Mascara Monday: Maybelline The Rocket by Volum’Express mascara

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Oooooh yeah, Maybelline has a new mascara in town. I’m mad late on reviewing it but ya know…that whole “having a baby” thing kinda threw me off a bit, ya know? :cool: But alas, here we are with a review of one of the most popular mascaras to hit shelves this season.

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Price: $5.94 at Walmart and Walmart.com.
Packaging (brush wand): 4 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5

What It Claims: “Maybelline Volum’ Express The Rocket Washable Mascara’s patented supersonic brush with micro bristles loads on big, sleek volume instantly. Its fast-glide formula keeps lashes smooth. Maybelline Volum’ Express The Rocket Washable Mascara: The most explosive, beautiful lashes ever, 8x bigger, Explosive volume in rocket time, Smoother Zero clumps” (source)

The Truth: It’s not my absolute favorite Maybelline mascara but it’s okay.

What I Loved About It: Super awesome wand that helps with separating wonky lashes. .

What I Didn’t Like: It didn’t volumize the way I really needed it to.

Overall: This mascara totally took me by surprise. I felt like I just reviewed a Volum’Express mascara not too long ago and then along comes The Rocket. The hype didn’t seem to be as prevalent with this one than with other Volum’Express releases. I mean, think about it – the Falsies was everywhere. This kid? Not so much. The thing is, Rocket’s claims aren’t all that spectacular and she isn’t toting any special tricks. She’s just another ‘VolumExpress mascara that promises volume and a pretty awesome wand to boot.

And the wand IS awesome.

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It’s an awesome wand if you really need to separate your lashes. I mean, this baby gets them out there. This is actually my favorite kind of mascara if my lashes are doin’ crazy thangs and looking all wonky. Which, by the way, is all the time. And as great as this wand is when it comes to separating, it isn’t so hot in the volumizing department. Plusher wands are better in this regard.

But that doesn’t mean The Rocket sucks. She doesn’t. I just think her volumizing power is mediocre. Lengthening too. Her strength does lie in longevity though. I didn’t get the waterproof version of this mascara but I found that it did a darn good job at lasting throughout the day without any flakes or smudges. Which is always HUGE in my book.

So if you’re bored enough and just want to try something new, this is a great mascara to holla at. But if you’ve got huge expectations, meh…brace yourself to be a tad bit disappointed. Or, Maybelline’s the Falsies mascara. That kid is truly the winner in the Volum’Express department.

 

Bare Lashes



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Lashes after 3 coats


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Do I recommend it?: Only if you reallllllly want to try something new.

Whatcha think? Have you tried this mascara yet? Is it just me or do some of the other ‘VolumExpress mascaras seem to do a better job?


Coming soon – awesome beauty goodies from CVS Beauty!

Ohmigoodness gals (and the 3 guys that read Clumps)! I am beyoooond excited about the cool things coming soon to CVS Beauty aisles. 2013 is going to bring so many awesome beauty products and CVS Beauty gave me a sneak peek of that with this box…

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Brace yourself for this, y’all. Many of these products won’t hit drugstore shelves until early 2013. But hey, if you’ve managed to already catch ‘em at your stores, then you are one lucky ducky.

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Looks like L’Oreal will be giving us a new mascara. You know I can’t wait to test that baby out.

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I’m not familiar with this brand or Hair Chalk in general, but it sounds interesting…

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COVERGIRL has their version of jumbo lightweight lip pencils. Weeeee!

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In the skincare department, Neutrogena Naturals has a new scrub specifically for acne and the awesomeness is that is Salma Hayek has a new hand cream.

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I think I’ve tried Organix once or twice and even though I’m a hair product snob, I think these products may actually work for my hair type. Plus, they’re sulfate-free!

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Revlon has pretty new pigmented lip balms.

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And speaking of lip balms, I have been looooving Maybelline’s Color Whisper lipsticks.

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Pretty, right? They are most like Revlon’s Lip Butters. And speaking of Maybelline, they have a new mascara…

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Of course I’ll be reviewing that baby soon.

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We’re going to see some goodies in the nail world…

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…we’re going to see more in the anti-aging skincare department.

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…as well as more BB creams.

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And Olay has a cool “Powered Contour Cleansing System”.

So yeah. That’s just a liiiiiittle peek at what we can expect to see from some of our favorite drugstore brands. I am always super excited when it comes to the new year because I know brands are really going to try and WOW us. Stay tuned for reviews of some of these goodies.

 

Have you seen any of these products in stores yet? What are you most looking forward to?

 

Mascara Monday: Maybelline Volum’ Express the Colossal Cat Eyes mascara

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Yuuuuuuup! You guessed it. Maybelline has another mascara for us and it’s in the ‘Volum Express family. Okay, even if you have no intentions in trying out this mascara, you can’t deny how adorable that packaging is. Ca-ute, right?

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Price: $5 at Walmart and Walmart.com.
Packaging (brush wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What It Claims: “Maybelline colossal volume gets a feline edge. Maybelline Volum’ Express Colossal Cat Eyes Washable Mascara’s collagen formula and claw brush plump and spike out lashes at the corners for a wild cat-eye look. Colossal volume with cat-like corners” (source)

The Truth: The truth is that as much as I love Maybelline (and I loooove Maybelline), I’m a bit over the Volum’ Express bit.

What I Loved About It: That wand is dynamic, yo.

What I Didn’t Like: It’s a great lengthening mascara but if you’re looking for volume, keep a lookin’, sista.

Overall: For once I’ll keep my mouth shut about how annoyed I am that I keep seeing 23,000 different versions of ‘Volum Express. Please realize that this whole “not complaining” thing is so tough for me because I really do get annoyed at…okay, wait. Look at me. I’m complaining. Eek! Let’s move on.

The wand. Yes! The wand!

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The wand is something special. I love everything about this wand. I could do without its curvy nature but I love how nice and stiff the bristles are. This is the perfect mascara wand for people like me. My lashes go alllll over the place and this wand is great for helping to straighten them out. Wands like these are also perfect for those with super itty bitty lashes. You can coat lashes easily and don’t have to worry about poking yourself in the eye because of the huge wand. WIN!

Now, let’s get to the nitty gritty, if I was super over-ambitious, I would try to compare this mascara with some of the other recent ‘Volum Express mascaras. But quite honestly, y’all…I don’t own any of ‘em anymore and I’m too lazy to even think of doing something like that. But hey – at least I’m honest, right? The best thing for mascara reviews is to just review them as if other mascaras didn’t exist. And so for now, we’ll forget about the other 98,000 ‘Volum Express babies out there, okay?

Formula-wise, Cat Eyes impressed me. It’s got a nice and workable formula but after a few strokes on the lashes, I realized that its goal was to lengthen my lashes and not bring about volume. Okay. No biggie. The claims on the packaging are a bit confusing so we’re not really sure WHAT this mascara is supposed to do but yeah, I’m pretty sure its main goal is to help elongate the lashes. Which is does so beautifully. Between the formula not clumping up on me and the stiff bristles of the wand, bringing those lashes out there was easy. And impressive! 1 coat was okay but 2 coats of this mascara really brought my lashes out there and helped to achieve that “wild cat-eye look”. Whatever that means. So yeah, it’s not a bad lengthening mascara. Keep in mind that it ISN’T a waterproof mascara so it does have some issues with lasting for a while. Especially if you have allergies.

And stick with just 2 coats. I found that the formula thickened up a bit too much and brought on some clumping when I attempted a 3rd coat.

 

Bare Lashes




Lashes after 2 coats




Do I recommend it?: The Falsies ‘Volum Express is hands down my favorite because it’s an intense volume mascara but if you’re looking for something lengthening (or a really cute mascara), I don’t think Cat Eyes will disappoint.

 

Okay y’all…who has tried this mascara? Whatcha think?


Amor de Lacquer: Maybelline Color Show nail polishes – they rock!

Ohhhhhh, check out Maybelline. They’ve got new nail lacquers on the market. 40 to be exact. And of course I’m all giddy about it because well, what’s NOT to get excited about? Affordable nail polish is SO hot right now. I’ve been spying Maybelline Color Show stands at CVS, Walgreens and Walmart and most are retailing for less than $3.99. And if you wait for a sale, you may be able to snag them for Buy 1, get 1 50%. Yeeeeep!

The 40 polishes range in color (obviously) and finishes. In fact, I’m pretty sure Maybelline has covered quite a wide spectrum of popular and trendy nail polish shades. You’ll definitely find something you like. I’ve got 6 of ‘em here to show off…

Iced Queen is a creamy lavender with cool undertones. It definitely reads as a Spring shade but you know me…I’ll wear any shade of polish at any time of year. This was the only polish of the few that I own that required only 2 coats. It gave a beautiful opaque finish.

Pinkalicious is a bubble gum pink and if you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all. This one isn’t terribly unique but Maybelline would catch an inane amount of heat if at least one of the Color Show polishes wasn’t a traditional pink cream. Not my style but I know lots of ladies love pink polishes.

Impeccable Greys is flippin’ fabulous. It’s grey, yes, but it’s a smokey grey and it looks like there a few drops of navy blue dropped in the bottle. This is definitely one of my favorite greys. It is creamy cool perfection.

Pink Shock photographs funky but that’s only because it’s a neon and we know how weird neons can be. This baby is a hot pink that dries to a semi-matte finish. To get it to really pop, it’s best to use it under white. Otherwise, you’ll end up with a visible nail line and a dull finish. So glad to see neons in the mix!

 Shocking Seas is a gooooorgeous blue but like most blues like this, it has the tendency to stain the nails a bit. Sometimes even if you wear a base coat. Which sucks but a blue nail polish like this is almost worth the hassle.

Blue Freeze is a dark blue/purple with various shades of micro shimmer. I spy a bit of red, blue and gold glittery specs. They are tiny and hard to see once on the nail but the shimmer really really makes this polish shine.

Overall: Having played around with a few of ‘em, I kinda dig Maybelline Color Show polishes. The consistency of some of these (particularly the creams) are a bit wonky. I found some to be a bit on the watery side which made application tricky. But not impossible. I just found that I plop only a small amount on the nail each time I was ready to polish. The shimmers seem to apply better. Dry time is decent but I wasn’t the biggest fan of the Color Show top coat. It didn’t give my nails that sparkly shine that I yearn for after I apply a top coat. There are also crackle polishes too!

Still – if you’re yearning for some new polishes and don’t feel like breaking the bank, try these out. I mean, just look at this gorgeous rainbow of shades that exist…

Have you tried any of these babies yet? Whatcha think?

Mascara Monday: Maybelline Volum’Express Hyper Curl mascara

This mascara post is being brought to you by a guest editor; 16-year-old John! John is Flipino and loves beauty and nature! While he’s someone who can appreciate just about anyone’s natural beauty, he also believes a good mascara or foundation used properly can enhance it tenfold.

And even better – he’ll be reviewing an Asian-exclusive mascara. Okay yeah – I know this is going to make my non-Asian guys and girls a little disgruntled but I’m all about featuring location exclusive products. I do it all the time and get lots of “No fair, it’s in my country!” emails for y’all. ;)

Let’s get to it…

Price: 5 out of 5 (Not entirely sure though. Here in the Philippines this cost 250 PHP [which is considered relatively cheap here] but converted to US dollars, it equates to roughly $5.99).

Packaging (brush wand): 3.5 out of 5

Overall: 4 out of 5

What It Claims: “In my area, cosmetics don’t come in their original packages but according to online sources, it promises to:

a) The “Instant Volume-Building Express” formula will quickly thicken the lashes.
b) “Patented Curved Anti-Clump Brush” will give you separation in the lashes
c) “Ultra Waterproof formula” will ensure long-lasting wear.
d) “Curly Fix Formula” will fix and curl up the lashes instantly for a 75º curl
lasting 18 hours.” (source)

The Truth:  Despite it somewhat lacking in the volume department, it’s very good mascara that lives up to it’s claims!

What I Loved About It: The packaging is so cute~ LOL. But that aside, the lengthening, curling and separation was amaaaaaaaaazzziiiiiiing. And it really lasts all day. And definition was definitely there!

What I Didn’t Like: It lacked in volumizing and it flaked a teensy bit, but I’m ready to forgive that since it only happened after, like, my 8th hour of wearing it.

Overall: I’ve gotten around when it comes to mascara. Although I haven’t tried as many mascaras as B, I have certainly tried my fair share. I’ve tried Maybelline, CoverGirl, MaxFactor, L’Oreal, Lancôme (♥), et cetera, et cetera. As well as a few local brands found around here in my country. And Hypercurl is definitely in my Top 5, along with Lancome’s Hypnose, and L’Oreal Voluminous.

Although it lacked in the volume department, the lengthening and separation was great. As for the curling factor… I don’t really know about 75º

The wand…

This wand is awesome sauce yo. Wands like these are one of my favorites; they make application very easy and the bristles are stiff enough to smoothly glide through my lashes and it makes for great separation. The only drawbacks however, are that they make application to the inner lashes a bit hard and that it’s not suitable to use for the lower lashes. But I don’t apply on the lower lashes so the latter didn’t really matter to me.

In summary, Maybelline has another winner in my book. Albeit a bit lacking with the volumizing, lengthening, curling and separating was nice. And I didn’t experience any clumping, a bit of flaking occurred but only after approximately 8 hours of wear.

 

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Lashes after 3 coats



Heheh, my eyes got wide in the first ‘after’ pic because my cat suddenly clawed my ankle, so I was caught by surprise. ;)

Do I recommend it?: Yeah I would! Especially if you’re the type who doesn’t like to deal with eyelash curlers and all that.

What about any of you fellow Asian Clumps? Have you tried this yet? Any thoughts?

More about John: I’ve tried my fair share of cosmetics. Mostly I have tried the mainstay drugstore brands like, Maybelline, CoverGirl, and Revlon. But I have also tried a few pricier ones, such as YSL, Dior, and Lancôme. So I’ve gotten around cosmetics-wise. Also, when I was around 13 and 14 I was a teen model.

Interested in writing a guest mascara review for Clumps? Shoot me an email at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

Maybelline Dream Fresh BB review – A BB Cream for brown skin!

This BB Cream thing has been taking over the world. Okay, I’m exaggerating a bit but people are seriously obsessed with this new phenomena. But wait – the thing is, BB Creams aren’t that new. Blemish Balms have been alive and well for many years in East and Southeast Asia. Oh yes, my Asian sisters have been loving them some BB Cream. Last year, the first few BB Creams started hitting shelves in the U.S. and I’ve been ignoring them.

Why? Because most of them didn’t have shades for those of us with darker skin. Um, wha? I did further research to discover that one of the properties in tradition BB Creams are whitening agents. Okay, I get it. I’m a proud brown girl with no desire to lighten my skin and so I’m glad to know that some of the BB Creams in the U.S. markets don’t contain whitening agents. At least Maybelline’s doesn’t…

I’ll be reviewing this BB Cream based on what THIS brand’s promises to do. I realize that BB Creams overseas may have different functions but for the sake of this review, I’ll focus on if Maybelline’s does what it says it’s going to do.

Properties of the Dream Fresh BB

1. Blurs imperfections
2. Brightens
3. Evens skin-tone
4. Smoothes
5. Hydrates
6. Enhances
7. Protects with SPF 30
8. 0% oils and harsh ingredients

Already I’m impressed. While a foundation assists in protection and smoothing out the skin, I’ve never met one that hydrates and “enhances” my skin.

The first question I asked when I played around with this BB Cream was “Okay sooooo, how does this differ from a tinted moisturizer?” Legit question, right? In addition to the properties being different (most tinted moisturizers don’t claim to hydrate the skin over time), the consistency is different too. This BB Creams feels like fluffy ‘n thick water. Crazy description, I know but hear me out. When it goes on the skin it looks and feels just like a liquid foundation or tinted moisturizer.

Spread it out a bit and it sinks right into the skin. It feels gloriously hydrating and is perfect for those of us with dry skin. Fret not those of y’all with oiler skin…this light coverage cream isn’t the least bit oily so I reckon it’ll work for all of us with various skin types. Maybelline calls this formula a oil-free, gelled-water formula and that’s 10x better than my fluffy ‘n thick water description.

I’ve been testing this BB Cream for 3 weeks and it’s a pleasure applying and wearing it. I don’t get fancy with brushes it. I simply apply it with my finger tips, make sure I’ve got even coverage and move on. I will say that I would have liked a little more coverage. This is the ideal product for those who don’t wear much of anything on their skin but still want tiny coverage AND SPF.

Pros
-For those who’d rather not wear foundations (that’s me!) this is great and lightweight.
-I love the added SPF
-Fragrance-free
-Comes in 5 shades (Light, Light/Medium, Medium, Medium/Deep and Deep. While these shades don’t cover the rainbow of women, it does better than most brands. I’m wearing Deep.
-Works well on top of concealers.

Cons
-If you desire serious coverage, this may disappoint you.
-I didn’t notice many changes in my skin with prolonged use.
-Retails for $8.99 so it may be pricey to some. Especially since the tube isn’t THAT big.

Mascara Monday: Maybelline Volum’ Express MEGA PLUSH mascara

Well, well, welllllll….look who has a new mascara. It’s Maybelline! Are you surprised? I’m not, darling. When it comes to mascaras, you can always depend on Maybelline for hitting us with the latest and sometimes greatest. Looks like we’ve got another sibling of the Volum’ Express crew. I’m wondering how this one can beat The Falsies. But we’ll see, won’t we?

Price: $6.29 on Target.com
Packaging (brush wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5

What It Claims: “Innovative formula and precision brush design lengthen and separate each lash for high-definition, all-day wear. Wheat protein strengthens and defines without clumping or flaking. Vitamin E conditions and nourishes for soft, flexible lashes. Panthenol prevents your lashes from becoming dry and brittle.” (source)

The Truth: Man. I think I like many of the other Volum’ Express mascaras better.

What I Loved About It: I can see how many will really like the lightweight formula. It’s perfect for those with sensitive eyes.

What I Didn’t Like: The flexible wand just isn’t cutting it, bro.

Overall: If I didn’t have a blog that was based on mascara I would have stopped reviewing Maybelline mascaras a looong time ago. Why? Because The Falsies and Great Lash LOL are two of my favorite mascaras EVER. And I think I’ve had enough mascaras from the Volum’ Express line. Me thinks Maybelline should go ahead and retire that, ya know? BUT at least this mascara comes with something new to the table. According to Maybelline, this is the first ‘gel mousse’ mascara to hit the market. At first I was all, “Nah uuuuh, Maybelline! COVERGIRL NatureLuxe was first!” But after further research, I’ve discovered that COVERGIRL calls NatureLuxe a ‘mousse’ mascara. Not gel mousse. Okay whatever. Tomato tah-mah-to.

I’ll go ahead and say it, I’m not a fan of this formula. And not because it isn’t effective but because it’s almost impossible to get insanely volumized lashes from these mousse-y formulas. And I get it: not everyone needs insanely volumized lashes. But honey, I do. And mascaras that give me less than that make me cry. True story.

The good news is, despite this mascara not being ideal for me and my needs, it works well if you’re a fan of separation and soft lashes.

The wand…


The wand looks a lot like The Falsies except there’s a bend in it that makes it flexible. No me gusta. I prefer my wands to be sturdy and stiff because I find that they give me greater control when applying. Maybelline says the flexible head shock helps with lifting the lashes. Do I agree? Meh. I get its purpose but I’d much prefer a sturdier wand. It’s definitely a preference thing though, ya know?

Despite it not being my favorite, there are several great things about this kind of formula. The consistency looks a lot like most mascara formulas so it’s likely that you won’t notice any difference until you begin applying it to your lashes. For one, the consistency is nice. It isn’t goopy, super thick or watery. It’s nice and makes applying to the lashes easy. I had a hard time noticing much of anything after just 1 coat. It took THREE coats for me to really see a difference in my lashes. That’s the thing about this gel mousse formula; because it isn’t heavy, you may find yourself staring in mirror wondering where the mascara you just applied went. It’s there! It’s just soft and faint. This kind of mascara is a makeup minimalist’s best friend. I also found it to be an ideal mascara for those who have sensitive and watery eyes. Because the formula is so lightweight, I didn’t have to worry about any flaking. Which is a huge plus. I could rub my eyes and not have to worry about any mascara particles droppin’ in ‘em.

I typically wear 2 coats of mascara with this one but pushed it to the limit with 3 just to see where I could take it. It thickens up a bit but still not where I’d want it to be.

It’s not a bad mascara. Not in the least.

 

Bare Lashes

 


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Do I recommend it?: Sure! While it doesn’t fit my needs, if you really like lightweight mascaras whose wands give great separation, you’ll love this mascara.

Okay Maybelline mascara lovers….whatcha think about this one? Yay or nay?


No Longer Walking Dead with Maybelline’s Eye Studio Ink Pen Eyeliner

Mascara? Yeah, whatever. Eyeliner? Can’t leave home without it. I know, I’m pathetic. I never wanted to be one of those gals who couldn’t leave the house without makeup but I look like The Walking Dead without eyeliner. And I’m not even kidding. A little bit of black eyeliner gives my eyes definition and makes me look more awake. But liquid liner?

Liquid liner is the bee’s knees and butterfly’s wings if you know how to use it correctly. Don’t even think about asking me for tips, dude. I am still struggling with applying it. Maybelline is hitting us with a new one and by George, I think I like it!

The tip has a darn good point.

Which is a good thing. A liquid eyeliner with a dull point or a point that collapses too easily can make for ineffective application. And ineffective application will have you looking like a 2nd grader did your makeup. Which is no bueno. This black liner looks really black. Which I love.

It lasts throughout the day without many problems. It did flake on me after I rubbed my eye a bit, but I’m used to that happening with most eyeliners.

Pro’s
-Affordable. Depending on where you go, it’s between $6.99-$7.99.
-It has a nice and intense black color.
-Nice point-y tip that makes it easy to draw both thin and thick strokes.
-Long lasting.

Con’s
-Can flake if you rub your eyes.
-Dries out if you leave the top off for a few minutes.

 

Have you seen this eyeliner around? Whatcha think?