If there is one makeup item I could never live without, it’s mascara — no question about it! I love love love lashes.
I often layer my mascaras, and I always have a few different tubes in rotation. Today, I have a teeny little review of one of my current go-to mascaras — Maybelline’s Lash Sensational!
I have the waterproof formula in Black Pearl, and I love it — So let’s break it down!
Claims: “Introducing Lash Sensational Black Pearl: our unique fanning brush and new liquid formula with black pearl captures and volumizes lashes from root to tip” – Maybelline’s website
Packaging: As much as I hate to admit it, a lot of times I do judge a product based on its packaging. I love the packaging of this mascara! It’s a sleek, fairly large tube, in soft pink (almost a rose gold) with a satin-y finish. No complaints from me!
Wand: When it comes to mascara, it’s all about the wand. Seriously, it’s usually what makes or breaks your lashes! The wand on this mascara is actually pretty cool. It’s plastic, which is what I usually prefer. It is curved, too, which I typically don’t go for…BUT in this case, I really like it.
Now, here’s where the wand gets interesting. If you look closely at the above photo, you’ll see that the bristles on top are longer than the bristles on the bottom…this is not an illusion, it’s intentional! Maybelline recommends you use the shorter bristles first, to reach the roots of your lashes, then flip the wand and use the longer bristles to fan out your lashes. Use this trick to get the best results from the Lash Sensational! (It actually works).
Formula: When you first use this mascara, you might notice that it seems like a very wet formula. This will fade a little though, and will dry out a little after a few applications. I’m not really an expert on what exactly is good or bad about any given mascara formula…but I do know that I like this one!
Results: This does wonders for my lashes. I have a hard time deciding between length and volume, so I like mascaras that give me a little of both. Maybelline says this formula will volumize, and it does…not a whole lot, but it definitely adds some oomph. While this mascara doesn’t claim to lengthen, I definitely think it does that as well. This is one of the few mascaras I actually like by itself, without layering other mascaras over or under it (a timesaver, for sure!).
One thing I really love is that this mascara keeps my lashes soft. I can’t stand when mascara makes my lashes feel flaky or crunchy — I like them to be feathery and still feel like eyelashes! This one definitely keeps ’em soft.
I also have to add that this keeps my lashes clump-free — a major plus!
As far as the black pearl luminosity — I’m not totally sure. When looking closely at my lashes, I do sort of see a little bit of a luminous/pearly shine. But I mean, they’re eyelashes…who can even really notice a slight pearly touch on your little lashes? Honestly, if it didn’t address it on the packaging, I don’t think I would have noticed. But it’s not a bad thing!
Last but not least, I have one tiny not-so-ideal component…it’s a little stubborn. Definitely not the easiest to wash off. But give it a little more effort and you’ll be good to go — not a dealbreaker in my book! They also offer a washable formula, so I may look into trying that out!
Bottom Line: I’m a huge fan! Definitely recommend this for anyone who likes their lashes to have length and volume, remain feathery, and be free of clumps. I’m pretty picky about mascaras, but I really do enjoy this one.
Have you tried the Maybelline Lash Sensational? I’d love to hear your opinions! I’d also welcome any mascara recommendations, as I am always looking to try new ones out.
Hope you enjoyed!