This mascara is for sure better than the Max Volume Flash Mascara. I liked the way my lashes looked. They were longer and thicker. This has a wet formula and a plastic brush which really helped separate the lashes and made applying it simple. It's lasts as well as my high end mascaras. I do feel like my lashes feel more brittle and less supple with these cheaper mascaras. When compared side by side to Urban Decay's skyscraper and Cargo lashactivator, all with plastic brushes, I liked Decay's the best, it went on the smoothest with the cleanest look. With that said, it was a minimal difference. For cheap version I would buy this one.
Verdict: Cheap mascara worthy of wearing! It adds volume and length and looks beautiful. Lasts all day with minimal flaking.
My suggestion would be to buy this mascara and also a product that works as well as RapidLash worked for me. RapidLash will give you long lashes and this is cheap enough for you to save for RapidLash.