Monday, June 30, 2014
Three Mondays in a row? They should warrant some type of an award for this kind of consistency! ;) This Mascara Monday features the Maybelline Volum' Express Pumped Up Colossal that I received in my amazing Rite Aid Network kit this month.

I was pretty excited to try this out because it claims to pump up lashes up to 12x the volume and we all know how much I love volume. It's also waterproof which is a huge plus especially if we want to wear this running around in the hot heat or at the pool.

The Mascara: Right off the bat, I noticed the formula was a bit too wet for my liking. It wasn't so wet that it was clumping but it was a little messy. I noticed that the mascara formed an almost "eyeliner effect" leaving a thin line of excess mascara on my eyelid. I'm not sure if it's the wand (more on that below) or the formula but either way - no bueno! Unfortunately, this also didn't really give me as much volume as I expected which is a HUGE bummer because hello? it's in the name. "Volum' Express". If what it's supposed to do is in the name itself, I'm most definitely holding it to that and it didn't hold up for me. 

The two pro's to this mascara are that it's waterproof and that it separated my lashes very nicely but you wouldn't know because there was absolutely no volume to lift them up. It's almost like the mascara weighed them down instead.

The Wand: It's such a bummer this didn't work for me because I absolutely love how large the wand is and how separated the bristles are. I feel like I had no issues with working this around my lashes but I do wonder if because the wand is so big, that's why there was excess mascara all over my lids. 

Before | After 
Before | After

Overall: This gets a thumbs down for me. As much as I wanted to love it with the big wand and separated bristles, it just didn't give me as much volume as I was looking for and expected. I also wasn't a huge fan of the excess mascara on my lid. I didn't do the full shabang with my eyes with shadow and liner but I can only imagine how mad I'd be if I did all of that and then got mascara all over my lid >:O

Maybelline Volum' Express Pumped Up Colossal | Availability: at your local Rite Aid | Price: $6.99

* Sent as part of the Rite Aid Network