Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Maybelline The Colossal Cat Eyes Waterproof mascara

Ten years ago, back when I was in preschool (just kidding - make that high school), I used and loved Maybelline mascaras. Full 'n' Soft and Volum' Express Turbo Boost, both in the waterproof version, were my favorites. My eyes have always been watery, so I pretty much always go for the waterproof version with drugstore mascaras - with some sturdier high end mascaras I can get away with the regular, but most drugstore ones won't hold up on me otherwise.

I haven't used Maybelline mascara in recent years, but when I saw the (ridiculous) display (with a tiger) for the new Cat Eyes mascara (seriously, the tiger has eyelashes), it piqued my curiosity (did I mention the tiger?). I remembered how I used to use and love their mascaras, and this was something new and different, so I figured I'd give it a shot.

First off, here is the wand:

It's curved and, despite not being one of those brushes with plastic spikes (like my now-beloved CoverGirl Lash Blast Waterproof), it is nevertheless remarkably pokey. Not slow, but constantly-poke-yourself-in-the-eye pokey, at least for me. But I soldiered on!

Sadly, I just couldn't find love in this mascara no matter how hard I tried - and trust me, I tried. I used it for a full week and just got angrier and angrier with each use. I kept poking myself with the brush, getting mascara all over my upper and lower eyelids each time - thank goodness I keep Q-Tips by my sink! I told myself I just had to get used to using that kind of brush, but even after a week, I was poking myself as much as on the first day. I was also frustrated with the "cat eye" results. In a sense it did deliver, and I got the "full, spiked lashes at the corners" as advertised, but what that meant in reality was that the lashes on the inner corner of my eye were barely, lightly coated - they looked like they were only tinted, no extra volume or length whatsoever - and the lashes on the outer corner of my eye were chunky, clumpy, and definitely spiky. (Even my boyfriend observed on his own that "your eyelashes look very spiky today!" at one point.) It wasn't a look I was happy with at all.

Before I go on further, here are the pictures of me wearing it! This is two coats on top and one on bottom. Please note that I have lightly blurred out a few spots where, big surprise, I got little dots of mascara on my eyelids.

Now, even though I couldn't stand it, I wanted to give this mascara a fair chance, so I gave it to my friend Casey to try and asked her to let me know how she liked it so I could include her opinion in my review (with her permission). Guess what? She hated it too, vehemently. In her words, "I hate the brush and the formula. It went on SO thin and didn't really DO anything. And was it brown? [I told her it was black.] ... well, it looks brown on me! What an awful color."

On the positive side, I found it did last well on me even when my eyes got watery, yet it was still easy to remove with eye makeup remover, and it didn't irritate my eyes in the least (few mascaras do, but you never know).

Have you been curious about this mascara, or have you tried it yourself? What did you think of it?


  1. i am so glad to have read this before buying it. i absolutely loved curved brush mascaras but hate the ones that didn't do the science research when they were created so as to make a brush that wouldn't poke people in the eyes! *ouch* - so far i have been using clinique high impact curling mascara ever since they came out with it. i keep trying other brands to cheap out the price, but go back to the clinique one every time. the formula is tubal, so there's no clumping, smuding, flaking, etc. and despite it not being labeled "waterproof", it is. yet it comes off with just regular makeup wipes or non eye irritating face cleanser. they say it comes off with just warm water but i haven't found that to be the case. anyway, i buy it because i need a curved brush and very few mascaras offer that. that is why i ended up researching the maybelline mascara featured on this blog.

    1. I love Clinique High Impact Curling mascara, too, Ann! It's one of my absolute favorites! :)


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