It’s been a while since I tried a new mascara that I liked right from the first application. I often find I need to let mascara settle and thicken up before I like the way it looks on my lashes, which is why I love trying so many and reviewing them for you guys! This week I put Make Up For Ever’s Excessive Lash Mascara to the test to see if it lives up to claims of ‘buildable intensity’ ‘bold definition’ and ‘dramatic volume’. Here’s how it performed…
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The Magic Is In the Wand
I was immediately attracted to the applicator on Excessive Lash; Skinny tapered bristles perform the best in my experience for grabbing the lashes right at the roots and building volume. Unlike large hourglass shaped brushed, narrow wands do so much more for my naturally long, yet fine eyelashes. Make Up For Ever has done a solid with this mascara by creating a densely packed yet short bristled brush, which deposits product on the lashes evenly and quickly without leaving clumps. The taper at the end of the wand allowed me to grab every single lash on my inner and outer corners giving that fanned out effect I really love
The Formula Nails It
Make Up For Ever describes Excessive Lash as an easy-glide formula that is ultra black with a blend of hard and soft fibres that build volume whilst keeping definition. I would agree with all of these statements – which you guys know is a real rarity with me when it comes to reviewing mascara (what can I say, it’s possibly the product I am the most obsessive about!).
I asked Mr. GLG what he thought of my lashes and he responded with, “they’re really black today” so we get a checkbox in the ‘ultra black’ department. While that’s about as descriptive as he gets, I personally noticed that they fanned out nicely, only dropped the curl slightly and created really nice definition without losing the drama. The formula stayed soft on my lashes throughout the day, but didn’t result in and flaking and my cursed watery eyes didn’t cause it to smudge or smear.
“Because sometimes, more IS more”
When You Want Volume: Buildable Is Best
I really love a mascara formula that I can build up in intensity. Often formulas that are too thick and dramatic go from zero-to-Tammy Faye in a literal blink of an eye, but a buildable formula lets you create drama where you want it (ie thick at the roots, swept out and feathery at the ends). Likewise, formulas that dry down to a glossy, crisp finish are great for holding a curl, but aren’t multi-coat friendly when you want more (because sometimes, more IS more). I felt like Excessive Lash Mascara allowed me to build as I wanted, which I think boils down to being developed by a makeup artist for makeup artists.
“It won’t win any awards for prettiest girl at the party, but it rings true the old tale of, ‘it’s what’s inside that counts'”
Turns out Make Up For Ever Excessive Lash Mascara was a surprise hit for me! The unassuming matte black package with silver accents won’t win any awards for prettiest girl at the party, but it rings true the old tale of, “it’s what’s inside that counts”. If you’re like me and struggle with fine lashes, and mascara wands that are always too damn big it is worth trying. Of course, let me know what you think in the comments below!
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