I like to think of myself as a fairly positive person who goes out of their way to focus on the bright side and embrace the simple pleasures of life, but today was a major hiccup- I got two hours of sleep last night, and then-- THIS. MASCARA.
No. Just.. no. I seriously contemplated giving this one lippie, so disappointed am I with it, but in the end two mitigating factors saved it- the reasonable price (around $8.50), and the fact that this mascara really does create and hold a curl like no other.
I'm going to stop being a sweetie right about here, because I have officially run out of good things to say about this. Had this been a high-end mascara that I spent a bit more money on, it easily would've been a one-lippie rating. Here's the rundown:
THE WAND... For a mascara marketed as volumizinng, they couldn't have picked a wand more ill-suited for that task. It is a curved, rather skinny and stiff wand that built next to no volume but smeared NONSTOP as I tried to apply it to my upper lashes. As this is not a very wet formula, I blame the wand for the incessant smearing rather than the mascara itself. I like to think I am no longer a makeup novice and can get through the average day without smearing my lids up with mascara, so badly I have to reapply my eyeshadow after cleaning it up. This is, to date, the only mascara I can recall causing this. WHAT HAPPENED???
THE FORMULA... Sorry Charlie, but the wand and the smearing it caused ended up being the least of my problems. After seeing it was able to hold a curl extremely well, I had delusions this mascara would redeem itself. If wrongness was a dollar, I'd be rich. This ended up transferring (aka smudging) SO BADLY, above and beneath my eyes, that even after touching up my undereye concealer and eyeshadow midday (which I hate doing), I left work looking like a panda with HUGE BLACK DOTS and SMEARS all along my browbone. This isn't my first makeup rodeo and I've done the smudging walk of shame before, but this was straight up embarrassing.
To all the lovely people at Maybelline, and the other reviewers who loved this, I am so, so sorry, but this was pretty much the biggest makeup ultimate fail in recent memory. I have used mascaras that made my lashes look pretty dull, and couldn't hold a curl, but none have smudged like this did, and I don't even have oily skin. As someone who battles undereye circles, the last thing I need is more darkening action going on up there! Boo, hiss.