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.

Tried & Tested: Maybelline Volum’ Express One-by-One

I’m a girl who loves makeup. You’ll never catch me leaving the house without applying some color, concealer, blush, eyeliner, or whatever on my face. I would say it’s a little bit of a self-confidence thing plus a whole lot of vanity, but then again, don’t most girls feel the same? I started learning the art of makeup application when I was 12. A week before my primary school graduation, my mum passed me her collection of cosmetics and told me to play around with it.

Because I wasn’t sucked into the whole vanity thing, I didn’t quite see the need for makeup. I guess my school allowance wasn’t enough for me to even think of it anyway, and of course, no makeup allowed in school. I do admit, though, I thought I was exceedingly vain for my age – and perhaps the vainest among my close friends. Couldn’t help it, especially when my mum was Marketing Manager of Chanel, Elizabeth Arden, Clinique, etc. during my growing up years. She was like a walking billboard ad promoting the need to beautify and dress up. Didn’t quite help being brought up with the belief that looking beautiful and skinny are vital for survival. Oh well…

  Anyhoo, when I got out of secondary school, now that’s when I started paying much more attention to how I looked. I had a part-time job and was making money, so I had all the freedom to buy whatever I wanted to.

I began with very subtle (almost non-existant) makeup. Eyeliner was all I used when I first started. It fascinated me how much bigger my eyes looked with a simple line drawn. As an asian, I look like most other asians. Like this: -_-

Over time, I started experimenting with makeup techniques. Today, I look back at old photographs and cringe at how horrifying my skills were back then. Haha. I think most of us can relate to that.

When it comes to makeup, how my eyes look is very important to me. While I’m an eyelash falsies kinda girl, I do use mascara on its own once in a while. Though I prefer the dramatic big-eye look falsies give me, it’s good not to overdo it sometimes, especially when you’re just walking to the store 10 minutes from your home.

So, I was thinking of getting some mascara online the other day. It suddenly dawned on me that I have no freakin’ clue which one to get. Because I hardly use mascara, it’s been quite some time since I last purchased one. And in between then to now, it seems like mascaras are already taking over the world.

Reviews are usually mixed for every mascara in the market. After all that searching, I decided to try out Maybelline Volum’ Express One-by-One Washable Mascara and Maybelline Volum’ Express The Falsies Washable Mascara.

Maybelline One-by-One Volum' Express

Maybelline One-by-One Volum’ Express. And please don’t start reading my palm. I don’t need anyone to know my love life, health or whatever.

I tried One-by-One for the first time this morning. I love the fact that it doesn’t clump as much as most mascaras do. It stayed true to its name and combed through my eyelashes effortlessly. What I’m quite disappointed with, however, is the lack of volumizing and lengthening. As an Asian, those are two very necessary features I would need out of a mascara. Here’s the thing, I continued to apply more layers just to get more volume and length. And that’s when I started to see a little clumping! I guess One-by-One is good if you already have long lashes to begin with. It certainly didn’t work for me. If clumping is your biggest headache, this one is for you. If like me, volume and length are what you want, skip this altogether.

My rating: 6/10

My rating: 6/10

I’ll be trying The Falsies tomorrow and will tell you guys how that one works out for me. If it doesn’t make the cut, my hunt will continue till I find one ideal for me. If you have one to recommend, comment by clicking on the heart at the top-right of this post. Thanks!