Maybelline Volum’ Express Colossal Mascara Review

Just when I thought I have found my latest holy grail mascara, I discovered Maybelline’s newest invention, the Volum’ Express Colossal Mascara.

Similar to Cover Girl’s Lash Blast mascara, the Maybelline Volum’ Express Colossal Mascara comes in an uber bright tube with a gigantic brush. It is available in two shades of Black – Classic Black and Glam Black – and contains collagen to plump up lashes for up to 9 times the volume.

The first thing I noticed that is different about this mascara is its scent. Unlike most other mascaras, this actually has a faint rose scent which I personally did not like (I seriously thought it went bad when I first used it). The formula itself feels very wet and does take a little longer to dry than most mascaras but the results are spectacular! My Asian lashes look fuller, darker and simply beautiful! It also stays on really well and never smudges or flakes. Plus despite the huge brush, it reaches everything – including those tiny lower lashes – without clumping or smearing all over the place. I am definitely going to stick with this one for a while.

Below is a picture of me with (right eye) and without (left eye) the mascara.

Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE, Glamour.com, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is the beauty editor for Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.

23 COMMENTS

  1. OMG,I have to laugh at this because the other day I was out buying mascara, and I couldn’t find Rimmel’s Glam’Eyes, so I bought two different types of Mabelline’s Define-a-Lash,and Covergirl’s Lash Blast. I saw the Colossal Volum’ too, and I thought “should I buy it?? errr,.umm,… I’ve already bought $24 worth of mascara, my husband is gonna kill me,.ummm,..no” And I passed it up!!! And now look,..a post on the very mascara that I should I have bought,…*sigh*

    /gonna have to sneak out and buy it today ;-)

  2. oh my! the mascara makes your eye look so glamorous! this looks like the perfect opportunity to replace my clumpity clump clump clinique mascara with this one.

  3. Dear Phyllis

    Another amazing mascara that I would like to recommend you is Shisedo’s Majolica Majorca Lash Extension (the very black tube) mascara. If you can pick it up in the States, you gotta try it because it works amazingly for Asian eyelashes. I wore it for almost 20 hours straight and it did not smudge even a bit and it coated my top lashes so well. On top of that, being Shiseido and cost around 10$ (in Taiwan) is sth amazing :-D

    I’d like to try the Maybelline too but I’m skeptical about the brush because your lashes are actually longer than typical Asian lashes.

    Keep on bloggin! you’re great (:

    Ruby=

  4. I second that comment about Majolica Majorca. I had to pick up several tubes of it in Japan before I came back since they don’t sell it in the states. I also heard from HK friends that it’s not sold in HK either, so getting your hands on it might be a little tough.

  5. Colossal looks great on your lashes! Glad it’s working for you. I have been using this for a few weeks now and I wish it made my lashes pop black against my tannish skin like it did against yours!

  6. thanks for sharing!

    what method do you use to apply mascara on your top and bottom lids in a way so it doesnt get on your actual lids? I always have a problem with that!

  7. thanks for the review.

    i was using an older mascara (maybelline’s sky high curves) but wasn’t getting the best results.

    out of the two you mentioned in this article (the rimmel and maybelline ones), which one would you recommend the most?

    thanks again!

  8. Phyllis, thank you so much for your nice review on this mascara! Hearing so many people not liking this product, I was bummed out because Cover Girl Lash Blast never works for me as CG mascaras sting my eyes so badly. Maybelline is the only brand of mascara my eyes can handle and I’d love to try the Colossal Volum’ Express! Yay.

  9. Everyone’s been giving this a high rating and good reviews, but I’ve been using it and it’s terrible! It’s inky and runny and I just can’t seem to make it work for me.
    And I NEVER complain about products but I don’t think I’d ever recommend this to anyone.
    But you know, maybe I just got a bum tube of it..

  10. WOW! Your eyelashes look amazing! This really gives me the urge to go out and buy one. I don’t know which to buy now because I was going to go out and get MAC Plush Lash because I wanted to try it but after seeing this review I’m torn between the two.. lol.
    Anyways great review! I would love if you could do a review on Plush Lash though! (:

  11. Yeah, Majolica Majorca is my fave too, it lengthens, darkens and is very unlikely to clump. Especially the black enamel version is great, but I think that was a limited edition as i cannot find that one anymore. But all the majolica majorca mascaras are great!

  12. I also thought the same thing when i opened it and smelled it! LOL

    And also, for those of you having trouble with smudges while putting on mascara, you can take a Q-tip and dip it in some makeup remover or even baby oil/lotion and wipe away the excess that gets on your eyelids.

  13. It makes your eyes look so glamorous!! I’m always looking for a good mascara. I have to use waterproof, cause when I curl my lashes and use regular, it always straightens them. Thanks for sharing!!!

  14. Hi, At least i found this mascara in our local store and immediately bought. I really liked the view of this mascara in ur eyes, very effective and natural at the same time. However on my lashes it looked a bit different (I have longer brown lashes). But i have to notice, the first impression from the brush is that its big, but its VERY comfortable to use and easily correct many times. Also u dont have to do something with brush when u take it (like trying to leave in the bottle rest of mascara), the brush takes normal amount that u need. Eyes look beautiful(every lash is separated). And it really doesnt flake or smudge, i totally agree with ur review Phyllis. Thanks for nice advice!))

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