Saturday, 19 January 2013

Fancy vs The Falsies: A Double Mascara Review

I like mascara.
I like it a lot.

You might have guessed I have a pretty big issue with eyelashes, and I'm forever looking for things that will make them look longer, thicker, and curlier.
I look at my brother sometimes and want to shave his eyelash area while he sleeps, and transplant the massively long, thick, and totally un-used lashes onto my own, in the hope that since we're related, my body won't reject them.

That was weird.
I'll never say that ever again.

Anyway, if you saw my recent post on LVL Lashes you will know that I solved the curling issue and now have fabuuuulous curled, black lashes...but what about the rest?
I needed a mascara, or two.

First of all, I was in desperate need of a new mascara, my much loved and abused Rimmel Day to Night was all dried up and flaking off before it had even touched a single lash, and I was fancying a change.

Which brings us on to my first purchase, well...actually it's more of a splurge.
The Make Up Forever - Smoky Lash mascara.

I might drool slightly as I write this.
I bought the Make Up For Ever Smoky Lash mascara...ahhhhhhhhh,
Look at its packaging all shiny and dark like a box of Black Magic chocolates, you just want to open it...

This is sad but I actually keep it in the little box it came in, so it doesn't get scratched or anything haha (believe me, I've done worse, used to keep my iPhone in a sock as well as a case when it was new).

This isn't sold in the UK, but is sold online, here :)

The pros:
Possibly the best mascara I have ever used. It goes on like a dream, it has a thick, bristly brush which picks up just the right amount of product. My lashes look about as false as short and sparse eyelashes can look - they're huuuge, long, thick, and voluminous, but in no way spidery. Two coats and I'm good to go, and that's because I'm greedy, most other, less-eyelash-obsessed people would be good with one. My lashes are separated to the point where I genuinely look to have twice as many. It is easy and quick to remove, and stays put all day - no flakes or smudges.

The cons:
THE PRICE! Well...more so the price-to-ml-ratio. At £17.95 for 7ml it's expensive, and definitely not going to last forever.
Aside from that, I can't think of any, it's beautiful, and it's mine.

Next up; Maybelline - The Falsies Black Drama, because I can't wear my other beauty every day...

Right at the opposite end of the pricing scale is my 'everyday' mascara, and it's another mascara with just beauuutiful packaging. It hasn't got the chic and sleek look of the MUFE one, but it is pretty and stand-out none the less.

I'd heard a lot about this mascara but I was still pleasantly surprised, out of the 6949864923090804 mascara's I've tried, this is easily in my top five. I'd say it lengthens more than the MUFE mascara, and more than most, but isn't as big on thickness. That said, it adds more volume than a lot of others I've tried also. I've never had a mascara with a curved wand either, but I really like it, it's about a medium thickness and really does catch the lashes so well. One surprise is how this looks on my bottom lashes - I think because it lengthens so much, it has a real impact on my little baby bottom lashes.
My favourite thing is actually THE PRICE!! At £7.99 it's cheaper than most other mascaras in existence, making it the perfect choice to wear alongside such an expensive mascara, but on an everyday basis.



I look like a panda.
Lots and lots of smudgy transfer, with a few flakes for good measure, and from reading reviews I'm not the only one. From the reviews I also gathered that the original Falsies, (without the 'Black Drama') didn't have the same problem. Trouble is, I love mascara's to be as black and dramatic as possible...
This picture was taken after about six hours, but I'd already noticed it after three, so not so good :(

Aside from some fairly pricey prices, and panda problems, I love both of these mascaras, they do the job.
If you've used any of these mascara's, please let me know how you found them - and also if you have a remedy for panda eyes, please share and I will love you forever :D


  1. I do love a good mascara post, It's okay I look at some guys lashes and I think how can I steal them?, the worst part is they don't even care how along their lashes are! I haven't tried either of these yet but the smoky lash looks amazing! I'm on the lookout for an affordable mascara that doesn't give me panda eyes but I've found nothing yet :(
    Rosalie x

    1. Exactly - waste of good lashes haha :p You'd think women would have evolved with better ones, but no, ah well!!

  2. By wearing waterproof mascara you avoid the 'panda eyes' Ive found this rings true for even really cheap mascaras. But if youre really looking for the best mascara, then try Lancome Hypnose drama waterproof - its a bitch to get off but you really wont be able to get a better result!!

    1. Hmmm...I may just have to try that, thank you :D

  3. Ahah the brother bit made me laugh ;) x


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