Maybelline Colossal is Minimal
Maybelline Collosal Volum’ Express Mascara ($5.99) boasts that it creates 9x the volume in one coat without clumping. I tried it out in Glam Black, hoping for some volume-tastic lashes with a nice black color. Unfortunately, my experience wasn’t nearly as exciting as “9x the volume.” Not even with multiple coats!
What Colossal did for my lashes was add just a touch of length/thickness and blackness so they stood out jmore, but in terms of volume, there wasn’t much. When I look at my natural lashes compared to the lashes with the mascara on them, the biggest difference is that they’re blacker. On all other points (lengthening, volumizing, thickening, curling), I didn’t notice much, if anything. I was really disappointed in the results of this mascara, particularly since it was supposed to volumize and didn’t even see that. I could be more forgiving if it at least did what it said to do (I mean, 9x is a bit OTT for me, but noticeabe more volume is good enough for me).
The best thing I can say for this mascara is it doesn’t clump and the level of black pigmentation is decent–it definitely darkened my lashes and made them stand out more, but they just looked like natural lashes really. If you’re looking for a more natural mascara, perhaps this might be something to consider. I just wouldn’t have expected “natural” out of Colossal. I’ll also point out this mascara is very budget-friendly!
One of my all-time favorite mascaras is by Maybelline (Full ‘n Soft), so I was really looking forward to trying this one out and hoping for the best. What are your favorite Maybelline mascaras?
- Product: 4/10
- Value: 9/10
- Ease of Use: 7/10
- Packaging: 7/10
Recommendation: Pass on this one and opt for one of Maybelline’s more proven formulas like Full ‘n Soft!
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What do you pair with red lips? What do you wear on your eyes? Cheeks? Clothes?
I like champagnes/golds on the eyes and a light bronzy glow on cheeks, but I like to keep everything else subtle.
If you were using MAC Haunting eyeshadow?, what look would you create with it?
What shadows would you use? What would you use on cheeks? Anything added to the lips? Create a look using whatever you want, as long as you include today’s look book product!
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Would you wear black lipstick? How would you wear it?
Personally, I’d cater it to my style, which doesn’t lean towards ultra bold lips most of the time. Instead, I’d use it to layer underneath different glosses (particularly reds).
Tell us why/what you love, hate, or are indifferent about…
Sonia Kashuk Eyeshadow Duos in Diamond Life, Take Cover, and Nudenick ($6.99 for 0.12 oz.) are affordable, well-pigmented neutral-colored eyeshadow duos. I like Sonia Kashuk eyeshadows because they’re fairly reliable — most of the duos have good color pigmentation levels and easy to blend. I found all three of these eyeshadow duos to hold true to that expectation. I’d say the only one I had trouble with was Nudenick, but it’s more of an issue that one color is the same color as my natural skin tone… so yeah. On someone paler or over a base, you’d see it more. (But it would be good for a very natural, barely there eye.)
- Diamond Life is is a duo of a matte, cool-toned brown with gray and a frosty, shimmery champagne shade.
- Take Cover is a duo of a lightly shimmery peach with pale gold shimmer and a richer, golden-toned bronze.
- Nudenick is a duo of a glittery, cool-toned champagne and a matte, warm-toned light peachy brown.
- Product: 8/10
- Value: 9/10
- Ease of Use: 8/10
- Packaging: 7/10
Recommendation: If you’re on a budget, Sonia Kashuk eyeshadows are always worth checking out!
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