Pros: inexpensive, lengthens, adds volume, no flaking or clumping, dramatic, easy to wash off
Cons: would love even more volume
As usual, I had to try yet another new mascara. Even though I have a bin full of mascaras from the cheapest to the most expensive, I can't resist trying new ones. I picked up a tube of Maybelline Volum' Express One by One Mascara in Very Black for around $6.00 and really didn't expect much. What I got was amazingly long, thicker lashes with no clumping or flaking. I would have loved more volume but I still really like the drama this mascara gives me.
About Maybelline Volum' Express One by One Mascara
Patented lash catcher brush has 3 bristles per lash to make every lash count. It catches, coats and de-clumps each lash to make them all fatter and flirtier. Instant clump-free volume. Contact lens safe and ophthalmologist tested. Washable.
This mascara comes carded. The tube is hot pink and the brush, which is displayed in the package, is also bright pink. The brush tapers at the ends and is thicker in the middle with different sized bristles. When you open the package, you have to unscrew the top and throw that away and insert the wand. There are three shades of this mascara - Very Black, Black, and Black/Brown. They also have a waterproof formula.
I have medium length lashes which are straight and thin. I like dramatic lashes - long, lush, and thick. I find that I can get length from many mascaras but volume is much tougher to obtain without clumping.
Maybelline Volum' Express One by One Mascara in Very Black is, indeed, very black. The brush is not unwieldy and I find it quite easy to use even in the corners of my eyes and on my lower lashes. It does seem to grab every lash and add color, length, and volume.
One coat of this mascara gives me long, slightly thicker, dark lashes and two coats gives me the drama I want. My lashes are stretched and bold. They're somewhat thicker but not quite as much as I would like. Still, I have no clumps at all when I apply this mascara, even multiple coats. I have not had any flaking or running and the mascara stays put until I remove it with my cleanser or eye makeup remover.
I have even fallen asleep with this mascara on and, while I wasn't fresh as a daisy when I woke up, there was just a little bit of flaking under my eyes which I swept away. I could have skipped mascara completely since it looked fine but I removed it and started all over again.
I sometimes use a coat or two of Maybelline Volum' Express One by One Mascara and then add one coat of Maybelline New York The Falsies Volum' Express over that for added oomph. I still don't get clumps or spidery lashes.
This mascara doesn't curl lashes and isn't intended to. My straight lashes do seem lifted if I don't use an eyelash curler before applying the mascara but not dramatically so. The mascara doesn't feel heavy though and doesn't weigh my lashes down.
In all, I really like Maybelline Volum' Express One by One Mascara. I find that it really adds length, bold color, and some volume without clumping up or looking spidery. It is buildable. I can use one coat for a natural look or more for drama and additional length and volume.
I like that this mascara doesn't flake or give me raccoon eyes and that it washes off well with my usual facial cleanser yet doesn't run when it is on my lashes.
It is inexpensive and a good addition to my mascara arsenal.
Maybelline Volum' Express One by One Mascara in Very Black and the other two shades are available at drugstores and mass-market stores everywhere on and offline. The price varies from around $5.99 to around $7.99 a tube.
I am impressed with the results I have been getting from Maybelline Volum' Express One by One Mascara. Although I still would like MORE volume, this one does add some while stretching my lashes to crazy long lengths. There is no clumping or flaking and multiple coats are not a problem. 4 stars.