Maybelline Mega Plush Volum' Express v Maybelline Rocket Volum' Express

Monday, 10 June 2013

I've always struggled with mascara because Mother Nature plucked me from the bad eyelash department and gave me short stumpy eyelashes which fail to please me. My expectations are definitely way too high what with all these adverts who admit to eyelash extensions being used, but only in small print in the corner of the TV screen which is barely visible to the naked eye. Generally, I feel that mascara benefits naturally longer lashes because it emphasises them and makes them stand out. However, I'm always on the hunt for a mascara which will make the most of what I have, albeit there's not much to work with, but there's no harm in trying.

Back in January one of my friends from back home bought me the Rocket Volum' Express mascara as part of my birthday present. I wasn't even aware that Maybelline had released a new formula so I was very excited to try it. As soon as I started using it I loved it. The brush is very sturdy and the product very bold and black - qualities which I like in a mascara. However, when Maybelline released the Mega Plush Volum' Express forumula very recently, I embraced the Superdrug 3 for 2 offer and bought it as a welcome addition to my make-up bag.

Maybelline usually outdo themselves when they bring out a new formula and I've always found that there's been a vast improvement from the last. But this time around, I was actually very disappointed. I hoped for a thick volumising mascara which was durable and striking but it didn't live up to my expectations one bit. The wand is very flimsy and the bristles are extremely thin which makes applying mascara a chore. It's difficult to get into the corners of the lashes without smudging mascara around your eyes, and it doesn't allow you to build up the thickness as not much product actually goes onto the brush. With the Rocket however, the wand is very strong and sturdy which makes application all the better. Once one layer has been applied, it's very easy to build up and achieve a lengthier and slightly more volumised finish.

The wand on the Mega Plush almost brushes your eyelashes in the complete opposite direction you're aiming for and fails to separate them - something which a good mascara should naturally do with ease. The small spikes on the Rocket wand on the other hand are great in the separating department and although they don't magically make my eyelashes grow, it certainly makes them look thicker as the wand glides over my eyelashes effortlessly. As you can see from the swatches below, the Mega Plush is barely visible on the sheet of paper. Bearing in mind I've been using this product for less than a month, and not on a daily basis as I can't stand it, it seems as if the product has already run out, or was never really of much use in the first place. With the Rocket on the other hand, the swatch is noticeably more visible which proves how disappointing the Mega Plush is.

The Rocket is one of my firm favourites out of all the high street brands I've tried and I definitely wouldn't think twice about repurchasing it. However, the Mega Plush will not be invited back to my make-up bag any time soon. It's not mega, it's not plush, and in all honesty, it's made me a bit dubious as to whether I should buy the next one they release. This mascara might be better for a gentle swipe of the eyelashes if you've got naturally long lashes and want very light eye make-up, but if you're looking for a mascara to really transform your eyelashes, then I would definitely recommend the Rocket. Steer clear from Mega Plush as I really don't feel it's worth the money.

Have you tried either of these mascaras before? What's your opinion on them?


  1. We totally agree with you. The Rocket is a much better mascara. I still have Megaplush in my collection, and sometimes I'll try it just to see if I am mistaken, but I feel like it transfers no product onto my lashes!! NIce comparison! xo


    1. You've hit the nail on the head, very little product transfers from the brush onto the lashes! Thank you :) I'll check your blog out x

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