Pros: Big brush with lots of bristles help catch and coat every lash. Mascara separates and defines while giving a little bit of extra length. Product didn't smudge or flake. Gives a soft natural look with one coat, a bit more noticeable with 2. Has a good tapered end to get ends and corners. Cons: Expensive for something that didn't give dramatic length or volume. Large brush may be awkward for some and difficult to do lower lashes. Product is dry upon purchase and therefore did not last long, which is very disappointing due to the price. My Lashes: Thin, short, and sparse. Invisible without mascara, and has a tendency to point downwards (asian). What I look for in a mascara: Dramatic length and volume while separating lashes and holding a curl. (like falsies) Overall: Good mascara for a natural look, but not for me. Way too expensive for so little impact and short lifespan. Will not purchase again.
I didn't expect to like this mascara, but I did. It did exactly what I like my mascara to do: define, lengthen, and volumnize. For myself, I prefer the really plush and dense mascara brushes because I find that they work better in keeping my eye lashes from clumping together and really applies product to each strand. Although I don't think this mascara is waterproof, it has never bled on me. (Though I haven't tested how it'll fare against rain etc.) The mascara doesn't smudge or flake on me, and I find that minor clumping really only occurs after my 2nd coat (on top of a primer), but I'm okay with that because I like that really dramatic and unnatural look. I use mascara up like crazy (to achieve that dramatic look) but this product has lasted me quite a while and I'm finally reaching the end of it without it drying out on me. Which is good, since it's so expensive. Given, there's mascara that's even more expensive but that's another review. For the price I paid, I was happy I liked it and I will use every last drop before I throw it out. However, I think that it's just a lil too expensive for an every day mascara and I can probably find a drugstore brand that will give me similar results, so I won't be purchasing this again (unless of course, there was some good promotion or kit at sephora with this mascara). And for a reference, I have very thin, short and sparse eye lashes, hence the preference for the dense and plush brushes. Mascaras using the new plastic bristles don't do anything for me other than maybe comb them, but they don't catch my lashes at all and therefore the product doesn't apply well.
Meh. I think this is one of those products that you either hate it or love it. I didn't rate it a 1 because I didn't think it was a bad product exactly, but it didn't do anything for me at all. It didn't flake or smudge, but that was because the product wouldn't catch on my lashes. I honestly don't know why it doesn't stick and it's as if I'm just combing my lashes. I've tried it with and without an eyelash primer, but no matter what my lashes were not defined or volumnized. I really wanted to love this product, just like a lot of other people that swear by it. After experimenting for about 4 days, I decided to give up and asked if my friend wanted to give it a try before it went into the garbage. Lo and behold, guess what? She loved it, thought it was amazing, yada yada. I couldn't believe my eyes that it was the same tube of masacra, but it was true. Worked great on her! So it must be the differences of our eyelashes that determined the result. I have very very thin, short, and sparse lashes which are practically invisible until mascara is applied. I find that most wands utilizing the plastic bristles usually do nothing for me, as they don't catch my lashes at all. I prefer the very plush traditional wands that are more dense. (As a comparison, mascaras like Diorshow and Too Faced Lash Injection work very well for me) My friend has thick and dense lashes, and this product works well for her plus she prefers a more natural look. So if you have similar natural eyelashes to me and want something super dramatic, you might want to skip this one (though for $7 or $8 canadian, doesn't really hurt to try). On the other hand, I'm going back to my Maybelline XXL Intense and maybe giving the XXL Pro 24hr a try.
I've been using this mascara for 2 years now and am still quite pleased with the product. It is reasonably priced since it's a 2-in-1, but each side doesn't have much product so you may find that it runs out easily if used everyday. Sometimes you could find BOGO deals though. This is my choice of mascara for traveling due to it's convenience of having both the primer and mascara in one and being waterproof is a must. Although it's called XXL Intense, do note that there's many different specific mascaras by Maybelline under that line and this is actually one of the less volumizing ones. It does volumize and lengthen enough to make my super sparse and thin eye lashes look good without being overly dramatic. It didn't clump and works great defining the separate lashes, giving a good natural look for everyday wear. As for the brush, I like the tapered ends to reach the corners and works great for the bottom lashes as well. The strands of the brush is dense enough to catch most of my non-existent lashes. The formula didn't smudge or flake on me. To remove the mascara without scrubbing or pulling, do use a good waterproof make up remover (I recommend Clinique's Take the Day Off make up remover for lids, lashes and lips) Personally I would prefer if Maybelline was able to come up with a waterproof XXL mascara that's as volumizing as their XXL Intense Volume (which claims to give x11 the volume in comparison to waterproof XXL intense which is 4x I believe). I need at least 2 coats of the black side to get the minimum volume I desire especially if I want to make sure I cover all the white. Overall, this is still my go to choice for a cheap, waterproof do-it-all mascara... that is, until I find the "perfect" waterproof mascara.