Mascara Experimentation: Maybelline Mega Plush vs. One by One + Tiny Haul

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Despite already finding my perfect mascaras--Shu Uemura Ultimate Natural (post) and Shiseido Majolica Majorca Lash King (post)--I still can't stop trying new ones out. Besides, when your sweet friend buys mascara for you through a BOGO deal, what are you going to do, refuse?!

I think not!

But I'm so thrilled I got to try these two mascaras because although one of them is a perfect example of what doesn't work for my lashes, the other one is an example of what does. And they're both under $10, making this my first drugstore mascara experimentation post! Can't believe it's taken me so long to do one!

Let's start with the newer of the two, Maybelline Mega Plush!

I'm sure you're familiar by now with my naked droopy eyes...

A coat of the Mega Plush and...

Whomp, whomp. That lovely curl in my lashes has fallen out considerably, and if you were to look at me dead-on, you probably wouldn't think I had curled my lashes at all! The whole marketing shtick behind this particular mascara is that it's a gel formula, creating softer and not crispy lashes. I've never experienced any uncomfortable stiffness with my mascaras, so that's not something I was particularly interested in. But I did get a lot of smudging and transfer throughout the day, likely due to the wetter formulation. I also didn't care for the big, flexible brush as on my puny lashes, there's no quicker way to guarantee getting mascara all over my eyelids. Add this to the list of disappointing drugstore mascaras!

On to the One by One!

My gorgeous right eye, still only half-awake...

Followed by a coat of a mascara I had low expectations for...


This, folks, is the very first drugstore mascara that actually works for my lashes--meaning that it retains the curl! I'd just about given up after every disappointing tube of L'Oreal Voluminous, CoverGirl Lash Blast, Revlon Grow Luscious, Almay Get Up & Grow, etc... Basically, I had come to the conclusion that mascaras that work for "most people" simply wouldn't work for my thin, wispy lashes, and this discovery has proven me wrong!

Of course it doesn't make my eyelashes look as fabulous as the Shu or Shiseido, but it very clearly can get the job done. I tend to wear this on "days off" when I still want to look somewhat put-together, but don't care as much about my makeup as I normally do. The curl doesn't hold up quite as well as with my Japanese mascaras, and my puny lashes don't look as lush, but for less than $10, I'm not going to complain!

I don't exactly need a third mascara I can use, but I'm so glad I tried this out and now know of an easily accessible mascara, if I'm ever traveling and lose my makeup or something. That might sound silly, but since both the Shu and the Shiseido require purchasing online and then waiting for delivery, it's really comforting to know that I still have a mascara option available. (This is obviously assuming that something God-awful has happened to my stash of backups!). =)

I know a lot of people don't like to spend a lot of money on mascara (seems like a bit of a waste considering how often you need to repurchase it), so for a cheap and accessible drugstore option, I completely recommend this. Generally, mascaras that work well on me work even better on people with stiffer, thicker (read: normal) lashes, so definitely give this a go! CVS is currently running some sort of deal on Maybelline anyway, (something like $4 back?) so go get the One by One!

And speaking of CVS...

I popped in a few nights ago and couldn't believe my luck. It was late and the staff were right in the middle of adding new makeup products to the shelves, so of course I seized the opportunity and came out with the Revlon ColorStay Whipped foundation, Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream and the Neutrogena Shine Control foundation. Suffice it to say that I've got plenty of base products now, and I can't wait to get testing! 

No idea why the Neutrogena looks so orange

I'm eventually hoping to do an oily skin/mattifying drugstore foundation post and a comparison between the Garnier BB Cream (post) and this new Maybelline one. 

But that won't be a for a while, in any case!

Hope you're well!


  1. Thanks for the post, just FYI, the one by one you have is waterproof and i find those are the only type to hold my curl. the mega plush in waterproof manages to hold the curl better and not smudge =)

    1. Really? Thanks for letting me know! That's what I get for not reading the packaging! Waterproof tends to hold a curl better for me too, but I find that when a mascara is too wet, the weight of the formula causes my curl to fall out no matter what. I have a sneaking suspicion MegaPlush might be like that, but if I get a chance to try the waterproof version, I will!

  2. omg thanks for the review! one question : which clumps worst? I'm 100% anti clump lol

    1. I know, I hate clumps too! MegaPlush is more prone to gooping up since it's a wetter formula, whereas One by One defines and separates much better. But if you build it up past two coats, be careful since it might start clumping a little.

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  4. Destiny hits when the workers are now stocking makeup right in front of you

    1. Right? I always feel like the stars align at that exact moment!