May 30, 2012

Seriously, did I just pay near $21 for these two mascaras?

The new Maybelline Volum’Express The Mega Plush Mascara and L’Oreal Power Volume 24H Voluminous Mascara cost me near $21 bucks at CVS…WTF? Beauty on a budget my azz!

Someone have my head examined.

Have you tried either one yet?

I typically hate L’Oreal Mascaras so I have a feeling I wasted $11 dollars for this one!


About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment.

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    • the Muse

      review tomorrow lara ;-D hopefully I can recommend you pick up ;D

  • Angelic Mariposa

    Cvs is the most expensive of the drugstores!! Bed bath and beyond, Harmon, Walmart or Walgreens are always cheaper!! Ugh!! Are they any good?? U could have gotten 4 eyeshadows from Inglot #justsayin. Btw love the new look!!

    • the Muse

      AGREED! walgreens is too though! sadly Harmons didn’t have these yet boo! haven’t tried yet, testing out the new maybelline tonight/into tomorrow so review on the way! that’s TRUE! money probably better spent as well!

      thanks babe ;-D hope you find it easier to read/enjoy!

  • Coral

    The L’oreal mascara isn’t too shabby. I had my reservations about the Maybelline mascara so I skipped on that one for the moment.
    Unless I have coupons and there is a sale or I desperately need mascara, I don’t normally get mascaras from the drugstore since they seem to cost so much.
    Love the new lay out by the way.

    • the Muse

      surprised coral, I NEVER have success with L’Oreal so I hope I like it ;-D agreed…$11 for a mascara, dunno, feels like I need to just go to sephora lol!

      aw thanks hope it’s more enjoyable for you during your scrollings around Musings!

  • Jessica Allison

    Ah, mass market beauty isn’t what it once was. That’s mostly good, but not necessarily for the bank account, huh?

  • Joyce

    Wait for sales! You can always get drugstore products less than retail price because there are always “buy one get one 50% off” or even “buy one get one free” sale. =)

    • the Muse

      yeah joyce ;-D but I like to get reviews live as early as possible so I end up not waiting on a BOGO offer ;-/

  • Jayne

    I managed to find Mega Plush today for $6.99 which I was happy with. I can’t wait to try it out!

  • kelliegonzo

    i got both of these also, the l’oreal is the first one of theirs that i’ve liked in a LONG time, the plush one i had high hopes for but it smudges like a mo’fo! raccoon eyes 🙁

    • the Muse

      aw man that sucks! but should be OK I don’t have oily eyes/lids so hopefully don’t get the old coon eyes!

  • Leticia – Cosmetics Aficionado

    Mega Plush is also on my list. Gel mousse? Color me intrigued.

  • Southern Gorgeous

    I have Mega Plush, it’s not what I expected. It separates like a dream, is truly waterproof minus the hardness and flaking while still holding a curl but it didn’t fatten my lashes a darn bit. 🙁

  • Grace

    I heard the mega plush one smudges kinda easily on asian eyelids (specifically hooded + mono ones) so I decided to pass this up 🙁 Looking forward to the review though! 🙂 I can’t tell, but is the one you got waterproof?

    Same here, L’oreal mascaras really don’t work for me, I totally wasted like ~$14 on the false fiber one!

    • the Muse

      the l’oreal you mean grace? that’s wp yes. I hate reviewing stuff that smudges for everyone as I typically don’t have smudging issues so it’s difficult for me to review :-/ blah! yeah, and the millionaire yada yada, what’s it called!? lol that’s how memorable it was..garbage

  • Charlotte

    I never buy anything full price at a drugstore, but I understand what you mean about needing them for reviews. If there is something I just can’t wait for I try to get it at Walmart, they usually have the lowest regular price. Everything is going up… but it is also, for the most part, getting better… so I guess you have to take the good with the bad. I’ve been waiting for WnW to jack up their prices with all the publicity they have had the last year.

  • Erika

    I usually find that drugstore mascaras are well worth the money, except for Maybelline. I don’t know what it is, but nothing happens when I put them on and 3 hours later I find all of it under the eyes…

  • Sarah

    Ah, you want pain? Try living in Australia. $21 would get you only one of them. 🙂 No wonder I don’t bother with drugstore brands – $35 for a Revlon foundation here – why on earth would I buy that when my favourite Shiseido one is $45 on Strawberrynet!

  • Caroline

    The Plush one is on my list too! The only L’oreal mascara I ever tried made me want to scratch my eyes out, it itched so bad.
    I love the new site!

  • JenJ

    Well damn! I agree CVS is expensive but their doggone beauty club and getting the bonus bucks get me every time! I need to replenish my mascaras., Trying not to have so many. Think I’m going to revisit some drugstore options since I’ve been a high end kick.

    • the Muse

      that beauty club keeps me going back for more for some reason ;-D

  • K.B.

    I bought the L’Oreal mascara a couple of days ago, and I L-O-V-E it so far, although I don’t like the size of the brush. It makes me nervous to apply it because I’m afraid I’m going to get mascara all over my lids, which is more of a problem on days I wear eye shadow. I’m interested in hearing your thoughts, especially as you don’t like L’Oreal mascaras (I’m hit or miss on them myself, but I love the Telescopic Explosion Carbon Black.)

  • Swims alot

    Hey Muse
    CVS is $$$ but they have a great easy beauty return policy. If I don’t like a mascara, return it- w/ or w/ out receipt.

    • the Muse

      thanks swims alot ;-D I’m so bad with returns tend to dumb them in a corner, promise myself to get in store and return but never do :-/

  • Quinctia

    Eh, you’re almost halfway to a $5 beauty buck reward, at least.

    (Tell me you have a CVS card. They send me 20+% off coupons every other week on top of everything else.)

    It’s weird, aside from some colored mascaras I got from UD, and a clear Nyx one I used as eyebrow gel, I tend to always buy Maybelline mascara. Even when I get adventurous and buy one that isn’t XXL Extensions, it’s Maybelline. I always have luck with them.

    • the Muse

      true that true that ;-D I do indeed….! i signed up when they started doing the beauty club thing…!

  • jacqueline

    If you check out the websites I heart cvs, and I heart walgreens they have the upcoming ads so you can see if you should hold off.