Maybelline’s Volum’ Express Mega Plush Waterproof Mascara review with swatches

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  • Manufacturer: Maybelline
  • Availability: part of the Volum'Express mascara collection
  • Color Range: deep black
  • Cost/Amount: USD$8.99 for .34 ounces / 9.63 grams
  • Would you purchase again: maybe
All of the entries for the year 2020 were completed before March 2020. Most items were bought in, or before, 2019. And so, despite the pandemic where buying makeup is definitely a lower priority, I'm still publishing these posts.
Maybelline’s Volum’ Express Mega Plush Waterproof Mascara

Maybelline calls this a “gel-mousse formula” mascara. It’s supposed to give volume without making the lashes crunchy. Thing is…I don’t necessarily see more volume than most mascaras that I use. The formula can make lashes a little more prone to sticking together, if you’re not careful about combing the lashes through before and possibly after application. On the up side, it does apply pretty evenly. The brush is fatter and a bit on the short side, so the lashes are in contact with the brush a goodly amount. It doesn’t flake or speckle horribly, which is a plus - this formula coats the lashes smoothly, but is thick enough that it hangs on to the lashes long enough for it to cure thoroughly, rather than transferring to your lid or face.

Photos that show how the product actually performs...! See how I create my swatches

A montage of three images: top left, close-up of the eyeshadow in the pot; top right, the eyeshadow mixed with water and applied to bare skin; bottom left, the eyeshadow applied dry over primer. Curled lashes with two coats of Maybelline's Volum' Express Mega Plush Waterproof Mascara - viewed directly face-on. The tube of Maybelline's Volum' Express Mega Plush Waterproof Mascara with the brush lying crosswise on the mouth of the tube. Close-up detail of the wand for Maybelline's Volum' Express Mega Plush Waterproof Mascara, showing the slight curve and the wedge-shaped base.

For those looking for a mascara that applies nice and even and stays put, this is a fairly decent choice. For people who want really amazing volume, this might not be your best shot. I don’t consciously only buy “volume” mascaras - I prefer lengthening or hybrid mascaras when I can find them - but I should think that for a volumizing mascara, I should see more…well…volume?

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