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Today is the day I wish never happened. Yesterday, if you would have sat down with me and asked how I felt about Maybelline mascaras, I would have told you, they can do no wrong. I would have also told you they don’t make a bad mascara, but that was yesterday. Today, that dream ended.

I’m surprised it took so long, because in my opinion, every brand has at least one. One brand in particular, who we will not name, does not have many GOOD mascaras.


Maybelline Pumped Up! Colossal Volum’ Express Mascara advertises as a mascara that pumps up lashes for up to 12X the volume, delivering colossal impact.

First observation, which I think is important to mention, it’s waterproof. Waterproof mascaras SUCK to me. Never met one I liked. Waterproof mascaras can go far left- on some Tammy Faye ish, or they go far right, like nothing happens. Tonight, we went far right.


First up is the brush, it’s huge. That makes combing every lash a task. It did well as far as dealing with clumps, I only had one or two, but I had a time getting mascara on the lashes at the inner corners, outer corners, and bottom lashes of the eye.

The formula is waterproof. It provided nothing in the volume category, and I did not get much extra length. It did make my lashes darker, and gave them a natural finish.



This is the result of two coats. 12x volume? Where?

Maybelline Pumped Up! Colossal Volum’ Espress Mascara retails for $7.99. Pick it up at Ulta or Walgreens.

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