New Drugstore Mascara Reviews!

I am a sucker for mascara. I see a new one, and I must.try.it. Luckily, I had BOGO 50% off sales and CVS bucks that were about to expire, so I had to check out these mascaras, you see! I had to! Not buying it? Me neither, so let's check out these new drugstore mascaras! FYI: I had zero irritations from these mascaras (I wear contacts), I found them easy to remove, I did one coat, and pictures were taken when I first woke up, so excuse the crazy blood-shot eyes (eek!). Enjoy!

Maybelline Rocket Volum Express--No "e" is necessary when you are an awesome mascara! I have a love/hate relationship with Maybelline mascaras--love, because I love just about all of them, but hate because they flake too easily on me. But the new Rocket Volum? Nothing but LOVE! I even shared it on Instagram, which means it's totally official.
Wand--This is one of the few plastic bristle wands in their lineup and it provides great volume (way better than pictured!) and with little/no clumps. The wand reminds a little of LashBlast's wand.
Formula--Maybelline mascaras are typically dry, but this one is wet and thin.
Overall--Will definitely repurchase

Rimmel ScandalEyes Show Off--The original ScandalEyes (orange tube) is one of my faves because of the big brush and thick, wet formula providing big volume quickly. I've tried every mascara in the ScandalEyes collection and still the original is the best. The new Show Off provides a natural-looking length, with the brush being the standout.
Wand--OMG am I obsessed with this! I knew I would love the plastic wand with the ball at the end (similar to the end of Benefit They're Real mascara). It grabs those inner and outer lashes with ease, and works great with the bottom lashes too. I'm keeping the wand and using it in other mascaras.
Formula--It's dry and similar to a Maybelline mascara formula, with occasional flaking when I rub my lashes. The result is natural, but with length, and little volume.
Overall--This makes a great daytime mascara, but I will not repurchase (but I love that wand!)

L'Oreal Telescopic Shocking Extensions--I'm a fan of the original Telescopic, as it's my favorite lengthening mascara. I like this one as well, as it seems very similar, minus the brush.
Wand--It's a plastic wand, similar to the original Telescopic, but this is a straight wand, and has less spacing (note the last pic). The bigger spacing around the bristles allow for more length.
Formula--The formula is thick, wet, and reminds me of the original Telescopic.
Overall--I found it too similar to the original (with the Carbon Black version being even more similar), but since I liked it, I would repurchase.

Prestige Total Intensity--Prestige My Blackest Lashes is one of my favorite mascaras, but I've been disappointed with the rest of them. This provided me with dark lashes, but it clumped easily, and I didn't like the wand.
Wand--Out of the mascaras reviewed, this is the only traditional, natural bristled-wand. The wand is heart-shaped, which sounds good in theory but it's just too big! I can't believe I'm saying that about a wand because I normally love larger wands. It was too cumbersome to work with and small eyes will probably not like this.
Formula--A drier formula but a really darkening one. Small clumps, but buildable volume.
Overall--Oddly enough, it's the one that showed best on camera, but I'm just not a fan. I'd rather have My Blackest Lashes.

What are your favorite mascaras?
Need a review or recommendation? Let me know, below.
Are you interested in trying any of these I reviewed?

PS: Check out my Cheap Treats: Interdental Brushes and more mascara reviews here.


  1. Thanks for this!
    I have an unbelievably hard time applying mascara , so I never ever do. I was just telling a friend it's time to re-introduce it into my life though! haha!

  2. I love maybelline mascaras! I've been using the falsies mascara for a long time!

    The Lovely Memoir

  3. I'll have to try the volum express mascara. I have long lashes, but they're not very full, so I rarely wear mascara because it clumps and makes my lashes look like smeared triangles. Not good.

  4. Elle!!!! I've missed so many posts!! I've had family here for so long. I love this review and I love "what's new at the drugstore."!!!! That was awesome!!!! I've missed you and hope you are having a great New Year!!! Love,

    Shauna xoxoxoxxoxo

    PS. My kids do IXL. You have it advertised to the left. It's a great prep for the California State Star Test. :)

  5. You must have the most perfect eyebrows ever. Mine are just sad :p I'm actually really bad when it comes to mascara, I just buy whatever is cheapest and black as night. My favorite on you is surprisingly the scandal eyes,

  6. I have never bought anything else in the past 4 years but L'Oreal Telescopic (1 time L'Oreal Telescopic False Lash); in addition to that I recently bought L'Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes, but no, as long as they make it, I'll be faithful to Telescopic.. with a bit of curling before, the result, for me at least, is absolutely the best!

  7. I'm always a fan of Volum Express. :)

  8. Awesome review! I'm always looking for a good mascara.


  9. I'm a big fan of Avon mascaras - they never seem to flake on me. And I can order like 5 at a time for $10. So, bonus!

    Courtney ~ http://sartorialsidelines.com

  10. I've been loving maybelline ones lately. I will always buy a mascara if I see it on sale, I can't help myself haha!

  11. love the reviews! have you tried Maybelline Volum' Express Colossal Cat Eyes? I just did and I really like it!


  12. I'm always trying new mascaras, so I'm looking forward to trying the Maybelline and the L'Oreal Telescopic. Lately I've been using CG Lashblast because I had some good coupons, but I'm not set on it.

  13. Imma gonna try that Maybelline one!

  14. That's it. I wonder what color nicely. Because I want to paint the hair at Blonde. :-)

  15. I always have a hard time choosing drug store mascara and this review helps! I love Maybelline mascara so I will have to try this one out!

  16. Thanks for the reviews dear! Maybelline and Rimmel definitely look best on you!

    Chic 'n Cheap Living

  17. Thanks for this review! I'm always on the lookout for new mascaras. I'm currently obsessed with Covergirl LashBlast 24 Hr.

    Rowena @ rolala loves

  18. Elle! I too am a mascara sucker. I usually don't like a kind, I save it, then use it in a pinch and decide I love it. Weird of me, huh?

    Thanks for your nice comment.

  19. Great Reviews!

  20. I havent heard of this particular Prestige one before, and I have to try it because, no matter how crazy it sounds, I love mascara that clumps.
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    the shop of worldly delights

  21. I used the Maybelline stuff in the pink and green tube for FOREVER. It always went on nice with no clumps. Then switched to the Falsies, which I liked as well but a little too much clumping for my taste. Now I'm using Rimmel AND I LOVE it, the coverage it ridiculous and no clumps!

  22. Buying mascara is such a hit or miss, so I appreciate this review.

    My big problem is flaking, which seems to happen endlessly.

    PS If you leave a comment on my blog via a squarespace account, be sure to add your website to your bio so readers can link back to your blog.

    I'm excited to see where the new year takes you.

  23. I love L'Oreal mascara. I now use the telescopic one with the volume building one. Those work great together!

  24. I would definitely try out the Maybelline Rocket Volum Express! I normally use Mark Kay mascara, and it works great.

  25. I love L'Oreal Lash Out–long and no volume is just what I look for in mascara!

  26. I can't believe that those are your genuine lashes! Either you have amazing lashes or these are some great mascaras!! I'm a fan of L'Oreal, no doubt.:)

  27. I'm a mascara junkie too. Thanks for the fab reviews!

  28. Great review. I want to try the one from L'Oreal - looks amazing and sounds good :)

  29. The Prestige Total Intensity looks great on you and it's funny I have two of those that I'm reviewing myself.

    I'm the same way if I see a new mascara I have to try it out.

    My favorite mascara at the moment is the Physicians Formula green tube one I forget the name of it, but It's amazing! You should try it.

  30. I love the Loreal telescopic one, it seems to really lengthen & make your eyes pop!!! Must try it!! Also you have great eyes, your arches are perfect:)

  31. Great info. Thanks for sharing! So glad you found me via Megan's blog. Glad I found your blog, as well! We actually were already following each other on Twitter haha! xo, Julie

  32. Thanks for commenting on my blog so I could find yours! I love your product reviews!!

    xo, Amy

  33. funny to see you "roadtest" these products ...i used to work for a Cosmetic company ..in store then as the travelling consultant and trainer..then i from there to pharmacy (or you call it drugstore)...i am retired now but still use my products and love doing so...thanks for that..wish it was that cheap in Australia..weep weep!!!

  34. Thanks for reviewing all these mascaras, I like that you've chosen brands that are available worldwide. I love the last one - Prestige Total Intensity on you, makes the biggest impact.

  35. these are such good options. i do like maybelline and may try it!

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  37. I'm not a fan of plastic bristle wands, but I think I'll have to give the one from Rimmel a try.

  38. I'll try the Maybelline one one next. I really like the plastic bristle wands so much. I usually use the orange Cover Girl mascara.

  39. I like the Loreal on you the most. My favorite is Lancöme Doll Eyes! :-)

  40. I never know what mascara to buy so this is so helpful! I like how the Maybelline looks the best!

  41. love physicans formula! Xo Megan, www.TfDiaries.com

  42. So what is your favorite of all time? Drugstore or Expensive brands?

  43. Amazing review!!
    You have a great blog, i'm following you now!, i hope you can follow me too :)

  44. So which was your fav of all of them? I'm a stickler for staying with the same mascara once I found one I like but I think I should maybe start trying others!

    Daisy Dayz
    New Alternate Day Diet Blog

  45. i'll have to keep my eye out for that rocket volume. i'm a long time user of maybelline great lash.



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