Tried & Tested: Maybelline Volum’ Express The Falsies

Following up on the review I did last week on Maybelline’s Volum’ Express One-by-One Waterproof Mascara, I’ll now be sharing my tried and tested review on Maybelline’s Volum’ Express The Falsies.¬†

Volum' Express The Falsies by Maybelline

Volum’ Express The Falsies by Maybelline New York

Now where do I start?
Okay, I think the primary question on everybody’s mind is, “does it really make your natural eyelashes look like falsies?”

That was the exact question that popped into my head when I first heard of it. I mean, never have I ever come across any sort of mascara that would even dare make that kind of claim. Falsies? For real? Not only did Maybelline claim that their mascara would make your lashes look like like the lustrously long false ones, they surely had the balls to name it The Falsies too.

I was like, “nah, what bullsh*t!” I do admit, I was still a little curious though.

Singapore’s most famous and controversial blogger, XiaXue, did a feature on The Falsies on her blog. Maybelline Singapore obviously paid her to endorse this product, so I had to be a little more careful with what I decided to and not to believe.

Comparison of before and after from XiaXue's blog.

Comparison of before and after from XiaXue’s blog.

This was what she claims to be “100% not photoshopped” and after only “2 coats of mascara”.

Just some insight, XiaXue is a blogger known to speak her mind on just about anything and everything – as long as it doesn’t land her in hot soup with the government. She’s has also openly admitted to photoshopping most of her pictures and going under the knife (a.k.a plastic surgery) for her eyes, nose, lips, and well, most parts of her face.

I studied the picture and I believe she didn’t do any photoshopping. I was slightly convinced about The Falsies, but still had some doubts.

I decided to give it a try a couple of days ago and well, well, well… this is what I have to say.
Personally, I think “Falsies” is an overstatement.The mascara did add volume and length to my eyelashes, though I think it was more of length than volume that I got, but to the extent of looking like false lashes? I don’t think so.

Looking closely at Xiaxue’s ‘before’ photo of her lashes, I would honestly think they’re considered pretty long and thick for an Asian girl. She’s either one damn lucky girl or she might have actually had eyelash extensions done prior to putting on the mascara. I like the results she got, but unfortunately for me, I have the typical Asian girl eyelashes, which are terribly sparse and thin.

The Falsies isn’t the best mascara to get, but it’s worth the buy because it does add considerable length and volume, doesn’t flake, does clump but just a little, and it’s pretty much water and smudge proof. Don’t get it, however, if you have extremely short and sparse lashes and expecting for this mascara to give you the big-eye, dramatic false lashes look. It won’t.

I don’t have naturally long lashes, so I can’t give you a firsthand review on how The Falsies works on long lashes. I must say, though, Google returned a few impressive image results. Like this one:

Image credits to

Image credits to

But even then, while I was impressed, she wasn’t.

Then there were the Asian eyes like this:

I hope she didn’t think it was good ‘cos even mine didn’t look this bad. Money back please!

Those with naturally long lashes seemed to reap more benefits than those without.

But then again, everyone takes such up-close shots of their eyes, and here I am thinking, “if anyone’s gonna stand that close to you, of course your eyes are gonna look bigger and your lashes are gonna look longer!” If you take 10 steps back, your lashes aren’t gonna look all that long anymore, right?

So is it a yay or nay? I say yay for length, volume, minimal clumping and water resistance, but nay to the whole “falsies” thing.