If there is one thing I am certain about in the world of makeup, it's that Maybelline is my favorite brand for mascara. I've tried most of the other drugstore brands (or brands in that price range)--Covergirl, Rimmel, Avon, etc. I've tried Too Faced and Urban Decay, both of which are highly praised on many a blog, but just didn't do it for me. I've dealt with the smudging, the clumps, the ineffectiveness, and the eye irritation that I experienced with most of these brands.
Maybelline. That's it. The only one I personally can work with. (Remember, makeup is not a one size fits all adventure! Different brands work better for different people.)
The one I like the best is their Colossal Volum' Express. (The one in the yellow tube.) I have tried the others in their line and just don't like the brushes on them. I don't hold them at the right angle or something. I don't know. It just doesn't look right all the time for whatever reason. And this has bothered me, because there are many times that the others--such as The Falsies (the one in the purple tube)--are on sale or just cheaper than Colossal.
Here is the solution, if the brush is the problem: If you're buying within the same brand, the caps/wands are most likely interchangeable. Save and sanitize (hot water and soap--rinse really well!) the cap/wand from the one you like when it runs out and swap it with the wand you don't like in the other tube.
I currently have my Colossal cap/wand on my The Falsies tube. There isn't anything wrong with the formula for The Falsies AND it was a dollar cheaper. I just don't like the brush shape. So I swapped them. Problem solved, money saved.
Yes, the formulas are a little different by a couple ingredients, but not enough that it really impacts the product. In my case, it's most definitely the brush that is making all the difference on how the mascara looks. Obviously this won't help you in the same way if your problem is with the formula and not the brush.
My next adventure with Maybelline mascara? Seeing if the Colossal cap/wand fits on a Great Lash tube. So much money would be saved!
Have you tried this out? Maybe even across brands? If so, comment below if you have any insight to share.