Maybelline New York

Volum Express The Colossal Spider Effect Waterproof Mascara

0.32 fl. oz. for $ 7.77
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Remember when most people tried to avoid clump-causing mascara because, you know, it looks messy and overdone? Well, the rise in spidery fringe seen on fashion runway models means what once was unfashionable is now on-trend. Maybelline's Volum' Express The Colossal Spider Effect Waterproof Mascara seeks to capitalize on this, but if you're want a super-dramatic look, you'll have to keep looking.

According to Maybelline, the difference between this mascara and others is in its spiked brush. Although it deposits more mascara onto lashes than some other brushes (which makes lashes considerably darker), it just doesn't perform as advertised. The result makes lashes more apparent, but only because they're darkened, not because they're spikier, clumpy, or spider-like. In fact, even multiple coats don't result in the intended effect!

As far as the endurance test, this performs without flaking or smudging throughout the day, and is waterproof as claimed (though it comes off easily with a waterproof makeup remover).

As mascaras go, this isn't a bad one (it does emphasize lashes and wears well) — it just doesn't work like it's supposed to, which is likely to disappoint those who are buying it to join the spider lash trend.

  • Minimal clumping.
  • Does a good job darkening lashes and making them more apparent.
  • Doesn't flake or smudge.
  • Doesn't provide a spidery lash effect as claimed.
  • Doesn't provide very noticeable length or volume.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes
Maybellines first Spider Spike Brush and liquid latex formula combine to deliver sculpted Colossal volume and maximum length.
Isododecane, Cera Microcristallina/Microcrystalline Wax, Paraffin, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Copernica Cerifera Cera/Carnauba Wax, Talc, Water, Poly C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate, Hydrogenated Polycyclopentadiene, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Propylene Glycol, Carthamus Tinctorius Seed Oil/Safflower Seed Oil, Polysorbate 80, Ethylenediamine/Stearyl Dimer Dilinoleate Copolymer, Alcohol Denat., PEG-30 Glyceryl Stearate, Propylene Glycol, Benzoic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Soluble Collagen, Silica, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Trisodium EDTA, Potassium Sorbate, BHT. May Contain: Iron Oxides, Ultramarines, Titanium Dioxide, Mica, Carmine, Manganese Violet, Ferric Ferrocyanide.

Maybelline New York At-A-Glance

Strengths: At least one excellent product (if not several) in almost every category; many excellent foundations; superior mascaras; inexpensive makeup brushes; some terrific concealers, powders, blush, and lip color options.

Weaknesses: Lips balms tend to be a letdown; a few of the Great Lash mascaras are surprisingly average compared to other Maybelline formulas.

Maybelline is one of the best-known and most recognized mass-market makeup lines in the worldit's available in 90 countries. Throughout its long history, which began in 1915 when T. L. Wilson founded the company and named it after his sister, Mabel, and Vaseline (which he combined with coal dust to concoct a mascara for her), the company has prided itself on bringing innovative products to the marketplace. L'Oreal purchased the company in early 1996, and that's when things really started coming together for the Maybelline brand.

Specializing in a large selection of lipsticks, nail polishes, and mascaras, there is a lot to love from this drugstore brand. Many of their foundations are exceptional, and their powders, several mascaras, pencils, matte-finish concealers, and Superstay Lipcolor collection impressed us by offering a high degree of quality for their inexpensive price point.

Maybelline's latest urban image is a positive step, as many of their latest launches have been innovative without resorting to "been-there, done-that" gimmicks. Smart shoppers will note the similarities of a few of Maybellines formulas to products from high-end brands that are also owned by parent company LOreal. That just goes to show conscientious shopping can really save you moneywithout sacrificing quality or performance.

For more information about Maybelline New York, call (800) 944-0730 or visit their interactive Web site at www.maybelline.com.

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