I went to the store to buy the Maybelline The Rocket Mascara on Tuesday because when I asked, a lot of you recommended it. And well, this is not the Maybelline The Rocket Mascara. Yeah…the moral of the story – procrastination is bad.
It goes like this, I’ve been meaning to replace my Rimmel The Max Bold Curves mascara for weeks now. It was three and half months old and, you really are supposed to swap out mascara every three months. But, for some reason, I decided that I was going to wait to the last possible second to buy a new mascara.
So, on Tuesday, I do all of my makeup before I go out, and I open my Rimmel mascara and, it smells horrible. I honestly thought I was going to throw up because the chemical smell was so bad. Obviously, that went straight into the trash. But then, I had all my eye makeup on and no mascara, and I can’t wear eye makeup without mascara. It just looks weird.
So, I had to stop while I was on my way out at the most expensive place to buy cosmetics in the world…Rite Aid. Now, I know you can get deals at stores like CVS, Walgreens, and Rite Aid, but that requires cards and points and planning, and no one got time for that. I walked in the store, and of course they were out of the Maybelline The Rocket. Great.
So, I am standing there, staring at the Maybelline mascaras, and I had to pick one, so I got the Maybelline Volum’ Express The Mega Plush. I bring it up to the register and, it was 9 freaking dollars. Are you freaking kidding me? All I could think was, this would have been $4 cheaper at Walmart and, I probably could have found a Maybelline coupon for $1 off. #brokecollegestudentprobs
Honestly, do not wait until the last minute to buy makeup, it will bite you in the butt. (Also, don’t shop at Rite Aid unless you have one of their cards and can decipher their sales flier/rewards program which basically requires a Ph.D.).
So, I ripped open the package when I get back to the car, and the brush is bendy. Uhhhhh. What? At first, I thought the brush was broken, but nope – apparently, the “Flexor Brush” is supposed to help coat your lashes better. Okay. Fine. That’s fine. Whatever.
I was surprised that I actually liked the bendy brush. I thought it was kind of gimmicky, and it kind of is. But, I am pretty bad at putting on mascara without getting it somewhere in my eye area and, surprisingly it was a lot easier with a bendy brush versus a rigid brush.
Once I put on the mascara, I wasn’t totally wowed by it, but I would say that it’s okay. It’s darkening, but not especially volumizing (I curled my lashes in the pictures above). It didn’t clump and, it did a good job at separating my lashes.
However, when I looked in the mirror four hours later, the mascara had smudged pretty badly against my brow bone. Sigh. Epic sigh.
In terms of first impressions, I am sorry Maybelline, but this wasn’t a good one. Rite Aid has a pretty bang up return policy, and you can bring opened or used makeup back with a receipt. Typically, I don’t go this route. Usually, if I don’t like a product, I just suck it up and keep using it, but usually I don’t spend 9 bucks on a drugstore mascara.
I feel bad that I don’t have a lot of nice things to say, but I paid a lot for this mascara and, I kind of expected the cost to reflect the quality (bad mindset). Chances are this mascara is going back to the store because it didn’t work for me, but the online reviews are mixed.
Some people love it, and some people hate it. I guess you’ll have to try it yourself to know for sure. My advice? Bring a coupon, and go to Walmart.
Have you ever returned makeup to the store?