Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Review: Maybelline The Rocket Volum' Express Waterproof Mascara

Before I start telling you how much I like this mascara, allow me a short rant at it's name.  I'm not really sure what makes it "The Rocket", for a start, and I've always thought that Volum' Express is a bit stupid - Volume Express, fine, but why make it grammatically incorrect by removing the e and adding an apostrophe?

Anyway, naming rants over, I bought this mascara as I was in need of something capable of giving tons of volume and also being waterproof (the odd bit of tearfulness is attacking a little too regularly at the moment). The Rocket is the latest installment in Maybelline's long running Volum' Express range, and is being promoted rather heavily at the moment, so I picked it up at Boots with £2 off its already reasonable £7.99 pricetag.

The brush is one of the oh-so-trendy rubbery, stiff brisled kind, and the shape is unusual in that it's a fairly straight forward lozenge shape.  The mascara itself has a pretty thick formula, and I've found that those definition-giving bristles are definitely needed to avoid clumps.

With a bit of effort, though, this mascara gives pretty spectacular results.

I'm sure you don't need to be told which eye has mascara on it.  Stupid light stubby lashes.
The photo above shows two coats, each carefully worked through the lashes with plenty of wiggling from root to tip.  It's impressive stuff - my short, light lashes are elongated, plumped up, and absolutely coal black.  This stuff really doesn't budge - no smudging, no transfer, and only the tiniest amount of flaking at the end of a very long day.

I've always been an advocate of spending money on high end mascara, having rarely found high street ones which really deliver.  Consider my opinions changed.  This is a damn good mascara, and one which I'll definitely be repurchasing.

Find Maybelline's The Rocket mascara at Boots now, where it's still £2 off the £7.99 pricetag, making it a very decent £5.99.

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