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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Review: Shiseido Majolica Majorca Lash Expander Neo

This is the 'same but better' version of Majolica Majorca's hit Lash Expander mascara. Is it worth the hype? Well, you'll find out.

Wear: This has a five star rating from me on this. Lasted a whole day in hot sweaty Chicago, 2 days (could not even BEGIN to take this off!), a long hot shower, Shu Uemura cleansing oil and Lancome Gel Clarte. So, how exactly do I take this off? See next :]

How to take this off: First, I rub shu’s cleansing oil really well through my lashes for a few minutes. Then, I gradually add water until I wash it off. After that, I use Lancome bi-facils, then their Gel Clarte cleanser. After I finish with the cleanser, I do another swipe of bi-facils just in case and finish with regular face wash. This stuff is long wearing!

What I use to remove this/UDPP size comparision:

Color: BK999, a dark inky black, a great colored black. Not glossy though.

Curl: Holds a curl really well, especially when used in conjunction with their curl enhancing primer.

Volume: Doesn’t do much for volume, just a little bit. If you’re looking for a volumizing mascara, I can tell you to look somewhere else.

Lengthening: This lengthens noticeably in two coats. Great for this, and while you’re combing out clumps it lengthens even more!

Brush: Comb-style brush, my first one. At first, I thought it was a little clumpy because the formula would get between the combs and get onto the lashes but it is easily dealt with. I find my second eye is much easier to get rid of clumps (I get rid of them by combing through with the brush more) since most of the build-up between bristles has transferred onto the other eye.

Notes: This made me lose a few lashes in the process of removal. Would I repurchase? No. Between the slight clumping and pain in the butt removal process, it’s too much. On the Mascara Rating spectrum, this rates a 3.5/5. Not so bad for a 3, but not nice enough for a 4.


  1. Hello hello!! I looove comb-style WP mascaras (see my blog for more) but I might have a little tip to help get it off.

    The first thing I do is I do use Lancome BiFacil but instead of using a cotton pad or cotton ball I use little 4" by 4" microfiber (microfiber is good because its so soft on the eye area) cloths, like these:


    Sorry for the long link. :)

    I pour a generous amount on the cloth. Then I press the little washcloth against my lashes (or, to get the front of lashes, blink onto the cloth, then hold down with lashes pressed against upper part of the eye, if that makes sense!) and hold for 5-10 seconds without rubbing. After that, I start to rub and it seems to come off MUCH better that way! You might have to do this twice but it is so effective! :) I freaked out the first time I used MJ - I was like... get this off! what's happening!!? lol.

    Hope you don't mind my little 2 cents and that it helps!

  2. Hi Melanie!! Oh I did see your post on that--great reviews!

    I've been using DHC lately, very soft! But I'll have to check out The Body Shop's soon.

    Thank you soo much for the tip!! I'm going to try this today! I always thought that people would remove it from 'under' the lashes, like how you apply mascara, but it was easier to do it from 'above'.

    I'll definetly let you know how it works!!


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