Maybelline Rocket Volum’ Express

This stuff has been internationally raved about on YouTube so I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a tube of my own. Historically I get on well with Maybelline mascaras but I guess you can’t like everything, this one’s not for me. My first irk is with the brush, the artwork promises a much longer bristled applicator when in fact it’s so stubbly I may as well use the handle. It also claims to be clump free which unfortunately due to this brush design is near impossible as there is very little separation to be had. Full disclosure – I prefer the One By One which probably means I’m not the Rocket’s target market as this is more volume than length, that being said it’s no good for me when layering two mascara’s either because of the clumping problem.

I always say it but my lashes really are rubbish to start with so any formula has a challenge on it’s hands but here are my before and afters..

I have two coats on the top and just one on the bottom so you can see that with just one coat there is very little clumping but unless you have long, curly lashes you are going to want more than just a black coating, right? I also struggled to get the bristles right in to the roots without smudging on my lid because they are so short, I really don’t understand why this is so widely raved about but bear in mind that this is just one persons opinion and it’s outweighed tremendously by positive reviews.

Maybelline Rocket Volum’ Express is currently on offer here for £5.99 so if you do want to try it, now’s a good time!

Miss BB



  1. 12 February, 2013 / 2:35 pm

    I had the EXACT same issues with this mascara! The shortness of the bristles made the brush pretty much useless – all it seemed to do was make my lashes a tiny bit darker. So disappointing as, like you, I’d heard nothing but rave reviews about it! xo

  2. Sophie
    12 February, 2013 / 3:09 pm

    I love this mascara, I think it might be my favourite one ever! Shame it didn’t work on you 🙁 Have you tried it with curled lashes? It might help 🙂 xx

  3. Viki
    12 February, 2013 / 4:41 pm

    I thought I’d love this mascara until after wearing it for a couple of hours it left me with panda eyes. So it’s defiantly not smudge proof, which is a shame 🙁

  4. 12 February, 2013 / 5:03 pm

    I was kind of tempted by this but I don’t think I’ll bother now. Like you a mascara has to be really good or else it’ll just look absolutely rubbish on me. Think I’ll pass on this one!

  5. 12 February, 2013 / 7:26 pm

    I’m glad it wasn’t just me that couldn’t get on with the brush! I had more mascara on my eye lid than I did on my lashes!

  6. 12 February, 2013 / 8:02 pm

    When I first got this mascara I wasn’t a big fan but after using it everyday for the last few weeks its really grown on me. My only issue is that the wand shown in Boots on the stand is nothing like the one that’s actually in the mascara. I thought it might be because I got the waterproof formula but seems like yours is the same too.

  7. Siobhan
    16 February, 2013 / 12:40 am

    I have also tried this mascara and didn’t get on with it. It makes my lashes look good but the mascara seems to transfer onto my skin below my eyebrow which I hate!!

    • missbudgetbeauty
      19 February, 2013 / 7:58 pm

      i dont have a massive issue with transference but this was terrible

  8. 16 February, 2013 / 10:37 pm

    That looks clumptastic! I’m glad I avoided buying it xx

  9. 18 February, 2013 / 3:26 pm

    I bought this mascara thinking it was going to be amazing but actually I found it quite clumpy and I found it didn’t give much volume it just put black stuff on them and I found it to make my lashes crispy and for it to flake off, not cool rocket mascara xx love your blog and channel plz will you check out mine it you have any spare time, I know how busy you are with milo and Ella so I totally understand if you don’t. What you said about Ella and showing her in video she is your child and you should be able to do wht ever you want with her, and as you said if your baking with Ella you are not just going to get your camera out and film xxxxx

    • missbudgetbeauty
      19 February, 2013 / 8:07 pm

      thank you! and i’m sorry this didnt work for you either x

  10. Georgia
    28 July, 2013 / 3:35 am

    I wish you got along with this mascara! Its my all time go too. My lashes look amazing, no need for curling them anymore either! Ive repurchased it many times now.

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