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Maybelline Colossal Volum' Express Cat Eyes

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      03.03.2014 16:52
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      good mascara, does what it says, with a great brush for easy application

      I was given this mascara as part of a birthday present. I usually go for subtle, natural looking make-up and avoid volumising mascaras, as I find them too heavy and clumpy, so it's not a product I would have bought for myself. However, I like this mascara and use it regularly for nights out when I want a more dramatic look.

      The bottle is attractive and the chunky round shape with tapered ends makes it easy to hold while applying. The only small downside is that the bottle is a bit more bulky than some brands, so it usually gets left at home if I'm using a small clutch bag, this isn't much of a problem as I don't generally need to reapply. Also, the bottle doesn't stand up, although it looks like it's supposed to. Again, this hasn't been a problem for me since I keep hold of the bottle while I'm applying, and the thick liquid seems unlikely to spill out anyway.

      The main feature that makes this mascara stand out from other brands is the shape of the brush, which is curved and tapered to match the contour of the lash line. This design makes it much easier to reach the smaller corner lashes than a traditional-shaped brush. Sometimes, an excess of mascara can build up on the end of the brush, which I brush off onto the rim to avoid any clumps.

      The mascara itself is fairly thick and sticky, very black and fast-drying. Because the liquid is quite sticky, if more than one layer is applied without allowing it to dry first, the lashes do tend to clump together, but I find only one application is needed to add volume and length without looking over the top. I have been using the same bottle for over a year now and it is beginning to dry out a bit, so I am starting to get more clumps. I usually use an old dried out brush to take away any clumps and separate the lashes, or wait for it to dry and remove the clumps with my fingers.

      Overall I am impressed with this product and I'd definitely consider buying it again.

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      05.01.2014 21:37
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      A waste of money. A product that promises a lot but does not achieve.

      I have been a fan of Maybelline mascaras for quite some time and I have used many from their range. I regularly use other mascaras from the Volum Express line and I love these products, especially the Smokey Eye Volum Express. I was very excited when I saw the Cat Eyes Volum Express whilst I was out shopping.

      Maybelline promises that this mascara will give you eyelashes that are 'flicked, fierce and with extra volume'. The price of this mascara ranges from around £5.99-£7.99 depending on the shop you purchase it from. This product has a specially designed curved brush which claims to create the 'cat eye' look.

      The packing is very similar to the rest of the Volum Express line, in a yellow tube that is thick in the middle and thins out at each end. The mascara brush unscrews from the product. The Cat Eyes mascara has a leopard print design on the top half of the tube and the brand name printed on the bottom section. The packing is very attractive and looks very modern, the tube is made of plastic but feels sturdy. One issue I did have with the packaging was that the product didn't stand up particularly well. Although the bottom of the tube is flat to help it stand up, I found it very wobbly and it kept falling over, as the tube was quite heavy. In the end I had to lay the tube down on its side whilst I was using it which was ideal as I was worried about the mascara spilling out.

      The product itself I found to be very disappointing. From the moment I pulled the brush out of the product I noticed that there didn't seem to be much mascara on the brush. This meant that it was very hard for me to build up any volume on my eyelashes as I was not getting enough product on the brush. I also found the product to be very sticky, clumping on the brush. As you can probably imagine this 'clumpiness' transferred onto my eyelashes, sticking them together in unattractive clumps. In fact, the product was so sticky I found my eyelashes sticking together when I blinked! I did find that the product dried quite quickly however and I was able to separate some of the clumps with my fingers. After I had done this, my lashes did look longer but there wasn't any noticeable change in volume from my normal lashes and it was a lot of effort to get them to look good.

      The brush for this mascara is one of its major selling points, with its curved design. I found this brush to be okay. It fit nicely over all my lashes and I was able to get most of them with it at a time. However, whilst the brush worked fine, I did not notice it having any effect on how my eyelashes looked or how each it was to apply the product. This brush is also fairly thin, with lots of short bristles, I found that this meant I had to apply lots of coats of the mascara to get to the desired colour and was quite time consuming.

      The price of this mascara is reasonable, compared to many other similar products offered by other brands, however the quality of the product was poor and for this reason I think this mascara is overpriced. The rest of the Volum Express range costs around the same price and I think gives you a much better quality product for the price.

      Overall, I am really disappointed with this product as I found it virtually unusable. I don't know whether I brought a dodgy one or if they are all the same, but the stickiness of this product meant it was extremely difficult to use and did not make my lashes look good. This is definitely not a product I will be purchasing again.

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        14.11.2013 12:20
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        Stick with the original collosal volum or even the smokey eyes version which is good

        *** Why did I purchase and how much? ***

        I am a compulsive collector of all things makeup related and an avid fan of mascara. I have tried brands varying from the premium houses of Lancome, Estee Lauder and Dior to the cheaper selections such as Rimmel, Maybelline and Max Factor. To be honest after trying nearly every brand of mascara out there I have always come back to Maybelline and especially the Maybelline colossal volum express which is just as good if not better than anything Lancome, Dior or Estee Launder has produced. So when I decided to restock my mascara (I change mine every 3 months) I came across the cat eyes version of the Maybelline colossal volum express which appealed to me as I typically wear the cat eye look on a daily basis. I purchased this mascara for £7.99 about 2 months ago but if you keep your eyes open you can typically find it on offer for 342's or 2 for £10 at either Boots or Superdrug.


        ***What do you get?***

        This mascara comes with 9.5mL of product which is about average for a mascara and the wand is a synthetic 'claw brush' design which is basically a small curved narrow spoon brush. The cat eyes version of this mascara comes in one shade WILD BLACK - although what distinguishes this shade from Black i haven't a clue. One thing that you'll find with Maybelline mascaras is that the individual who designs the packaging is either a 4 year old child (which is possible) or colour-blind (which again is possible) or both as the design is rather 'pre-school-esque' which might put some people off as they don't want to have a psychedelic mascara wand in their handbag.



        ***Use***

        As with ALL mascaras when you withdraw the wand from the vial you will have excess product on the wand so unless you want that 1980s Clinique counter drunken spider eye look ( which looks especially good with the obligatory orange face and white neck) then wipe the wand on a clean tissue.
        The pigmentation as mentioned previously is WILD BLACK which is well...erm...black nothing special and it does the job of tinting your lashes black.

        However, this is where my review takes a turn for the worst, I have long lashes and plenty of them and no matter how I use this mascara it manages to bind them in a way which looks like the previously mentioned drunken spider style. I thought maybe it was my technique on the first application but I have tried on multiple occasions with the provided wand and I cannot get it to produce a fine coat which makes my lashes complement my cat eye look. In the end I tried using this mascara with another wand and the product went on ok-ish if applied in one light coat (>1 coat = CLUMP-VILLE) the mascara is quite wet so allow for extra drying time (which is a pain when you have long lashes as they hit and transfer the mascara just below the brow bone if you're not careful).
        So in addition to the above, to increase the desirability of this product Maybelline has decided to produce a formula which although on application looks ok-ish, crumbles away off the lashes after about 2 hours leaving you with the most delightful panda-eye look which you don't know about until AFTER you've been in the office for hours with colleagues, attended meetings and then visit the ladies.

        Another thing to note about Maybelline mascaras is that they contain fragrance which might not be to everyones liking but this has never been an issue for me.


        ***Would I recommend?***

        Only if your name is Tian Tian or Yang Guang or you wish to follow their style.

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          23.03.2012 16:26
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          A great mascara for relatively little money.

          If you have read my other reviews it will be becoming plainly obvious that I buy and use a lot of mascaras. I usually own 15-20 at one time and use several in one application. I like to mix them because I have yet to find one mascara that achieves everything I want.

          I purchased the Maybelline Volum' Express Cat Eyes mascara because I have used a lot of maybelline mascaras and generally find them to be very good. I like the bold packaging (bright yellow with shiny orange leopard spots) and the name - I often go for a cat eye look so if I can get a mascara that helps me achieve it, even better!

          This mascara come in a circular tube that tapers at each end. I like the shape of it as it is easy to hold and use in a hurry. The brush is made of bristles and described as a feline applicator because it reaches the lashes on the outer corners of your eyes. I think this is a very fair description and one of the things I like best about the mascara. The brushed is curved to fit the contour of your eyelid (upper and lower depending on how you hold the brush). It picks up plenty of mascara, but not so much that your lashes are overloaded.

          The mascara itself is extremely easy to apply, quick and provides an even coating. The mascara fluid stays fresh for a long time and I've had it for probably 6 months without it drying out. At 9.5 ml it is a standard sized mascara but because of the shape of the tube and the small size and unique shape of the brush it is far easier to get all the fluid out of the tube. The brush is very flexible and I would recommend you be careful with it - it can be quite easy to poke yourself and although I haven't snapped it I imagine with too much bending it probably would. My criticism of the mascara is probably that it doesn't actually do what it says on the tube. It is specifically advertised as a volume mascara but that is not what I use it for. I would say it is perfect for reaching tricky lashes, great at separating and perfect for extending. Volume is not one of the functions I find it particularly good for - and that's okay by me because it does so much other stuff I can always use an alternative mascara to add volume.

          I think this mascara is great for a day or night look, as it achieves a great length for your lashes. However, apply too much at your peril. It can leave your lashes looking spidery if you layer too much on but I would say that is consistent with most mascaras out there.

          For a cheaper brand product it is very good at what it does. Retailing at £7.99, and presumably cheaper on offer and in certain retailers, it is an absolute bargain. It is definitely something I plan to repurchase when it runs out (at 6 months so far I am holding out for a year!), that is quite rare for me to say as I love to try new mascaras - it really has to be something special for me to return to buy it again.

          So, overall? A pretty great mascara at an even better price.

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          23.02.2012 16:27
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          An OK mascara but using this alone will not create a 'cat-eye' effect.

          I am a huge fan of Maybelline make-up products and already used their 'falsies' mascara, and like it. So when I noticed their new Colossal 'Cat eyes' mascara I was very keen to try it out. For a night out I always like to go for the cat eye look and so thought this mascara must be perfect for creating that look seeing as it's named after it.

          The mascara is priced at £7.99 but I purchased mine when it was at its introductory price of £5.99 from Boots. It is also available in Superdrug and supermarkets that stock Maybelline products.

          The brush is slightly curved and called a 'flare brush' that is meant to give your lashes a full fan of wild volume. This all sounds great as the cat-eye look does mean flared out lashes and flicked out eyeliner. However, as soon as I went to apply this for the first time I thought the brush was actually a bit tricky to use. The flared out effect of the brush makes it hard for me to really reach the whole of my lashes with it, and instead just the ends of them. I have to carefully apply it which can take some time to really cover the whole of my lashes without making a mess. This may not be so bad, but I don't want to have to spend ages applying my mascara!

          I also don't think it really 'flares' out my lashes. It does give them volume and make them appear darker which I like, but I bought this hoping to have a more cat-eye effect look, which I don't think this does. I will continue to use the mascara as it still leaves great effects, just don't buy this if you are expecting flared out lashes. As well as adding volume to lashes I think this mascara lengthens then slightly too, without any clumps.

          I must point out that Maybelline stated to use this with their gel liner for a more intense look. By adding a stroke to your lash line and then flicking it out at the corners it will complete the look. I didn't purchase this as I use a different felt tip eyeliner already to create that look and so really it is the eyeliner that makes the look, and not this mascara!

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          18.01.2012 21:23
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          Meh!

          I have only used Maybelline mascara for the past decade or so; going from the classic Great Lash mascara, to more recently, the Volum' Express Colossal Mascara.

          My mascara ran out recently and when shopping for some more, I was just about to buy my usual Colossal Mascara when I saw this, the Volum' Express Colossal Cat Eyes Mascara.

          The mascara comes in a yellow tube, with a yellow and orange leopard print lid. I must admit that the lid was probably the main thing that seduced me. I love anything leopard print, and I thought that this looked pretty cool. I like the regular Colossal Mascara a lot, so I didn't figure I could go wrong buying another mascara in the same range.

          This comes in one colour only - Glam Black.

          The Cat Eyes mascara promises lashes that are 'flicked out', 'fierce' and 'up to 7x more volumised'. This is supposedly achieved with its unique 'claw' brush. The brush at the end of the wand is very thin and curved, and less bristly than most mascara wands. The idea is that the shape of the wand will flick your lashes out at the ends, thus creating a 'cat eye' look. Okay, whatever.

          I applied the mascara to my lashes. The 'unique' shape of the wand did coat the ends of my lashes - but nowhere else. Nor did much of the product go onto my lashes; I needed about 3 layers just to get any kind of coverage. I then had to turn the wand around the wrong way just to do the lashes closer to the inside of my eye. Even after several layers, I wasn't impressed with the amount of coverage whatsoever; especially considering the regular Colossal Mascara will coat your lashes after only one application.

          My lashes didn't look thicker, or have more volume. 7 times more volumised? You must be kidding. The actual mascara is fine - glossy black and long-lasting... it is the wand itself that I find a problem. It doesn't flick your lashes out the way it promises; it barely coats your other lashes; and it certainly doesn't give me the usual smokily made up eyes I like to have.

          In case you haven't guessed, I would not recommend this mascara. At £7.19, I feel like I have wasted nearly a tenner. As mascara lasts me 3-4 months normally, I know I will have to go and buy my usual brand next week. I don't think I could be bothered putting this on every day for the next few months.

          Disappointing. Shame.

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            14.11.2011 16:01
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            Cat eye's mascara!

            I'm always on the hunt for new mascara that will give my lashes length and volume. I have seen this specific mascara advertise a few times on the TV and thought it sounded and looked very good. My last really god mascara was made by maybelline and I really like their range of products so, I decided to give the mascara a try to see how good it really is.

            ***THE MASCARA***
            The mascara is made by Maybelline who make a large range of make up and cosmetics products, which are available to buy in local Supermarkets, Boots & Superdrug stores. The mascara comes sealed in cardboard packaging which has a clear plastic holder which holds the mascara in place. This is only available in the one colour which is black, it doesn't actually state on the packaging whether this is water-proof or not, how-ever this didn't really bother me too much. The tube the mascara comes in is bright yellow tube which is quite fat. The writing on the tube is in a bronze colour and has a leopard print type pattern on the lid/top of the tube. This must have something to do with the name of the product as it's called Cat Eyes. This product is quite new and claims to flick out and extend the look of lashes at the corners with up to 7 x more volume. The brush is unique and they call it a 'Claw Brush' which helps to flick out and extend the look of the lashes.

            ***PRICE/AVALIABILITY***
            I purchased this from Boots and it cost me £7.99. This is also available to buy at some supermarkets and also Superdrug stores.

            ***USING THE PRODUCT***
            The mascara is easy to hold as the tube is quite chunky and the lid is also chunky. The first thing I noticed was the curved brush. This was different to other mascara brushes I have tried recently which tend to be made of plastic or that soft flexible rubber. Although I've used a lot of different mascara's I was worried that I might end up poking myself in the eye, so I was going to be very careful when applying the product. The mascara had a slight smell to it, which I have never noticed in mascara, which I've used before. The smell, how-ever isn't over-powering, so this didn't really put me off at all. Before applying the mascara I used some eye-lash curlers to help make my lashes look even more volumised. (Always do this before applying mascara otherwise lashes will stick to the mascara, which can cause the lashes to break and pull). I applied one coat of mascara and although it gave a nice coat to my lashes I wanted them a bit darker so I re-applied the mascara twice more. This may sound as though it's a lot, how-ever this didn't look too much and it looked just about right. The mascara brush applied a nice even coat to my lashes and it was easier to use than what I thought it would be. Because the brush is curved so much, this helps when coating the lashes and helps to give them volume.

            ***RESULTS***
            I stood back and admired my eyes in the mirror. The mascara does make it look as though my lashes are slightly extended, how-ever I didn't think it gave so much volume. The mascara did give some volume but not as much as I thought and this was even after using eye-lash curlers. I felt as though other mascara's I have previously used have given my lashes better volume than this mascara did. This doesn't really matter, if I'm only going out in the day as I don't want my eye's to look too heavy or dramatic, how-ever if I go out for a night on the town, I definitely want more volume and bolder looking lashes. The mascara is long lasting and doesn't flake off or smudge during the day or the evening. I suffer from dry, sensitive eyes sometimes and this mascara was kind to my eyes. It didn't irritate my eyes or make them itchy or dry which was a really good bonus of the product. The mascara is hard-wearing and last's the whole day, before having to remove it at the end of the night. The mascara is easily removed with facial wipes.

            ***OVERALL OPINION***
            I will continue to use the mascara until I have run out and then I think I may try a different product. This is great mascara but I don't think it gives as much volume as it claims to give and this was really disappointing, especially as it was quite an expensive mascara for me to buy, as I don't often like spending too much money on mascara. I would recommend this to other's if you don't want too much volume and you prefer a more subtle natural look as this is really good for this kind of look. I give this mascara 3 stars, just due to the fast that it coats the eye-lashes and makes lashes look extended, the mascara is also long lasting and kind to eyes. I can't give it anymore stars than this though as it doesn't live up to it's claim of 7 x more volume. After using this product which cost £7.99 I would definitely be tempted to spend a bit more money on mascara for a better result.


            (review may also appear on ciao)

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              20.10.2011 14:27
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              An amazing mascara

              After running out of my usual Maybelline Falsies mascara, I tried a different brand and hated it!! So, after using another mascara only twice, I resorted back to Maybelline and decided to try their newest mascara, Maybelline Colossal Volum' Express Cat Eyes. I had seen the advertising for it all over bus stops in Nottingham and liked the look of it anyway.

              The mascara comes in a bright yellow tube with a copper colour for the text. The lid has copper coloured animal print on it to emphasise the fact that it is called Cat Eyes. The advertising claims that the mascara will give you lashes that looked flicked out, fierce and up to 7x more volumised and this is reiterated on the back of the tube saying 'Feline application. Full and flared outer corner lashes'.

              As I opened the tube for the first time, I was glad to see that the brush was curved as I get on best with these kinds of brushes. Also, the brush is a normal mascara brush instead of these new, strange ones that are extremely stuff and plasticy. The colour of my mascara is black although this isn't stated anywhere on the tube but it is on the outer packaging. For some reason, this mascara has a bit of a strange smell to it when it's in the tube but it is totally fine once it has been applied. I don't think I have ever had a mascara that smells before but because the smell doesn't last, I don't mind it at all.

              Application of this mascara is super simple. As the wand is curved, it fits the shape of your lashes perfectly and in one sweeping motion, I was able to completely cover my lashes and not have to do it again. After one coat, I could immediately notice my lashes looking very curved and more so towards the edges. With one coat, I got a great day time look that wasn't too over the top. After a second coat, my eyes looked a lot more dramatic than they would with any other mascara and with a third quick coat, I had great eyes for night times. With a bit of added liquid eye liner, my eyes looked fantastic!

              Maybelline Colossal Volum' Express Cat Eyes is currently available from Superdrug for £7.99 and is part of the 3 for 2 offer on all Maybelline products which was a fantastic offer for me. The mascara holds 9.5ml of product and at this amount, it will last me a good 5, maybe 6 months which makes it good value for money. Maybelline have once again given me a fantastic mascara and after this one, I don't think I will ever try another brand again.

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