You all know how I love my huge mascara’s and that’s exactly what attracted me to the NYX Lush Lashes Mascara XXL. I’m always on the hunt for a new mascara, I seem to have a bit of an obsession with trying them out, so of course, I had to give this beauty a go. NYX have 7 different Lush Lashes Mascara’s to offer, all with different shape & sized wands, all offering something different but I just had to try the largest, which is XXL. NYX state that this mascara will volumise and define your lashes, but it doesn’t state anything about length so let’s see how I got on with it.
I’ve now had it just over a month and been trying it out for you all. I’ve wore it alone, and with other mascaras to see what works best.
As always, the mascara is very wet when it’s first opened, infact, it’s way to wet to work. I had to constantly use another wand to keep my lashes separate and I was forever wiping smudges off my eyelids. I always expect this though, most mascara’s are hard to use when first opened. After a couple of days & leaving the lid open just a bit while I was applying my makeup, it dried up perfectly – although that’s quite a lot of effort to have to put in to just use your new mascara – Once it had dried up it was like I was using a completely different mascara and it was soo much easier to use. But you definitely need to wipe of a lot of excess, especially with it being a humongous brush!
I’d say for length, there’s not much, not really. But the volume and curl definitely makes up for that. It coats your lashes so well, without it clumping them up because there’s so many bristles on the brush to fit around them individually. The curl comes from how quickly the mascara sets and how the brush is shaped. (which differs a lot from the image on the NYX site) The brush is a hourglass shape, which makes it easier to use and easier to push your lashes where you want them to be. The little ‘ball’ of bristle on the end helps you to get into the corner of your eye, but if you prefer a smaller brush, it’s probably better to use a different mascara to get into the corners, same for the bottom lashes too.
When I’ve paired it with either Avon SuperShock or Maybelline Lash Sensational it has worked amazingly. Avon SuperShock defines your lashes incredibly, helping to spread out the volume and Maybelline Lash Sensational also adds to the curl as well as adding beautiful length.
I also think it’s really long lasting, I’ve wore it for 12h+ days and it hasn’t smudges, flaked or dropped. It lasts and it holds. The colour is also jet black with no worry of fading, and the volume helps to add full on definition.
Overall it’s a win from me. I don’t know if I will repurchase because it’s just such a pain at the beginning but I definitely will be keeping the wand for as long as I can (don’t worry I’ll wash it first). I absolutely love the design of this mascara, and it does work incredibly well, but the formula just lets it down a bit. If you like a big mascara, then I can’t recommend buying this enough, even if it is just for the wand itself.