Maybelline the Falsies Volum’ Express Mascara Review

Truth be told, just reading the name of this product, Maybelline the Falsies Volum’ Express Mascara, already makes you want to try it out. Maybelline have always been good at naming their products in fun and appealing ways. I mean, who doesn’t like the idea of having “falsies” looking lashes without actually having to put on falsies and achieving this just by putting on mascara?

This product claims that it’s not just mascara, it is “false lash glam in a tube”. It has a brush that “fans out lashes from corner to corner for instant lash glam and a unique flexible wand that “helps to lift and separate lashes, providing the look of 300% more visible, fuller lashes without any gaps”. The actual mascara also has a Pro-Keratin formula to help build volume without clumping.

Let’s see if the Falsies Volum’ Express will hold up to all its claims. This review will be about the Maybelline the Falsies Volum’ Express Waterproof Mascara in Black. This also comes in a washable formula and other colors such as Brownish Black, Black Drama, and Very Black, so there may be a slight difference between the products.

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The Packaging

Maybelline have had that signature packaging for their mascaras of vibrant colors since the beginning, and it certainly still shows on the Falsies’ packaging. The tube is in an eye catching purple with blue, blocky lettering. It’s cute, it’s fun to look at, and it’s easy to find in your makeup bag.

Besides being super cute, the packaging is also quite functional. No gimmicks like other mascaras out there, just a tube of mascara and a wand. Pretty easy to use and efficient.

The Application

This product boasts its “unique flexible wand” that “fans out lashes from corner to corner”. It really does have quite a flexible wand which is nice, I guess, but I don’t really see how that is massively important in a mascara. Though I may just be missing something here.

The brush of this mascara is actually a brush and not just a plastic applicator like a lot of other mascaras out there. There’s really nothing wrong with a plastic one, especially if it is well-designed. But for some reason, I just prefer the feel of an actual brush with bristles for mascara. It helps brush through and separate the eyelashes better.

maybelline-the-falsies-expressThe brush is in a bent kind of shape like a smile. There are specific instructions to help fan out your lashes better by applying the mascara with the brush “smiling”.  Just put your lashes on the bent part with the two ends pointing upwards and just wiggle through your lashes from root to tip. I did also try it the other way around just to see if there was any difference. I applied the mascara with the ends pointing downward (in a sad face) and found that the instructed way really did fan out the lashes more, reduced clumping, and it was easier to reach all of the lashes.

The formula of this mascara is quite wet (as typically a lot of mascaras are in the beginning). The brush is great because it picks up the right amount of product without having to scrape it off on the side of the tube which means that there is very little waste and it reduces the chances of applying too much product at once and getting clumpy lashes. The formula has tiny bits of fiber in it that will plump and lengthen your lashes. As you’re applying it, you’ll immediately be able to tell the difference. The lashes are lengthened and thickened significantly. Although it is quite volumizing and lengthening, the formula doesn’t clump or give you spidery lashes easily. You can put a couple of coats on and it’ll still look like natural lashes but longer and thicker.

The Finish

The finish of this product is long and voluminous lashes without the clumpiness. As it dries, it starts to look even better and it holds the curl really well. For some reason, it also makes the lashes look more natural without getting rid of the volume and length. That seems a bit contradictory to its description and name (falsies and false lash glam in a tube), but it really isn’t. It does give off the effect of false lashes in the way that it lengthens and thickens your lashes significantly, but they still look separated and like actual hairs instead of mascaraed clumps of product on your lashes.

Lasting Power

Since this is the waterproof version, the lasting power might be a little different from the washable version. But boy, does it really stay on and last all day. Once this mascara sets, there is no getting it off. It stays on rain or shine through sweat and tears. If you want a mascara to stay on even while swimming, this is definitely one you can choose as it just does not budge at all. It’s also great for weddings or long occasions where you need your mascara to stay on even through tears, sweat, and oiliness.

The lasting power of this mascara can both be a pro and con. Obviously, it’s amazing that is stays on so well and still looks amazing at the end of the day. You won’t have to worry about panda eyes or black streaks on your face when you wear this mascara. However, the con about it is that because it is so long lasting, it’s also very hard to remove when you actually want to take it off at the end of the day. All waterproof mascaras basically have that same problem, but this one is just super set onto your lashes that even oil-based eye makeup removers have trouble removing this product from your lashes. And because it is super hard to remove, you may end up being a little bit too rough handling things around your eye area which is never a good thing. When you’re removing this mascara, make sure that you have gentle hands and patience. It will come off, but you will have to work at it and it might take a little longer than your usual washable mascara.

The Verdict

The Maybelline the Falsies Volum’ Express mascara may be one of the very best mascaras you can use ever. This may seem like a big statement, but it really does step up to the challenge. It gives the lashes a ton of length and volume worthy of falsies but also doesn’t give off fake-looking or clumpy, spidery lashes that lengthening and volumizing mascaras usually do.

Besides making your lashes look good, it also lasts ages and through just about anything you put it through. If there is a wedding, night out, or long occasion coming up that will surely put a strain on your makeup staying power, the Falsies is the perfect mascara you can use. If you want something a little bit gentler on your lashes, you can go on ahead and try out the washable formula. It’ll have the same effect on your lashes but be a lot easier to get off at the end of the day. And hey, this is also a drugstore mascara so the pricing is great even for those on a budget, so why not just get both?

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