I wasn't exactly going to do a formal-ish review for the Dollywink Volume Mascara because I understand it's Limited Edition so it might not be readily available right now. However as I was editing the pictures and mentally constructing the flow for this blog post it ended up seeming review-ish so I thought I would just plop in the term 'Review'.
I bought this mascara sometime in July, while shopping around Watsons (since the 1st transaction in your birthday gets you 5 times, or was it 2, the amount of points) but haven't opened it up till now!
I know this mascara made a comeback at Watsons's most recent Member Sale, in a set with the eyeliner. The price of this should be 29.90-ish or about there, thanks to Kim for letting me know!
The mascara comes in a cutesy packaging of deep purple paired with teal and even silver polka dots!
The wand is medium in size and considerably slim compared to all the fancy chunky wands we have seen.
One unique thing to note would be the front of the wand is actually slightly tapered and smaller in circumference then the rest of it. The reason for this is to get to smaller edges and parts of the eye to comb through the lashes in those areas.
The instructions and diagrams on the Dollywink packaging recommend that you apply mascara on your lower lashes while holding your wand similar to the image above. So instead of parallal to your lashes, hold the wand perpendicular to them or at least something like that, at a slant.
For me I still apply the mascara using the wider circumference and only use the smaller bit for 'shaping'' my lashes to accentuate my outer lashes. I rarely have use for that special smaller tapered end but that's just me and my usage.
I've worn this mascara on a number of occasions, so here's 2 that I managed to document. Both looks are with neutral eyes so I'm presuming that they'll most likely look like the same look! Though lighting conditions vary, so there's that.
In both looks I have curled my lashes prior to applying mascara, no base was used. I always make it a point to curl my lashes before mascara because I find that curling enhances the mascara and gives it a nice boost regardless if the mascara has curling technology, it doesn't hurt to aid it.
p.s. Am wearing the CLIO Professional Brush liner in the above looks. As you can see it's not as brown as it swatches in the pictures!
I'm actually very pleased with this mascara and have started using it on a frequent basis, in place of my Majolica Majorca Frame Plus.
It does add volume which is appropriate for an everyday look yet you can add on another coat to volumize it for a bolder look. I wouldn't recommend going for anything more then 2 coats.
A major plus point is that the Dollywink Volume does not weigh my lashes down upon application and keeps my lashes in their curl for the entire time I have it on. So yay to not having droopy lashes! Some mascaras tend to make my lashes droop upon application which totally kills the whole mascara effect in the first place.
If you ask me, Dollywink's consistency isn't as 'wet' as the Majolica Majorca which makes it great for lower lash application. While the brush looks huge and clumsy I had no issues at all with careful coating my lower lashes, as opposed to MM where the wet formula sometimes poses as a problem and gets on the skin and lashes so I'll have to be extra careful.
One slight downer would be that I tried wearing Dollywink for a whole 12 hours and noticed that by the end of 9 hours it has created a slight smokiness on the lower lashline. Here's how 12 hours of wear looks and I assure you it's not the liner. Have worn that seperate for 12 hours and all's good but I'll save CLIO for another entry ;)
To compare the wear of it to Majolica Majorca I might attribute it to the texture of how it feels on the lashes.
The Dollywink does leave your lashes a tad stiff becase of it's hold but unlike Majolica Majorca which is 'crisp', this is a little softer. If you have tried Revlon's 3D Extreme, the texture is somewhat like that. I've noticed that most mascaras with that finish have a higher tendency to bring on the panda eyes so I think 9 hours is quite a good time to clock.
Incase you are wondering, Dollywink does take a bit to remove as well. It's not as stubborn as Majolica Majorca but it's somewhat there. Though it's nothing a little Neutrogena Deep Clean Eye Makeup Remover can't fix!
I think with mascara it boils down to what you are looking for. I find Dollywink's Volume Mascara is right up my alley with the likes of Majolica Majorca, a reliable volumizing mascara that can last on me be it rain or shine!
If anything, I absolutely love using this for my lower lashes because of the effect and ease of application.
I also like how it makes my lashes evident even in a full face shot!
So here was my long winded entry about it!
I personally am really picky about my mascaras and when reading reviews would love to know each and every detail so I tried to include it in here. As always, if you have any questions do fire away. I know that I'll most probably stock up on maybe 1 or 2 (okay maybe just 1) more tubes of this if I catch it around.
Thanks for reading!