Juliana C Stryker
Mascara Review: The Face Shop, Majolica Majorca and Sephora
In this 21st century, every woman seeks to strip away the cliches surrounding them. They’re vigorous and confident. And this is the spirit of ‘Honeyz‘.
‘Belle’ is a woman who’s admired for her beauty and charm.
So a Honeyz Belle is a confident and intelligent woman of the 21st century who’s not afraid to express her desires, show off her charm and become the belle of every ball.
I believe all of you is a Honeyz Belle so henceforth, I’m going to call you ladies ‘Honeyz Belles’!
So Hello Honeyz Belles!
As my blog title suggests, I’m gonna review THE imperative tool to pretty peepers – Mascaras.
Mascaras are an important part of make up as they define our eyes and gives them that ‘little burst of energy’ to our otherwise dull-looking eyes.
And whenever the topic of mascaras is brought up, I hear Loreal, Lancome and Maybelline being mentioned almost 90% of the time. So for this mascara review post, I’m gonna leave them out of the picture since we all know that they are good enough. 🙂 And review the underdogs instead – The Face Shop, Majolica Majorca and Sephora.
The Face Shop’s Extreme Volume Mascara
I started using this last year and have been loyal to it ever since.
I love its non-clumping and lengthening qualities. It separates the lashes well and thus does not produce the ‘lump-of-lashes’ look. Best of all, this mascara is smudge-proof! 😀 Panda eyes from smudged mascara is definitely not a pretty sight (especially if you’re on a hot date) so this is an absolute hot favourite for me.
The slight curvature of the mascara wand is also perfect for my oval shaped eyes.
The mascara creates a soft and natural look that is great for daily activities such as work and school.
Here’s how it looks like on my naked eye.
I like that it darkens and lifts my lashes slightly to produce this very natural look.
Well, here comes the trubs.
It is relatively difficult to achieve the really dramatic look even after a few more coats of this mascara.
Here’s the example,
Not very impressive, isn’t it?
So if you want to achieve those ‘Drama Goddess’ look with your eyes, I suggest you opt for falsies or simply purchase the Big Three’s mascaras and pound on the eyeshadows.
* Big Three = Loreal, Lancome, Maybelline
All in all, I like the great qualities of this mascara and its affordable price. (Johor Bahru’s Faceshop retails this at RM 45 which translates to SGD 18.)
Majolica Majorca’s Lash Expander Frame Plus
‘Majolica Majorca’ is quite a mouthful. I’m going to call it ‘MJ’ in this post as it’s famously known for. (No, not Michael Jackson’s acronym)
MJ is a sub-brand of Shisedo and it’s much more affordable than it’s parent brand’s products. This is terrific news for most of us who can’t afford Shisedo’s luxe make up all the time. 😀 Ok here comes my review. I bought this product due to friends’ recommendations and its cute packaging. (I’m a typical girl, aesthetic qualities are extremely important to me.) I must say it’s pretty easy to apply and lengthens my lashes quite a bit with its fibers. The fibers were attached to the end of my lashes upon application and created this ‘longer lashes’ illusion.
It has this gooey texture that does not dry up too soon unlike other mascaras. This allowed ease of re-application, which in turn reduced the clumping effect that re-applications usually caused.
In particular, I love the design of the wand.
As you can see, it has this mini comb on it that enables me to target even the tiniest lash. Great for application on the lower lashes too!
Well, everything about this mascara is great but here comes the nightmare…
The removal of the mascara.
Removing this mascara was a huge hassle. It’s stubborn as hell! The fibers stick to your lashes like super glue and they wouldn’t budge even after much (gentle) rubbing with my make-up remover.
Many times, I could still spot clumps of the remaining fibers on my lashes the next morning. I guess the excessive lengthening fibers isn’t such a great idea after all.
This mascara darkens, separates and thickens my lashes pretty well. It has slight lengthening properties too.
One plus point – its pretty easy to remove even with non-eye make up removers.
Here’s a picture of the wand.
I did not like the wand though. It’s big and coarse and it irritated my eyelids a few times during application. I underestimated its frame. As such, I don’t think it’s suitable for Asian eyes.
Another bummer of this mascara?
The panda eye look!
I noticed bad smudging after hours of wearing the mascara. Very unkempt.
I think the diamond in the rough is definitely The Face Shop’s Extreme Volume Mascara.
I’m a no fuss person so I’m no huge fan of exasperating make up removing procedures. In addition, I don’t think any one wants to meet a big client or go on a hot date worrying about the state of her make up constantly. Removal and longevity of make up is extremely important to me.
Once again, I’m going to end this post with some useful mascara tips for you beautiful ladies.
Never try a mascara at a makeup store as there’s a risk of infection.
To brighten the whites of your eyes, try using blue mascara.
To prevent clumps, remove excess mascara from wand before application.
To prevent smearing of mascara, dust a layer of loose powder under and over the eyes.
Alrighty. That’s all for this mascara review. Thanks for reading. 🙂
I’m already preparing for my next post – A fashion review.
I’ll be back sooner than you can say ‘Honeyz’! So watch out for it!
Disclaimer: Do keep in mind that reviews are entirely subjective. It is normal to have differing views. So please don’t hate me if I didn’t speak well of your favourite product. I definitely have no intentions of distorting the image of any brand. Well, to each his own, isn’t it? Peace!
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