Friday, May 10, 2013

Review: Majolica Majorca Lash Expander Frame Plus

Hello, ladies! Thank goodness it's Friday! For this week's entry, I wanted to review Majolica Majorca's Lash Expander Frame Plus, which I purchased from Pretty & Cute. This particular mascara is popular for its tiny double-sided brush and is known for its fiber and lengthening properties. This was my first time trying an Asian mascara. While some expensive mascaras do function well, I really believe that there are some wonderful drug-store brands that deliver just as much and are well, the best bang for your buck. However, because I've heard so much hype about Majolica Majorca products, I wanted to see for myself what it was all about. 


Majolica Majorca came out with several other mascaras in their line, each made for various purposes such as volumizing, lengthening or strengthening. Such mascaras include Majolica Majorca Lash Bone Fiber In, which is a lash primer. Another one that you may be interested in checking out is the Majolica Majorca Lash Enamel Glamour, which is supposed to deliver volume. 


Of course, the top of the tube contains Majolica Majorca's signature gold stamp. I actually like the slim packaging and simple yet elegant decor; it's at least a tad more interesting than the American mascara tubes I own. 


Compared to other mascaras in the market, this tube of mascara is actually quite tiny. The packaging is sleek and lightweight and is only slightly larger than my hand when I hold it. 


As I stated earlier, my favorite part about this mascara is its double-sided brush, which is designed to make applying the product to both your top and bottom lashes a piece of cake. While I love my Maybelline Volum' Express The Falsies Mascara, applying mascara to my bottom lashes are always a hit or miss, and more often then not, I find myself attempting to wipe away splotches on mascara on my under-eye area. 


The curvy side is for applying mascara to your upper eyelashes, whereas the straight side is for applying to your bottom eyelashes. The fact that the brush is tiny allows for a lot more precision, so that you can really get in there and pump up each individual lash. 

So to test this product out, I decided to go with a minimal eye look. The following pictures are how my lashes look uncurled, without any product. Please excuse my sparse lashes, or lack thereof. I suffer from the curse of the Asian eyelashes, which mean they're pin-straight and stubbornly point straight down. 







Man, looking at these pictures makes me want to get eyelash extensions!

Alrighty, now let's see how my lashes look after I have curled my lashes and applied the Lash Expander.





Hmmm, so what do you think? Nothing too impressive, eh? Unfortunately, while the mascara did help lengthen my lashes, they didn't really do much in the volumizing department. I had a really hard time getting my upper lashes to curl upwards and some of my lashes in my right eye wouldn't even curl. I'm not sure if it's because the brush made it difficult, but I had to keep attempting to curl them to get them to not droop. Compared to my Maybelline Falsies, the application was rather long and tedious. 

However, I'm somewhat pleased with how it curled my lower lashes. Often times, I wouldn't bother to curl my lower lashes because the mascara brushes offered were often too large and would make a giant mess. However, the Lash Expander's tiny, straight-across brush made application rather easy and I was able to get the product onto most of my lower lashes. Since my lashes are pretty minimal to begin with, I was satisfied with how it performed on my lower lashes. That's pretty much the silver lining in my experience with this product. 

Pros
  • Good for those who just want lengthening. I would recommend this for girls who already have somewhat thick lashes
  • Works wonderfully on curling the bottom lashes
  • Water-proof, the product does not budge or smear after you get your face wet 
  • Cute and sleek packaging 
  • The double-sided mascara brush is versatile and is designed to help give you the most control over each individual lash
Cons 

  • Barely volumizes, not that great for short, straight or minimal lashes 
  • Difficult to apply to upper lashes 
  • Somewhat difficult and frustrating to remove due to its water-proof and fiber formula 
  • Pricey at $19.99 
  • Since it's a Japanese product, it may be difficult to find in stores 
Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤


Would I repurchase this again? Nah, I don't believe I would unless I really couldn't find a mascara that would make applying the product to my lower lashes easier. The biggest issue I really had with this was trying to remove it. In the process of removing my eye makeup, I ended up accidentally pulling out a few lashes on each side, just trying to get all of this product off. I ended up having to wash my face twice and then once again in the shower to get all of the fibers that clung desperately to my lashes off. 

However, I don't want to dissuade you from trying out this product, if you happen to be interested. This is just based on personal experience. For those of you who have long or thick lashes to spare, then this may actually work nicely for you, especially if you want something that you can use on your top and bottom lashes. However, for those of you who share my eyelash plight, I would reach for something that delivers more volume. Maybe I'll try Fairy Drops next. 

What did you think of this product? Have you tried it before and did it work differently for you? Will you be picking this up in the future? What are some of your favorite mascaras that you've tried or wish to try? Share your thoughts in the comments below! 


With love, Tiffany



24 comments:

  1. I think these work better as a coating over another mascara. On their own they don't really do much for my lashes either.. But then again I'm not really a mascara person because I hate removing it ;_;

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    1. Ooh, great tip! I'll try using this with my Maybelline Falsie's and see if it'll work better haha Honestly, I don't really like wearing mascara either, taking it off can be such a pain in the butt ><

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  2. I have such a hard time finding good mascaras, I've tried out some higher end products but like you say, cheaper brands can be just as effective if not better!

    I love reading your reviews about Asian beauty products because I am interested but unfamiliar so keep 'em coming^0^ xxx

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    1. Awww thank you, I'm glad they're of some help to you! I have plenty of Asian products coming up to review hehe But yeah, I honestly believe it's better to splurge on other stuff like foundation of eye shadow palettes, rather than mascaras :D

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  3. I like how it doesn't look very chunky! Also, I like your nails! :D

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    1. Haha yeah that's the good part about this mascara, the formula doesn't really get clumpy, so it's good for girls who just want longer lashes. And thank you, I'm actually preparing a blog entry about the nails hehe :D

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  4. Oh gosh I'm in love with their packaging xD and gold stamp! But I'm not a mascara person since I believe in false lashes more haha and I hate removing mascara on my lashes ;( but I feel you tiff! My lashes look like yours haha I don't know what I'm happy about but I thought I was the only unfortunate one to have these straight down & short lashes that won't curl. I'm gonna try lengthening mascara soon though so we'll see if it'll work haha. Thanks for this lovely review :3

    http://misaraisu.com

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    1. Ahh I know, having short, straight lashes are a no-go hahah I actually like it better when I wear false lashes as well haha I don't like to put on as much mascara and cleaning off my eye makeup is so much faster! But yeah, this mascara has adorable packaging at least, it's certainly prettier than my Maybelline Falsies' tube xD Hopefully you'll find some mascaras that you like, and then maybe we can see your reviews on them haha <3

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  5. I'm also a asian and I also don't really have long lashes like others, when it comes to mascaras I always put 3 different mascaras on my lashes. You really should try out mascaras from Lancôme, they are amazing or from maybeline, they always make my lashes 3 times longer and gives a lot of volume to it! ^^

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    1. Ooo wow, three mascaras? Haha well you gotta do what you gotta do when you have Asian lashes. And I've actually used Lancome before and they're quite good. It's no wonder they're so popular and they have a big variety of mascaras as well :D

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  6. While looking at the photos, your lenses got my attention.. so cute. :)

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    1. Ahaha thank you, Kristine! They're the Geo Princess Mimi Almond Brown lenses :D

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  7. The packaging is ultra cute. I'm thinking about the buying the lash enamel mascara...but I'm not sure. Also it's rather expensive :D

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    1. Haha yeah, I do love the packaging! But yeah, the price of this is kinda on the more expensive side, and I'm pretty sure there are better mascaras out there. Hopefully you'll have more luck with the lash enamel, since that's more for volume, it might work better than this :D

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  8. Awh, it sucks that the product didn't live up to its expectations. But the packaging is gorgeous. I actually really like their eyeshadows, but I have yet to try a mascara!

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    1. Ahaha yeah I was a bit bummed about it not working, considering the price but at least it works for the bottom lashes, not a complete loss :) The eyeshadows have such pretty, sparkly colors haha I wanna try them out someday! :D

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  9. The packaging reminds me of the Holika Holika magic pole mascara! It's a shame the mascara didn't do as well.

    Louise
    dreamdustx

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    1. Ooh lol yes it actually does! Now you've made me curious to try that LOL but yeah, this one didn't really live up to my expectations. Oh well, onto the next one :D

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  10. I loved the Great Gatsby book in high school! How was the movie?
    BTW, Your nails and eye make-up are so pretty! :)
    & sorry that mascara didn't work out too well for you. I had eyelash extensions too...I MISS THEM! Darn our short, straight, asian eyelashes. lol. We'll just have to stick to layers and layers of mascara and falsies!
    Now following you. :) Have a wonderful day!

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    1. Haha the movie was pretty good, kinda cheesy at some parts but if you liked Moulin Rouge, I think you would like it :)
      Hehe thank you! Yeah it seems like many of my Asian commenters seem to share this common problem! Non-Asians can just swipe the mascara on, false lashes may even be too much for them sometimes >< Sigh, those eyelash extensions sure were lovely though hahaah
      And thank you for following, Ashley! Gonna check out your blog now <3

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  11. I've been wanting to try MM's products a while now! I love the fancy packaging <3

    It sounds like a pain to remove! I have short, super straight and stubborn lashes like you so I'll probably have to skip this since it's not that volumising. Thanks for the review ^^

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    1. lol I'm sure some of their other products are worth checking out haha I just didn't luck out this time due to the common Asian problems of lacking lashes. Their packaging is always so gorgeous! Thanks for checking out my review! :D

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  12. Majolica Majorcas has really cool product
    This product provides a big volume
    But not enlargement sp bad
    But the package is really pretty!
    xoxo

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    1. lol yeah even though this product didn't exactly work out for me, I'm still a fan of the brand. Hopefully I'll have better luck next time with their other stuff :)

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