Name: Volum’ Express Cat Eyes Mascara
From Maybelline’s website:
– 5x wild volume, without the clumps
– 18 hour wide-eyed curls
– 75 degree curl
What I liked:
– the wand
– adds volume
– separates lashes
– curls lashes a bit
– doesn’t smudge
– easy to remove
What I didn’t like:
– doesn’t add much length
– can make lashes look crunchy if you apply too much
– not available worldwide
Maybelline Cat Eye mascara, one of the latest members of the Volum’ Express family, is an Asia exclusive. My dear friend Hanna knew how curious I was to try it after reading reviews online about how volumizing this mascara is, so she kindly sent me one tube in a swap. Thanks a lot hun!
The mascara comes in a eye-catching pink and black striped tube which I absolutely love. It’s very pretty and such a cool addition to my makeup stash. But the packaging is not the only funky thing about this brush. The wand is pretty unusual too.
Instead of a brush, the mascara comes with a comb. I was curious to see how well it performs and, once you get the hang of it, it works really well. The first couple of times I made the mistake of using it like I would use any other mascara wand, doing a wriggling motion, but that only gave me kinda “meh” results.
Then, I realised I should have used it as a comb! Doh! That’s what it is after all, right? So, I just combed my lashes from the roots to the tops, without wriggling the wand and I was pleased with the results. My lashes were thicker, defined and somewhat curled too.
While the mascara curled my lashes a bit, and holds it for most of the day which I was very pleased about, I’d suggest you use an eyelash curler for better results. It also added a bit of length to my lashes, but not as much as I was hoping for. However, this isn’t a lengthening mascara so I wasn’t too disappointed about that.
Instead, I like it how it added quite a bit of volume to my lashes with only two coats. One works just as well, but I like a bit more drama to my lashes eheh. Just be careful not too apply too much though, or your lashes will look very crunchy!
Also, this stuff clumps a bit, but I find the wand is really good at de-clumping as well as separating lashes for a fanned out look. That’s why I’m thinking of keeping the wand once the mascara has run out and keep it as lash comb, like Paris suggested.
In addition, the wand coats every single lash and even makes it easy to apply mascara on the lower lashes. I rarely apply mascara there cos I’m so clumsy I always end up making a huge mess, but with this I don’t have any problems at all. It’s completely fool-proof!
And because the mascara is waterproof, it lasts all day, without smudging at all (minor flakes can occur though) but still it’s pretty easy to remove. Any good makeup remover will do the trick quickly and effectively.
Overall, I’m loving Maybelline Volum’ Express mascara. If you’re looking for a mascara that provides volume, separation and some curl for a dramatic look, you’ll love this too. It lasts all day without smudging, but if doesn’t add much length and clumps a bit.