Makeup Review: Maybelline The Colossal Volum’ Express Mascara

colossal There has been so much buzz about the new Maybelline mascara, Colossal Volum’ Express, that it’s really hard to ignore.  (It’s so new, in fact, that they don’t even have it on their official website.)  Why are people talking about it?  What makes it special?  The packaging?  The product?

I decided to get down to the nitty gritty, and I bought it.

You may recall a previous mascara review I did for Maybelline Define-A-Lash Volume Mascara and how I didn’t really like it.  Don’t worry, I’m not letting that alter my perspective of this new product.  I’m not that biased.

I bought the Maybelline Colossal Volum’ Express Mascara, in Glam Black at Walgreens.  All the tags said it cost $6.99, which I imagine is the regular retail price.  After I went through the line and paid for everything, the bill seemed a little low.  Apparently the mascara rang up at $4.99.  Hmmm…a magical secret deal!  The best kind.

Anyway, let’s get down to business.

colossaleye Pros: The packaging is just adorable.  It’s this plump, bright yellow plastic thing with purple accents.  Although the packaging has nothing to do with how well the product works, you got to admit that it makes a difference in your purchasing decision.  Admit it!

Besides that, I really did like how this worked.  The wand was the fattest mascara applicator I’ve ever seen.  I was almost afraid it was too big to actually work, but I was wrong.  It worked very well.  One swipe of the mascara wand and I was ready to go.

Although this is supposed to be all about the volume, this mascara seemed to curl my lashes more than normal.  Hey, there’s nothing wrong with that!  As you can see in the picture to the left, my lashes look huge.

Cons: Honestly, there aren’t many cons.  The smell is a bit strong.  It sort of smells like dirt and lilacs.  Personally, I don’t want my mascara to smell like anything.

Also, there was a bit of flaking toward the end of the day.  While the product works well, it doesn’t really stay well.  Granted, I have seen a lot worse when it comes to mascaras, though.  And you have to keep in mind that this isn’t a waterproof mascara.

So, taking the pros and cons into consideration, what grade do I give it?  Maybelline Colossal Volum’ Express Mascara gets an:


I’ve got to say, Maybelline has really redeemed themselves in my eyes after the last mascara I reviewed.  This is some good stuff!

Since I like this so much, there’s a good chance you’ll be seeing it in some tutorials in the coming weeks.

Have you used this product?  What did you think of it?


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  1. I hate this product it is flakey and it clumps lashes togethere just for the record the lash blast from covergirl works a lot better and
    it actually lanthens when i tried the colossal i already dicided to
    throw it away the lash blast is the best!!!!!

  2. Layla:

    Really? I feel completely opposite of you. I loved this mascara, and absolutely hated the Cover Girl Lash Blast mascara. Funny how opinions can differ so much.

  3. I bought this product with high hopes and was let down. I found it awful and it took about 7 coats to make a difference to my lashes. Ended up using my old mascara which is practically empty, which did a much better job.

    Will be throwing out. Waste of money in my opinion.

  4. dee: Really? It’s weird. For some people, such as myself, this mascara works great. And others, like you and layla, it sucks.

    I guess the real take away for people reading this is to try it first, if you can, because you may not like it as much as I did.

  5. does this mascara make your lashes look super fake? i love a very natural look. i’ve heard quite a bit about how much it smells, is it horrible or ignorable? is the flaking a serious problem? thanks for your help in advance.

    XO Nora

  6. Nora: The smell isn’t very noticeable at all, especially when you’re wearing it. Also, the flaking isn’t so bad either. But if you want something that looks more natural, you may want to try something else.

    Cover Girl Exact Eyelights Mascara was a good one I tried that looked more natural. Click the link to read my review and see a before and after.

    I hope that helped!

  7. thanks…also, do you know anything about voluminous (s/p?) by l’oreal?
    XO Nora

  8. i had the same question about voluminous by l’oreal. when i try to search it on your website i can’t. typing doesn’t work in your search browser and i cannont find anything i’m looking for. any tips?? link to a review of voluminous by l’oreal?? thanks

  9. (i’m the poster ‘Nora’ from up there ^^ BTW)

    okay, so i bought his mascara. a tip for all you beautiful people who live near a Rite Aid Pharmacy–BUY IT THERE!! lol they have a guarantee that if you don’t like it you can get you money back. (a plus plus plus because i was NOT confident about buying this mascara.) so anyway–I REALLY like it. If you wanna take 2 extra seconds and scrape some extra formula off the wand that works for me and some of my friends but others don’t need to do that. i find that it helped the little bit of clumping that happend. If you wanna take another 2 seconds and use a lash comb (i use an old mascara wand that’s shaped like a comb) when you’re all done…voila! it’s pretty chill. the smell–people WOULD NOT SHUT UP about the smell the smell the smell…….blah blah blah blah blah blah. I personally think it’s got a pretty smell…it was a nice change from my other mascara. i was kind of leery because i obviously didn’t want, like, a ‘wet dog’ smell on my eyelashes or anything but i was pleasntly surprised. OK…i think i coverd everything i wanted to cover….oh yeah…the volume claim. it is IMPOSSIBLE (i stress this) for any mascara in the WORLD (i stress again) to give you 9x the volume. OK? so DON’T….DO NOT go into the store believing that claim. i feel sorry for the nice people who did. i sure didn’t and i wasn’t disapointed. so, please, for your own sake, know that 9x the volume would 1) never happen and 2) if it did happen you’d look like a fool (think about it– if every eyelash is 9x thicker…you’d have like one big eyelash!) this was a good mascara and while it didn’t do EXACTLY what it claimed it would i am probably going to keep it. 🙂 yaaayyy!!!!!!!!

  10. PS it’s really easy to get the lashes in the inner-most corner of my eye now!! TIP do NOT put another coat on after the first one dries…CLUMPS HAPPEN! lol 🙂 and it’s not pretty!

  11. i was putting this mascara on in the back seat of the car and my dad’s like ‘Why does my car smell like spilled beer??” lmao i think it smelled ok..not fab, not terrible

  12. I do like this mascara.. I have the shade in Blackest Black and really do like this shade.. I’m disappointed that the last 2 tubes I purchased were already dry once I opened the tubes. 🙁
    I did return the mascara’s back to the stores with my receipt.. finally after the 3rd tube.. this mascara has a happy home in my makeup bag 🙂

  13. I love this stuff but hate the smell. Smells like Kerosene. It took me a couple of days to figure out where this stink was coming from… finally figured it out. It was ME!

    Yesterday a co-worker came in my office and said “what’s that smell?” I was too embarrassed to say it was my makeup.

    I’m wondering if this stuff is safe to breath. I really don’t want to give it up.

  14. i just recently your falsies volume and it flakes bad. i have used great lash since i was 14 (now 53) and love it. also just tried one by one volume and love it. whats with the falsies? goes on bad too. thanks!

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