So average. Doesn't really do anything for my lashes. Why would you want to use the brush not fully extended? Seems like a gimmick to me. The formula is ok, not overly clumpy. I'm not a huge fan of silicone bristles. The container doesn't help applying it. I think a lot of companies overlook the hold of the mascara tube when you're applying it. They certainly didn't.
This is truly a 2-in-1 mascara. The wand has two positions so you can choose between length (good look for day) or volume (good look for night). For those occasions when I want extra coverage, I do both.
The wand starts off in its extended position. You would use this for volume as it allows extra product to coat your lashes. If you want length, rotate the base of the wand which causes it to squeeze smaller. This not only reduces the amount of product but also ensures your lashes will be combed thoroughly to avoid clumping. If you want both length AND volume, start off with one and finish with the other (I usually start with volume and then finish with length).
For the price point, I'm absolutely thrilled with this mascara. There is minimal flaking and it has pretty good staying power. I happily recommend it.
Recently I was given the Annabelle Expandable Mascara to review. I found the product immediately intriguing because of its "expanding" feature, where twisting a dial on the bottom of the wand causes the wand to literally elongate. Depending on the length of the wand your eyelashes will have more or less volume because of the density of the bristles, so you are able to easily control your look.
Being a bit of a rookie in the field of applying mascara, I found this to be a great feature that minimized my chances of applying too much mascara when trying to get more volume. I also tried it on the longer wand setting and found the results to be quite noticeable without being overly dramatic -- a great daytime look.
Though the wand itself is quite fantastic, I've found the very tip of it tends to collect a lot of excess mascara, which can be problematic depending on how you hold the wand during application. My only other complaint is that the mascara tends to get flaky after a few hours of wear, so sneak a peek at a compact mirror every now and then!
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