Review: Maybelline The Rocket Volum’ Express, Darkens Lashes & Smudge-Free!

3, 2, 1, LAUNCH! As the rocket blast off sky high in the blink of an eye and you can only then see it as a sparkly light in the sky. I believe this is the same concept that Maybelline would want to achieve on their latest mascara, Maybelline The Rocket Volum’ Express. It is to give you the volume effortlessly with sky high rocket lashes. I purchased this mascara last Wednesday just before the Raya holidays because it was on 5-days sale for only MYR23.95 and you’ll be able to know the first hand news if you follow my Instagram.

Maybelline The Rocket Volum' Express

Image Courtesy of Victoria Rose Deldin

‘Explosive Volume in Rocket Time! 8X Bigger. Smoother. Even.
Now, the most explosive, beautiful lashes ever! Volum’ Express The Rocket Mascara’s patented Supersonic Brush with micro bristles loads on big, sleek volume instantly.
Our fast-glide formula keeps lashes smooth.  Zero clumps!’ – Maybelline

Our local bloggers have tried them and most of them love how their lashes turned out. This is the smudge-proof and washable formula using soap and water or makeup remover. In the US, they have this formula and already have waterproof version but promises only 6 times the volume.

Maybelline The Rocket Volum' Express - Applicator

Their patented super jumbo brush with micro-bristles helps to build volume instantly and the fast glide formula promises fast glide application for even and clump-free lashes. They are not kidding when they mentioned about their super jumbo brush, it is rather big that I gotten worried it could mess up during the application. They only have one shade which is called Black and let’s see how they turn out on my lashes.

Maybelline The Rocket Volum' Express - Application

I do have fine average long lashes and they are normally quite straight. Through this application, you could see the transformation.

  • Before – curled naked lashes
  • Single Coat – lashes are defined and very much darken. I do notice that it doesn’t separate the lashes well.
  • Double Coat – lashes are more curled higher and seems much fan-out. This time the lashes sticks together very much.

Maybelline The Rocket Volum' Express - Smudge Proof Test

Also I have put it into the test of long lasting effect and if its smudge-free for a day.

  • 9:04AM – freshly applied the mascara and I love how dark my lashes look. I did accidentally smudged on my eyelid during the application.
  • 3:32PM – my lashes seems weighed down a little, other than that nothing budge.
  • 6:33PM – they look the same as previous update!

I love the fact they are smudgre-free throughout the day! It doesn’t hold the curl so well thus showing slight weighed down lashed during the midday. Below are the ingredients listing and I did notice that they contained alcohol and SLS.

Aqua/Water, Styrene/Acrylates/Ammomium Methacrylate Coplymer, Cera Alba/ Beeswax, Simmonsia Chinesis Butter/ Jojoba Butter, Steareth-20, Acacia Senegal/ Acacia Senegal Gum, Alcohol Denat, Pottasium Cetyl Phosphate, Steareth-2, Copernicia Cerifera Cera/ Carnauba Wax, Hydroxyethycellulose, VP/ Eicosene Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Capryly Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, PEG/PPG-17/18 Dimethicone, Disodium Edta, Tetrasodium Edta, Potassium Sorbate, Silica [+/- May contain CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499/ Iron Oxides, CI 77007/ Ultramarines, CI 77891/ Titanium Dioxide, Mica, /CI 75470/ Carmine, CI 77742/Manganese Violet, CI 77510/ Ferric Ferrocyanide]


During the application, the mascara kept bringing a few my lashes together which means it doesn’t separate lashes well enough. It glides on easily, didn’t clump, darkens but not as exaggerating as to 8 times the volume. I use olive oil to remove my makeup and this comes off easily without leaving panda eye effect after removal. I do like this mascara in the way that it does not smudge and darkens my lashes a lot, great especially with the humid weather which melts makeup easily. It comes of in chunks of pieces. I thought the introductory price was a little hefty as a drugstore product and I was lucky to grab it from the sales!

Retail Price: MYR39.90

Weight: 10ml/0.34oz

Availability: Watsons, Guardian, Sasa and major departmental stores

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  • Darken and lifts lashes
  • Fan-out effect
  • Smudge-free
  • Easy removal without panda eye effect


  • Doesn’t separate lashes well
  • Weighs down lashes
  • Contains alcohol and SLS
  • Pricey introductory price

My Rating: 3.8/5


Traclyn Yeoh
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