April 9, 2014

Maybelline Volum’ Express Pumped Up Colossal Mascara Review

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Maybelline Volum Express Pumped Up Colossal Mascara

Maybelline Volum’ Express Pumped Up Colossal Mascara ($5.99) is a new volumizing mascara that’s launching at drugstores now for Spring 2014.

This new formula has a “double shot” voluimizing mascara brush that “pumps” up lashes with a plumping collagen that gives lashes up to 12 x the volume. According to Maybelline this new formula has a plumping formula that gives lashes super volume.

Take a look!

Maybelline Volum’ Express Pumped Up Colossal Waterproof Mascara comes equipped with a thick oval brush. The wand itself has a twist design but technically speaking this isn’t going to do much for you during application, it’s just a fun design!

The formula runs rather wet but doesn’t make lashes stiff or crunchy on the set. It removes easily enough at the end of the day and on my drier eyes it didn’t smear or flake! It does seem to take a moment to dry down so be careful when blinking with it on as you might end up with a mess. Initially I applied it and I had a bit of clumping chunks of wet mascara going on! There’s a slight learning curve with the brush but you can master it after two applications and avoid the clumps easily enough. I found it curled my lashes very nicely but didn’t hold the curl throughout the day.

Maybelline Pumped Up Colossal Mascara

Funny thing about this one…it’s marketed as a voluminzing mascara but in my experience with it my lashes weren’t fuller but it did produce GREAT length. It added a good deal of length to my lashes and gave them longer falsie look. I was disappointing with the volume aspect though as it does space lashes apart slightly when adding that length. Regardless, I still looked the overall longer look of my lashes after using!

I’ve always had rather good luck with the Colossal Mascara range and I do believe Maybelline Volum’ Express Pumped Up Colossal Mascara was a great pick up at merely $5.99. I think the thing I like best about the Colossal Collection is the fact that typically they run around $5-$6 so I’m not spending nearly $12-$14 on a drugstore mascara. I’m of the mentality if I’m going to pay $12.99 for drugstore mascara I might as well just go to Sephora and grab something…! But I’ve always felt the Colossal mascaras are price at a very fair price and in most cases they work quite well for me.

Maybelline Volum Express Pumped Up Colossal Mascara after

Don’t expect plumped up lashes as it advertises but do expect some really great length….!

It’s available now at drugstores or online at drugstore.com.

I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • leslie

    Muse! I couldn’t agree with more, when it comes to drugstore priced mascara! I love what it did for you! Thanks for the thorough review, hope to find one at the drugstores this weekend! EEEK! -Leslie

  • Miss D

    Wow, your lashes look gorgeous with that mascara on…I think this will be my next buy!
    May I ask, do you have an eyeshadow primer on or is that a beige/tan eyeshadow you’re wearing on the second pic? Just curious.

    • Isabella Muse

      thanks Miss D 😀 It’s actually one of the new NYX infinite eyeshadows…review on the way!

  • Ruth

    every time you post pictures of your eye looking at us, it makes me think of Romper Room. they would look through the magic mirror and see all of the kids, but they never saw me =(

    • Isabella Muse

      they never saw me…”I see Carol and Bobby and Joe, and Jim…” they never saw me. Totally made me grew up with a complex ;D

      • Ruth

        totally! It’s most likely why I’m so loud or it’s because I’m really short. either way.

  • Shazia

    I got it for the first time tonight but you know about mascaras – you need to wait 1 to 2 weeks to see if the results change.

    So far I cannot see a difference between this and the regular Colossal, except maybe less length than the Colossal, which makes me prefer the latter thus far. I don’t see anything major in this in terms of either volume or length, but I’ll have to wait it out. It seems to be a very feathery mascara, like Colossal, which makes it a very natural look (in spite of its claims to be a dramatic mascara).

    If you ask me, the brush is absolutely identical to the one used for the Mega Plush wand (I hated that wand) – only that the latter’s wand is unstable IMHO, whereas the PUC wand is better.

    I still don’t know what to think of this.

    I do think Maybelline mascara is not bad, but overrated, but still I would choose it over other brands.

    I did try the Rocket a week or two ago and boy did it give me spider clump lashes. I returned it but silly me I thought to myself why not try it again. I don’t have a lash comb and I’m too afraid to try those metal ones that are supposed to work better.

    I also cannot find One by One in the stores anymore. I have a hunch it is being discontinued.

    As much as I don’t want to admit it, I think I look better in mascaras with bristles such as Colossal/PUC, even though the girly aspect of me wants the drama – I simply look better in mascaras that don’t give a lot of drama. That does not mean I want a volumizing mascara that looks puny on me, or a strictly lengthening mascara, but you know what I mean.