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Mascara Series Part 27: Majolica Majorca Lash Expander Frame Plus Review & Photos

July 14, 2009
Majolica Majorca Lash Expander Frame Plus ($15.20 on Sasa)

The Claim: Shiseido’s MAJOLICA MAJORCA Lash Expander Frame Plus wears firmly and evenly on lashes, creating separated lashes with a long-lasting finish. The secret behind these glamorous lashes is a revolutionary double-sided brush and lash-lengthening fibers: the comb brush helps lengthen lashes while the spiral brush works to enhance the volume of lashes for a surprising eye-liner look. (LOL please excuse the bad Engrish here–I fixed it up as best as I could without changing the meaning too much)

And on a side note while you may not think that this fits into today’s drugstore theme, it actually does since this is one of Shiseido’s drugstore lines in Japan! 🙂


The Packaging: I’ve decided to add a new ‘packaging’ subheading to my Mascara Series because some mascaras are just too beautiful for me to forgo mentioning their smile-inducing exteriors. Part of the reason that I love Asian cosmetics so much is that regardless of whether they’re cheap or mind-bogglingly expensive, they’re always beautifully packaged. The MM Lash Expander Frame Plus comes in a sleek black and gold plastic tube that’s easily one of the prettiest mascaras I won. I appreciate how easily differentiated this is from my millions of other black mascara tubes (when you own as many as I do it’s hard to tell them apart) thanks to the gold emblem on top of the cap which I just love to pieces.

Close-up of the top.

The Brush: A major part of what differentiates the original Lash Expander (my first ever mascara series review!!) from Lash Expander Frame Plus is the wand – Frame Plus basically implements the original Lash Expander brush design but with an additional side. Frame Plus’ double-ended comb-style applicator has spiraled side (the top portion in the photos below) for coating the lashes and depositing length & volume-building fibers, and a comb (the same comb the original Lash Expander has) for lengthening and defining each lash.

Majolica Majorca’s comb applicator is fabulous for depositing mascara and combing out any clumps you may get, but it’s a little messy. I always seem to manage to get mascara along my upper lash line/eyelid area, messing up my eyeshadow. I find that the best way to use the applicator is to glob on the fibers using the spiral end, then comb out using the comb end, then repeat until I get a look that I like.

Close-up of the applicator. If you click the photo to enlarge you’ll be able to get a better look at all the little fibers clinging to the wand.

The Formula: Frame Plus (unlike the original Lash Expander) is a fiber mascara, meaning the formula contains a multitude of tiny little fibery bits that, once deposited on your lashes, cling on for dear life creating the illusions of longer lashes. Frame Plus is absolutely amazing for holding a curl and the fibers create some nice (albeit rather sparse and spindly) length, but it’s severely lacking in the volume department so unless the look you’re going for is long, super wispy lashes you may be disappointed. The original Lash Expander had a thicker formula that sculpted your lashes to newfound heights in terms of length and volume, but Frame Plus lacks this key attribute.

On the plus side, while I usually find fiber mascaras to be very irritating for my sensitive eyes (the fibers fall off, land on my contacts and drive me nuts), these fibers tend to stay put very – due in part to the fact that Majolica Majorca mascaras are next to impossible to remove. I’m still inclined to like Frame Plus for the slightly ethereal wispy-lashed look it gives me, but when I’m going for some serious drama this is definitely not what I reach for.

The Usual Eye Photos: I just wanted to explain (for those of you who’re newer to the mascara series) that I always take three eye shots of each mascara for the series – one straight on with eyes open, one with eyes shut, and one from underneath with eyes open so that you can get a better look at length/volume.




The Conclusion: If you have thick lashes and you’re just looking for some amazing curl (nothing holds a curl better than a Majolica Majorca mascara), beautiful wispy length and a stay-put-through-a-hurricane formula, Majolica Majorca’s Lash Expander Frame Plus would be great, but if you’re like me and really love the look of lush, thick lashes this is a little disappointing. And if you do decide to give this a shot, please please pick up a bottle of Clean & Clear’s Soothing Eye Makeup Remover (review HERE) or you’ll be wearing this mascara for the next week or so.

I just had to add that while it sounds like I’m being pretty tough on this mascara, I actually do like it quite a bit. I always get compliments on my eyes when wearing this as it really opens them up and it’s all around really nice, I just think it could be better :).

RATING: 3.75/5

RELATED POSTS:
Read Parts 1-26 of the Mascara Series here! I’ve also added a “Mascara Series” tab up top so you have easy access to it at all times!

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Reader Request: My Majolica Majorca Palettes

April 9, 2009

A few weeks back one of my lovely readers requested that I post photos of my Majolica Majorca palettes, so here they are! Majolica Majorca is a Japanese drugstore brand that makes some beautifully-packaged (and great quality) products~unfortunately they can be a bit hard to come by in the States, but Sasa usually has a decent selection.


In the photo above we have (from Left to Right) the small compact which can hold two eyeshadows or a single blush, the larger compact which can hold four eyeshadows, two blushes, or two eyeshadows and a blush, and to the far right we have the cute little drawer that the blushes originally come packaged in.


Close-up of the larger compact.


So these are the two shadows I have in my larger compact–a pretty mermaidy green shade, and an icy pal lavender, both Maholica Majorca of course. They’re nicely pigmented, albeit a little chalky, but not really two shades that I find myself reaching for all that often.

Swatches of the Eyeshadows

Close-up of the smaller compact.


So housed within the smaller compact is one of my favorite blushes. It’s a tiny strip of nothing (the same size as the two shadows put together) that’s so narrow that it’s pretty difficult to use as a blush, but it’s worth the trouble as it’s this silky smooth, pigmented peachy coral shade with gold shimmer that’s exactly what I wanted and expected Nars Orgasm to be (only Orgasm disappointed me).

Are you a Majolica Majorca fan? Check out my Majolica Majorca mascara revew, my first mascara review ever! 🙂

Majolica Majorca Majolook Eyeshadow Palette BR762: Review and Swatches

July 15, 2008
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Majolica Majorca Majolook Palette in BR762

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I couldn’t wait to dip my greedy little fingers into it! Usually I’m so good about not using products before taking photos 😦

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Close up shot of the shadows-aren’t they gorgeous?

This is another one of the amazing goodies that I received from Taryn! I honestly didn’t think much of this Majolook palette upon first receiving it since I’m sure I’ve stated a million times before that I’m not a fan of neutrals at all, but I was definitely proven wrong. The BR762 palette consists of a silvery/white strip of cream highlighter/base (not sure which) across the top, a golden champagne shade, a golden olive green shade (very similar to MAC’s Golden Olive pigment-see a swatch here and an ETOD using it here), and a darker khaki green/bronze shade.

First of all, the consistency of these shadows is absolutely to-die-for! The powder is very finely milled, so that when you swipe your finger across the surface it feels more like a cream than a powder. As you can see in the swatches below, the shadows have a good amount of shimmer to them and are very pigmented-which means love for me!

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Left to Right: White/silver highlighter (at the top of the palette), soft golden champagne, golden olive green, khaki bronzey green

And no I didn’t accidentally post two sets of swatches! I just wanted you to see how the eyeshadows look under different lighting conditions.

While I adore this palette, the highlighting strip on top definitely hasn’t wowed me. It’s a little too white/opaque and therefore looks a little odd as a highlighter, plus I was rather disappointed by the fact that the lovely swirly pattern on the surface swipes right off.

Now my only worry is that the palette’s kinda small, meaning once this shimmery goodness might go quickly!

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I’m wearing the golden shadow on my inner corners, the golden olive across the majority of my eyelid, and the darkest khaki shade along the outer corners. It’s a bit messy because I was in a rush, but it should give you a general idea of what the shadows look like on.

Related Posts:
Interested in reading about another great Majolica Majorca product? Check out my review of their Lash Expander mascara for a mascara that curls like no other!

Click here to read my review of Paul & Joe’s Moisturizing Compact foundation.

Check out all the goodies I got from Taryn here.

Mascara Series: Majolica Majorca Lash Expander Mascara Review

April 13, 2008

So I’ve decided to do a series of posts on various mascaras I’ve tried and either loved, hated, or been ambivalent on. I know that most of are on a never-ending quest for that perfect, holy grail mascara and so hopefully this guide will help you decide what to try, or at least what to avoid!

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The first mascara I’m reviewing is Majolica Majorca’s Lash Expander. Majolica Majorca is a Japanese brand of inexpensive cosmetics owned by Shiseido.

The claim: This mascara promises to expand your lashes 15x.

The wand
: Lash Expander has a comb applicator, which I’ve always tried to avoid as I’ve found them to be horribly clumpy in general, but this one’s definitely a winner! It separates and defines each lash and should you happen to get a clump, it’s amazing for smoothing it right out.

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The formula: Lash Expander is a smooth glossy formula that’s unbeatable for curl. It holds a curl like no other mascara I’ve ever seen, and once on you never have to worry about smudges as this mascara isn’t going anywhere although it can flake every now and then. This mascara makes my eyelashes look long, curled, glossy and black. A few coats of this and the compliments really roll in!

The good: Amazing curl, good length, very black color. Lasts all day and all night.

The bad: This mascara is a PIA to get off! No matter what type of eye makeup remover you use, it seems that there are always bits of this still clinging to your lashes. In addition, it’s a bit of a pain to apply as there are sometimes globs of mascara on the wand that need to be combed out and too much combing sometimes makes my lashes look a bit spidery and crunchy. Also, I’ve had problems with this flaking into my eyes and irritating my contacts horribly.

And a final caveat-Lash Expander doesn’t smudge, but that also means you have to be careful in your application. I tend to get tiny bits of mascara on my upper or lower lid while applying, and those smudges are virtually impossible to get off if they’ve had a chance to dry.

Conclusion: I really like the way this mascara makes my lashes look, but don’t really reach for it anymore since it’s rather time-consuming for me to apply and remove.

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Before (stick-straight short and puny lashes):
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After:
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To see a few more shots of what the Majolica Majorca mascara looks like on me, click here.

RATING: 3.75/5

To read Part 2 of this series, click here.