Availability: Local Drugstore
Disclosures: PR Sample
Colossal Volume. Kohl effect pigments for matte lashes. Maybelline New York’s collagen enriched formula and khol effect pigments give your lashes volume and a super matte look.
Maybelline’s limited edition Colossal Smoky Eyes Mascara comes in 3 shades: Scorching Brown, Blackest Smoke, Blue Blaze. This review is for all 3 shades.
These are difficult to find online, but I have seen them at my local drugstores, so check your local Walmart, Walgreens, Rite Aid, CVS, Target, etc. for them. They also seem to be more widely available in the UK.
These mascaras come in Maybelline’s classic Colossal packaging–bright yellow tubes with black lettering–but also have flame designs on the handles.
These mascaras have the classic Colossal wand, which I am a fan of. The brush is shaped like a football and has medium-length plastic bristles that are evenly dispersed.
The formula is neither watery nor dry. The pigmentation on each mascara is intense, and leaves a more matte finish than most mascaras. Scorching Brown is a deep brown that looks like a soft black on the lashes. Blackest Smoke is an intense midnight black. Blue Blaze is a grey-based, deep blue. I particularly like Blue Blaze because the blue pigment is strong enough to make your eyes look wider, but not so strong that your lashes look bright blue.
The formula defines the lashes and gives them volume. Because of the rich pigmentation and matte finish, I tend to wear these for nighttime looks instead of daytime looks. Either way, though, I don’t have problems with the formula flaking, fading, or smudging under normal use (an 8-hour work day).
Ease of Use: 9/10
The brush coats the lashes effectively without poking at your eyeballs (like some short-bristled brushes do!). You can apply 2-3 coats to build up the intensity of the effect this mascara gives, just don’t let the coats dry completely in between applications. Adding more coats on top of dry coats will give you a clumpy effect.
For $7.77, you get 0.31 fl oz (9.2 ml) of product.