Maybelline – The Colossal Volum’ Express Mascara – Review

Posted by Lipglossiping On October - 5 - 2009

UPDATE: It seems only fair to admit that a month after writing this review, and I’m finding myself reaching for this one daily… perhaps it’s just the colour of the tube rendering me blind to all others in the drawer, or maybe it’s just a bit more awesome than I initially gave it credit for.

Regardless, I thought I’d better revisit this to let any new visitors know that I think I underestimated it a little in my initial review.  It’s a good’un and definitely up there with my other favs!

So, I’d been meaning to try “The Ugly” one for ages, but having 4000 mascaras languishing in my make up collection meant that I had to at least try to be a good girl and not keep buying them until I’d used up a few tubes.

However, I got one of these in my Maybelline goody bag and of course I couldn’t resist trying it out to add to my mascara series.


U.G.L.Y You ain’t go no alibi…

Alright, it’s not THAT bad – but come on, Maybelline do seem to employ an army of Jekyll and Hydes in their packaging design department do they not?

Case in point…




It’s interesting to note that the well packaged products are the newer ones, so perhaps things are looking up!

Back to The Colossally ugly one for now…


They Say:

Creates 9X the volume, instantly.

  • Patented MegaBrush + Collagen Formula plump lashes one by one
  • Dramatic Volume with no clumps
  • Washable

So basically, it’s got a big brush and it’s volumising… oh and um “washable” whatever that’s supposed to mean?


It’s not bad.  I’m using the Glam Black (00) version and the formula is nice and dark, I agree that it doesn’t clump on my lashes but it’s just not THAT volumising.  It creates decent definition and if anything is more lengthening thanks to that nice deep-coloured formula.


It’s a really nice day-to-day mascara… But I want MORE, MORE VOLUMISING, MORE LASHES!!

This is another solid release from Maybelline, and a great choice for those who like big-boned brushed mascaras – just don’t expect anything too COLOSSAL from it.

Maybelline The Colossal Volum’ Express Mascara is available from Boots, Superdrug et al, priced at around £6.84

9 Responses to “Maybelline – The Colossal Volum’ Express Mascara – Review”

  1. Rhamnousia says:

    I think our lashes are mascara enemies. Mine LOVE the Colossal but hate Benefit’s Badgal.

    I like the packaging for the mascara because it’s easy to find and this size brush is teh love!


  2. ndoodles says:

    Ha ha – you’re right. Some of Maybelline’s stuff are kinda ugly 😀 I tried this on once and it smelled! Also, it didn’t volumize enough… I was hoping for a false lash effect. Eh well.

  3. Daisy says:

    I really liked this mascara and found it quite voluminous…until I tried L’Oreal Voluminous which is now my most favourite ever mascara! It just works wonders. x

  4. PCMP_Forever says:

    I have never tried this mascara and I think it may be due to the tacky packaging!

    By the way, what camera do you use? Ity has amzing quality. :)


  5. @Rhamnousia – They’re not! I like Colossal, it’s a solid mascara… but I’m bored of solid mascaras… I want lashes that knock people across the room when I blink – is that really too much to ask? xx

    @ndoodles – thanks for commenting! It’s a weird schizophrenic thing they have going on isn’t it?! And that’s what I want… false lash effect.

    @Daisy – I still find 2000 calorie the most volumising.. but tbh, they’re all REALLY simillar. Thanks for stopping by chick xx

    @PCMP – Hi, I use a Canon 30D :)

  6. Rhamnousia says:

    Get yourself down to a Boots that sells Prestige makeup. Pick up My Biggest Lashes. It’s the best mascara ever for me. One coat – balls. Two coats – fake lashes ahoy. It thickens and lengthens like no other mascara I have used. I can pick one up and post it to you if you want


  7. GoldenTouch says:

    Love this post!! Some of the stuff is so awfully packaged, the blushers and eyeshadows for one. The Great Lash packaging just reminds me of being a kid! I’m usign Collosal now, did a quick review the other day on it, I think it is pretty good but I need to apply quite a bit for it to look good IYSWIM? Whereas with Bag Gal I can just put two/three coats and I’m good to go, rather than sitting down for five mins applying it furiously!!!

  8. @Rhamnousia – Consider me trying to pick one up on Saturday. If I can’t … yes please!

    @GoldenTouch – Thank You! Bad Gal keeps annoying me with it’s ‘wetness’ – I really like it, but it’s such a PITA to apply. I’m gonna try some more coats with this and see if it gives me some more DRAMA! xx

  9. Redtiger21 says:

    This is a useful review, as i’ve heard nice stuff about that mascara but hadn’t seen any before and after pics. If you do find the BEST MASCARA EVER please please tell us about it, i’m always looking for a ridiculouslu volumising mascara- i want lashes so fat they’re indecent!! :-)

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