Does Rimmel Max Volume Flash Waterproof Take Lashes to the Max?

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Have you been watching the US Open? I’m probably the world’s worst tennis player (sports involving projectiles = not a strong suit) and only know the bare basics of the sport, but I sure like watching it. Team sports are great, but there’s just something about watching two world class athletes go one-on-one, ya know? Oh, and it doesn’t hurt that most of the dudes are cute, heh!


WERK, Andy!

Today was all about the ladies, though, and watching Maria Sharapova duke it out with Caroline Wozniacki got me thinking about — big surprise — makeup.

If, by some miracle of modern science, I morphed into an elite 35-year-old tennis player, I’d be all about waterproof mascara. With that unlikely future in mind, today I gave Rimmel’s Max Volume Flash Waterproof Mascara ($7, available in a single shade called Black) a try.

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Rimmel designed it to quickly add dramatic volume, so I took two layers with me for a test drive on the treadmill this morning.

So how’d she fare?

Well, after four miles of pounding the fake pavement through a raging torrent of sweat, there were no smudges to speak of beneath my eyes. πŸ™‚ They remained clean and mascara-free (no panda eyes whatsoever!). Just for haaay of it, I left everything on when I jumped in the shower. Even after THAT, inky black Max Volume Flash hung on like a champ.

And its extreme aversion to water isn’t the only thing that makes it stand out from its competitors. It doesn’t clump, either, and remains easy to remove with my regular Philosophy Purity Made Simple cleanser.

One word of caution for all my big lash lovin’ ladies (you know who you are!): even though Rimmel calls it Max Volume, it really isn’t. Wearing three layers I still felt like my lashes weren’t as thick as they could be. Longer, yes, but I wanted more volume.

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Nekkid lashes!

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One layer

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Two layers

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Three layers

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As for keeping a curl, Max Volume does okay. It slightly relaxes the curl from my Shu curler, so to really cement the crimp, I think I might start with a layer of a different mascara and apply Max Volume on top of that.

I love the sound of $7, but I do wish it revved up the volume even more. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: B

You might like Rimmel Max Volume Flash Waterproof if…

  • You draw inspiration from perspiration-proof mascara πŸ™‚
  • You’re naturally blessed with thick, long lashes and just want a little more oomph
  • You want something you can pick up at the drugstore down the street

Lifestyles of The Way Too Easily Amused

Three words: break dancing kittens! I derived way to much joy from these b-boy kittens.

I asked Tabs if he had any b-boy pics, and this was the closest one he could find…


Doesn’t he look in the midst of a six-step or an air flare with, um, a bottle of Sally Hansen Polish?

LOL! So how was the rest of your Labor Day? Labor free, I hope. πŸ™‚

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. I agree with your review on the waterproof. I actually find that the original version is better than the WP. I will say, that Rimmel has the best mascaras for a “drug store” brand, in my opinion. The brush on this one is pretty unique, so that might be part of its appeal to me. Thanks for the review!
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  2. Lisa says:

    I have the regualar Max Volume Flash Mascara and I LOVE IT!
    I do have relatively thick and long lashes to begin with but this Mascara really gives them a lot more volume.
    Thanks for the review Karen, I might give this one a try too πŸ™‚

  3. Nina says:

    You know im a Rimmel fan. I got a new Rimmel mascara over the weekend but havent used it yet. I cannot remember exactly what it is but I seem to remember a green and pink packaging. Im excited to use this and will most probly get the one you reviewed too … im about to throw out the 3 month old mascaras!

  4. Kim says:

    Bummer. Still looking for that drag queen volume on the cheap! πŸ™‚

  5. antithesis says:

    maybe i will make this the first rimmel mascara i try. i need to give love to the other mascaras in my collection b4 they dry up b4 i can make a new purchase.

  6. Lily says:

    I tried Cover Lashblast this weekend and loved it. It doesn’t smudge at all, and keeps my tiny lashes curled and thick. I don’t understand how you manage to get through a shower AND still have mascara on, though.

    • Karen says:

      I didn’t wash my face! I just wanted to see if the liner could withstand the water. Who knows? Maybe someday I’ll be stuck in a deluge and will want some ultra waterproof. πŸ™‚

  7. Francesca says:

    Karen, if you like this, you have to try Maybelline’s Full & Soft Waterproof! It stays on insanely well and you get a lot of volume with pretty much no clumping, plus it conditions your lashes (:
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  8. Kymberlee says:

    I’m always on the lookout for a magic mascara. I just bought Smashbox’s Hyperlash yesterday (buy 1 get one free at Ulta!). Even though this is a great deal, I wasn’t impressed so I have to return them. πŸ™

  9. Trisha says:

    I laughed aloud at that picture of Tabs and the pink polish. And I rarely do that for internet stuff. But come on, that’s a hilarious candid pose.
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  10. MAUI says:

    i swear by this mascara.
    i usually pair it with YSL Faux cils for just unbelivably long and full lashes.

  11. Morgan says:

    What kind of camera/lens are you you using for these uber close up photos???

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  13. Long lash says:

    Something to try and apply right away, thanks for the review.
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  14. I love the big, fat brush! But yeah judging from the pics it didn’t give much volume! I love your full face pic here! πŸ™‚
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  15. Ashley says:

    So I recently found out that Rimmel tests on animals??
    I wanted to try a few more of their mascaras but I won’t until I know the truth.

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