Maybelline Volum’ Express The Colossal Smoky Eyes Mascara is the newest Volum’ Express Mascara formula to launch for the Fall 2013 season. I don’t always get on with drugstore mascaras but there have been a few that passed into my beauty world that I do enjoy using and some of the Volum’ Express formulations are fairly ok with me.
I admit at a glance Maybelline Volum’ Express The Colossal Smoky Eyes just seemed, I dunno, repetitive. How many variations do we need of the same formula? But it had me curious especially since smoky mascaras apparently like me…Look at L’Oreal Voluminous Power Volume Black Smoke Mascara, I’d never in a million years think I’d actually like a Voluminous formula but the Black Smoke formula is rather brilliant.
So of course, when I saw this new Colossal Smoky Eyes Mascara I decided to give it a whirl.
According to Maybelline, Volum’ Express The Colossal Smoky Eyes Mascara provides volume without clumping up plus it has the intensity of black kohl. The kohl effect pigments apparently provide matte lashes, there’s irony here considering the formula is WET as hell.
This comes with the standard Colossal brush which is basically an over sized traditional brush with bushier bristles. Typically if we’re talking matte mascara I’d expect a drier formula however, the problem with this mascara is the fact that it is very “wet” with a very thick texture. As far as smoky goes there’s no doubt it is extra black so pigmentation is dramatic however, the actually application process is a mess.
I wiped the brush off with a tissue prior to using but my lashes still ended up sticking together through the application process. As I stroked it on my lashes just started to clump altogether and created a uni-lash effect. On top of that the set time is very slow so best not blink as you wait for it to dry down because it ends up smearing every which way from Sunday. I didn’t experience great length with this and honestly if it wasn’t as wet and thick as it is I might have gotten ok volume from it but unfortunately it’s too much of a mess to actually create that volume!
In the long end Maybelline Volum’ Express The Colossal Smoky Eyes is a mascara that way too high maintenance and temperamental for this Muse.
If you’re smart you’ll skip it.