Maybelline Volum' Express Colossal Cat Eye mascara

12 October 2012

I've raved on about my fav high street mascara, Skyscraper by Collection for well over a year now. I find that because I use mascara so much, it's just not cost effective to keep using high end mascaras, and so a high street mascara is always a must in my books. When I was on the Eurostar recently, my friend was putting on the Colossal Cat Eye mascara from Maybelline and I was totally intrigued. Her eyelashes are always a feature on her face and looked stunning - I wanted what she was using! 

The full name is Maybelline Volum' Express Colossal Cat Eye mascara...bit of a mouthful eh? It's very similar to its sister mascara which is the standard Volume Express Colossal mascara, so be careful not to get these two muddled up..they look almost identical on the shelf apart from a little bit of graphic design - the Cat Eye mascara has a leopard print style metallic sheen on the wand. The feature on this mascara is indeed the 'cat eye' claim. The wand has a curved brush giving you the ability to highlight the sides of your eyelashes, giving you the cat eye look you desire. Now personally, I don't find I get any 'cat eye' features from this mascara, but it does certainly help with the outer lashes because of the curved brush. The bristles are very short so there's no mess or mascara fall out, and it makes it generally very easy to use. You can get right to the bottom of the lashes without knowing you're going to gouge your eyes out - nothing worse than poking yourself in the eye with a mascara wand at 7am in the morning is there ladies. It's meant to have a collagen enhanced formula too which will obviously help to widen the eyes and help the feline effect. Again, no feline effect in my opinion, but definite wide open lashes with lots of definition and almost a 60s effect.

The main downside for me is that the lasting power can be a bit iffy. I put my makeup on every morning at 6.45/7am, and I usually reapply a coat at 1pm around lunchtime, which isn't great lasting power in my opinion, especially when Skyscraper is at least £2 cheaper and lasts a lot longer. However, I don't seem to get fall out under the eye which is great, as you often do with high street mascaras. I'd call it more of a lengthening mascara than a volume mascara. This mascara claims up to 9x volume...big claim really isn't it? However, I go for lengthening mascaras rather than volume so this suits me well. I wore this mascara in Dubai in 40 degree heat and it didn't budge, and it's also quick to take off with makeup remover - win.

It's currently £7.99 in Boots, but quite often you can get it for cheaper with some form of deal. Worth £8? Maybe not quite that, but it's certainly going into the books as one of my fav high street mascaras. Move over Skyscraper..there's a newcomer in town.

-Tamsin xxx


  1. This is my current mascara and I love it :)

  2. I prefer lengthening mascaras too, so I may have to try it out. It looks really nice on you :) xx

  3. I'm such a big fan of maybelline mascaras, but I didn't like this one, Much preferred the original. It really suits your eyes though! Xo

  4. Whoa it actually looks really good. I don't really see the cat eye thing either, but it looks really clump-free. I'd wear this, and I don't even wear mascara.


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