Shout it out: Almay One Coat Mega Volume mascara

I love trying out new mascaras.

Although I have some favourites that are by more expensive brands (Too Faced and Tarte), I love it when a drugstore mascara surprises me. I have so many favourites from CoverGirl and Maybelline, that when a new affordable mascara comes across my desk, I get really excited to try it. Will it be my new favourite?

Almay One Coat Mega Volume mascara Almay One Coat Mega Volume mascara brush

I recently received the Almay One Coat Mega Volume mascara as part of the Almay VoxBox on Influenster. I’ve dabbled into Almay products in the past, but for the most part, I haven’t used a ton of products from the brand. This mascara is designed to give you major lashes in one swipe thanks to its unique “megaphone” brush. The brush starts skinny then expands to a wider base.  It’s a little odd since the widest part of the brush is at the end, making it a little difficult to apply the mascara without getting it on the inner eye area.

The mascara is available in three shades (black, brown, and blue), as well as a waterproof version. The idea of the brush is to add volume to your lashes, so you can either comb the flat end of the brush vertically through the lashes, flip it and sweep it through the ends of your lashes, or invert the brush and pull upwards. If you’re like me though, you’ll just apply it the normal way and hope that the product doesn’t get on your skin.

Swatches of Almay Almay One Coat Mega Volume mascara

Okay, so the fact that I don’t like the brush aside, formula-wise, it’s okay. It does give some lift to my lashes. They don’t look fuller or anything, but the mascara does the trick. I just can’t get over how inconvenient the brush is, and because of that, this mascara is a miss for me. The brush would work better if it was flipped, so it was skinny at the end and wider at the beginning. It’s just too much of a hassle to deal with, and if you’re like me and only have like 15 minutes to get ready in the morning, you don’t want to deal with mascara getting on your lids because of this weirdly-shaped brush.

Have you tried the Almay One Coat Mega Volume mascara? What were your thoughts?

Please note, I received this mascara free from Influenster. All opinions are my own.

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