So I FINALLY got my hands on the NYX Doll Eye Mascara Volume, and I'm gonna share with yall what I experienced and what I think about it.
First of all, this mascara somehow to me, requires a tiny bit of technique. My first attempt got me unbelievably CLUMPY lashes. BUT, after I tried applying it a slightly different way, I got really nice lashes! So this mascara depends on if you can find it's "sweet spot application style" so to speak. You gotta play around with it to get the hang of it.
I really like the box it comes in. It looks elegant and fancy with the design. As for the tube itself, it reminds me of one of Bourjois' mascara tubes. It's your basic black tube. The wand is in this slight "hour glass" shape.
I read on MUA that the formula was a bit dry, and I must agree with that. Now it isn't unbearably dry at all. I actually LIKE it that it's sorta dry ish because when I get "wet" mascaras, they completely de-curl my lashes. The formula, aside from hanging on the slight dry side, is relatively smooth--but not as smooth as like Blinc Kiss Me mascara, for example. I can compare the "smoothness" level to Maybelline Full N Soft, the one that has been my temporary HG mascara.
Brittleness/Moistness of your Lashes
This mascara does NOT make your lashes feel brittle at all. When you feel your lashes, they don't feel as dry as the formula at all. BUT I do have to say my lases feels "smoother" than my Maybelline Full N Soft.
For a volume mascara, this really gives good length! I was really scared of buying Volume because I thought that it might give me "thick, but stubby" lashes, if you know what I mean. I wanted length too--and thank god this mascara actually gives length! whoo hoo! It gives quite a considerable amount of length. You will see in the photos.
As for the volume, yes it does give volume. I will compare this to Maybelline Full N Soft a lot because it is quite similar to it in my own experience. Other people may say something different since everybody has their own opinion, but for me, this is what I feel and think.
This is where this NYX mascara BEATS Maybelline Full N Soft. My maybelline does a beautiful job at separation, length, and volume, BUT it droops my lashes and uncurls them so I constantly have to recurl my lashes. Now for this NYX mascara, I do NOT have to recurl my lashes. At the most, I "finger" curl my lashes only a little bit, not repetitively like I would need to for the Maybelline. This is what makes this NYX better than the Maybelline.
Like I said at the beginning if you don't put this on the right way, you WILL end up with clumpy lashes. I will provide pictures below of what happens when you apply it the wrong way--which will give clumpy lashes--and what happens when you apply it right (or at least IMO)--which gives minimal clump issues. Now you will get slight clumps, but they are pretty minor in my point of view, and everybody is entitled to their own opinions. The pictures below I felt that my "correct way" of applying the mascara gave me pretty clump-free lashes in comparison to what I normally experience, but it's your call. If you don't like how it looks, then don't get this mascara. Overall it separates pretty nicely, but of course, not perfectly, but it seems "perfect" enough for me because of the price and the fact that it doesn't have Sulfa in the ingredients!
I am only wearing this inside my house right now, and from what I experienced after purposely wiping my eyes as if they were "itchy", so to speak, it didn't make me have raccoon smudgies, BUT, it did make my lashes "smash" together and "clump". So, although it may not make the formula "run", it will make your lashes clump if you wipe your eyes, so be careful!
I haven't experienced any flaking even after testing out "the smudgies". I didn't really have any mascara "fall", so this is good news for contact lens wearers like me, and it's good for everybody in general not to have the flakies.
Removal of the Mascara
Now here is another aspect that makes the NYX win over my Maybelline--removal time. I just removed my NYX mascara with my usual Pond's Cold Cream. You know how Blinc Kiss Me mascara comes out in little tubes? well...this doesn't particularly come out in the "tubes", BUT it comes out having a "dry gel" ish sorta feeling and it comes out really clean in comparison to my maybelline! This was quicker to remove than my Maybelline. When removing my Maybelline, it's a pain because the cold cream smears the mascara everywhere and gives me the raccoon eyes going on, but this NYX doesn't do that. It removes rather cleanly for me--which is very surprising, so this is such a HUGE plus because I wear contact lenses and I HATE removing mascara because they always get into my eyes. Well now I don't have to deal with that anymore! lol
Before Mascara Lashes:
My lashes uncurled
Here is what happens when I DID NOT apply the NYX correctly. What I did to achieve this clumpier look is that
1) I didn't wipe the "goop" at BOTH ENDS of the "hour glass".
2) I brushed it straight onto my lashes as is and so the "hour glass" wand deposited too much mascara.
Again, here is what happens when you apply it the "NO-NO" way:
From a far distance it doesn't look that bad, but since this is a "close up"picture, it definitely shows clumping issues, or at least IMO. And BTW, In this "no-no application" picture, I actually combed my lashes, yet they still ended up sorta clumpy.
So lets move on to what happens when I applied it "correctly"
1) Took out the "goop" on "both ends"
2) Used a combination of using the "tip" of the wand AND the regular "stroke-sweep" through the lashes. I can't really explain where I exactly "tip-wand" swept my lashes and where I exactly "stroke-sweeped" my lashes because everybody's lashes are different and this is the way I achieve my look--so you gotta play around with the mascara
Here's the "correctly applied" lashes:
See how application makes the difference? and you can really see the curl-staying-power of this mascara--it's GREAT! And I did NOT use any base-mascara to achieve these looks. This is just the mascara straight onto my Tweezerman Metal Lash Curled lashes. For these lashes, I BARELY combed my lashes. I only separated the lashes at the verryyyyy inner corner and the verrryyy outer corner of my lashes. The middle 60-70% I did not comb.
I know some of you will not/may not like how this looks, and that's alright. I'm just here to give yall what this mascara looks like on my lashes and trying to help yall out with showing experience. I haven't really seen in-depth NYX mascara reviews out there, so I really wanted to help out a girl, or guy ;) , who is curious about this mascara. And remember, this is the VOLUME mascara, not the "LONG-LASH" mascara. If yall had bad luck with the "long lash" one, I suggest yall give the Volume a try since you don't have to deal with the fibers.
This mascara is definitely worth to try it out. It doesn't cost too too much. I'm a cheap girl and actually find $8 to be pricey, but after experiencing all this good stuff, I say $8 is the best bargain I've ever had for a mascara this good.
Ratings (again, using Nessa's technique of rating)
Product: 4.5 out of 5 (rated it just a tad lower to be on the safe side. I really feel it's 5 out of 5 though)
Packaging: 5 out of 5
Price: 5 out of 5. Costs $7.99 at Cherryculture (I better stock up next time!)
Length: 4.5 out of 5
Volume: 4 out of 5
Separation Goodness: 4 out of 5
Curl: 5 out of 5
No Smudgies: 5 out of 5
Removal: 5 out of 5
I can safely and officially call NYX Doll Eye Mascara Volume my HG Mascara!
I hope I helped somebody out there solve the mystery of this product, whether you finally got to decide that you do not like what it gives, or whether you do like what it gives--I'm glad I could help out.
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....dangit..i forgot to tag my pictures again -_-