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Does Maybelline Lash Sensational Live Up To Its Hype?

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So I’ve been seeing ads and promotions all over social media for Maybelline’s latest Lash Sensational, a mascara which just was launched in Singapore last month. I have always looked to Maybelline for reliable mascaras so I thought that I should give it a shot!

Some first impressions: the packaging is so elegant! It’s a lovely rose pink colour that feels great to the touch, though it could get a little slippery upon application since its so smooth and the shape tapers out so much at the ends. The formula does have a slight chemical smell which isn’t too overpowering. Price-wise, it’s currently retailing at Watsons for $21.90, but the store is having a pretty good promotion now so I got it at 30% off with a two-item purchase.

Here are some promises for the Lash Sensational:

  • Fans out all your lashes
  • Gives 9X the volume
  • Waterproof
  • Smudgeproof

Today I wanted to see if the mascara truly delivers, rating each function on a scale of 1-5 hearts. Read on for the full review!

Volumising & Curl
Heart3.5
I am fortunate enough to have been blessed with long eyelashes. As such, when I look for a mascara, I always look for those that can add volume rather than length. I was hoping that Maybelline will deliver on this one but unfortunately, it falls short. It does provide *some* volume, but not 9X as promised (perhaps only 3X at most). It also doesn’t provide much curl, so I would prefer to use an eyelash curler beforehand to get the most out of the tube. Below are some before and after photos so you can see the volumising and lengthening effect, which I will touch on next.

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Before applying Lash Sensational

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After applying Lash Sensational

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Before applying Lash Sensational

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After applying Lash Sensational

Lengthening & Separating
Heart5
In this department, this mascara WINS. I don’t understand why it promises volumising when it does lengthening so much better. If you check out the photos above, you’ll see the huge difference in the before and after photos. It also separated my lashes so wonderfully! Lash Sensational definitely lived up in this aspect mainly because of the design of its brush.

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The brush has two sides – the side on top in the photo has shorter bristles and managed to reach close to my lashline and separate my lashes, while the side at the bottom was great in coating my lashes evenly and providing the lengthening effect. Besides being able to separate and lengthen, this brush also gives you the option of using the top side to apply mascara onto your bottom lashes. I don’t think I’ve ever used a two-sided mascara wand and I’m glad that Maybelline managed to stay innovative this way instead of coming up with a strange brush shape that could be intimidating to work with.

Formula
Heart4
I really liked the formula of this mascara! It was so light and comfortable to wear, I almost forgot that I was wearing it a couple of times during the day. The consistency of the mascara combined with its lengthening and separating abilities make it a great daytime mascara.

Some people complained that the Lash Sensational was clumpy, but I did not experience that at all (thank goodness!). Perhaps the problem there lies in the application of the mascara with the two-sided brush. When applying using either side, I think it’s best to wiggle out the wand so that both the lashes and the formula can be applied as evenly as possible.

Another complaint that I read about the Lash Sensational was that the formula was difficult to remove. I was glad that didn’t face this, though it could also be because of my makeup remover (Biore’s Makeup Remover Cleansing Oil) that practically melts off all traces of makeup on my face, in a good way of course.

Smudgeproof & Waterproof
Heart3
For the purpose of this review, I wore Lash Sensational out for the entire day today, which included a trip to the gym. This mascara did not smudge when it came into contact with sweat, but it flaked. I noticed tiny black specks beneath my eyes after my workout! It wasn’t super obvious, but it was there. It only smudged just a tiny little bit when I tested the mascara under running water. On a regular day, this mascara would hold out pretty well against Singapore’s heat, humidity, and even rain, I believe. Not too bad! Just… find a way to fix the flaking problem.

Verdict
Heart3.5
A good mascara, but not great. It’s a perfect everyday mascara since it’s so comfortable to wear and it really does lengthen and separate your lashes well. However, it lacks in the volumising department so if you’re looking for volume, either layer a volumising mascara over this one or use a primer under it.

So did it live up to its hype? Yes and no… its main selling point was that it could fan out lashes really well, “even the shortest ones”. Kudos to Maybelline for delivering this promise but overall, it’s not a mascara I would purchase again.

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4 Comments

  • Reply Eni

    Wow!!! So beautiful review my dear! Kisses from Italy and thank you for stopping at my blog,
    Eni

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    October 24, 2015 at 6:39 pm
    • Reply liyamh

      No problem at all! Glad you liked the review, Eni!

      October 25, 2015 at 8:20 am
  • Reply Jodie

    Loved this review! I’ve seen this advertised a lot recently also and it’s always helpful to hear other people’s opinions so I know whether to give it a try or not!

    Jodie @ Jodetopia x

    http://www.jodetopia.blogspot.co.uk

    November 6, 2015 at 8:54 pm
    • Reply liyamh

      I’m glad you found it useful! 🙂

      November 8, 2015 at 4:53 pm

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