Beauty Review: Maybelline Lasting Drama gel eyeliner

Gel eyeliners! Gel liners are seriously a lot like mascaras in that I love to buy them to see if they are better than the previous ones I’ve tried. Once upon a time, gel eyeliners used to be hard to find in drugstores. But thanks to L’Oreal HIP and now Maybelline, you can now grab the ‘used to be high-end only’ liners at your nearest CVS, Walgreens, Duane Reade, Rite Aid, Longs, etc. Hollerz!

Now..let’s take a look at Maybelline’s Lasting Drama

 
The packaging makes some pretty serious claims. 24 hours? Really?


Let’s take a closer look at the packaging.

Waterproof? Check! Smudgeproof? Check! These are qualities that I NEED in a good gel liner. Well y’all, I am proud to say that Lasting Drama is a phenomenal drugstore gel liner. It isn’t too thick and cake-y (like L’O HIP’s) but it isn’t as watery (like Clinique’s) either.
I snagged the color in Charcoal but it isn’t as dark as I normally like my black liners. Still, it isn’t too shabby for drama-less work appropriate looks. It also comes in a brown and purple and with a liner brush.
 
If I were you, I’d trash it and go with a better angled brush. Two cookies for effort, Maybelline but I’m not sure if this is the best kind of brush to use with a gel liner. BUT…if someone finds success with it, please let me know!
MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack and Maybelline’s Lasting Drama liner…
 
  

So is it a good dupe for a higher end brand gel liner? I think so! I got it on sale for $6.99. The average luxury gel liner costs anywhere between $13-$25. So if you do the math…well, do you even need to? Lasting Drama is an incredible deal with great performance.

Eye see you!

 

Yep…it has my eye of approval. Okay, I’ll stop it with the ‘eye’ jokes. Eye promise.

Have you tried this yet?
Whatcha think?

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.

Mascara Monday: Maybelline Lash Stiletto Voluptuous

So who remembers the original Lash Stiletto mascara? I do! I do! That’s because I loved it. I thought it was one of the greatest lengthening mascaras in 2009. A year later and now we have Lash Stiletto’s little sister….Lash Stiletto Voluptuous. Is it just as great? Or does it suck? Click the jump to get the stats!

Maybelline Lash Stiletto Voluptuous






Price: 3 out of 5
Packaging (Brush Wand): 4 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5


What it claims:
Per the packaging…






The truth: Meh… I’m confused. What is it supposed to do? 

What I loved about it: I got a good amount of length!

What I didn’t like: I didn’t get any volume and it was a little too clumpy for my liking.

Overall: Well, well well…where to start? First of all…I don’t even know what this mascara is supposed to do. The packaging was extremely vague. So I guess it’s going to give me “incredible length and volume”?? Gee…okay. I guess I’m so used to seeing mascaras with exaggerated claims that it seems strange to see one that doesn’t offer such. I assumed that with it being called “Voluptuous” that it was a volumizing mascara. It was expecting to see full and lush lashes. Negative.

Instead, what I got was length. Which wouldn’t have bothered me had the original Lash Stiletto NOT done that. Accompanying the length was clumps. Boo. Don’t let the website name full you. I’m not really a fan of clumps of mascara. LOL!

Now let’s talk about the wand….

It has what’s called the “plump and stretch brush”. It has a wav-y thing goin’ on and I’m not all that impressed by it really. It doesn’t make applying any easier. It most mimics the Lancome  Hypnose Drama wand but between you and me, I like Lancome’s better. The original Lash Stiletto wand was your average straight wand.

Despite the clumps, it was hard for me to give this mascara a really bad score. I did get A LOT of length. But I’m still disappointed because I wanted some volume. *pouts* 


Lashes without mascara
(did not curl lashes)







Lashes with 3 coats of mascara


Would I recommend it?: I think you can pass. Unless you are really wanting to try out that the new plump and stretch brush. Other than that,  I don’t think it’s a must have.

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.

Mascara Monday News! *giveaway*

I am SO excited about Clumps’ new website! Mascara review navigation will be so much easier.

But anyway, back to the topic at hand. Here is a quick heads up letting y’all know that for the next 6 weeks, I will be reviewing the following mascaras:

Bare Escentuals Buxom Lash
Maybelline XXL 24HR Bold Intense
Maybelline XXL Curl Recourber
Maybelline XXL Pro Extensions
Maybelline XXL Volume
Maybelline Lash Stiletto Voluptous

The requests I have been getting to review Maybelline’s newest have been blowing up my inbox. So unless otherwise stated, I’ll be cranking out those reviews. But I’ll need your help. In the left of the website, you’ll see a little poll. It looks like this…


Vote and let me know which one I should review first. I don’t even know where to start.

Also, I accidentally picked up Maybelline’s Lash Stiletto Voluptous in brown. Any brown mascara wearers out there? If you want it, leave your email address in the comment section and I’ll choose someone by Thursday, January 21, 2010 at midnight. Winner will be selected at random and International ladies are free to jump in!

Ciao!

New goodies from NARS and Maybelline

Ohhhh goodness, there are some fabulous products coming our way, y’all. Check out NARS Spring 2010 collection.


I normally don’t post promo photos, but I am LOVING this collection. NARS is one of those brands that I only purchase from sporadically because they are super pricey. I think I’m long overdo. The want polish, lippies, pencil and shadows (oh wait…that’s everything, ha!).

A few days ago I tweeted a photo of some new Maybelline mascaras that I saw in an NYC Walgreens.


I also spotted was a Lash Stiletto Voluminous. Holla! Can’t wait to try these out. Here is additional information about those XXL Pro mascaras.

XXL PRO VOLUME:

* 2-step process mimics the pro routine of layering powder and mascara to achieve dramatic volume.
* Available in two washable shades (Very Black and Brownish Black) and two waterproof shades (Very Black and Brownish Black); SRP $9.40.

XXL PRO EXTENSIONS:

* Forget troublesome false lashes and messy glues. This 2-step mascara features brush-on extensions that give lash-lengthening results similar to what the pros get with combs and false lashes!
* Available in one washable and one waterproof shade (Very Black); SRP $9.40.

XXL PRO CURL:

* Achieve an eye-opening curl without the lash curler! The primer curls the lashes, while the mascara gives bold color and sets the curl for 24 hour hold.
* Available in one washable and one waterproof shade (Very Black); SRP $9.40.

XXL PRO 24-HR BOLD

* The unique formula gives the long-wear benefits of a waterproof mascara with the more dramatic look of washable mascara.
* This 2-step mascara copies the pro routine of layering waterproof mascara over washable mascara: the base coat provides intense black volume for maximum impact, then the top coat builds an impermeable shield for 24 hour wear.
* Available in one washable waterproof shade (Very Black); SRP $9.40.

So many to choose from right? If you had to choose just one, which one would it be? I’m all about that volume, baby!

Look for reviews…coming soon!

Maybelline ColorSensational: Naturals!

It’s time to holla at the Maybelline ColorSensational Naturals family. Natural lippies isn’t really my style. If you’ve been following Clumps of Mascara you know that I absolutely adore colors on my lips. But naturals aren’t soooooo bad. I found that they are perfect for super important meetings or on days in which you I don’t want too much pop on the lips.

Check out Maybelline ColorSensational’s Nearly There lipstick.


Not so bad, uh? And even on the lips it gives me enough color to pacify this Color Queen.

I topped it off with ColorSensational Broadway Bronze lip gloss. Loves it! Another winner from the CS fam. And of course if I want to add a little more color to it I can always pair it with a lip liner.

How do you feel about natural lipsticks? Yay or nay?

Other ColorSensational reviews:
ColorSensational Event
Plums
Reds

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

Maybelline ColorSensational: Plums!

Next up in the Maybelline ColorSensational color review iiiis….plum!!

If I had to choose a lipstick color that I think most Black women run to first, I’d say plum.

Plums are safe. They are work-appropriate and can have many different color variations when topped off with lip liners and glosses. I probably have more plum-esque colors in my lipstick collection than any other color.

Meet Mauve-ulous lipstick and Sugared Honey lipgloss.


This duo sat in my purse for a good month. I love them! They complement each other very well. See….

Find 11 more plum lippies in the Maybelline Colorsensational family at your local drugstore, Wal-Mart, Ulta and Target.

So how many plum lippies do you have? Like 48 right? HA!!

Check out my review of the red family here.

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Maybelline ColorSensational: Reds!

I love red lipstick. A LOT! Now granted I wouldn’t walk around wearing every day but when I’m feelin’ sassy or sexy….out comes the red.

In this case its Are You Red-y lipstick and Wine All Mine lipgloss.


Both are heavily pigmented and fail to dry out the lippies. That’s a plus in my book. And have I mentioned how heavenly the ColorSensational glosses feel? They smell like honey almond syrup and jelly bean pie…or somethin’ like that. Ha!

I’ve never been good at these up close and personal shots of the lips but er uh…


Intense, right? Are you red-y?

Oh yeah…..
See…that’s what happens when you wear red lipstick. You get all sexy-eyed and start poutin’ the lips. Or…is that just me? Maybelline ColorSensational has 11 more reds….one of ‘em has your name on it.

Stay tuned for the next color in the ColorSensational family. Should I do natural, pink or plum? I’m thinkin’ natural.

This review contains a sample product sent for consideration by a PR representative. Read our disclosure policy here.