New Favorite Mascara: Maybelline Volum’ Express The Rocket

summer mascara beauty review

While I love Too Faced’s Better Than False Lashes for a dramatic look, it’s a bit too complicated for everyday (three steps, nylon fibers, etc. etc. etc.). I had CoverGirl’s Clump Crusher Water Resistant and it was fine, but I can’t settle for fine when it comes to mascaras. I desired volume, length, and color that would stay put even when rubbing my allergy eyes or walking through DC soup-like humidity.

I was at CVS and intrigued by Maybelline Volum' Express The MegaPlush, grabbed a tube in Very Black and regretted it after one wear. VERY flexible wand which made it hard to use with my non-dominant hand, hard to wiggle between lashes for a good coating, hard to flick out outer lashes for drama, and hard to add more coats without looking a mess. This product gave me soft and non-clumpy lashes, but they looked very ordinary without volume (or volum’) or MegaPlush-ness.

I decided to try Maybelline Volum' Express The Rocket next. I got it waterproof, and in Blackest Black. Though the display in CVS made it look as though The MegaPlush gave thicker and more dramatic lashes, this appeared to offer a similar effect, but it didn’t have the weird bendy wand. Glad I tried it because I LOVE IT!

Thick, separated lashes with tons of volume. A thick formula that dries before I get splattered mascara all over my lid and holds a curl. A sturdy wand that I can wield with one hand, and flicks out the outer lashes beautifully. And truly waterproof; I can wear on lower lashes and cry, sweat, and rub without any smudging. It comes off easily by holding a cotton pad doused in makeup remover to my eye for 10 seconds and then wiping down. I seriously like this mascara better than DiorShow, it gives me the drama I desire for daytime and can build up for a more intense evening look. All that and less than $10, I just HAD to share with you!


  1. Barbara West
    June 20, 2014 / 1:46 pm

    I’m a real mascara junkie. Have been using L’Oreal Telescopic lately and it’s excellent for length. I should try the Rocket next time!

  2. Sonia
    June 20, 2014 / 12:25 pm

    I received a sample of Dior Diorshow Blackout Mascara. At your urging, I use it sparingly and absolutely love it, though it is very pricey. I have been using Benefits They’re Real Mascara which is good, but the tube seems to run out a bit too quickly for me. Maybe, I’ll give Maybelline a try again; after all, I used to use Maybelline Great Lash since back in high school.

    • June 20, 2014 / 2:35 pm

      Yes, I found ‘They’re Real’ got dry and clumpy pretty quickly (especially considering it’s a bit pricer than my normal mascara).

      I like Elizabeth Arden mascara (they seem to sell them really cheaply in duty free shops at the airport) and buying sample sizes of Clinque on the internet so I use up the tube before it goes clumpy.

  3. Brianne A
    June 20, 2014 / 12:03 pm

    I’ve been wearing this one for years (not the waterproof one) and I love it. It’s the best one out there.

  4. Lynn
    June 20, 2014 / 11:25 am

    Thanks for this. I need a new mascara and I don’t know why it’s so hard to find a good one. Oh the number of tubes I’ve purchased and tossed as failures. I’ll give your new find a try.

  5. Patti_NotDeadYetStyle
    June 20, 2014 / 10:10 am

    I truly love Maybelline mascaras, nearly all of them. I’ve used this one and it’s fab.

  6. hostaluvr
    June 20, 2014 / 10:01 am

    Thanks for the review, Allie. Any chance you could post a close-up of your eye(s) before and after application so we can see how much difference there is?

    • June 20, 2014 / 10:04 am

      It’s hard to edit and upload photos now with one arm will hope to have photos in the future!

      • hostaluvr
        June 20, 2014 / 2:15 pm

        Ooops! Forgot about how difficult that would be right now. Hope your arm is healing better this time.

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