Maybelline Volum’Express The Colossal Mascara

October 17, 2014
Maybelline Volum'Express The Colossal mascara ($7)
Maybelline Volum’Express The Colossal mascara ($7)

Somewhere along my tour of Maybelline mascaras and during an Ulta sale, I picked up the classic Colossal mascara from Maybelline’s Volum’Express line. I had it hoarded away for a while but have been breaking it out recently and have some thoughts and photos of it to share today. The Colossal has a “mega brush” and collagen formula to give 9X volume instantly, in just one coat.

Like you see on the package, it has a pretty large natural bristle wand that doesn’t look particularly special (at least to me). I bought the washable formula in Glam Black, and was optimistic because I’ve heard some pretty good things about this mascara from other people.

Honestly, I liked it right from the start. It’s somewhat wet, which keeps it from getting too clumpy but I also don’t have an issue with getting it all over my eyelids. I just have to be a little careful to keep my eyes relaxed for a moment after applying it so that it doesn’t transfer to my brow bone.

The color is pretty black, and the volume I get from just one coat is sufficient for me. I don’t find that my lashes clump together too much, so the wand is doing a fine job of separating. It does ok on length and curl, as well, but I’d definitely say that volume is it’s specialty.

Under normal circumstances, I don’t find that this mascara smudges or flakes on me, but I did notice smudging when it was warmer out earlier in the summer. I’ve had this mascara open since May, but I only used it a few times before determining I needed a waterproof option for traveling (it was monsoon season in India, after all), and so I had it tucked away since then until September. I did notice some smudging initially in May as the weather was really starting to warm up, but since I’ve reopened it in the fall I haven’t noticed one bit of smudging. So I think whether this works well for you will just depend on your environment, if that makes sense.

I personally like this better than The Rocket from Maybelline (review), because it separates a little better and is also easier to remove at the end of the day. The one thing I have trouble with is applying a light amount to my bottom lashes, but I guess that’s just how it goes with these kinds of volumizing mascaras. The brush is kind of big and deposits more product than I’d prefer. Other than that, I find it to be a really great everyday mascara.

Wearing Maybelline Volum'Express The Colossal Mascara in Glam Black
Wearing Maybelline Volum’Express The Colossal Mascara in Glam Black
Wearing Maybelline Volum'Express The Colossal mascara in Glam Black
Wearing Maybelline Volum’Express The Colossal mascara in Glam Black

You can also see me wearing it here.

The Colossal costs around $7 at drugstores and Ulta. Have you tried it? Do you enjoy it?

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