April 13, 2010

Review: Maybelline Magnum Volum' Express Waterproof Mascara

So I'm a little late with this one, but hey you know it's thoroughly tested! The quick verdict is, it's not worth shelling out extra cash for (as opposed to the RM20 Maybelline Volume Express Hypercurl), but it's not bad either. For the long version, read on!

Brush
I rather like the flat dense brush. It allows all the feathery lash potential of round fat brushes, while not blinding you completely. Nice one, Maybelline!

Formula
Like most Maybelline mascaras, initial results are bleh because the formula is too watery. But there comes a point, usually about a week or two in with daily use where the formula become purrrfect, just before it gets too thick and starts clumping (it's there now after only 6 weeks!).

At its best this formula gives voume, and length. Slightly, but not much, more than hypercurl in my opinion:

It comes off fairly easily with dual-phase eye makeup remover. But it won't come off well with cleansing oils which brings me to the one point it excells Hypercurl in.

It doesn't smudge. AT ALL. Not on my oily skin, not after running around in the rain and mud during a corporate retreat (but not with my company! Being a journalist really can be odd sometimes). If you're after a bulletproof mascara that doesn't take dismemberment to remove *cough Fasio cough* then this baby is GOLD.

Conclusion
I'll save my RM10 and stick to Hypercurl. RM31.90 may not break the bank, but it only lasts a month and a half, and it just doesn't inspire me to loyalty. I know you girls have used it, what do you think?

PS. I got this mascara as a pressie from a friend, I'm so loyal to Hypercurl I couldn't bring myself to buy it! There may come a day when I have the perfect product for everything and then have nothing left to blog about!

6 comments:

Askmewhats said...

thanks for the review on this, I was actually thinking on purchasing this one!!!

The Undercover Gypsy said...

Ah, good to know, thanks for the review....I've been trying to decide between this and the l'oreal collagen mascara....so now I can narrow my choice further...

Connie De Alwis said...

I know what you mean about Fasio!
and I think they've discontinued Turbo Boost O_O NOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!
I'll have to live with hypercurl *sighs*

xin said...

i think im not too fascinated by this too.

LyNn said...

both hypercurl and cats eye smudge on me lately!
:(
wonder if this would too :(

Eli said...

I need to find a local alternative to my favourite Full N' Soft. I really should check hypercurl out.