The Colossal Big Shot mascara wand has many short, densely-packed bristles spread evenly in a slightly twisting fashion. It grabs a lot of formula from the tube and deposits a healthy amount on the lashes. The current trend is to get a fuller, lusher look by continuously building up mascara for 30 strokes on each eye. I’ve been doing that with the other mascaras I use, but I notice that 15 strokes already achieves the desired results-- equal amounts of length and volume--for The Colossal. Less effort, more effect!
Using a lash curler is recommended as the formula doesn’t add curl, nor does it hold curl by itself. Though the one I got was waterproof, I did experience some smudging on the outer corners of my lashes at the 4-6 hour mark, though I have been told that the culprit could be my cheeks smooshing up at the corners. So I recommend curling beforehand and not applying too much in order to avoid smudges.
Verdict: Smudgy corner lashes have always been my issue with Maybelline mascaras, waterproof and washable alike, but I can’t speak for everyone as it could be my eye shape. I do love that a few swipes is all it takes to get the definition I need. It will certainly help me breeze through my routine.
*I received this product free-of-charge as part of campaign by Maybelline and Influenster. I was not otherwise compensated for this review. Opinions expressed here are entirely my own.*
Right off the bat, the first thing I noticed was the vanilla scent of the shadows. A breeze blew by, and I went, “Mmmm…!” Next, I noticed how pleasantly buttery the shadows were. They were easy to pick up and blend together on the lids with a shader brush, and I got almost no fallout. The exceptions to the rule, however, and it came in the form of Crush and Heartbreaker. The former’s chunky shimmer pigments are ideal for lightly dabbing on targeted areas for sparkle, while the latter had a somewhat patchy application.
I like the level of pigmentation on the Tartelette Tease palette. I get a fair amount of color, but it’s easy to blend and sheer out at the same time with my shader brush. As for longevity, it could use some improvement. After 4 hours, the shadows have fully creased. (And that is already with a little bit of silicone primer on my lids.)
I got the shade, Teasecake, a few months ago. Sadly, I found out that it has been discontinued. However, it was enough to get me hooked on Colourpop highlighters. The color is a gorgeous opalescent peachy-pink that goes with most of my blushes. It is a breeze to apply with fingers, although it hardly goes on with a brush. The cream-to=powder formula goes on top of all my makeup without causing what's underneath to move around. It sits perfectly on top of my blush and powder, making it a product I often reach for!
Combination, Dry, Sensitive
Large Pores, Redness, Uneven Skin Tone, Dark Spots