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Maybelline Colossal Big Shot Mascara Review

Hey Beauties!


As promised from my previous post, here is my review on the new Maybelline Colossal Big Shot Mascara.

I’ve become quiet picky when it comes to mascara for a number of reasons. Firstly I want volume and separation more than anything. I love a mascara that isn’t too thin whereby I cannot build up layers. I don’t want a mascara that’s too thick whereby it clumps up my lashes too much. And lastly a mascara that does not transfer, smudge and is easy to remove. I know, sounds like a mission to find the right mascara with the right formula. I’ve tried so many mascaras with so many formulas and claims whereby as of now, I can pretty much tell if a mascara is going to be a winner after one use or one layer applied. Also I don’t mind if it’s affordable or expensive, as long as the results back up the claims.

As per the website this is what Maybelline states about this product:



Volum’ Express® The Colossal Big Shot™ Mascara, a volumizing mascara for bold lashes in one coat.



Lashes go powerful with Colossal Big Shot. 8 out of 10 saw bigger bolder volume. The Big Shot brush features unique, wavy bristles that cradle lashes, while the collagen formula delivers bold volume. Ophthalmologist tested. Suitable for contact lens wearers. Packaging may vary, what you receive may not be what is reflected on site.



Step 1. Sweep the Big Shot brush from root to tip for dramatic volume.

Step 2. Repeat to build even bigger volume.

Step 3. Do not let mascara dry in between coats.

Step 4. Easily remove mascara with Maybelline Expert Eyes® 100% Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover.


My Experience:

The packaging is gold and bold! Shaped like a bullet and not hard to find in a makeup stash as it does stand out.

When I opened the mascara I noticed it had a brush applicator as a pose to a rubber wand. I prefer brush tips as this coats my lashes very well, but I don’t also mind a rubber wand.

The pigmentation is most likely the blackest, darkest mascaras I’ve seen so far, hence why it’s called “very black/ noir.” I couldn’t even get a proper shot of the bristles because the formula was so black which says a lot.

I applied one coat and noticed that it gave me instant volume which it claims but it also gave me length which it doesn’t claim.

I usually apply about 3, maybe 3 and a half coats of mascara to achieve my desired look. It can build up quiet nicely but I would reckon about 4 coats or even 3 coats on some people and it would start looking clumpy.

I wore this all day and it held up! The smudging was a tad bit, but nothing extreme. I’ve been wearing it almost everyday for about a week now and I’m loving it.

The only ‘concern’ I would have is how long this formula would last seeing that it’s not thin or wasn’t thin from the first application. Usually when formulas are quiet thin, it gets a bit thicker after a couple of weeks then in my opinion mascaras are perfect to use. And once it gets a bit more thicker after the next couple of weeks it becomes too clumpy and too thick. But with this formula the consistency was perfect from the get go. I hope it sustains for a longer period and I can use it for the full 3 months (average time frame to keep mascaras).


I give this product a thumbs up and would recommend it.

I purchased mine at Dischem Pharmacy for R124.95. Prices may vary depending where you purchase your Maybelline products.


Have you tried this mascara? What are your thoughts?



Thanks for stopping by 😊

21 thoughts on “Maybelline Colossal Big Shot Mascara Review”

  1. I like bristles rather than rubber wands but I like the Lash Sensational which is rubber so it depends on the actual mascara itself. I have been considering this but haven’t decided if I’ll give it a go yet lol

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