Saturday, November 14, 2009

Mascara Review: Mac Zoom Lash vs Maybelline Volum' Express Cat Eyes

*A lengthy introduction..hehe

Since im an eye make-up lover, mascara is a product that i can't do without. On my hunt for a good mascara, im lucky to try out Maybelline Lash Stylist which is the first ever mascara that really WOW-ed me when i first tried it....Why so?

First off, before i tried it, i used to like:
  • Covergirl Lashblast Waterproof- for waterproof mascara - it holds my curls, but it doesn't volumize my puny lashes & it's so hard to remove that i fear for my lash' safety.
  • Lancome Hypnose - for non-waterproof mascara - i really like it but it smudges & smears, though not so much like what i have tried so far...but still! + its expensive (this is the deciding
When i get to try Lash Stylist I was flabbergasted! It holds my curl, it doesn't smudge plus i don't need to use muriatic acid to remove (unlike CG Lash Blast). Though it doesn't mean that its perfect, it still has a flaw, it clumps in a weird way, but i can live with that!

One of the hardest thing for those that got Asian lashes is that it's short & very hard to curl. Asian lashes are naturally straight. Mascaras that worked for women with naturally long & curled lashes might not work for those who got short lashes.

After the lengthy introduction, it's time for my comparison between Maybelline Volum' Express Cat Eyes Mascara & Mac Zoom Lash.
Now let's go first to Mac Zoom Lash

This instant volume mascara power-lifts the lashes into length, curls them up...builds them faster than you can wink! Precision control wand glides smoothly down lashes to provide a gorgeously silky upward “sweep”. Smudgeproof and long-wearing!

Instant Volume,huh?
This is my first Mac mascara, honestly i'm not expecting that it would do a good job. I know that most mac products are good, but i think mascara is not one of them. Anyway,let's take a look at the wand.
I rather like the fact that the wand is thin enough to really coat each & every lash. I said that i never did care for mascaras with big wands after discovering the joy of maybelline comb wands. I even find a regular brush wand bulky & awkward to use. But with Zoom Lash's wand design i am willing to go back to brush wands.

As for the texture, i have to say that it's quite 'waxy' & thick. One coat is enough,twice for a dramatic look & more than that would be like wearing a super duper fake lashes...

As for Maybelline Volum' Express Hypercurl Cat Eyes
note: if im not mistaken this is only available here in asia. correct me if im wrong,ladies.

5x volume sounds nice!
Let's move on to the wand
There goes my baby...I love Maybelline's comb wand. I tried Rimmel's Volum'eyes but i hate their wand. This one works for me, as i'm sure how it works for most Asian lashes.

As for the texture, it's 'watery' & what's great about this is that you don't need to scrape it at the edge of the tube (it's not like you can do it with the wand design). You're sure you are getting enough because of the comb wand. (need i stress more why i L-O-V-E this?!)

Ok, enough talk...time for the pictures! I applied both mascara just once. I don't need to apply it 2x since it will just clump.

i took this pic with flash inside the house

took this pic outside

I think it's quite obvious what works for me,right?
Ok,just little notes for each of the 2...

*Zoom Lash*
  • it did not exactly NOT work for me because it did lengthen my lashes,but it weigh my lashes that's why i don't like it.
  • can lengthen your lashes!
  • i can still use this atop Maybelline, especially if i want a dramatic look
  • it might not work for me, but it can work for those who got naturally curled lashes.
  • you might want to use a primer to keep your curl
  • the big no-no: it smudges & it flakes!

*Cat Eyes*
  • as what i said, it's only available in asia
  • doesn't smudge & doesn't flake
  • i don't need to use muriatic acid to remove it! (pun intended)
  • holds the curl! i agree with it as a hypercurl
  • its way cheaper than mac!
What works for me might not work for others. I believe that mascara is one product that have different results. I described my lashes so for those who have the same with mine, feel free to try this. I think this is only available in asia because its formulated especially for Asian lashes.

Hope this helped.
Have a nice weekend,ladies!

Jaa ne~!

I just did a simple nail design for this week.

Mascara is a product that has different result for everybody. What works for me might not work for you especially if you don't have short,hard-to-tame lashes. My opinions are just based on what i experienced from the product testing


xxNikkiDooxx said...

Thanks for the review. I've been waiting for someone to do a review about the Maybelline mascara. ^_^

xoladiihoneyxo said...

love what the maybelline's mascara did to your eyelashes!!! It's magnificent!!! I want to try it out too =[ But I have long eyelashes though. hmmmz, I wonder if it works? haha. I'm not a big fan of combs though =T

herroyalbleakness said...

Maybelline lash stuff are luv, luv, luv. Haven't tried volume express cat eyes since I'm still finishing up my unstoppable shiny black ( which i love so much!)

Toothfairy said...

what a great review. maybelline beats mac! wow...

but true, mascara is really a hard product to buy! I love cle de peau, estee lauder and shisheido, all the rest, not working for me!

happy weekend thiamere!

noone said...

i swear that asian packaging is always much much cuter than north american packaging! why why why?!?! i got long eyelashes and i want them to be thicker... they're too thin! i wonder if this will work

and LOL to your jennifer comment. now that i think about it every jennifers i've met in real life i haven't got along with... though i've only met 3 lol

Fifi said...

Maybelline mascaras are the bomb! I have yet to try the cat eyes one, but I'm willing to! It works so well on you! Thanks for the review :D

Catmare said...

My sister have that Maybelline cat eyes, I tried it once and it did volumize. But it clumped, IDK if it's just me but maybe I'm just not used to the wand. lol. Maybe I should practice more with the comb wand :D

CHARRY said...

nice review :)

AskMeWhats said...

love your comparison! I have never tried zoomlash but cat eyes work ok :)

oOchaOo said...

yay for maybelline!!
i have a maybelline mascara too and it works oh-so-well :)
i would like to try cats eye mascara too! thanks for the review!

Blovet Beauty said...

i looked at both pics and have to agree that CAT EYES looks way hotter on you. it curls so so nicely and makes ur eyes stand out so I love maybelline mascaras!

Golden said...

I love Cat Eyes mascara too. And you're right, Cat Eyes is available only in Asia because it's specially formulated for asian lashes.

It took me a few days though before I appreciated it. I am now thinking that I got an old stock as everybody is raving on Cat Eyes. Mine was so sticky that it makes my lashes clump, while everybody says that it isn't really sticky. I like it though because it really made my lashes thicker and somewhat longer. It didn't hurt too that it held the curl of my lashes.

The downside? It's so hard to remove!

Have a great day sis. Mwah!

Crystal said...

thanks for the review. i've actually never been interested in MAC mascaras. and if it smudges on you, the more it will smudge on me :P

Crystal said...

haha this is definitely not for me :) i'm sure this will crease in a snap.

Anastacia said...

I like your nails! Looks very pretty and neat!

You're lucky to try all that mascaras!

Camille Santos said...

maybelline seems that it holds up more than mac noh?hehe saka i saw your haul...grabe sabi k na ba eh ehehe.ganda ng palette!!adik adik adik!nice nails thia.have a nice weekends

Dana Yoshimizu said...

Nice review :) I could never do something like this, idk I dont' think I have the patience to do one. Everyone asked me to review the Avon products I ordered about a month ago, and I just haven't gotten to it =/

&& girl, I just LOVE the way you're always doing your nails. I just have polish & it's all junking looking. XD lol

Jbreezybaby said...

greaaat review thia!!! I love how detailed ur review is, thaaanks! I love ur nail btw when u were holding the volume express mascara!

Adz Garcia said...

Hi Thiamere! The cat eye didn't work for me :(

It clumped like crazy and smudged like a b*tch and flaked after 2 hours. HUHUHU I feel so bad that it sucks.

Good for you coz it works on your lashes. :)

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