Born with the unfortunate feature of straight and stubby eyelashes, I love wearing fake ones. False eyelashes provide an instant glamour and make eyes appear much bigger.
True, they look nice. But gluing them onto my eyelids is an excruciating task! When the glue dries, it is very unforgiving to the tiniest mistake. So I often apply these slices of fake lashes with shaking hands and in slow motion, while holding my breath and hoping for the best. Plus, wearing anything fake on my face is just uncomfortable! But like any other girlie girl, I willingly sacrificed time and comfort for beauty.
When Maybelline introduced its newest brand of mascara called “The Falsies”, I was delighted! It claimed to provide the same effect as false eyelashes – thick and luscious lashes too pretty to be real! As I imagined a world without nasty lash glue and intricate application, I headed to the drug store with high expectations.
So, did my newest mascara live up to its claim?
Here are what Maybelline’s advertisement said:
To build volume, the mascara uses Kera-fiber formula and a patented spoon brush to build 8 times the volume without clumping. Also, its flexible wand lifts and separates the lashes so that it provides the look of having 300% more lashes.
Well, the wand and the spoon were both nice features and easy to use. Although the formula was a bit watery, it did thicken each eyelash. The formula also did not clump, and separated my lashes evenly and cleanly. Compared to L’Oreal’s Voluminous Mascara, which is my favorite drug store brand to use, Maybelline The Falsies Volum’Express wasn’t bad.
However, I did not see 8 times the volume and I definitely didn’t appear to have 300% more lashes. To get my lashes to stand out with a dramatic effect, I had to apply mascara over them multiple times. Sorry! But the numbers from Maybelline’s advertisement were far-fetched.
I don’t know which to blame – my expectations being too high or that the claim too unreal? The mascara was good, but it was far from using false eyelashes!
If Maybelline didn’t have such claims, I would have given the mascara a rating of 5/5 stars. But I think I’ll give it 4 instead.
In all honesty, Maybelline The Falsies Volum’Express mascara performed well. At $5.00 (from Target), it is a wonderful deal too. But if I want the glamorous, eye-popping effect that fake eyelashes gave me, I better stick with nasty lash glue and spend the painful effort of putting them on.