Marcelle Power Volume Mascara
When a product contains the word “power” in its name, you better believe I expect a heckuvalot (new word) from it. When Marcelle Power Volume Mascara ($11.95) (power and volume!) arrived at my doorstep, I expected another mascara that promises too much and barely delivers. But of course, I was secretly praying to the makeup gods to let me love it!
Marcelle Power Volume Mascara wand
Marcelle Power Volume Mascara reminds me a lot of an old drugstore favourite — L’Oreal Voluminous. It is thick and a little bit on the dry side, so it is kinda tricky to layer it and get a clump-free application. The wand is big and very dense, which leads to my other problem with the mascara: the brush picks up a lot of product straight out of the tube. It helps to have some tissue nearby to wipe off any excess.
In terms of how it performs, it is definitely on par with L’Oreal Voluminous. Annoyingly, volumizing formulas do not look as good in macro (close up) shots as they do in person. This mascara gives my lashes a pretty, doll-like appearance. My lashes remain soft and crunch-free when I wear it. This is not a mascara that separates and defines the lashes; even with careful maneuvering, you will get small clumps of lashes to give them that “fat lash” appearance.
Marcelle Power Volume Mascara gets top marks for its weightlessness. Most volumizing mascaras weigh down my sad Asian lashes and I end up losing my curl. Such is not the case with this. See below for evidence.
While I do get minimal flaking with this (especially when I put on too much), it wears without any smudging and washes off easily with my face wash. All-in-all, I think Marcelle created a winner here. I think it is an excellent mascara formula with huge potential, but they made a poor choice for a brush wand. Instead I’d love to see a spiky rubber brush to help define the lashes. The thick formula would still keep the lashes nice and fat, and the brush can comb out the extra clumps. Hope you’re reading, Marcelle! Rating: B+.