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Maybelline The Colossal Volum' Express Mascara Review

Doing Drugstore: Maybelline The Colossal Volum' Express Mascara

After falling in love with Cover Girl Lash Blast, I was hoping for a renaissance in drugstore mascaras. Enter Maybelline The Colossal ($7.49), whose metallic yellow tube and purple lettering is about as subtle as the nuanced wit of Pauly Shore.

The Colossal seems to be Maybelline's answer to DiorShow mascara, promising to lend nine times the volume to your lashes. I'm not sure how one would measure that (tiny calipers?), but the wand is definitely fatter and bigger than most — so at least we know one thing is more voluminous. Maybelline also touts its formula, which contains collagen. But don't get too excited: It's the fourth-to-last ingredient, and since your body can't absorb collagen topically, it's really more for show.

As for the mascara itself, one coat definitely made my lashes stand out more. I wish the brush separated and defined them better, and I wasn't thrilled about the flakes that settled underneath my eyes after a few hours. With a lash curler, this mascara is quite good; without, it's only a little better than average. That's not a bad thing at all, but don't expect jaw-dropping results from this one.


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farrahdiba farrahdiba 5 years
i'm using this mascara at the moment and i love it! i did notice the flaking a little bit at first but i've solved it by using a little eyelash comb to separate out the lashes and remove the clumps after the mascara dries and ta-dah! no more flakes!
kmg611 kmg611 7 years
I'm a HUGE fan of Maybelline Mascara -- they're amazing -- but this one isn't my favorite at all. The brush it almost too big and the *key* to getting the volume: Go from the root and S-L-O-W-L-Y drag the brush upward -- wow, what a difference!!
summerteeth summerteeth 7 years
I really like this mascara. The bigger the brush, the better, in my opinion.
Heather30 Heather30 7 years
I absolutely love this mascara. It didn't flake on my or smudge. And my eyelashes look extremely thick and long. I've been getting compliments all week about my mascara and eye lashes. I would definately give it a try at least. And you do only need 1 swoop and it's on...
dkp102875 dkp102875 7 years
I just purchased this Colossal Mascara at Walmart for $5.98, and I believe it works much better then the CoverGirl Lashblast, Prescriptives False Eyelashes, Great Lash, etc. I am very impressed at the legnth of my lashes after one coat. It doesn't clump either, and it separates your lashes. I think you should all try this product. I read the reviews, and I still tried it and I am highly impressed with the results.
sarasonne sarasonne 8 years
I find that Maybelline's mascaras are always to wet for my lashes, I always make a mess when trying to apply them.
giraffeluv giraffeluv 8 years
I actually think that this mascara is mucho better than lashblast. It does an amazing job of making my eyes pop with drama than lashblast and I've gotten many compliments on it! :) Lashblast looks more "natural." And it's cheaper too, haha. But only by like a dollar. I would totally recommend this to anyone! I just don't like the smell, but it gets addictive after a while of sniffing it . . .lol.
giraffeluv giraffeluv 8 years
I actually think that this mascara is mucho better than lashblast. It does an amazing job of making my eyes pop with drama than lashblast and I've gotten many compliments on it! :) Lashblast looks more "natural."And it's cheaper too, haha. But only by like a dollar. I would totally recommend this to anyone! I just don't like the smell, but it gets addictive after a while of sniffing it . . .lol.
theglossarie theglossarie 8 years
I bought into the hype and gave it a try but wasn't impressed. I'll stick with my CG LashBlast :)
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 8 years
I almost picked this up but decided to pass. I can't stand flakes under my eyes so I'm glad I did. I'll still with Lash Blast or Rimmel Lash Extender.
samula2000 samula2000 8 years
Thanks for the review. Flakes are not good for my contacts. I'll stick with my usual Maybelline.
gigill gigill 8 years
The fact that it flakes after a few hours makes it a pass for me. I would have given it a lower star rating by the sounds of your review.
shopaholic194 shopaholic194 8 years
Great review! but i simply didn't like it. I found it rather clumpy and stinktastic.. Imma loyal BAD GAL wearer!
givelivelove givelivelove 8 years
i just bought this and it seemed to work pretty well. no clumps or flaking for me! but, my maybelline full n soft seems to do just as well as this one!
kahribar kahribar 8 years
I just can't seem to work with the really big and fat brushes.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 8 years
I'll pass on this mascara. I also hate the name, seriously has to be one of the worst names for a masacra. I will stick with my DiorShow, CG Lash Blast, CG Lash Exact and BE Weather Everything.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 8 years
I'll pass on this mascara. I also hate the name, seriously has to be one of the worst names for a masacra.I will stick with my DiorShow, CG Lash Blast, CG Lash Exact and BE Weather Everything.
PamiP PamiP 8 years
I think it's fine, no miracle product, but the fragrance made my eyes burn. I have really sensitive eyes/sinuses and I kept smelling the flonase fragrance.
LilGlamDiva LilGlamDiva 8 years
Bummer at the flakes. I've yet the find the perfect mascara that isn't as expensive as Diorshow :(
oh-cecilia-baby oh-cecilia-baby 8 years
i noticed the smell of it, too! i'm usually all about full, lush lashes so i bought this mascara. but i don't really like it. even Great Lash gives a better look, in my opinion. stick with the classic, ladies!!
chiquita29 chiquita29 8 years
I'll pass, I hate little flakes under the eyes.
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