July 14, 2008

Sephora Atomic Volume Maximum Volume Mascara Review

I indulged in Sephora Atomic Volume Mascara soon after blogging about it a few weeks ago and I’m just now getting a second to sit down and write about it. Ahh the busy life of a cosmetic junkie!

This is quite an interesting mascara but I’m not entirely sure if I’m smitten with it. At $16 USD it’s probably not the cheapest mascara in the world and if you think awful hard about it, as the Muse sometimes tends to use alot of brain power on cosmetics, it’s actually kind of pricey for a store brand. If you tack a few dollars on or even at the same price you can end up with a designer brand.

The applicator is the new style applicator that all drugstore mascaras are favoring lately. It’s plastic with small spiked ridges surrounding it. This alone put me off since I’ve had little success with this style of applicator however I was determined to love this and felt like the applicator was a tad chunkier than I’ve used prior to this so that alone would successfully make my lashes awesome.

Mmmm…not so much sadly.

It doesn’t clump thankfully however it doesn’t really offer major volume either. The formula is very good in that it doesn’t smudge or flake however I wasn’t really loving it all that much. It fattens my lashes up very nicely and I do get considerable length when using it.

I think I’m not in love with it simply because I feel like the applicator can be so much better. Although it does an ok job of application it’s also a tedious task applying as you have to do so very slowly or you’ll end up with a gob of black mascara on your lashes since the applicator picks up so much product. It also takes a few solid strokes to get it all evenly onto your lashes and of course if you’re not taking your time while applying you may end up with clumps that you’ll be combing out with a brush!

The applicator is virtually useless on lower lashes and fails at grabbing them at all. It does apply a smidge of a product to the lower lash line but not enough so again you’ll be wasting time on simple mascara application by reaching for another brand to do your lower lashes with.

After application I was pleased with the results as I did have a nice amount of volume plus my lashes appeared thicker. However, I’m not sure I’d recommend this for purchase. It’s a personal choice really and it may likely work for you if you like this style of applicator!

I wasn’t really thrilled with it. Head on into the store to check it out for yourself is my suggestion as I think actually seeing it in person may make or break the deal to buy it!

All in all the Muse has seen better!

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Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • MandyPandy

    Where bees that shaving tutorial? We wants da legs! All Ur legs are belongs to us!

  • Nosh

    Maaaaan… I want to try this but my PET PEEVE in mascara wands is big chunky applicators. I am sooo clumsy with eye makeup and I end up getting it all over my browbone and lid and nose and even in my hair (can you believe it??)!!

    I had a benefit bad gal lash that got taken away at heathrow and I never repurchased cuz the wand was so huge… and I am considering giving away my cover girl lash blast for the same reason.

    I can deal with spikey applicators but do you think you could compare it with bad gal lash or lash blast in terms of size?

    Thanks dahling 😀 *hugs*

  • the Muse

    honey you aren’t seeing my legs hehe!

    the shaving tutorial be coming man 🙂 Hold your panties!

  • the Muse

    morning Nosh!

    the chunky applicator makes for a mess 😛

    LOL!!!!!!! Sheesh Nosh what the hell? LOL!

    You aren’t missing much as bad gal sucks anyway 😛

    You need some MJ..nice slim line comb!

    it’s about the same size as bad gal. I THINK I have bad gal hanging out in a draw some place..I’ll do a pic for you tonight of the two side by side if I have it 😉

    It’s about the same size I think. Bloody massive 😛

    My pleasure lovie!

    Happy Tuesday (is it the weekend yet?)

  • bethanyjg

    Love the blog! Just discovered it today. I got a sample of this mascara with my latest Sephora order, and I wasn’t so impressed with it either. I’ve seen better and worse!

  • the Muse

    hi beth!

    Thanks so much =-)

    Ditto 😛 I was kinda hoping for awesome but got worst sigh!

    Oh well!

    Thanks for the comment!
    Happy Monday!

    Hope to see you around again soon!

  • jerseygrrrl78

    Hmmm, by any chance have you tried Sephora’s Waterproof Triple Action Mascara? If not, would you be willing to do a review? It claims to add volume, length and curl, all in a waterproof formula. Sounds almost too good to be true!

    • the Muse

      almost always is jerseygirl LOL I’ll see about buying some and reviewing 😀

  • kia

    tried this once in store and loved it! one of the few which made my lashes noticeably thicker and curl