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Thursday, 28 August 2014

Beauty: Maybelline Volum'Express The Falsies Big Eyes Mascara #bigeyesmy (Mascara Showdown!)

Which girl doesn't want big, beautiful eyes? As Asians, we have been stereotyped to have small and long eyes.. But with the help of mascara, big eyes is not unattainable! 

Introducing the latest secret from Maybelline - The Falsies Big Eyes Mascara. The name can't get any more direct than that. Maybelline has always been the number one drugstore brand mascara and they're always having new innovative formulas to suit any kinds of lashes. Mascaras have a short shelf life, hence you don't really need an expensive one, in my opinion. 

Maybelline Volum'Express - Falsies Big Eyes Mascara in Very Black is the first innovative waterproof mascara by Maybelline which has a dual-ended brush for a captivating eye-opening false lash effect. It promises dramatically bigger eyes with no smearing, no clumping and no flaking. It is also ophthalmologist tested and suitable for contact lens wearers. This chunky shaped mascara has a really wild purple colour which I find is so sassy! 

This post is going to be a little different from other reviews.. I'm going to have a MASCARA SHOWDOWN! I'll be comparing the Maybelline The Falsies Big Eyes Mascara with The FaceShop FACE it Collagen Volume Mascara which I got as a birthday gift and Make Up For Ever Aqua Smoky Extravagant Waterproof Mascara that I won from a giveaway... Let the showdown begin!

The FaceShop FACE it Collagen Volume Mascara RM 48.90
This mascara is in the mid-price range and promises to give you voluminous lashes with the added its hydra collagen. It has a sleek, gold packaging which is susceptible to fingerprint smudges and is quite big to bring around in your makeup bag. It is available in two brushes and I got the curvy, spiral one which is suitable for curly and voluminous lashes.

Maybelline Volum'Express The Falsies Mascara RM45.90 
This mascara has a conventional shaped brush for the upper lashes to push lashes up and wide and also a mini brush that grabs and coats every tiny lash. This will give you wide-open, true eye-popping glam.

Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant Waterproof Mascara RM 100
This mascara might burn a hole in your pocket with its price but it has one of the best formulas ever. Also another mascara with a uniquely shaped and innovative brush, it promises to deliver long-wear without clumping and gives off dramatic impact and graphic precision. With its bulbous shaped brush, it is easier to get more product on your lashes in just one swipe.

Effects in creating big eyes & ease of use:
This is to test if the mascaras really enlarges my eyes and combs my lashes upwards and outwards, without clumping and flaking.

The FaceShop FACE it Collagen Volume Mascara: Doesn't really make my eyes bigger, lashes tend to clump together but doesn't flake. Very easy to use, just do a zig-zag movement from the roots to the ends of your lashes.

Maybelline Volum'Express The Falsies Big Eyes Mascara: Less clumpy and doesn't flake. Eyes look slightly bigger with well-combed out lashes.

Make Up For Ever Aqua Smoky Extravagant Waterproof Mascara: Effective in opening up lashes, doesn't clump and doesn't flake. However, due to the shape, the brush is less effective when used on the left eye (for some reason) and on lower lashes.

 Volume & curl: 
For this test, I tried each mascara for at least 6 hours each day to test how well it holds a curl. Remember I have straight and stubborn lashes that just won't curl no matter how long I use the curler? I used my Forever 21 curler here before and after applying each mascara to see how nice the effect will be. All three mascaras lenghtened my pathetic lashes quite well.

The FaceShop FACE it Collagen Volume Mascara: Average effect at giving volume as hydra collagen is said to promote blood flow. Lower lashes are lengthened as well. However, the curl doesn't last long for me.

Maybelline Volum'Express The Falsies Big Eyes Mascara: Quite good at providing volume. Requires two coats to give more volume. The curl doesn't last for me as well.

Make Up For Ever Aqua Smoky Extravagant Waterproof Mascara: Lashes are nicely combed out as product is equally distributed. Holds the curl all day long with just one coat of mascara.

Ease of removal: 
For this test, I used my Purevivi Cleansing Lotion and soaked each cotton pad before holding it on my eye for 10 seconds and wipe off in one swipe to see how much product is removed.

The FaceShop FACE it Collagen Volume Mascara: Very easy to remove.

Maybelline Volum'Express The Falsies Big Eyes Mascara: Quite easy to remove, lashes are clean in about three swipes.

Make Up For Ever Aqua Smoky Extravagant Waterproof Mascara: Difficult to remove, requires longer time to hold the cotton pad over eyes for it to come off. Can be quite harmful for lashes cos a lot of rubbing are involved to fully remove the product.

Final Thoughts.....

All three mascaras are waterproof and smudge-proof, which is great! Each mascara has its own pros and cons - I guess there's no such thing as a perfect mascara?
 For me, The FaceShop FACE it Collagen Volume Mascara is the easiest to use, considering one brush can be used for both top and bottom lashes, unlike the Maybelline one. The mascara dries quite fast, unlike the Make Up For Ever one. However, it doesn't seem to give any effect to my lashes as they fall flat within an hour or so. 
The Maybelline Volum'Express The Falsies Big Eyes Mascara requires an additional brush to coat the bottom lashes, but is effective in giving volume and achieving that big eyes effect, just like wearing false eyelashes. In fact, I would actually prefer to purchase this as the price difference with The FaceShop one is not huge, but the effect makes a big difference. Two coats or more is needed for it to be more voluminous and curly. As promised, it also does not smudge or smear at all, giving you clean lashes all day long.
Make Up For Ever Aqua Smoky Extravagant Waterproof Mascara is the best of the lot in giving length, volume and holding a curl. It is also less clumpy and doesn't smear. The downside is that some practice is required in mastering the brush for your lower lashes, and that it is pricey. Oh, and it is also quite tedious to remove at times, especially the lower lashes. This could be due to its waterproof properties.

You can get the Maybelline Volum'Express The Falsies Big Eyes for RM48.90 at all major pharmacies and drugstores nationwide. Log on to their website and Facebook page for more info.

So, what's your favourite mascara? Share with me your thoughts and preference cos I'd love to find more mascaras that work on my poor lashes! Have a great day ahead! :)


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Disclaimer: Only one of the product was sponsored and the review is based on my honest personal thoughts, experiences and preference after trying out each products. Effects may vary depending on individual eyelashes condition, method of using and other factors. 


  1. nice showdown!! hahhaa of course mufe is hard to remove becos it is super waterproof...try using oil based eye remover to remove..pure vivi not so effective in remove super waterproof eye makeup!! i recommend bioree eye on my third bottle!!lol

    1. Hi Cindy, thank you for the helpful info! I'll definitely give the Biore eye makeup remover a try. Not really a fan of oil-based makeup removers but I'll need it if I wanna use MUFE! LOL. :D


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