Mascara Monday: Maybelline XXL Pro-Bold

Here’s my 3rd out of 4 reviews of Maybelline XXL Pro mascaras. While some mascaras promise curl, length or volume..this baby promises uh…boldness. Yeah, don’t ask questions yet. Let’s get this party started!

Maybelline XXL Pro Bold mascara

 

Price: 5 out of 5
Packaging (Brush Wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5


What it claims: 


The truth:
Uh…I still don’t know what I’m looking for.

What I loved about it: I think it gives great volume!
What I didn’t like: It was a bit too flake-tastic for me.

Overall:  Every now and then I come across a mascara that puzzles me. Such is the case with this baby here. Now don’t judge me but I am a writer and a self-proclaimed etymologist. Words are my best friends and when they don’t make sense, it makes me want to cry. WTF is ‘bold volume’? What does that even mean? I don’t know about this one, Maybelline. As far as what this mascara is supposed to do, all we get is that it is supposed to provide ’24HR wear and bold volume’. How does bold volume compare to regular volume? I don’t even know, chile.

So while I’m puzzled at the claims of this mascara, I must say…it did do what it said it was going to do in terms of volume. It provided a good amount! But is it bold? Um, I don’t know. It wasn’t THAT bold but it was good nonetheless. But when it came to the 24HR wear, uh not so much. Not only did it not last an entire work day, but it would also start flaking on me a few hours after applying. This is no bueno for those with irritable eyes or contact wearers. But check this out…

This is a fiber mascara. Most fiber mascaras provide length, not volume. Interestiiiiing. But this does give some explanation as to why it flaked on me a bit.

Like the other mascaras in the XXL Pro family, it is dual ended.

Step 1, which promises volume…

And Step 2, which promises “24HR wear”…

The wands were so so. Not good or bad but average.


Lashes without mascara
(curled lashes)








Lashes with 2 coats of mascara

After 1 coat of Step 1…

After 1 coat of Step 2…

The volume is pretty darn good, uh? Oh yeah! But I’m still lost on that whole “bold” thing. This really should have been called a volume mascara and left at that. I’m just sayin’…
Would I recommend it?: I think Maybelline makes better volume mascaras. The wands on this one weren’t THAT great and although the volume is pretty good, the flaking just ain’t fun.

Until next time…..

A crazed mascara reviewer,




This review contains a sample product sent for post consideration. Read our disclosure policy here.

Mascara Monday: Stila Cosmetics Black Diamond mascara

Diamonds on my neck. Diamonds on my wrist. Ah haaa! I’m jivin’, y’all. I don’t have diamonds on my neck or wrist. But I’ve got them on my eye lashes thanks to Stila. Sooo…is this mascara a diamond in the rough? Or just rough?

Stila Cosmetics Black Diamond mascara

Price: 2 out of 5
Packaging (Brush Wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5


What it claims:
“Lavish your lashes in luxury – swirled with real crushed diamonds, Black Diamond mascara is sure to become your lashes’ new best friend! Swirled with shimmer and infused with genuine Black Diamond powder, this plush, innovative formula leaves you with long, defined, brilliant-looking lashes. “ (source)

The truth:
My eyes aren’t sparkling like diamonds. *tears*
What I loved about it: The packaging is tres chic! I love the swirl-tastic-ness of the blue and silver.

What I didn’t like: It’s a little clumpy wumpy. And it’s hard to get to the silver/blue part of the mascaras because the wand goes straight down. I can’t get it!

Overall:  For the most part, I’ve been afraid of glitter-y mascaras. I have one experience and have ran far far away from any other glitter infused mascaras. Those little glitter pieces always seem to fall in my eyes; no matter how microscopic they are.

Stila’s Diamond mascaras are a little different. you don’t really get to the silver and blue parts of the mascara. Which kinda sucks because not getting that part defeats the whole point of using that kind of mascara, right? Nonetheless…it’s still a pretty decent mascara. It comes with a traditional wand.

The lengethening factor was okay but I wasn’t super impressed. I did a experience a bit of flaking hours after a inital application. No bueno!


Lashes without mascara
(did not curl lashes)






Lashes with 2 coats of mascara

Would I recommend it?: Hmmm…I think it’s a pass!

Until next time…..

A crazed mascara reviewer,




This review contains a sample product sent for post consideration. Read our disclosure policy here.

Mascara Monday: CoverGirl Lash Blast Fusion

Sooo, CoverGirl drops a new CoverGirl Last Blast. Is anyone just as excited as I am? The original promised insane volume. And according to my review…it delivered! Lash Blast Fusion is all about volume AND length? Was it hot? Or not so much?

CoverGirl Lash Blast Fusion mascara





Price: 5 out of 5
Packaging (Brush Wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5


What it claims:
“Use Lash Blast Fusion to get a blast of volume plus incredible length! It’s the perfect fusion of Lash Blast’s super-volumizing brush and a buildable fiber-stretch lengthening formula that work together for dense, long-looking lashes!” (per packaging)

The truth:
Yay! I’m happy to see another fiber mascara on the market. And with the Lash Blast wand? Awesome!
What I loved about it: The wand!

Which is totally ironic because it took me forever to like the wand on the original…

What I didn’t like: The volume isn’t as va-va-voom as the original.

Overall:  I was SO excited to review this mascara. I mean, who didn’t love the original Lash Blast?  That’s really a rhetorical question, y’all. I know somewhere out there isn’t the biggest fan of it. I thought it was the ideal mascara for separation and volumizing.

Now first things first, know that the review in this mascara review is Black Brown. I usually use black mascaras and for that reason, the mascara may not POP as much as it does in my other mascara reviews. But you know what? I actually like the natural look that black brown mascaras give. I’ll have to be trying some more of these.

CoverGirl Lash Blast Fusion is a fiber mascara. Remember what a fiber mascara is? It’s all about little itty bitty “fiber-like” that are intended to attach on to your lashes. They are like washable extensions. You can get a good view of them in my video review.

Fusion seems to be a little lighter on the lashes than the original Lash Blast was. I also find that it clumps less. You can get a good 2-3 coats with this without entering Clumps City. And that’s a huge plus in my book. I didn’t experience any flaking and like most fiber mascaras, it rinses off without any problems.

So in terms of it being a good mascara on its own…yes, I think it is! But when comparing it to the original Lash Blast, I don’t think it’s THAT much better. They are both good. Period.


Lashes without mascara
(curled lashes)








Lashes with 2 coats of mascara

Would I recommend it?: The thing is…I experienced a good amount of length with the original Lash Blast. I can’t really see much of a difference between the two other than the visible “fibers”. If you haven’t tried the original Lash Blast, give this one a whirl. Or, you if you REALLY liked the original and just want to see if you can maximize your length, give this one a try.

Until next time…..

A crazed mascara reviewer,










This review contains a sample product sent for post consideration. Read our disclosure policy here.

Mascara Monday: Rimmel Lash Maxxx mascara

If I had to say which brand of mascaras I get the most requests for…it’s Rimmel! Here’s another kid to add to the family…


Rimmel Lash Maxxx


I spy with my brown eye a mascara wand with a comb. WOOOO!!! But was it good or a bust?

 

Price: 5 out of 5 (I got it for about $5.69 at Target)
Packaging (Brush Wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5


What it claims:
Per the packaging…


The truth: I’m just loving that it’s a comb!

What I loved about it: The comb, of course. I LOVED Maybelline’s Lash Stylist and almost died a thousand deaths when I found it was discontinued. Rimmel brought me back to life with this wand.

What I didn’t like: It doesn’t provide a lot of volume or length, but then again, I don’t think it’s supposed to.

Overall: Reading is fundamental. Seriously! If you notice the packaging of this mascara, it said nothing about volumizing or lengthening. This mascara is designed to separate your lashes. One lash is supposed to look like three lashes. It’s all about multiplying, baby! Does Lash Maxx do this? Absolutely!

It really only takes one coat of this mascara to do the job. I found that it REALLY clumps with a second or third coat. Lash Maxxx is great for training the lashes to go in a certain direction. If you’re like me and have lashes that go in allll directions, one coat of Lash Maxx is great at thoroughly coming through the lashes. So to my ladies that have lashes that go straight down, this may be a great mascara for you.


Lashes without mascara
(did not curl lashes)
 



Lashes with 1 coats of mascara
I had to zoom in just to show you how serious the separation is.

Would I recommend it?: Sure! Especially if your lashes go alllll over.

A crazed mascara reviewer,



Mascara Monday: Lancome Hypnose Drama

So far I’ve been pretty impressed with Lancome’s mascaras. Is this another winner?


Lancome Hypnose Drama


Hit the jump to read more if you just can’t take the suspense. 

Price: 3 out of 5
Packaging (Brush Wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5


What it claims:
Per the packaging…

The full contact brush, with its S-shaped curve, grasps and loads lashes for a fanned out, eye-popping, full body fringe. It works magic on tiny lashes. Even dramatizes corner lashes other brushes miss—or worse, mess. (source)

The truth: Um….WOW!!!

What I loved about it: The S-shaped wand is awesome! But it’s not so much the wand that makes application great…it’s the bristles and how separated they are. Perfection!

What I didn’t like: I can’t think of one thing I didn’t like. And when you see the before/after pictures, you’ll agree with me.

Overall: It’s very rare that I find a find a REALLY good volume mascara. And when I do find one, I usually have to put it to the side to review other mascaras. I’ve been sticking with Lancome Hypnose Drama for quite some time now. I’m on my second tube. This says A LOT. Aside from the price, I think it is definitely a must have for any volume-seeking lady. But you get what you pay for hence why I have no problem saving my pennies for this mascara.

I’m not sure why, but it has a pleasant scent to it. But don’t worry…it’s not TOO overpowering. It is a wee bit heavy on the lashes but only if you over-do it on coats.


Lashes without mascara
(did not curl lashes)



Lashes with 1 coats of mascara

…and then with one more coat
 

 
  
 
Insane, right? One coat gives me great lashes but two coats gives me crazy drama. Loves it!

Would I recommend it?: Absolutely!

Other Lancome mascaras I have reviewed:
Lancome Hypnose
Lancome Définicils Pro
Lancome Oscillation

Lancome Oscillation Powerbooster primer

A crazed mascara reviewer,



This review contains a sample product sent for post consideration. Read our disclosure policy here.

Mascara Monday:Hard Candy Lash Call Lengthening mascara

Along with sending a hearty hello to all of Brittany’s fabulous readers, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Asha and I’m a college friend Britt trusted to do a guest mascara review. I’ll do my best to make her proud. Ahem!*clears throat* Here goes nothing:

One of my personal mottos is this: Every girl needs her daily dose of Urban Decay. So, when I discovered the company selling its Hard Candy cosmetics in Wal-Mart, well your girl just had to jump on it. I decided to try Hard Candy’s Lash Call Lengthening Mascara and see if it gives Urban Decay quality without the designer price tag. Did it deliver? Don’t be lazy, keep reading!


Hard Candy Lash Call 
Lengthening mascara 

Price: 5 out of 5 (I bought it for $6 at Wal-Mart. *High five* to all the frugalistas out there)
Packaging (Brush Wand): 4 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What it claims: 
“Just one application of this rich mascara sends lashes to new lengths!”
The truth: It got me about 85% of the way before I had to call cab .
What I loved about it: I really adore the design of the wand. It’s thin so I don’t constantly poke my eye out. Oh, and along with being animal friendly, it’s got some pretty gorgeous body art.
What I didn’t like: It gives you length but not much volume. I like a little fluff!
Overall: I was intrigued by Hard Candy ads in magazines as a kid. It didn’t help that my mom tried to forbid me from wearing make-up until I was 17. Booooo! We see how well that worked, didn’t we? Anywho, I almost did 14 back-flips when I saw the Hard Candy display when grocery shopping. Being the avid fan of Urban Decay’s quality and answering the question, “Are those your real lashes?” I figured I would fall in love with this mascara. It did a good job but it wasn’t great.

The thin wand intrigued me the most.

 I can not tell you how many times I’ve poked myself in the eyes or how many clumping issues bigger, more complex wands have given me. This mascara allows you to apply however many coats you want without all the extra fuss—but you’ll have to sacrifice a little fluff.

Trying to find a mascara that takes you to “new lengths” and gives you maximum volume is like trying to find a 4-leaf-clover (Go me for that nice St. Patty’s Day plug!). I love volume—when I’m in the car, I crank it up, when I do my hair, I tease it up and, when I dress my lashes, I like ‘em mega, honey!
Hard Candy claims the formula in this mascara is exclusive and I they must be on to something because it dries pretty quickly and is easy to clean up. Just don’t go see any tearjerkers while rocking these babies. Lash Call Lengthening Mascara comes in 6 fun colors to match your mood. This mascara will give you its all but it’s up to you what you decide to do with it. I liked it just fine!


Lashes without mascara
(did not curl lashes)




Lashes with 1 coat of mascara

Lashes with 2 coats of mascara




Would I recommend it?: Yes ma’am. It gets the job done, especially if you’re on a budget or value having options. 
[B’s add-in: I wanna try! How insane is it that I can’t find Hardy Candy anywhere? Asha and I live minutes away from each other and I am ca-learly in the wrong Wally World. Ugh!! Any Hard Candy fans?]
A crazed mascara reviewer,

Mascara Monday: Make Up For Ever Smoky Lash

Time for another review of a highly requested mascara. Out of nowhere, my inbox was slammed with a ton of emails about this mascara. Those of y’all that have tried it swore it was the best thing ever. Did I agree? Hmm…

Make Up For Ever Smoky Lash

Price: 2 out of 5 (I got it for $22 at Sephora)
Packaging (Brush Wand): 4 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5


What it claims:
“A mascara that gives the lashes curl, volume, length and intense pigment” (source)

The truth: It don’t do all of THAT but it’s a pretty good mascara.

What I loved about it: I reallllly like how black it is.

What I didn’t like: It tends to flake toward the end of the day. No me gusta!

Overall: I freakin’ love Make Up For Ever. I can’t deny it. Yeah, I know I complain about the price. But I’m always complaining about the price of something. That’s just the life of a cheaparina. LOL! I always feel ambivalent when I hit a check-out line with a luxury mascara. Is it worth the price? Will I fall in love and end up having to always spend a grip on it? Hmm…

Smoky Lash surprised me. I can totally see why so many of y’all love this Sephora exclusive mascara. Let’s talk about the wand.

It’s pretty cool. Not my favorite but it isn’t bad. It takes some work when trying to get in the inner corners. And it may give smaller lids and lashes ladies some issues. Tiny thin strokes is the key with a brush like that. I used the root-to-top wiggling method and it worked just fine.

Now don’t let the claims fool you. I don’t think ANY mascara can give you length, volume AND curl. If I am so desirous of all three, I find that layering is the best way to go. I think that this mascara is better with lengthening than anything else. The volume is so so but what really makes it stand out is the black pigment. It gives my lashes tons of drama. And that’s with one coat. One coat is where you should stay because two or more MAY give you some problems.

The biggest problem I had with Smoky Lash was the flakiness. It was pretty bad at one point. I always assume that flaky mascaras are because (1) the mascara is older or (2) I’ve applied too many coats. The latter was the case with Smoky Lash. Three coats=flakiness galore, one coat=a bit of flakiness but not too bad.

Otherwise, it’s a pretty good mascara. Go MUFE!!!


Lashes without mascara
(did not curl lashes)



Lashes with 1 coat of mascara


Would I recommend it?: Sure would…it’s a nice mascara if you feel like splurging! 

Go MUFE, it’s ya birthday!!! Who likes?

A crazed mascara reviewer,



Mascara Monday: Maybelline XXL Pro Volume

Good ole’ Maybelline has graced us with not one, not two but FOUR new mascaras under the XXL Pro by EyeStudio line. Now if you know anything about Maybelline mascaras, you may remember the original XXL mascaras. I’ve reviewed the Volume and Lengthening before. Don’t quote me on this, but I think that the XXL Pro will replace the XXL mascaras. Aside from the colors, the packaging doesn’t change so it makes me wonder if the formulations have.
Of course the only way to figure this out is by reviewing them.

First up…volume!!


Maybelline XXL Pro Volume


Hit the jump to see if it rocks or rolls…into the garbage can, that is. 😉

Price: 5 out of 5
Packaging (Brush Wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 3.5 out of 5


What it claims:
Per the packaging…


The truth: It’s aight…I don’t know about this microfiber thing. I didn’t experience any of that.

What I loved about it: Um, I couldn’t find anything to REALLY love about it.

What I didn’t like: I don’t feel like I got enough volume. Boo!

Overall: I always have high expectations for mascaras that claim to volumize. These mascaras excite me more than lengthening and curling mascaras. Volume=bigger and lusher lashes and that’s just so me! Maybelline XXL Pro Volume, like all of the XXL Pro mascaras, are dual ended.

You’ve got a primer on one end and the mascara on the other.

La Primer…

La Mascara…


I’m not the biggest fan of these wands. I mean…they aren’t bad but I wish they the bristles were a little further out. Now here’s the thing about the primer…although it goes on white, it disappears after applying the mascara.

I know, what you’re thinking, “What’s the point of this mascara? And does it really make a difference?” Truth is…it does! Watch this…


Lashes without mascara
(did not curl lashes)








Lashes with 3 coats of mascara

First the primer…

…and then viola!


Left eye: mascara WITH primer

Right eye: just mascara

Quite the difference, uh? So while it seems like an unnecessary step, the primer actually works. But I’m not all that impressed with the volume I got. Because I didn’t get much. Lengthening was good but come on…where’s the cream filling? 
I also found this baby to be a tad bit flaky. Could it be because my lashes were coated too much? Maybe.
Ah well…I hope the other XXL Pro mascaras don’t let me down as much




Would I recommend it?: It’s not a must have. Snag it if it’s on sale.

Has anyone tried this mascara yet? Whatcha think?

A crazed mascara reviewer,



This review contains a sample product sent for post consideration. Read our disclosure policy here.