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Maybelline Colossal Big Shot Mascara Review

Mascara is the part of my make-up routine which I dislike applying the most. Some of the wands are so chunky that as soon as they come into close contact with my eye the mascara seems to just go everywhere. Sometimes I haven't even managed to get the wand to even touch my eyelashes and before I know it it is all over my eyelid and halfway down my face. I have lost count at how many times I have worked so hard on my eyeshadow, blended it out to perfection, admired it in the mirror before trying to carefully applying a coat or two of mascara and - woops! it is all over my eyelid and completely ruined my eyeshadow. Please tell me I am not the only one this happens to!

Not only do I dislike applying the product, I also dislike buying the product too. There are so many mascaras out there, all offering so many different results it is hard to choose which one to go for when you are staring at a sea of so many. I find that a lot of mascaras offer the world but don't really deliver too much in the way of results. I can name one mascara that I have really, really enjoyed using but that is one out of about 10 years worth of trying so many various mascaras from a whole variety of different brands. Mascara plays such a pivotal part in applying your make-up as it is literally the finishing touch. It brings your eye make-up together perfectly and I would never even consider applying my make-up without mascara so it is definitely a must have. My current favourite, the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara is on its last legs so it is time to purchase a new one. I was considering trying out the new L'oreal mascara but when I was offered the chance to try out Maybelline's latest offering, I couldn't say no! The Maybelline Colossal Big Shot Mascara* aims to deliver a hell of a lot of volume, so let's find out!

About the Maybelline Colossal Big Shot Mascara:
"Meet the Big Shot. Big volume from root to tip. Our colossal brush delivers collagen enriched formula from the root to tip of lashes for fully loaded volume. Discover instant volume with our biggest Colossal yet!"

The Maybelline Colossal Big Shot Mascara is designed to offer big, voluminous lashes with just one coat which is just what we are all after, isn't it? I love the false lash effect and when I try out a new mascara that is exactly the results I am after. I want elongated, thick lashes full of volume, which is partly what this mascara offers. 

The mascara comes in a gold tube which is in the typical shape of Maybelline mascaras. As soon as I see this style of packaging I do immediately think of Maybelline, although it would be easy to get it mixed up with other mascaras that Maybelline have to offer. The wand is slightly unusual with short wavy bristles which aren't too thick and chunky. I actually find the mascara really easy to apply as the wand itself is quite thin so you can get a really precise application without worrying you will get it everywhere. With one coat of the Big Shot Mascara applied to the eyelashes they are instantly made to appear thicker and slightly longer but I wouldn't say it gave a really heightened amount of volume to them. I also found that it made the eyelashes appear not clumpy but not as separated as I would have liked. I feel like I have to apply another mascara on top just to separate the eyelashes a little. The results are nice and are perfectly fine for everyday but if I was going on a night out then perhaps I would want something a little bolder with more volume. 

I haven't tried any of the other Maybelline Colossal Mascaras but the Big Shot is the latest addition to the growing family. I would like to try some more mascaras from Maybelline but I don't think I would buy this mascara again. It is great for everyday and perfect for work but I do prefer more obvious and bolder lashes for a night out so for that occassion I would choose something else. If you are after a mascara which makes your eyelashes appear thicker then this is great but for volume and more separated, defined lashes I would choose a different product.

(*PR sample)



  1. I like this mascara a lot for volume, but I prefer the original Colossal for length and separation!

    Beauty From Katie

  2. This is a genuine favourite of mine; I find that the quality of Maybelline mascaras tends to be very consistent! x
    Lots of love,
    Marina Rosie xx

  3. Sounds like a nice one, need to try it. Maybelline has such a good mascara range.


  4. I haven't heard of this one before, I am going to have to check it out!

    Danielle xx