For the past several months, I have been faithfully using Maybelline’s “The Colossal Volume Express” mascara in the color “glam black” which seems to be the darkest color they offer in this line.
After hearing all the reviews about Covergirl’s “Lash Blast”, I thought I would try that. I did and it was a pretty good mascara, though it did have various flaws. I actually tried two different versions of the mascara. I did like it, but the price tag was about $2 more than the Maybelline equivalent, so I thought I would try the less expensive of the two and I have been pleasantly surprised of the quality of the Maybelline brand.
The first thing you will notice upon buying this relatively new mascara is the color of the tube itself. Colossal is an obnoxious bright yellow, the thing that comes to mind when trying to describe the color is the police “do not cross” tape. It is not the prettiest thing sitting on my dresser. I do have to say that you will have a hard time losing it. It will be easy to spot in the bottom of one’s makeup bag and maybe that was the reasoning behind the color. You certainly can spot it down the aisle a mile away and it surely catches your eye.
The Covergirl one is much prettier in a nice coral or purple color. I don’t think that spending $2 more is worth the nicer color though. Most people aren’t looking to critique your makeup bag. I honestly don’t think the nicer packaging is worth the extra money you might shell out on this product.
I paid around $5.50 at a local drugstore for Maybelline. The Covergirl Lashblast runs about $7 or more.
Colossal Volume Express comes in two colors and even a waterproof version. I am on my second tube now and did not ever think to buy the waterproof as the regular version seems to stay put even on humid days. Covergirl has four colors and a waterproof version as well.
The brush on the Colossal is quite big, but surprisingly easy to work with. I did not have any fallout from the brush, nor does it clump up while applying. The brush is an actual bristle brush which is the more traditional type, whereas the Lashblast is a more plastic type brush. The plastic brush works well, but those of us used to the more traditional type might find it harder to work with.
When I had used the Covergirl Lashblast mascara, I would continually hit my eyelid with the brush, or either my lashes themselves would hit my eye area and smudge, which is hard to remove and irritating to say the least. My Maybelline does not seem to do that as it dries rather quickly.
I have long lashes already, but they are very light. Without mascara, my eyes seem dull because you can barely see my lashes. I always pick the darkest color and the “glam black” seems very dark and wet looking and stays throughout the day pretty well.
After wearing Colossal for a few hours, I do seem to think it makes my lashes fall a little, maybe because the mascara is a little heavy. I always have this problem no matter what brand or line, so I do not think this is a major problem with the formula on the Colossal in itself.
The Lashblast stayed just as well, though the one with the added sparkle to it (Lasblast Luxe, I believe) seemed to make my lashes very heavy and not very long after a short time. I think the problem comes with the Lashblast’s more wet formula that might clump and dry funny.
Both are easy to take off with a normal makeup remover or even a good facial wash.
While I do like the Covergirl Lashblast and am not completely opposed to it, I will stay true to the Maybelline one for now as it is cheaper and works just as well, if not better, in my opinion.
I just wish they would come out with nicer packaging or at least another color besides neon yellow.