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Waste of Money Wednesday! THREE Mascaras I Will NEVER Buy Again

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NOTE FROM COLLIN:

Similar to how we do our Try Me Tuesday posts with product recommendations, I thought it would be also fun to do basically the complete opposite. With that said, I introduce “Waste of Money Wednesday!” 😂 This post will be exactly that – the Hip2Save team will be sharing products that they aren’t happy with, products they feel are a waste of money – basically product UN-recommendations.

Hello everyone! It’s Jessica, one of Collin’s sidekicks!

I’ve never been one to spend loads of money on expensive makeup. In fact, I hadn’t ever set foot in a Sephora (or even an Ulta) until last year! EEEK! 😬

My makeup has always come from drugstores – primarily Target or Walmart, and I’ve been pretty happy with it. I do have to say that I’ve found my fair share of products that absolutely do not work for me, though! Even paying just $6 for a mascara is a waste of money if that mascara just clumps your lashes together. So on that note, I’m going to share with you the three mascaras that I will NOT be buying ever again…

Maybelline The Colossal Spider Effect Mascara: (I paid $5.73 at Walmart)

From the second I pulled the brush out of the mascara tube, I was apprehensive. This is one of those rubber-spiked brushes, but it also has a very odd shape that gets thinner at the end. The issue with this design is that there is so much mascara deposited onto the end that you can’t even see the spikes. This meant that as soon as I swiped it onto my lashes there was SO much clumping. The short spikes did nothing to separate my lashes, and basically just acted as a tool to scoop up the mascara and use it to glue my lashes together. Plus, there was a lot of flaking, as shown in the photo above.

I couldn’t figure out why they called it the “Spider Effect” mascara until I realized that spiders have 8 legs, and that’s about how many lashes it looked like I had after using this. Eight big and thick clumps of lashes… 🕷

Rimmel Shake It Fresh Clump-Free Volume Mascara: (I paid $5.97 at Walmart)

Finally! A mascara that won’t clump because you can shake the tube to keep it all fresh! <– That’s what I thought when I purchased this a couple of weeks ago, and boy was I wrong. I do appreciate the idea because I think more can be done to fix the clumping issues that plague most mascaras, but in my opinion this just did not work.

The consistency of this mascara is SO thin and watery – which is what makes it able to get mixed around and “freshened up” when it’s shaken. But all it really does is clump your eyelashes together (though not as bad as the Maybelline Spider Effect mascara) and it takes a lot longer to dry than normal. (I got mascara on the skin below my lower lashes because I blinked a minute after applying this.)

I bet that by “no-clumping” they mean that the actual mascara solution won’t clump since it’s so thin and you can shake it – but your lashes are definitely not spared from the dreaded clumps.

CoverGirl Katy Kat Mascara in Perry Blue: (a gift from an anonymous family member; likely my aunt…)

Okay, full disclosure, this one was a White Elephant gift. And for some reason I couldn’t get anyone else to steal it from me. 😉

I honestly didn’t even know that colored mascara was a thing… And I still don’t really understand it because it did not work for me. I have jet black eyelashes naturally, so that’s likely why the blue color didn’t really show up. Two layers of this stuff only resulted in (you guessed it! It’s the word of the day today…) CLUMPS! If I got really close to the mirror I could spot some blue, but it was not noticeable to anyone else.

Apparently adding a white primer to dark lashes before applying a colored mascara can help it to show up, but I wasn’t willing to put so much effort in for a product that I wasn’t a fan of for multiple reasons. Simply applying it left a mess all over my eyelid and bottom lashes, and after only one hour of wearing it, I ended up looking like I had blue freckles thanks to the flaking, and even had some fall into my eye! No thanks!


I want to note that I have nothing against Maybelline, Rimmel or CoverGirl. I have multiple products of each of theirs that I love. In fact, one of my favorite mascaras is Maybelline Full ‘n Soft! (Very minimal clumping, no flaking, and it makes my eyelashes look longer.) And I love this CoverGirl TruBlend Bronzer among other items!

Makeup is different for EVERYONE.

I have products that I swear by that my sister can’t stand simply because she has a different eye shape and skin type and style! So I completely understand that while these mascaras did not work for me, they could work fine for someone else. I personally love to read reviews before buying anything, so I thought it would be helpful to share my experience – especially with anyone who frequently buys drugstore makeup.

If you want a great mascara to try, head here to read about Kimberly’s Favorite Non-Clumping Mascara!

What Mascara Do You LOVE?! And What Mascara Do You AVOID? Please share!

Jessica has been writing for 4+ years and lives at home with her husband and 2 fur babies.


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Comments 152

  1. Nicole

    I think the Maybelline mascara in the bright pink bottle with the green top…I think it’s called great lash(?) is absolute garbage. It does nothing at all but cause clumps and for how little it does, it costs way too much. That’s definitely a waste of money!

    • Valerie H

      Yes! I agree! Great Lash always gets all kinds of awards and I’m always like who are you paying off, this stuff sucks! Lol!

      • Rebecca

        Lol at least I’m not alone!

    • Laura

      Omg yes, it doesn’t look good at all!

  2. 50ShadesofLipstick

    Congrats to all the ladies that needed to tell us that they don’t wear makeup lol. Anyway, Too Faced Better Than Sex is the best that I’ve ever tried!

    • Suan

      Too Faced Better than Sex mascara is the best I have ever used. I received a free sample, & ordered one right away. No clumping, goes on & seperates nicely.

    • Rebecca

      One of my faves!

    • sgm

      Better Than Sex is the best looking mascara ever…but it flakes like nothing I’ve ever seen before and I’ve got oily skin – therefore, I’m constantly getting black marks all over my face 🙁 Tried the waterproof version and it didn’t go on or look as good as the regular.

    • Jessica

      YES!!! I love Better Than Sex Mascara! It’s the best ever! A second for me is Ulta waterproof mascara.

  3. Valerie H

    I love this post, please keep doing them! My absolute favorite mascara in college was Max Factor but they stopped selling in the US. I’ve started seeing them around again so I’m hoping I’ll be able to find it again. I just tried CoverGirl Bloom mascara, it’s in the pink tube. I really like it. I have short, sparse lashes and it really coats them all without getting too clumpy. It also stays put like crazy. The only complaint I have is it’s a bit hard to get off. I end up with raccoon eyes the next morning sometimes. But it doesn’t flake or come off during the day!

  4. Sophie

    They’re Real mascara by Benefit Cosmetics is great! Makes lashes look thick and long! Typically $24 , but I only buy it when I find a deal for $12.

    • Melissa Campbell

      And it stays on so well, almost like water proof. I love this stuff – It doesn’t clump and doesn’t flake.

    • Amy

      I agree, I got a sample of it a year or so ago, and it is amazing and stays on all day. Last fall I got a deal at Macy’s where it was just $12 for a full size tube (usually $24, like you said), and I wish I’d purchased more.

  5. Shawn

    YES I agree- to the comment with YOUNIQUE 3-D!!!!!! That stuff is like eyelash heaven! Best stuff around!!!!!

  6. Shawn

    YES I agree- to the comment about YOUNIQUE 3-D!!!!!! That stuff is like eyelash heaven! Best stuff around!!!!!

  7. Gigi

    Valerie H – I LOVED Max Factor 2000 calorie mascara!

  8. Elvira

    My favorite mascara is benefit they’re real. Just makes my eyes look great and no clumping. Worth the cost to me!

  9. Cori

    You can’t go wrong with Mary Kay mascaras . I love the ultimate mascara . It goes on great without clumping but still builds the lashes . The brush separates great for thicker looking lashes and the color stays on great without flaking. I have sensitive skin and I’ve never had any reaction to this product or the oil free eye makeup remover . Love the way my skin feels after the remover !

    • Gege1804

      Yes, i agree Mary Kay mascara is really good. I think the brush design is what makes it so great.

  10. Denise

    I love the black Katy Perry mascara personally. And my old reliable is full and soft as well =)

  11. Jessica

    You can return used makeup. I always keep receipts and it’s never an issue. If I hate something I return it promptly. I’d rather “waste” $5 on a latte.

  12. Workaholic

    I tried the spider one too… Omg it was terrible. Never again.

  13. Denise

    I agree on this post! I’ve yet to find a Maybelline mascara I like. And the Katy Perry is 👎🏼

  14. Amy

    Yes I agree about the Maybelline full n soft mascara. I’ve used that mascara for many years. I have yet to try anything else and the other ones I have tried have failed. My lashes are long and straight.I curl them then apply mascara. It’s the only one that keeps them curled and doesn’t clump.

    • Ada

      I agree – always go back to Maybelline Full and Soft! I also curl my lashes and it goes on without clumping, keeps them curled and looks so natural!

  15. Raedev

    The clinique mascaras are good too. The one in the dark green tube I got a sample of and now I’m in ❤

  16. MAITE

    WOW! This really sucks because I have a Katy Kat Eye that I haven’t even opened! BTW love the Revlon Ultimate All In One Mascara, it is Amazing!!!!!

  17. Jamie

    I am so loyal to L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara. Has been my fave for so many years. A close second would be Lancome Definicils, which totally made sense when I found out L’Oreal and Lancome are owned by the same company. I’m not crazy about any other mascaras I’ve tried.

    • Shea

      YES! I love L’Oreal Voluminous. I’ve been wearing it for 10+ years and still have yet to find something else I like. I’ve tried the Better Than Sex- my lashes don’t get as full. I’ve tried Benfit’s mascara- same thing.. and the application brush is weird. I have Younique’s Fiber lashes and will use those only AFTER I do a base coat of L’Oreal Voluminous. And for 8 bucks… it’s so worth it!

  18. Jennifer Cummins

    I don’t wear much makeup either, and love Clinique or Voluminous mascara paired with my Lash Boost serum, my lashes never looked better! Thanks for sharing your mascara tips!!

  19. Oshea

    I like Mally beauty from QVC. It’s not cheap but it performs. Still looking for a drugstore brand I like. I will be checking out some of these.

  20. Carrie

    The original Maybelline Illegal Length is an awesome every day mascara if you’re looking for something easy to find that won’t break the bank. They have a version with fibers in it too but the original without the fibers is my favorite. No clumping, flaking, etc. I would also suggest Merle Norman’s Wicked Lash mascara also!

  21. Sarah

    I know a lot of people swear by Lancôme Hypnose Drama mascara if you ever get a chance to try it. It’s in my amazon cart but I haven’t tried it yet.

  22. sarah

    elf mascara is wonderful! Cruelty-free, inexpensive and works like a charm. If you like a wet mascara the Beautifully Bare in Noir makes your lashes crazy long with no clumps. I usually use a dry mascara, their elf Mineral Infused mascara, doesn’t smear and plumps and lengthens.

  23. Spicy Carl

    Maybelline Lash Sensational is one of the best mascaras from drug store. It stays all day, separates lashes and creates effortless full fan effect. I cheated on it recently and tried L’Oreal Lash Paradise, it was wet, clumpy and frankly, terrible. Came right back to Maybelline!

  24. Raedev

    Thbanks for the great post! I wanna mention taste lash paint. Its non flaky and you can sleep in it if your brave lol. Or lazy like me and don’t wanna take your makeup off some days. I’m surprised how well my lashes looked this morning. Thanks for all the tips fellow hipsters!!😊

  25. Nancy

    I’d been using Urban Decay’s Perversion mascara and while I love the non-clumping factor, without fail I would have black marks below my eyes because it takes so long to dry! I recently bought a Katy Kat Eye mascara from CVS with coupons and so far no smudging. Although I do have to say that I have to apply a lot more of it to get close to the effect of UD’s Perversion.

  26. sue

    I would return all of them back to the store and get your money back.

  27. Sharon B

    I love this concept- Waste of Money Wednesdays!
    Great idea!

  28. ChristieG

    So on the hunt for a good mascara. I tried the 2 step younique mascara and can’t stand it. The extra fibers always bother my eyes and I feel like it’s a cobwebbed mess. I only wear eyeliner (love youniques) and mascara. Used a mascara for years from beauty control but they’re going out of biz and I need mascara! Thanks!

  29. Michelle R

    I’ve always been a fan of L’Oreal’s Voluminous line. Their newest one is called Lash Paradise in the light pink bottle is amazing! I know a few posts above, somebody said that they didn’t like it, but I found it to be perfection. It rivals, or dare I say may be even better than some of the high-end mascaras.

  30. Hazel

    The cover girl, maybelline, revlon etc all made my eyes itch and water terribly but I have not had any trouble with Clinique, Estée Lauder and Younique.

  31. Hazel

    PS I love these type posts. Please keep doing them.

  32. Sara

    I love that Maybelline mascara in the yellow tube!! It’s what I use all the time and love it, I used to use an Avon one everyday but we lost our Avon lady. So then I switched to the Maybelline full time; but I love it, it works for me. There was a mascara out there, that everyone LOVES, it does nothing for me but clumps my lashes. I want to say it was the Benefit roller lash; but not positive.

  33. Laura

    My absolute FAVORITE mascara is Loreal Double Extend beauty tubes. It’s awesome! My lashes get so long with it which is perfect for me bc I have naturally puny lashes. It’s the best mascara I’ve ever used!

  34. Tamara

    So i normally use Lancome gift with purchase or beauty box mascara. But recently i got a sample bag from Ulta with Benefit called roller lash curling mascara. That product is great. I really see a huge difference and no clumps! I am in Love!!!

  35. Alli

    I just tried The Super Sizer by Cover Girl recently and LOVE it.

  36. Katie

    I just have to say this post made me crack up so much. I love the honesty!!

  37. Belinda

    How do you get to try samples i always see people get free stuff to try even kids toys but never here how to find out dose anybody know how.? Sorry not about mascara. THANK YOU.

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