Drugstore Mascara: My top pick

I’ve been trying out different types of mascara lately. I have my favorite luxury mascaras, of course but I wanted to give the drugstore brands a chance to wow me as well. I went on a little CVS/WalMart haul the other day to grab some products that I’ve been wanting to try, including mascara. I picked up the following four from WalMart….

COVERGIRL Plumpify blastPRO This is supposed to create a dramatic full lash look by plumping and lifting the lashes from the root. It was an instant fail! It left clumps on my lashes with the first stroke. After cleaning the wand I gave it another try on my other eye, but the same thing happened. It left my lashes stuck together in a black, clumpy mess. It was only around $8 but I was still disappointed that it was so messy and didn’t do anything that it claimed to do. Never again!

COVERGIRL, Plumpify blastPRO mascara

COVERGIRL Plumpify blastPRO

COVERGIRL Lashblast Volume Waterproof Mascara Claims to give you 10 times more volume. It cost $6.25 and while this one didn’t clump or make my lashes stick together like the blastPRO, it didn’t add any volume either. It had absolutely no effect whatsoever. On that note, I probably won’t purchase any other COVERGIRL mascara.

COVERGIRL, lashblast VOLUME, mascara


Wet n Wild Max Volume Plus Waterproof Hydrofuge Claims to increase the volume of your lashes with no clumping or smudging. It’s only $4 so whatever the outcome is I feel like you can’t get too upset. I didn’t notice any difference with the first two coats but after applying one or two more there was some progress. My lashes were definitely darker and there was some added length. There was no clumping and my lashes were separated and lifted. I can’t see any dramatic lash looks being created with this mascara but it’s great for everyday use or when you just want to do a little less makeup.

Wet n Wild, Max Volume Plus Waterproof Hydrofuge, mascara

Wet n Wild MAX VOLUME PLUS Waterproof Hydrofuge

MAYBELLINE Lash Sensational Full Fan Effect For $6.25 and no different from any other mascara in its claim to add volume, this one supposedly takes it a step further by creating a “fan effect”, fanning out your lashes. I’ve seen several YouTubers using this which is what prompted me to try it. It took two coats for me to notice any difference. It didn’t create the “fan effect” that it claims to but it did darken, lengthen and curl my lashes enough that I felt it was workable. It’s washable and though I prefer waterproof mascara, I wasn’t disappointed. It didn’t smudge, run or leave any clumps. If you’re going for a full on glam or dramatic look, I wouldn’t recommend this mascara. It’s better for simple, everyday looks.

Drugstore mascara, review, maybelline lash sensational review

Maybelline Lash Sensational

Considering all points…price, what the products claim to do and the actual results, I’d have to say that my top pick out of the four is the Wet n Wild Max Volume Plus. Wet n Wild has really stepped their game up lately so I was excited to try this mascara. What really caught my interest was the fact that it’s formulated with Macadamia Nut, Jojoba and Olive oils to condition the lashes and prevent breakage. I wasn’t at all disappointed with this product. I will be wearing it on a daily basis and repurchasing.

My second choice would be the Maybelline Lash Sensational. If you’re looking for something affordable, for everyday use or something you can wear under false lashes I’d recommend this one. It’s pretty decent and I’d probably buy it again.

Melyssa    melyssa@makeupandcurls82.com