Maybelline Rocket mascara review

Taryn Davies
Published: September 6, 2016

Maybelline Rocket Mascara review didn’t really need another mascara when they launched the Volum’ Rocket Mascara, but that doesn’t mean that we weren’t happy when they did.

Get longer, fuller lashes in just one coat with this mascara. And even better, it’s going to hold a curl all day and doesn’t smudge or flake.

The Maybelline Rocket Volum’ Express, may not have been needed but it’s a good addition to their ever-expanding line of cosmetics.

Rocket boasts a new patented jumbo brush that is designed to volumise your lashes in one coat.  But while one coat does make a difference you need at least another to make a big impact. With this brush, you also manage to reach every single lash, both upper and lower.

It has great staying power on the lashes too, and even after a full day’s wear you won’t get unsightly black marks underneath your eyes or around them.

The only drawback is that it can clump slightly if not applied carefully. Quickly sweeping the mascara's brush over your lashes results in some of them sticking together, even after just one or two coats. This won't be an issue if you spend more time applying and do so precisely, but it's definitely something to consider if you prefer a quick sweep-and-go mascara.

Maybelline Rocket Mascara review


Adds length and volume, extremely pigmented, holds a curl, doesn’t smudge or flake


Thinner formula means it takes a little longer to dry than other mascaras we’ve tried, tends to clump if not applied carefully

Maybelline Rocket Mascara review

Bottom Line

Another great mascara from Maybelline. It’s great for smaller, thinner lashes as the brush keeps lashes defined and the formula builds nicely if you’re careful when applying it. It delivers beautiful volume and coupled with the fantastic brush it’s going to be a firm favourite in our pick of the best mascaras. It’s easy to apply, lasts all day and two coats are perfect for thick, visible lashes.

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Maybelline Mascaras

Maybelline has shown time and time again that the best place to get mascara is in the drugstore, with innovative launches that ensure lashes are left longer, more luscious looking and volumised. Here are some of our favourites that you should add to your must-try makeup list.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

Maybelline Lash Sensational MascaraThis mascara has a unique mascara brush with two types of bristles to capture every single lash. The inner bristles pick up the tiniest lashes while the outer bristles add volume and define longer lashes. The rubber brush is designed with short, densely packed bristles that clearly separate and add plenty of volume to your lashes. It has a buildable formula that isn’t prone to clumping, flaking or smudging.

Maybelline Push-Up Drama MascaraMaybelline Push-Up Drama Mascara

The push-up cup brush is designed to scoop and lift the lashes. You end up with very thick lashes thanks to the Maybelline Push-Up Drama mascara that are flake-free and smudge resistant. It’s quite a wet formula when you apply this mascara, so you might make a bit of a mess for the first few applications, but it’s important to know that once it dries this is a very resilient formula. You will get some clumpiness with successive coats, so take your time to really comb through your lashes. The mascara will certainly add thickness and dramatic volume to your lashes too.

Maybelline Big Eyes MascaraMaybelline Big Eyes Mascara

This dual-sided mascara from Maybelline gives your eyes a BIG look. The formula is the same for each side, what’s different is the brush size. One of the brushes is designed for the upper lashes, this is a standard size brush that gives clump-free longer lashes. Then the other is for the lower lashes, a small and thin brush to reach those tiny and feather-like lashes. This mascara is easy to apply and doesn’t flake. The smaller brush is perfect to ensure you get a wide-eyed effect, but if don’t bother with mascara on the bottom lashes, then this is not really the product for you.

Maybelline Colossal MascaraMaybelline Colossal Mascara

The Maybelline Colossal Mascara has a stellar track record for big, thick lashes. The rubber-bristled brush gives volume in an instant. With one coat you get big lashes, and they only get bigger the more you layer this mascara on. This will result in more clumping and some flaking, but a lash comb can certainly help fix these problems.

Maybelline Great Lash Mascara

Maybelline Great Lash MascaraThe Maybelline Great Lash Mascara is one of those products we’ve all had a tube of at some point. It builds length but it takes a little effort to get there in comparison to others. The water-based design makes this mascara perfect for those with eyelash extensions. The Lash Respect formula boasts no artificial waxes, is smooth and lustrous and doesn’t dry crunchy.

Maybelline Falsies MascaraMaybelline Falsies Mascara

The patented spoon curler brush fans out the lashes beautifully with the Maybelline Falsies Mascara. The pro-keratin formula builds volume without clumping and the flexible wand means you can wiggle it about to coat every lash.

Maybelline Volum’ Express MascaraMaybelline Volum’ Express Mascara

This simple mascara is one of the two cheapest mascaras on offer from Maybelline, but that doesn’t mean it’s the worst formula. It’s a perfect everyday mascara that adds instant volume in a sweep with no clumps. Don’t have time in the mornings to perfect your lashes, just a coat of this mascara will give you a wide-eyed effect that won’t flake or smudge throughout the day.