Continuing on my tour of drugstore mascaras (and more recently, my tour of Maybelline mascaras), I’ve been wearing Maybelline’s One-By-One clump-free mascara daily. After trying the more volumizing The Rocket mascara, I was excited to switch to what I assumed would be a good everyday product that focused on lash separation. Like the other Volum’Express offerings, One-by-One is under $10 and easy to find on sale at the drugstore.
I don’t find this one particularly volumizing, but the brush does provide thinner coats of mascara with no clumps. I do really need to brush it through my lashes a lot and build it up in order to get good length, curl, and even color. A quicker single coat will just give some simple darkness focused on the base of the lashes, but I think this looks a little too natural and end up missing the lift and darkened ends that the more thorough application provides.
Even when it’s built up, it still looks quite natural but lashes remain nicely separated and lightweight. The formula reminds me of Maybelline’s The Falsies (review), which doesn’t flake at all but keeps lashes looking good all day and washes off really easily at night. I wouldn’t be terribly surprised if the only difference between the two mascaras was the wand. To compare, The Rocket (review) was a little more difficult to remove. I will say I think I prefer both of Maybelline’s The Falsies and Illegal Length (review) mascaras to One-By-One because they provide similar color and definition but also are a little more generous with the length and curl, but by no means is One-By-One a bad choice. My only real complaint is that I find it smudges a bit in the outer corners of my eyes throughout the day, but I’ve also started using a more moisturizing cream recently that is probably adding to the problem.
One-By-One is a decent drugstore mascara, but I’ll probably forgo it in the future in favor of The Falsies or Illegal Length. It generally costs about $8, but can often be found on sale along with other Maybelline products.
Have you tried One-By-One? What do you think?