivery system coats lashes one luxurious layer at a time for full, long-wearing, clump-free, water-resistant definition. The rich, hydrating formula evenly builds thickness and smoothness, delivering a full fringe of blacker-than-black lashes with dewy shine. This natural and exclusive formula dries quickly without smearing, smudging, clumping, or flaking. An infusion of nourishing, protein-rich Argan Oil conditions and supports hair growth for lush, supple, healthy lashes.” (source)

The Truth: I liked it! I really liked it!

What I Loved About It: I got a nice amount of volume.

What I Didn’t Like: It was just a bit flaky. Pretty common for natural mascaras though.

Overall: I truly stan for Josie Maran products. And I’ve been doing so since I tried my first oil from her. It’s a stellar brand. Especially for my fellow natural lovin’ guys and girls out there. Natural mascaras are tough to love, though. Sure they omit the nasties but they aren’t so hot on the longevity tip. And let’s face it, I don’t care what your mascara preferences are, you definitely want it to last on the eyes for as long as possible. Natural mascaras aren’t so good in that department.

But first things first, the wand…

Josie Maran GOGO Instant Natural Volume Argan Mascara brush

It’s a typical wand that is great for volumizing. It is large and plush and may be a bit intimidating to those who aren’t so used to larger wands. There wasn’t much of a stopper in the tube so when I pulled out the wand each time I endured a ton of mascara on the wand.

Josie Maran GOGO Instant Natural Volume Argan Mascara brush and tube

Yes, I hate when this happens. It isn’t much to remove it but it’s still an extra step that I don’t always like to take. However, this mascara is kinda worth the trouble. I really like the volumizing action I got from this baby. Using only 2 coats I got a really nice set of lashes. With very little effort. My lashes were lush, dark and fabulous, darling. The downfall of course is the flakiness I ended up getting hours after application. And by hours I mean, only a good 4-5 hours of wear. This isn’t the kind of mascara you can rock through out the night. Nope, she just won’t last on you. And it’s sad because it really is a great mascara. Like I mentioned, it’s a common issue with natural mascaras. But regardless, I love the effect that this mascara gave me. It’s definitely a mascara I’d hold on to for short term dramatic wear.

 

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Lashes after 2 coats

 

Josie Maran GOGO Instant Natural Volume Argan Mascara on eyes

Do I recommend it?: Sure! Especially if you’re a Josie Maran fan who doesn’t need a mascara to last hours at a time.

 

Where are my JM guys and girls at? Have you tried this mascara? Am I the only one that notices that natural mascaras don’t last as long throughout the day?

Mascara Monday: Mary Kay Lash Love mascara

Mary Kay Lash Love mascara

Where are my Mary Kay girls at? This is a highly requested mascara and I am so sorry that I am just now getting the opportunity to review it. I received this mascara for review and even before then so many of my gal pals were telling me how awesome this mascara is how it’s a travesty that I haven’t reviewed it yet. I know, I know. Well, here we goooo!

Price: $15 from MaryKay.com and from a Mary Kay consultant
Packaging (brush wand): 4 out of 5
Overall: 3.5 out of 5

What It Claims: “Love your lashes with the mascara that defines, defends and delivers four times the volume while looking naturally flawless, soft and healthy. The flexible, sculpted brush separates and coats lashes.” (source)

The Truth: I found the volume to be just okay, but the length was niiiiice.

What I Loved About It: Um yeah. The length.

What I Didn’t Like: It was just a wee bit smudge-y for my liking.

Overall: I don’t try many Mary Kay products. Mainly because I kinda forget about the brand since they aren’t sold at Sephora, department stores or the drugstores. I know. Bad B. I should really be more hip to Mary Kay products because they really have some pretty awesome things. This mascara isn’t bad at all. In fact, I found myself wearing it weeks after I reviewed it. And that never happens.

I think most of the reason why it’s so awesome is because of the wand.

Mary Kay Lash Love mascara brush

Even if you hate plastic wands, you HAVE to like this one. It’s got those nice and stiff bristles that are great at catching each and every lash. Crazy and wonky lashes like mine don’t stand a chance against this kind of wand. I loved how it combed straight through my lashes and helped elongate the lashes.

Volume-wise, I didn’t get much plumping but I think the wand is made more for lengthening than for volumizing. And I’m okay with that since the lengthening action was decent. The downfall to this mascara? I found it smudged a bit throughout the day. A top coat mascara like Anastasia Lash Genius should set it straight though. Otherwise, it’s  a decent mascara. The formula was easy to work with and I didn’t experience any clumps. So yeah, the smudging sucks but the mascara is still worth a try.

 

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Lashes after 2 coats

 

Mary Kay Lash Love mascara on eyes

 

Do I recommend it?: If you’re a Mary Kay fan and/or really want to try a good lengthening mascara, I say give this one a whirl.

 

Any Mary Kay girls in the house? What do you think about this mascara?

Mascara Monday: Revlon Lash Potion by Grow Luscious mascara

Revlon Lash Potion mascara

A new Revlon mascara!! It is a well known Clumps of Mascara fact that I’ve always had issues with Revlon mascaras. And I’m not the only one either. Many of you have had your issues with the brand’s mascaras. The past few, however, have been decent and despite not being an insane fan of the original Grow Luscious mascara, I was kinda excited to try this one that I received for review.

And I mean, look at the packaging!

Revlon Lash Potion mascara

Revlon Lash Potion mascara

Talk about ‘Best Dressed Mascara’, uh? Let’s hope she lives up to her fabulousness!

Price: $7.99 at drug and mass retailers nationwide and from CVS, of course!
Packaging (brush wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 3.5 out of 5

What It Claims: “Revlon Lash Potion drenches lashes with a potion of strengthening proteins for captivating volume and length. Lash Potion works to nourish lashes so they reach their fullest potential—looking lush, long and lustrous. The Lash Potion ‘Illusionist Wand’ has wide grooves to instantly coat lashes in formula for maximum volume and triple brushes to comb through for clump-free length – in just one swipe! There are no smoke and mirrors here – just enviable long, voluminous lashes.” (per press release)

The Truth: Not bad. Could be better though.

What I Loved About It: The volume is niiiice. It’s been awhile since I’ve tried a mascara with a good amount of volume. This one has it!

What I Didn’t Like: Revlon still can’t get the whole mascara packaging thing down right. Ugh. It’s so annoying.

Overall: I really do have a love/hate relationship with Revlon. I’ve always thought that their mascaras had so much potential but there was always something that stopped them from being awesome. It usually isn’t their wands because the wands are pretty awesome. I like this one a lot!

mascara wand

Yeah, it’s pretty massive but it’s a fantastic wand for volumizing. And boy does it really bring those lashes out there! If you’ve got super tiny lids or lashes you may struggle with this one a bit. And not because the wand is so huge. But because of that huge mascara hole…

mascara tube

This is so common in Revlon’s mascaras that I’ve given it a name. I’ve named it the Black Abyss. I don’t know why this feature keeps popping up in their mascaras. It does nothing but cover their great brushes with a ton of mascara goop. And it takes time to remove said goop. Time that many don’t have, well…time for. That said – as awesome as the wand is, the Black Abyss gets in the way a bit.

But if you’ve managed to remove the excess goop and apply the mascara to your eyes you’ll achieve a wonderful set of lashes. I was amazed at what this mascara could do with only 1 coat. Pretty spectacular! The formula is pretty thick so it’s best to work quickly and settle with only 2 coats of mascara if you can help it. If you go for a third you may end up with clumps of mascara. Hehe. See what I did there? :cool:

There is a bit of downfall to this mascara though. I found that it tends to flake over time. It had a hard time lasting throughout an 8 hour work day. I would catch it flaking away a few hours later. Ugh. And we all know how much I hate flaking mascaras. The best way to prevent this is to apply as few coats as possible. So instead of 2, I found myself applying just 1 coat and I didn’t have the problem as much. But it kinda sucks because while my lashes looked great with 1 coat, they looked amaziiiiing with 2. *sigh*

I’m guessing the waterproof version of this should straighten that out a bit. I can’t speak on if the mascara will help thicken and strengthen lashes over time since I’ve only been testing it for a week. And as gorgeous as the packaging is, that dress of hers is very fragile. She got all scrapped up in my purse.

Revlon Lash Potion mascara

Boo.

 

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Lashes after 2 coats


Mascara on eyes 2

Mascara on Eyes 1

Do I recommend it?: I do! But only if you’re in the market for a volumizing mascara. I think it’s great for short term wear if you don’t mind messing around with the excess mascara on the wand. And of course if you buy this mascara from CVS/pharmacy, it’s applicable for those awesome Extrabucks Rewards.

 

So Revlon still hasn’t fixed the “lack of a stopper” issue in their mascaras. Womp. But this is still a stellar mascara.