Hey all beauty geeks!!! While I was on my usual ‘timepass’ shopping spree, I spotted the latest mascara offered by Maybelline – Maybelline Volum’ Express Pumped Up Colossal Mascara. I would have never stopped in my steps; but the mascara was a variant of my beloved Colossal Mascara. Uff!! the magic of ex-flames.
Maybelline Volum’ Express Pumped Up Colossal Mascara is so new that it is only available at select retail outlets. Generally, I prefer reading about the products that I plan to buy. Good or bad reviews – I need to know what to expect. However, I loved the Colossal Mascara and if this was something closer to that, I needed to grab it asap. So, finally after five minutes of ‘should I, should I not’, I walked back home with this pink bottle in my bag and waiting to fall in love again.
About Maybelline Volum’ Express Pumped Up Colossal Mascara:
Maybelline Volum’ Express Pumped Up Colossal Mascara is a part of the new releases for Spring 2014. Maybelline Cosmetics describes the mascara as:
‘Our first and only double shot volumizing mascara brush. Scoops up an extra shot of plumping collagen formula in every stroke. Extreme Pumped up Volume Mascara.
Why You’ll Love It:
Pumped up volume up to 12X with the first double shot brush that scoops up an extra shot of plumping formula for the most pumped up volumizing lashes ever.
For Best Results: Sweep the double shot brush from root to tip for instant volume and bigger lashes. ‘
Price : $8.49.
Ingredients: Not mentioned on the website, but on the packaging.
My take on Maybelline Volum’ Express Pumped Up Colossal Mascara in Glam Black:
Maybelline Volum’ Express Pumped Up Colossal Mascara is available in three shades – Classic Black, Glam Black and Glam Brown. I picked up Glam Black as I wanted to go all out. Glam Black is the blackest black and is appropriate to wear for dramatic lashes with dark, smokey eyes.
Formula: The formula of the mascara is not very thin or thick, perfect consistency. It does feel wet after initial application, though. You need to give it a minute to dry down, otherwise could end up with a ‘black’ eye. The mascara does not feel heavy on the lashes.
Performance: Okies, now the fun part. Honestly, I did have high expectations from the product, and that is why probably I was not much impressed. It is not a bad mascara, not at all, but I was not wooed by it either. The funny and the surprising part is that the mascara does not do anything in the volume department, however, does lengthen the lashes beautifully. I could see it give the lashes amazing length, but kind of spaced my lashes away so that I didn’t quite feel the volumizing part.
The mascara also does not hold curl very well and my lashes became poker straight after sometime. I am satisfied with my current mascaras and this did not give me a reason enough to ‘break-up’ with them.
Staying Power: The mascara did last for almost 10 hours. And I did not experience any smudging on the lower lashes as well. Since it is a waterproof mascara, little difficult to get it out. I had to go back with an eye-makeup remover after cleansing with oil.
Packaging: Now the beauties who are suckers for pretty packaging, this mascara will sweep you off your feet. I love the pretty pink packaging with bold, yellow lettering. To add to the glam factor, the wand has a fun twist design, which obviously is just another style gimmick. Won’t do anything for lashes.
The mascara has a huge, thick oval brush that is kind of tear-shaped. The bristles are perfect both for long as well as short lashes on the corners. However, if you have really small eyes, be little cautious with the wand.
What I like about Maybelline Volum’ Express Pumped Up Colossal Mascara in Glam Black:
- Gives killer length to the lashes.
- Does not feel heavy or stiff on the lashes.
- Dries up nicely after a minute or so.
- Pretty packaging.
- Dark black color.
- Does not flake or smudge.
- Thick brush that covers all the lashes.
- Waterproof formula.
- Not experienced any allergy.
- Will be best for people who wear glasses.
What I do not like about Maybelline Volum’ Express Pumped Up Colossal Mascara in Glam Black:
- Does not provide much volume.
- Does not hold curl for long.
- Little difficult to remove completely.
- Does not do anything dramatic to my lashes.
- Slightly over-priced for a drugstore mascara.
- Not yet released in India, but available on ebay.
As I already said, the mascara is very comparable to my existing collection and does not add anything new to the plate. However, if you are in the market for a new mascara and not satisfied with your existing ones, do consider this mascara. And if are only looking at lengthening your lashes, this might be a pretty good buy.
Have you tried Maybelline Volum’ Express Pumped Up Colossal Mascara in Glam Black?
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