Sunday, October 16, 2011

Maybelline The Falsies Mascara... True or False?

Hello dolls ^_^ I'm going to review the popular Maybelline 'The Falsies' mascara which I purchased about... 4 months ago! I have had a lot of 'experience' with this mascara (wait that didn't sound right... well in other words I have tried this mascara for quite a while!) so I can finally do a thorough review of it.

I love curling my lashes and it's a complete must for me every time I go out. I don't wear mascara often because it can be a pain to remove and I hate getting panda eyes. But when I go out at night or to a special occasion, mascara is essential! I need my lashes to stand out more and to be thicker, darker and longer... especially for photos. Of course, not all mascara can achieve all of the above (that's why false eyelashes can be used as an instant cheat) but apparently there's this mascara that can do all of the above AND can give that 'false lash effect' :O

Yes, this one right here:

Maybelline The Falsies' Volum' Express Waterproof in 291 Very Black

When I first heard about this mascara I was so curious about it and I really wanted to get it. The only thing that delayed my desire to purchase this was the price. It's not overly expensive but it retailed for about $17.99 and I wasn't in need for mascara so I wanted to wait for it to be on sale. To my surprise, I received something in the mail that really motivated me to buy this mascara, even when it wasn't on sale xD

Discount vouchers are the bomb, thanks Priceline

Correction: The mascara was on sale at Priceline and I got an additional discount on it, so I ended up paying about $12ish for it :) But hey, these days you can get this mascara for half price or $10 if you're lucky enough to catch it when it's on sale!

(Click to enlarge to read the details)

Ta-da~ The waterproof version
Why purchase a non-waterproof version when you can buy a waterproof one for the same price?? I always buy waterproof mascaras

It has a spoon wand which is flexible which helps to lift and separate the lashes

About the Falsies mascara:
  • The Kera-fiber formula instantly builds 5x more volume without clumping to complete the false lash look and the unique flexible wand provides the look of more lashes
  • This mascara has a wet formula so you have to be quick when coating the lashes to avoid clumps

For best results, hold brush with spoon side against lashes and sweep from root to tip. Repeat until desired look is achieved. Do not let dry between coats.

Now to some demo pictures and side-by-side comparisons with my own lashes!

I rarely show photos of my eyes without any makeup! 100% natural. I wish my lashes were naturally curled... that would save time curling haha.

Here are my curled lashes using a mechanical eyelash curler which doesn't curl my ends as well =/ I need one of those mini curlers since my heated curler won't do the trick. Looks better than my straight lashes at least :D

So after one coat there's a difference/improvement compared to my lashes without mascara. There is added volume and a couple of millimeters in length, especially seen on my bottom lashes. Because my lashes are curled, the length cannot be seen when my eyes are closed however you can tell that my lashes appear thicker and darker.

The second coat of mascara gives added volume but makes the lashes appear more clumpy. This could probably be fixed with an eyelash comb. For review purposes, I left it as it is to show how the fibers worked on my lashes. Personally, 2 coats is enough for me, I really dislike clumpy lashes that look too spidery.

Can you see the difference? Darker ✔ Thicker ✔

 Now I've applied two coats of the mascara onto my other eyelashes without curling

I used to not curl my lashes and just apply mascara like my eye on the right xD It would clump pretty badly and there would be minimal lengthening effects. So yes, curling your lashes makes a difference =]

My thoughts
  • I can see that it lengthens my lashes, especially after curling them and when I apply the mascara onto my lower lashes.
  • I have mixed thoughts on the fibers. Yes they probably are present and work but the effects are not too impressive. I am certain that other mascaras without the Kera-fibers can achieve the same/similar results
  • The wet formula is new for my use as my other mascaras have drier formulas which in my opinion are easier to work with. This formula made my lashes more prone to clumping, however the wet formula could be vital for maximum volume
  • My curls were held up well but it was hard to avoid getting panda eyes
  • Two coats wasn't too heavy for my lashes but was quite clumpy for my liking

  • Ophthalmologist tested
  • Contact lens safe
  • Waterproof
  • Can be used as an alternative for individual false eyelashes
  • Decent for drugstore price
  • Readily available in stores and online
  • Spoon wand makes application more easy
  • Wet formula coats each and every lash
  • Kera-fibres for the lashes
  • Volumises, thickens and darkens lashes
  • Lengthening is very visible on lower lashes

  • Can't be an absolute replacement for false lashes, especially full ones on a band
  • Takes more time to dry due to its wet formula
  • Can smudge/transfer onto eyelids if it is not fully dry
  • Lashes are more prone to clumping with this mascara
  • If clumpy-ness appears, it is harder to remove

I have never needed or wanted to repurchase a mascara because I always like to try new ones. I haven't really found my holy grail mascara but I did have a huge liking for Maybelline's Pulse Perfection which is now discontinued :( With drugstore-brand choice, I tend to go for Maybelline mascaras just because they have a pretty wide range. I don't think I'd get around to purchasing a new Falsies mascara and I don't like buying back-ups for mascara.

You're probably desperate to know whether this mascara is really a falsies mascara. Well I'm sorry to say this but... I can't say yes or no on everyone's behalf! But for me personally, I wouldn't say that it is THE one and only mascara for that falsies effect... it's not that much different to regular mascaras. It surely isn't the most impressive mascara that exists and there are still 'gaps' in my lashes after applying the mascara (despite layering on the coats!). It does however do what it claims and so it is impressive on that aspect. The only really false lash effect is the lengthening thanks to the fibers, therefore I reckon this could be an alternative to individual false lashes :) I haven't tried individual false lashes before thus I'm only judging by what I've seen and such.

I can imagine this working better with non-Asian eyelashes (since it's typical for Asians to have short, sparse lashes), especially ones that are naturally long, curled and thick *massive envy*

That's probably why there are many Asian-branded mascaras with fibers in them! An example would be Majolica Majorca's range of mascaras. In particular, the Majolica Majorca Enamel Glamour Volume On mascara:

I want to sell this! Still with its box, excellent condition
Is anyone interested in purchasing this from me? I'm offering it for $10, shipped
Comment below or email me at jlyxoxo@gmail if you would like to purchase from me
I only accept Paypal and Bank transfer, international buyers welcome

SOLD! Thank you ^_^

My reason for selling~
This mascara works INCREDIBLY well - it holds curls and is smudge-proof, waterproof, sweatproof etc! It has a double comb wand and has fibers that don't end up clumping your lashes. My only problem = my eyes are too sensitive for the fibers v_v It's perfect for anyone who doesn't have sensitive eyes and would like to try an Asian-brand mascara specially created for Asian lashes. For $10 with free shipping, this is an absolute bargain. Depending on where you are, shipping alone would be around $10 (damn Australian postage fees, they're so expensive for international). On eBay and other online shops, it's at least $20 not including shipping! First in best dressed.

Questjen of the week:

Which mascara/s do you use?

I'd actually also like some suggestions of which ones are good or have worked well for you!
Currently I'm using Maybelline's The Falsies mascara and Pulse Perfection :D


  1. I love this mascara too! I'm glad it works perfectly on you :) Great review!

  2. Oh! And a mascara rec would be Sublime de Chanel in Noir. Best mascara I've ever used!

  3. I've been wanting to buy this mascara because it claims to give you a fake eyelashes effect~ have u tried relian mascara yet? it gives me a real falsies effect! <3

  4. Omg.. I want the Majolica Mascara .. but i dont need more make up & i think my eyes are sensitive when it comes to using mascaras..:'( haha you tempt me woman. I know what you mean about shipping! It's so expensive !! Btw, when you say 'mini curlers' do you mean ones like 1/3 the size of a normal one? XD I'll try send you one with your package!! :D

    Ah, only $17.99? It retails in NZ for like $25+ T___T;; i must wait for a sale.. I didn't know the pulse perfection is discontinued! It's still selling in stores here.. lol

    If I have to use mascara .. I'd use the Maybelline pulse perfection, Heroine Kiss Me or an Asian one I got from Hong Kong (idk the name of it~) haha

  5. i tried this mascara too, cos i was conned by the ads and pretty packaging T__T didn't work for me either :(

  6. mann i cbf mascaras~ i rather just wear false lashes all the time LOL!!
    but if mascara is like crucial (eg. eyeshadow fall out on lashes making them look dusty) i would use any mascara.
    Currently using Dolly Wink lengthening mascara which is actually pretty nice :D

  7. I would love to purchase the mascara if its still available!

  8. This mascara seems good, I'd love to give this a go :) Plus it's contact lens safe, which is great for me since I wear contacts. Right now I use Rosee waterproof mascara (some random Korean brand) which I won in a bid over at e-bay. I got it for a steal so yeah, I'm happy with it lol but ohhh I would love to get my hands on your Majolica Majorca mascara >.<


    A Single Girl's Musings

  9. this mascara didn't work for me.. :/ but i have used other maybelline mascaras that i like! :)

    i have MAC, bobbi brown, maybelline and majolica majorca mascaras ATM. ^_^

  10. I bought this too, and the flare kind. I didn't like it at first but grew to love this mascara. Maybe you should give it some time? But I do agree that you can't replace it with actual false lashes.

  11. this looks like a good mascara to use! your eyelashes look long and pretty in them!

  12. I absolutely hate most mascaras cause my lashes suck so bad.. they're stupid, stick straight and tend to get heavy real' fast, so the curl falls. *sigh* generally.. I hate my lashes more than mascaras, I guess. LOL. Either way, this looks great on your lashes : D Your lashes look far longer than mine anyway -_-"

  13. Hi there! Awesome review for this mascara! Personally I never liked this range of mascara, I find it doesn't do anything for me at all! My favorite is still Dior mascaras, any of them! Though Im currently using the ionic one =) It's pricey but it works =)

  14. i use this mascara (: along side using fairy drop !

    CMPang x

  15. Jen, I received my Majolica Mascara today! I haven't tried it out yet but I will do my best to give my thoughts when I do.
    I don't know if I'm the best judge of mascara though. My daughter can attest to the dozen or so mascara's that I've bought, hated and then passed on to her.
    My current favourites are the Loreal Beauty Tubes in the red tube, and my La Femme Cake Mascara. Talk about feeling old school glamorous when I use that! I love it. The thing I hate most about the one's I reject is the flaking and smudging.
    But as soon as dinner is settled, then I'm off to break in my newest purchase. Thankyou Jen.


  16. Right now I'm using Luview Gleam Full Long Lash Mascara and I love it! It also has fibers in it. It's not waterproof but it's very smudgeproof and it doesn't clump or flake. <3

  17. I'm a fan of fibre mascaras...and this one interests me just because I have yet tried it..but we are on the same boat...I also like trying out new mascaras..well just because..and I don't like buying backups as well..thanks for sharing this review..=)


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