Review of Maybelline Volum’ Express Colossal Mascara

20 Jun

Seeing as how I am a total impulse shopper at the drugstore, I picked up a tube of the Maybelline Colossal Mascara. I have been hearing great things about this stuff, but I have been super disappointed in every other Maybelline mascara I’ve tried recently (especially The Falsies.. ugh). So I bought it with high hopes!

I picked up The Colossal in shade “Glam Black” which is, indeed, a very rich black. This stuff gets an A+ for pigment! The tube is girthy and bright yellow, so you’ll never miss it in your makeup bag. The brush is quite large, with a very full set of bristles that are all nicely coated with mascara.

The problem I’ve had with most Maybelline mascaras I’ve tried previously, is the formula tends to flake onto your face throughout the day. Not only that, but my lashes would start the day off curled and perky, but by the end of the day they would be droopy and sad looking. I LOATHE mascara forumlas that weigh down your lashes! I don’t go through the trouble of curling them for nothing.. know what I’m sayin?

Let’s take a look at how The Colossal measures up:

And the before and after photos:

As you can see, the volume of my lashes is definitely improved. There is some slight clumpage that happened as I was applying the second coat, but nothing that can’t be fixed with a metal lash comb. As far as wearability, the flaking was, as expected, awful. During application I was wiping mounds of flakes off my face. This is pretty much the same formula as The Falsies, just a different brush. After 8 hours of wear, my lashes drooped a TAD, but not completely. I also don’t like how “stringy” this stuff makes my lashes look. Another miss from Maybelline for me.

I personally can’t stand the flaking, so this will be getting returned. 

  • Price: 4/5 
  • Pigment: 5/5
  • Wearability: 2/5

Disclaimer: Product purchased by me with my own money. Not sponsored in any way.

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4 Responses to “Review of Maybelline Volum’ Express Colossal Mascara”

  1. Kayleigh June 20, 2011 at 5:51 pm #

    Too bad! But good to know for future reference :)

  2. vonnie June 24, 2011 at 3:10 pm #

    sorry about the flakes but it makes your lashes look loads better! very nice and thick

  3. Carly July 15, 2011 at 8:16 pm #

    Sad you didn’t like it :[:[ I love your reviews, by the way! <3 (Maybelline deserves it, this failure… they test on animals…argh)

    • Chelsey July 15, 2011 at 8:56 pm #

      Thanks Carly! That’s interesting.. I didn’t know Maybelline tested on animals. They probably have flakey lashes too!

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