REVIEW: Maybelline Volum’ Express The Rocket

I impulse-shopped this product since I’ve been on a total Maybelline kick lately. So happy with this purchase!

Packaging

It’s super cute! And the bright blue really stands out in my vanity. The fat tube makes it easy to grip. The bristles are short in length, which can make it a challenge to reach some lashes.

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Formulation

It’s a bit wet so don’t blink too soon after applying lest you smear it.

Performance

It gave me looooong, thick lashes that didn’t clump too badly. I was actually afraid of putting on more coats for fear that my lashes would hit my glasses, haha. As for wear time, I applied this at 7PM and by 4AM, there was minor smudging on my undereyes.

Verdict

I hate the fact that it smudges on my terribly oily skin (given, I didn’t set with powder), but for the price and performance, I can overlook it.

Price: PhP 399 at SM Beauty

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REVIEW: CoverGirl LashBlast Volume Waterproof Mascara

Since my Max Factor mascara wasn’t working out, I decided that I needed to do a lot of research before purchasing my next one. CoverGirl seems to have lots of positive reviews about their mascaras, so I decided to try the classic LashBlast but in a waterproof formula for my oily lids.

CoverGirl LashBlast Volume Waterproof Mascara

What drew me in was the packaging.


The bright orange tube is so funky and different from the usual black mascara tubes in the market. The handle is fat, so it doesn’t slip from my fingers.

The wand itself has stiff, thick rubber bristles that promise to “max out each and every lash”, but which I found was hard to maneuver in the inner corners of my eyes without getting errant mascara on my eyelid.

The formula is wet, which makes it a little messy to apply. It promises to give you “the ultimate big-lash look”, but I’ve had promises broken before (I’m looking at you, Max Factor), so I was apprehensive. Luckily, this lived up to its promises.
The result was a thicker fringe with lots of volume. It doesn’t lengthen, but it does a nice job of making my lashes appear full. As for pigmentation, it’s not very black, which caused me to take off points for this.

Crappy phone shot doesn’t really show the effect, though… 😦

It’s also long-wearing enough to last me through the day. I’m happy to report that with with one coat, the smudging is very minimal. With several coats, though, the smudging gets progressively worse, but I can overlook that since a single coat already works beautifully.

Price: PhP450.00 (Relatively cheap!)
Verdict: Thumbs up! I’ll try more CG mascaras!

REVIEW: Max Factor 2000 Calorie Waterproof Volume Mascara

This product was part of the promo that Max Factor had last year. For around PhP1500, you get a lip pencil, a foundation, and this mascara along with an MF pouch. Of all those products, the only one I liked is the goshdarn pouch. Seriously.
This post is the last of my Max Factor hit list, as I am no longer planning on buying another MF product again (except for a lipstick.)

Max Factor 2000 Calorie Waterproof Volume Mascara in Rich Black

As with all MF products, the packaging is classy and sophisticated: a black tube with thin, metallic blue writing. It’s nice that they included a PAO date on the label, too.

The wand is nothing out of the ordinary. Just another mascara wand in a sea of products just like it.

In terms of performance, the effect is very natural. So natural, in fact, that it makes me wonder why I even bothered applying it in the first place! It gives my lashes a marginally thicker look but that’s about it. I didn’t see the point in wearing it if it doesn’t give any significant effect.

Before: the one above
After: the one below
Difference: minimal

What’s worse is that it smudges and flakes like crazy! My oily lids usually give me panda eyes when wearing eye make-up, but with this product, it’s even worse. Not 3 hours of wear and already I look like I haven’t gotten any sleep. Awful performance for a supposedly waterproof mascara.
All in all, this might be a good product for women with no oil control issues who are looking for an everyday mascara. I, on the other hand, would prefer something that really opens up my eyes if I bother applying mascara.
Price: PhP595.
Verdict: Obviously a thumbs-down. Never again, MF. Never again.