Today I thought I’d share with you a little review about another elf product I’ve recently purchased. As you know, I’m quite a fan of elf Cosmetics, but unfortunately this particular product is the first I’ve tried that hasn’t ‘wowed’ me. This is a real shame, but obviously this is my own personal opinion and I think it’s always good to share opinions about products, whether good or bad. I’ve certainly benefited from such honesty in the past!
So this review is about the elf Volume Plumping Mascara. elf have a number of mascaras; I think about 14 when I last counted, so when I was looking for a new mascara recently and having loved lots of other elf products lately (including the 100 Piece Marble Palette and the Mellow Melon Conditioning Lip Balm, I thought I’d try the Volume Plumping Mascara on the basis that I love big, full lashes.
As you will probably know, I haven’t been able to rave about my cheap W7 Magic Eyes mascara enough lately, on here and Twitter, because not only is it cheap but it’s also amazing at creating non-clumpy volume in just one coat. I was therefore hoping for a similar effect with something from elf.
What elf Say
‘Create lush and bold lashes with our Volume Plumping Mascara. The oversized brush fully coats lashes from root to tip for an intense and dramatic effect. The Vitamin B rich formula conditions and strengthens for visibly healthier looking lashes.’
My First Impressions
The mascara packaging itself is synonymous of most elf products, plain black and simple, which I generally love. I don’t mind this particular mascaras packaging but wouldn’t rave about it either. Unfortunately mine did happen to arrive a bit scratched and chipped too, revealing silver plastic/metal underneath the rim of the lid. Nothing major, but just highlighted that it isn’t a particularly ‘high end’ product.
Visual impressions of the packaging aside, the wand itself looked amazingly full and I was really excited about trying it. It looked like the wand was picking up lots of product and with so many bristles, I had no doubt that it would coat my lashes beautifully.
On first trying the mascara it felt really conditioning on my lashes and I loved how the bristles coated and separated my lashes, top and bottom. This was awesome. However, that’s pretty much where the love finishes, sadly. I like to be able to get a full lash effect from one or maybe two coats and with this mascara, I have to apply 3 or sometimes 4 coats to get the same effect that I get from my Magic Eyes. This for me is a bit tedious and time consuming.
So What Do I Think?
I’ve since tried it a few more times and whilst the wand is picking up lots of product, I don’t think the product is actually very thick in consistency, which is why it’s taking so many coats to give the ‘volume plumping’ effect that I expected.
As I said, this is only my personal opinion and is based on mascaras I’ve been used recently. It could well be that to achieve the look I like, I would need to try one of elf’s other mascaras instead. And there are certainly plenty to choose from!
By no means am I saying that this is a bad mascara, because it’s not. This mascara would be perfect for those who like well separated and defined lashes, but not for me who was hoping for volume and fullness. You can get the volume (pretty much), but after a fair bit of fiddle, which just doesn’t appeal to me.
So overall I would say get this if you want equally defined lashes and with a price point of just £3.95 + postage it’s not a bad product. If you want volume however, I’d maybe try something else.
Have you tried any other elf mascaras? I’d love to hear if there is one that would be more suited to me!