Introducing Maybelline’s first gel-mousse mascara: Volum’ Express Mega Plush contains 40% less hard waxes for massive, yet supple lashes. The patented Flexor Brush gently coats every lash with mega volume that’s never stiff and never brittle.
Maybelline’s newest mascara touts a new, non-brittle formula to give your lashes lots of volume. It comes in both waterproof and non-waterproof formulas and in 3 different shades. The shade tested for this review was Brown Black in the regular formula.
The Mega Plush mascara comes in a light teal-colored tube made of plastic. The wand is football-shaped and has long, thin bristles. The plastic wand has a groove in it, which causes it to bend more than normal mascara wands do.
Though this mascara comes in 3 different colors, practically speaking, they all look black on the lashes.
The formula certainly feels like a gel, so while it’s thin, it’s not watery. I didn’t have any problems with the mascara smudging or flaking as the day went by.
Although this mascara is called “Mega Plush” and Maybelline says it will give you massive lashes, I find it brings minimal volume to my lashes. Even after applying 3 coats, this mascara doesn’t create a lot of volume. It defines the lashes well and lengthens them.
What I like most about this mascara is that it resists clumping. Even on the second and third coat, this mascara does a good job of keeping your lashes separated. Maybelline’s claim that the product doesn’t make your lashes stiff or brittle is also accurate. The feel of your lashes stays much softer than with other mascaras.
Overall, this is a good, clump-free mascara that brings natural definition to your lashes. But you won’t get any Mega Plush effect out of it. It’s a mascara I wear everyday for work, not for a night out.
Ease of Use: 9.25/10
The ease of using this mascara comes with its ability to stay clump-free even on the third coat. I’d prefer if the wand didn’t have the groove in it–it makes the wand too flexible and I’d prefer to feel more control over the brush.
For around $7.00 you get 0.3 fl oz (9 grams) of mascara. This is a standard price and amount for a drugstore mascara.
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