When I came up with the idea of doing the Beauty #TBT series and created a list of products I used to love, this was one that was sitting quite close to the top of the list. At the tail end of last year I reviewed the YSL Faux Cils mascara which was my favourite as a pre-Uni student, but when I had bills to pay/expensive train fares to get home/to see Ben YSL was ditched in favour of things I could buy as cheap as possible in Boots – and more often than not the responsibility fell onto the Colossal Volum’ Express from Maybelline.
I’m sure I remember someone talking about this in the early days of Youtube – back when I used to watch Fleur de Force with less than 500 subscribers and when Lauren Luke was the biggest beauty Youtuber around. But the mascara became a firm favourite and one which I repurchased over and over – there are a few different versions of this mascara, all yellow tubed with different colour lettering, purple is the ‘normal’ one, blue is the waterproof – but in this instance I went for the black which is… ‘100% black’. The difference between the purple and black lettering is virtually unidentifiable and I used to grab which ever was cheapest or on the best discount.
No matter what the exact type of this mascara, all of these versions of it come with the same brush – a slightly dumpy oval shaped brush with bristles rather than a rubber wand. It comes slightly shorter in length than I’ve become accustomed to, but it is still perfectly workable on the eye. Most of you will know I don’t curl my lashes at all – If I reach for my eyelash curler more than 2 or 3 times a year, something has gone wrong. My lashes already have natural length an curl and I find adding curl can sometimes ruin the curl and just make them like little daggers pointing to the sky.
The fat, rounded, slightly-small shape of this brush helps add some natural lift to the lash as it allows you to move around the lash and perform a wiggling push up motion from the root with ease with adds to the curl. The brush doesn’t seem to manage to get clogged up at all, and mine’s been open for around a month now and the stopper in it always seems to do the perfect job of scraping off excess.
When this is first applied, I quite like it – its a very soft feeling mascara that creates a fluttery look on the lash that doesn’t feels crunchy or crispy. Which has it’s benefits – the lash looks volumised but naturally so. It’s not the most overpoweringly amped up lash, but it looks nice with a bit of added length and separation alongside volume.
However the downside of that fluttery soft feeling effect is the longevity – if I every have to rub by eyes at some point despite doing it carefully it will almost cause the mascara to fall off the lash like it’s a powder. Over a full day (without the need to itch at any point), it lasts a full work day – but there’s definitely a noticeable deterioration towards the end. I’ve become accustomed to mascaras that will last on the lashes until I have to virtually scrub them off at the end of the day – but this one doesn’t make that full day wear.
Maybelline Colossal Volume Express Mascara Application
I know someone is going to ask what’s on my eyes – it’s the Lime Crime Diamond Dew in Aurora (paired with the Violet Voss Holy Grail palette). And I’m not sure what setting I used on my camera to make my skin so orange, but I definitely won’t be using it again!
Overall I think this is a good mascara for it’s pricepoint and I’ve definitely tried out ones which are three times the price which I haven’t liked as much – but for me it’s not as volumising as I’d normally like to go for and the weartime isn’t what I prefer either. When it comes to Maybelline I definitely prefer their Lash Sensational instead, and I’m currently also trying out their new oil infused mascara which I also love and prefer more (still to be reviewed!).
What are your favourite budget mascaras?
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