Mascara Monday: Maybelline the Colossal Volum’ Express

Happy happy Monday! I hope that everyone had a wonderful weekend! Thanks for voting on the next reviewed mascara. The Colossal one this time around but don’t worry Define-A-Lash ladies….I’ll be reviewing that one next week. So did the Colossal live up to its name?







Maybelline the Colossal

Price: 6 out of 5 (I got it for $6.99 from CVS)
Packaging (Brush Wand): 3 out of 5
4 out of 5

What it claims:Megabrush instantly zooms on 9x the volume in one stroke, without clumps.”

The truth: Hey hey!! I like this! As a waterproof mascara, it is a bit difficult to take off but it’s not half bad.

What I loved about it: It really separated my lashes. Like amazingly. I love it!

What I didn’t like: The brush is a little bigger than I like. And it is a bit flaky, but nothing that I can’t handle.

Overall: I am really becoming a huge Maybelline mascara fan. Seriously. XXL Curl Power so far is my HG mascara but the Colossal can easily take that position. It is a really good mascara. I found that aside from getting my lashes “out there”, it also helped separating them. Did I experience clumping? Noooope! For $6.99, I can’t complain. Big ups to SlvrLips for letting us know about this baby there. I am extremely impressed and recommend this mascara to those looking for volume and length. If you are in dire need of some curl too, I suggest pumping a good eyelash curler on your lashes prior to mascara application. I’ve heard some people are hatin’ on the Colossal because of the unattractive color of the tube, but I think that’s a crazy reason to not try something new. This mascara could come in a puke green tube with gray and yellow spots and I wouldn’t care. If it works….it works!

Per request….here’s a video review of the mascara as well.

What do you think about this mascara? Have you tried it and liked it? Do mascara packagings turn you off? If you’ve sent me an email requesting a particular mascara to review, I haven’t forgotten about you. I have a looong list. Keep sendin’ me reviews at

Stay beautiful!

  • slvrlips

    Hey Brittany,
    Thanks so much for the shout out. I haven’t been able to put it down since I saw it a couple weeks ago.

  • nywele

    I have to try that mascara :)

  • Product Junkie Diva

    Hey B
    I too will be reviewing this mascara this week. I think we purchased it on the same day :-).
    By the way I love the packaging…..I think it’s bright and cute.
    Thanks for the video….
    Product Junkie Diva

  • rmcandlelight

    I love this mascara. Walgreens had a sale on it for $5.99 (save $1.00) I love the packaging (color). I don’t think this is a waterproof mascara…it didn’t mention it on the package. I wear waterproof macara all the time it takes a couple of swipes to come off but this mascara it came off easy using my makeup remover.

  • Lorie

    I’m always looking for a mascara that can curl. Volume is a close second. Thanks for sharing!

  • Anjela

    Great video review! I’m going to have to add this to my list lol! 😉 BTW, what color nail polish were you wearing in this video? It’s pretty!

  • juvenescent

    Whoa! Can it get any bigger? Goodness!

  • B

    Hi chicas! I am definitely diggin’ the yellow packaging. I think it’s cute. Anything different that catches my eye is something that I’m going to looove.

    Anjela–> That was a China Glaze Purple Panic from the WOW Collection. Love it!

    Ohmigoodness, I knowwww, Juv. I’m so over these HUGE mascaras. Long live smaller wands!

  • GS

    Heyy!!! I was expecting Define-a-lash, I wanna know if it´s any good, but I haven´t seen that one here in DR nor Colossal, stores here have a really limited selection/variety. I believe that (except for Great Lash) Maybelline have some of the best cheap mascaras (can´t say how much I love Unstoppable and Sky High curves is really good.)

    You have a nice voice btw.

  • Shefali

    I’m so glad you reviewed this mascara this week! I saw it in CVS yesterday and need some new mascara (Cover Girl’s Lash Blast is my HG) and want to try something. I had HORRIBLE results with Maybelline’s Great Lash (I don’t get the hype) so I didn’t want to spend my money. Thanks to your review…I just might!

  • SuzieC

    I love this mascara and I second the thanks to slvrlips for the heads up! I love the color of the tube – the brightness just puts a smile on my face!

  • Fashion’s Darling

    SOLD! I just needed ONE person to say “it’s good” and I’d get it. I saw it at CVS, thought about it, then walked away in an attempt to save money but my current mascara is a disappointment and wasn’t intended for long term use.

    thanks chica!


  • B

    GS–> No worries, love. Define-A-Lash is coming up next week. Please don’t tell me you’re in the DR. I’ve been trying to break my neck for years to get there! And thankssss….my fam laughs at me because I have such a high-pitched voice and sound like a 4-year old, but I think I’m getting better. LOL!

    Shefali–> Try it! I really think you’ll like it.

    SuzieC–> Seee, you understand the whole packaging thing too!

    FD–> LOL! You a mess. I’m the same way. I see 20,998 BAD reviews, but if one person says it’s good, I’m all over it.

  • LBIC

    Great review. I’m going to have to try it now. I usually only use Maybeline mascara. Cover Girl has given me the most horrible of eye infections in the past.

  • Izar

    Hey B!

    I love your voice on this video. Kinda reminds me of that of Rihanna, and I really love hers. ^_^

    I wouldn’t mind the chunky yellow tube either, ’cause when it comes to mascara, I only care about how well it performs really. Glad you’ve found (another) one that you like. 😉

    I’m eager to read your opinion on Clinique’s Naturally Glossy, but you should definitely get it in Jet Black (01). If you need a natural look, this mascara is absolutely perfect.

    Lots of love,

  • jeannie

    I just saw this at CVS/Walgreens the other day and thought it looked CRAZY! Guess I should give it a chance!

  • B

    LBIC–> Ewww, seriousness? Yeah, get up on this?

    Izar–> Awww, you are doll! I loves ya! I’ll let you know how that Clinique works.

    Jeannie–> Yes yes, try it! I think you’ll like it.

  • Michelle

    YAY! I love the mascara…only thing is, I think I got some in my eye last night and it was way waxier than other brands, I had to flush my eye out! (I know, I’m a clutz and shouldn’t have gotten it in there in the first place!) p.s. I happen to love the color of the tube, I think it’s fresh!

  • debbydebbo

    It works really well for adding volume, but it’s definitely not waterproof. The brush is a bit clumsy, but the result is good.

  • Anonymous

    I got this after reading your review. I have naturally long, nice lashes but am always looking for a mascara to really give that extra something.

    I have to say, this is the only mascara that really gives me a false lashes look! 2-3 coats makes them look amazingly big. However I find it to be more lengthening than volumizing which is odd since it's called Volum Express. But I always have trouble getting volume without clumping, maybe it's just my lashes.

    I can't believe people complain about the packaging! As a graphic designer I think it is ADORABLE. Great typography and lovely complementary colors (LOL I am a dork). And the bright yellow, compact tube makes it great for finding it easily in your purse or makeup bag.

    Got the XXL curl power as well which also gives me very big lashes, but I think that curved brush will take some getting used to for me.

    Very glad I finally tried Colossal :)

  • Les’Nspired Expressions

    hi. I used the Colossal before and loved the results. I just couldn't get over the strong smell. I don't see anyone else comment on it. Why is it so strong? I've bought two in the past and they both smelled so strong they gave me headaches while applying. Is it just me???

  • B

    Les'Nspired Expressions—> Hmm, that's interesting. I don't recall this mascara ever having a stong smell. That's crazy!

  • Les’Nspired Expressions

    B—, really??? no smell? Man I gotta start gettting my mascaras somewhere other than Walmart!

  • Rhonda

    Love your site…. stumbled upon it….and it is officially one of my 5 bookmarked sites! I think you will get sponsors later and go far! :)
    Anyway… seen your review of colossal… and the next day was in a Dollar General for cleaning supplies… and guess what? They sell it for 5.75 every day price and they had an ad saying it was on sale…. 50 cents off…. and they had 1. dollar off coupon on the package. I knew from your site that for 4.25, I had better get 2!!

    Thanks!!! Your site helped me not waste my money….and save my money! Yay!!!

  • B

    Rhonda—> Thank you soooo much for the love and support. I really appreciate it. And WOW!! What a deal!

  • amyy.

    this has been my favorite mascara for a while now. ive heard my friends say it doesnt really give extra length. i disagree. i roll the brush as i put it on, and it gives extra length and definition. and it seperates the lashes more. its a bit more work, but its worth it :)

    ha plus the yellow tube is presh 😛

  • -loveisanillusion

    read this review when i came acros your youtube video.doing some search on whether this mascara is good!
    well,i have one question before buying this is that,does this hardened on the lashes?as in when i apply,does the mascara becomes hard like a waterproof mascara?

    i hope you get what i mean.
    because the current volum express that i'm using is waterproof and its good.too good that i'm contemplating to change to colossal!

    so yes,my main qn is does it harden like waterproof mascaras?
    does it make the eyelashes flimsy even aft applying?

    do reply me @


  • B

    loveisanillusion—> Hi there….I don't remember that happening with this mascara. Sounds like yours may have been a little old.

  • McKenna

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this mascara!!! Have been using Max Factor 2000 calorie for 8 years now and when i found out it was discontinued i was DEVASTATED!!!

    THIS IS BETTER ANYWAY!!!! Love the brush, i'm not a big fan of these plastic brissel brushes that are coming out now, so this brush is GREAT! And awesome formula which dries fast and quick with NO FLAKING! great product!!!

  • Tatted*Sparkles

    I love this one! And its pretty much my FAVE wand of all time, it just really seperates my lashes for me. Although I have to agree…it can be kinda tough getting off, even with eye makeup remover

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for this review – I bought this mascara after reading and I love it!

    I have quite long eyelashes, with really dark roots and blonde tips (bizarre, I know), so I want something that coats my lashes with colour but doesn't lengthen them too much. For some reason, most volumising mascaras clump like you wouldn't believe on the ends of my lashes – huge, wedge shaped ends don't exactly scream natural. This doesn't do that – it really separates but also adds volume too! A miracle!

  • Caitlin

    I use to love all maybelline make up until I discovered it does animal testing =P

  • I just bought this mascara at Target and reviewed it as well and the results are amazing. My all-time fave is Maybelline the Falsies and I hated to admit tot admit it but Colossal volume just might be replacing to as my number one. I also like Maybelline Illegal lashes, you really can’t go wrong with Maybelline mascaras.