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Maybelline Volum' Express The Colossal

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Review by jiney17

rated 2 of 5 top reviewer on 7/14/2009 1:11:00 AM More reviews by jiney17

Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Black, Straight, Medium Eyes: Brown

Another one bites the dust.

I was getting a little bored of my staple Maybelline Full 'n' Soft waterproof and was itching to try a new mascara. I thought I'd stick with Maybelline as its formulas tend to work well with my super-fine, straight, skimpy lashes. I did make sure to get this on sale in case it turned out to be a bust. I was hoping for a lot more volume and density than FnS gives me.

The color (Glam Black) is as black as anyone would want. The brush is nice and bushy and fat, but for some reason, it's also really long, making it unwieldy. For once, I wish they'd invent a mascara brush that was fat and dense but also short to afford greater precision. Finally, for some reason, they decided to add a rather strong fragrance to this mascara. I think it's supposed to be rose-like, but it really reminds me more of that awful Wet 'n' Wild mascara that costs like, 99 cents. The fragrance is so strong that it makes my eyes water sometimes. Strike one.

This is a rather thick, creamy mascara, a lot 'drier' than I'm used to. It reminds me of a somewhat thicker L'Oreal Voluminous. Kinda tar-like. I've found that wetter mascaras tend to work better for me, as I can layer and layer and layer without clumping (as long as I separate between coats with a good lash comb). I got major clumping with one coat. The formula is so thick and sticky that it was difficult to comb my lashes so they ended up looking a little spider-leggy despite my best efforts. Not an attractive nor a plausible 'look'. Strike two.

I'd applied my usual primer (Ardell) and curled with my trusty Shiseido. As soon as I applied Colossal Volume, my lashes went from high and proudly curled to straight and drooping. I tried using my heated lash curler to get my lashes up a little, but this formula is too goopy to work with heat. I managed to get my lashes to stay up, but they weren't as curled as they are with FnS. Strike three.

Verdict: Wouldn't repurchase. My lashes were denser, thicker and blacker, but the volume was clumpy rather than clean, and my curl was taken out entirely. Colossal Volume does not layer well, is difficult to remove, smells atrocious, irritates my eyes, and comes in rather tacky and loud packaging.

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