Frugal Friday – Maybelline Volum Express Falsies Big Eyes Mascara

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A new mascara? Where? What brand? How much? Where can I find it? TELL ME, TELL ME NOW!!! Just my typical reaction to a new mascara hitting the market–and a new drugstore brand mascara comes along approximately every 4.37 seconds.* Actually drugstore mascaras are really improving and I’m learning not to be such a mascara snob. There was a time a drugstore brand would not touch these soft delicate lashes but those days are over.

Maybelline Volum’ Express Falsies Big Eyes Mascara ($7) ( why are these names so loooong?) got me with the gimmick “one brush for upper lashes and one brush for lower lashes”. I know! I shouldn’t STILL be falling for this type of advertising should I? But…but…we’re talking mascara here and I am a die-hard mascara maven. Do  you need two brushes? Well, kinda. I mean the teeny tiny lower lash brush is really nice for getting tiny lashes and even the ones in the corners. Getting every last lash is imperative for bat-worthy, 60’s Twiggy, Drag Queen lashes and I must have ginormous lashes or I could very well perish. Seriously.

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About now you’re probably saying, just get on with the review will ya huh? Okay, okay don’t lose a lash over it! I like this mascara, a lot. I’ve been wearing it for 2 weeks now and I’m still reaching for it everyday. That says a lot for me; I have a pretty strict criteria for mascara. Here’s what I like about Maybelline Volum’ Express Falsies Big Eyes Mascara.


Upper Lash Brush

Upper Lash Brush

Lower Lash Brush

Lower Lash Brush


  • It has a nice wet formula that is quick drying
  • keeps clumps at bay
  • does not smudge or flake
  • gives great length
  • nice double-sided brush
  • does make lashes stiff


  • not enough volume–certainly NOT false eye lash volume
  • does not separate as well as I would like

My lashes are fairly long already so I’m always looking for a mascara to add volume more than length and lemme tell ya they’re not easy to find, so….the quest continues. My lower lashes are almost as long as the uppers so I don’t really need a separate brush but I like having one. It’s easier to work with than the fatter upper brush.

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Bottom Line: nice formula, nice brush, good length, lacking on the volum’. I’ll give it a B and I’m not giving up my high-end mascara quite yet.

Are you fond of any drugstore mascara? Which ones? Do tell!

  • Maybelline mascaras are the best! My FAV though is always Falsies!

  • I tried this too! I love the lower lash brush. The other end was a little too clumpy for me. I love Maybelline mascaras. 🙂

  • I stood in front of the Maybelline display today but didn’t cave. I don’t really have any bottom lashes so I ignore them. I’ll probably ignore this mascara too.

    • HAHA, I’m a sucker

  • Maybelline mascaras are fabulous! I’ve been using them for a long time now and I haven’t been disappointed yet.