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Maybelline Volum' Express® The Colossal Big Shot™ Washable Mascara
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Maybelline Volum' Express® The Colossal Big Shot™ Washable Mascara

BY MAYBELLINE #16 in Mascara

4.4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars61%
  • 4 Stars26%
  • 3 Stars9%
  • 2 Stars3%
  • 1 Star1%
4.42 / 5 based on 4,817 Reviews

Product Description

Unleash your big shot! Our Big Shot brush loads fully loaded volume in one coat.


  • Aqua / Water / Eau 
  • Paraffin 
  • Potassium Cetyl Phosphate 
  • Copernicia Cerifera Cera / Carnauba Wax / Cire De Carnauba 
  • Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer 
  • Styrene/Acrylates/Ammonium Methacrylate Copolymer 
  • Cera Alba / Beeswax / Cire Dabeille 
  • Synthetic Beeswax 
  • Bis-diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2 
  • Polybutene 
  • Cetyl Alcohol 
  • Steareth-20 
  • Glyceryl Dibehenate 
  • Steareth-2 
  • Phenoxyethanol 
  • Hydroxyethylcellulose 
  • Acacia Senegal Gum 
  • Tribehenin 
  • Caprylyl Glycol 
  • Glyceryl Behenate 
  • Sodium Dehydroacetate 
  • Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil 
  • Hydrogenated Palm Oil 
  • Disodium Edta 
  • Butylene Glycol 
  • Sodium Laureth Sulfate 
  • Stearyl Alcohol Myristyl Alcohol 
  • Tetrasodium Edta Propylene Glycol 
  • Potassium Sorbate 
  • Silica 
  • Soluble Collagen 
  • BHT 
  • Trisodium Edta

May Contain:

  • CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 / Iron Oxides 
  • CI 77007 / Ultramarines 
  • CI 77891 / Titanium Dioxide 
  • Mica 
  • CI 75470 / Carmine 
  • CI 77288 / Chromium Oxide Greens 
  • CI 77742 / Manganese Violet 
  • CI 77510 / Ferric Ferrocyanide
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Maybelline Volum' Express® The Colossal Big Shot™ Washable Mascara
Maybelline Volum' Express® The Colossal Big Shot™ Washable Mascara
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Bekah S.
Bekah S.
Nashville, TN
11 reviews
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If you are looking for a natural-looking mascara, this product is for you. If you're looking for mascara to knock you off your feet (which is what I was expecting from the branding of this product), then you may need to keep looking.

My very first coat excited me. I have fine, straight, blonde lashes and this mascara did make them fuller-looking. The wand is a good shape and size and let me grab each lash. The product transfers nicely, as well, so doing bottom lashes is easy, too. The mascara (regular formula) is also very easy to wash off at the end of the day. Unfortunately, however, this is where the benefits (for me), end.

The product works best if you leave it at one coat. The packaging indicates that you can do a second to amp up the effect, but it ended up just weighing my lashes down; they became droopy and the product more easily flaked off when applied in multiple coats. Unfortunately, just one coat isn't enough for my needs, though. Though I was impressed with the first coat, I wasn't satisfied with just one coat, and that's when the product stopped wowing me. From a side/profile view, it gives me a nice appearance of lashes but from the front--whether one coat or three--my lashes seem to disappear; they just stick straight out or pull downward. They'll stand tall for a little bit right after application, but they'll droop and disappear before I finish getting ready. No amount of curling or heat (or constant pressing them up throughout the day) seems to help.

I've tried this product in different ways and using different tricks for a few weeks, and I just can't make it work for my lashes. If you have darker or naturally longer lashes or lashes that will hold a curl, you may like this product but for me, it's a bust.

I received this mascara for free for testing purposes in exchange for my honest review. I would likely wear this mascara if I'm staying around the house, running errands, or just doing low-key/minimal makeup but if I'm getting dressed for work or something social, I'd reach for another product. I will likely use it until it's time to toss it, but I have no plans to purchase it in the future.
Claire O.
Claire O.
206 reviews
When I removed this product out of its packaging, I was automatically in love with the quality of the "gold like film" that was on the mascara tube. I was concerned that it may feel very cheap and that it may be like paint and "chip off" but it's a great quality, and honestly made it feel like a more upscale product! After the exterior review, I paid close attention to the applicator, before applying it onto my lashes. I was interested at the amount of space between some of the layers of the bristles and thought the bristles were layered very similar to that of a christmas trees, in that they were placed randomly. The next step was to apply the mascara. The formula did not have a strong scent so that was great in my opinion! When I applied my first coat, I automatically fell in love with the spplicators bristles in that it was able to separate each of my lashes and coat them all individually, without them clumping up! As I kept applying more and more layers (about 3 total on each eye) I was able to get some volume but not as much as I expected I would get. For someone who really needs volume brought to their lashes, I thought this mascara would do it, since it's name is "Big Shot" mascara and it claims "fully loaded volume in one coat." Although I wasn't able to achieve the volume this mascara was aiming for, I'm still giving it 4 out of 5 stars because I thoroughly enjoyed the bristles on the applicator and how they separated my eyelashes. This mascara was also very easy to remove at the end of the day and it did not smudge at all. It really lasted all day. I would recommend this mascara more for women who already have long, naturally dark lashes. As a person with short, blonde lashes, it wasn't the most volumizing thing in the world! However, I will still keep using Maybelline's mascara, because I truely believe they have the best drugstore brand mascara on the market! I received this product complimentary to test and review for free from Influenster. #BigShotMascara
Elreacy D.
Elreacy D.
Las Vegas, NV
15 reviews
Maybelline New York Colossal Big Shot Mascara is a product that can provide noticeable results, although sometimes the expectations associated with this product can be hit or miss. The mascara loaded up easily on the wand and transferred without any problems to my lashes, which was great since sometimes it can be challenging to get other mascara products to transfer correctly.

Upon applying the product, it did noticeably coat my lashes. The mascara works great when it comes to making your lashes more defined and creating a glamorous look. However, if you haven't curled your lashes prior to use or if you don't have naturally curly lashes, you won't get amazing results with this product. I felt that Maybelline New York Colossal Big Shot Mascara provided better results when the lashes were curled or even when false lashes were applied, which is not what I initially expected when I tried this product.

I do feel that whether this mascara will look natural or not depends on how much of the product is applied to your lashes at the time of use. This product builds up very easily and if you want to have significantly bolder lashes, you can achieve that after a few coats of the product. If you want something more natural, using it once or twice might provide lighter results that are more suitable for every day use. All in all, it's a good product, it just requires some knowledge of beauty tricks and some extra time to really figure out how to get the results that you want for your designated makeup style.
Arlene G.
Arlene G.
Jersey City, NJ
68 reviews
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Influenster picked me to enjoy the Maybelline Lash Like A Boss Vox Box and I couldn't be happier! kindly sent me Maybelline’s

The Colossal Big Shot promises “fully loaded volume in one coat” and the Maybelline website encourages applying multiple coats for “even bigger volume.” The first coat made my lashes a little bit longer but it certainly didn’t deliver the promised volume. After another application it started to clump which I didn't like, sticking to 1 coat.

Not too thrilled about the application, It’s sticky and pulls at the lashes. It grabs your lashes because it’s so sticky, not because of anything to do with the wand, which makes it convenient for use on the lower lashes.

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.

Verdict: I liked it, but don't think I would purchase it again, I've had better Maybelline Mascaras, but I do love the eye liner it came with~

*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 in no way shape or form effected by the fact that I received this product for free. I take all my reviews seriously*
Amber R.
Amber R.
Brooklyn, NY
10 reviews
I've been impressed with this mascara ever since I received it. I am a big falsie lash girl, but this formula allows me to skip bottom falsies since they make my bottom lash pop and match in volume with my false top lashes. I don't usually put mascara on my top lashes so it may be just my application, but its very hard for me to separate my lashes without other combs-- otherwise my top lashes just end up joining together because of their thickness (see photo). It may also have to do with the applicator itself, it seems to hold in a lot of product.

The formula took some time to get used to- I did experience some kind of irritation (eyes felt tired immediately after application), but now it seems my skin has gotten used to it and I don't experience that anymore. That might be a red flag for those with sensitive eyes. That was the main reason I took off one star.

My only wish is that this also will come out with a waterproof formula. I tend to pick at my face throughout the day and sometime will wear down the mascara since its kind of basic. Waterproof will stick much better and keep my look together without needing to reapply!

**disclaimer: I received this product to test in exchange for a review. These words are my honest opinion after using the product for about a month.
Christina D.
Christina D.
Plano, TX
222 reviews
100% love it! I received this from Influenster the other day, and have tried it for about a week and a half now. My lashes are sparse on my left eye (had an eye injury that resulted in the loss of eyelashes and they've regrown but are not as full as my right eye), so it's tough trying to find the mascara that gives the right amount of volume without clumping. This mascara makes both eyes look big and flirty and my eyelashes look thick and dark! The formula builds well, for at least two coats which is what I normally go for. So far it's survived all the Christmas parties that I've attended in the last week (even one that went from 8pm till the early morning hours and have fallen asleep with it still on), without any smudging or transferring so I'll say this mascara is a keeper. I've seen some complaints about the mascara being too waterproof but waterproof makeup is my life (I'm a swim instructor) and this formula saves you from embarrassing mascara mishaps. In order take off the mascara you will most likely need to use an oil based remover, I like to use just regular olive oil and a wash cloth/paper towel and it comes off easy enough. I was sent this mascara complimentary for testing and reviewing purposes, but this is my own honest opinion.
Courtney H.
Courtney H.
123 reviews
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I'm back to review a new mascara. As you can tell by the title it is the Maybelline Colossal Big Shot Mascara. So I received this product to review from Influenster and I want to thank both Influenster and Maybelline for allowing me to try this brand new product. Now I'm the type of person who does not like to use a product one time and then review it. So I have used this product a few times for different occasions. First I'm going to start with the cons of this mascara. The only Con I have with this mascara is the brush. I don't like that it is so big so when you are applying it to your eye lashes it sometimes get a little messy. I think they should have mad the brush a little smaller for better application. Now for the pros. I love that it gives you just enough mascara to go on your lashes. Its not too much but not too little either. I also like how it makes your lashes bold and beautiful. I did a side by side comparison to the L'Oreal mascara Influenster sent me a while back and it has nothing on that mascara. Sometimes when I don't wear mascara you can't really see my eyelashes. I fell in love with the product. Thanks again Influenster and Maybelline.
LEAR28018 A.
LEAR28018 A.
Miami, FL
469 reviews
I received this in the Maybelline Colossal Big Shot VoxBox and I absolutely loved it, and here's why.

First off, the packaging is beautiful. I love the shiny gold so much! It is much better than the matte colored tubes I am used to seeing with Maybelline mascaras. I have been seeing it in stores, such as Target, Rite-Aid, and WalMart for about 8.49-8.99, and I think that is definitely a good price for the mascara.

I initially got excited about this mascara when I saw @iluvsarahii using it on her Snapchat and it made her lashes looking AMAZING! After that, I was like "I need this mascara ASAP". About a week later, I got the email that I was in this VoxBox and I was pumped. It made her lashes look bomb, so I couldn't wait for it to do that for mine.

I first used the mascara like a week after receiving my VoxBox in the mail. I was actually impressed with the brush, I like how it applied to my lashes. I have short lashes that are very light, so when I have no mascara or falsies on it really doesn't even look like I have any eyelashes. Using this product actually made my eyelashes look like I had applied individual lashes and I loved it!
Kayla F.
Kayla F.
El Mirage, AZ
50 reviews
I hate mascara. Yes, Yes, I realize that is probably not the best way to start out a review, but it's true. I have a very difficult time finding anything that works for me. Most mascaras are drying, cracking, shedding, or frankly, simply do not stick. Don't Mascara companies know that i'm a person too, and I want long, luxurious, bold, poppin' lashes? Well, they do now. Well, at least Maybelline does.
I got this mascara from Influencers Voxbox free of charge to test and review. As eager as I always am to try a new product, I don't ever have high expectations of mascara. This mascara slapped my lashes right in my face and said HERE I AM, STOP YOUR WHINING. I mean, CHECK IT OUT, and let my picture do the talking. This is ONE coat of mascara on unprimmed, uncurled lashes, and look at those dramatics! The formula is smooth and slick, not clumpy and not drying. The wear was about 8 hours until I started crying over Christmas sob stories and wiped it all away. Kudos, Maybelline. You got me.
Jlyne H.
Jlyne H.
Frisco, TX
13 reviews
When Influenster told me that I would be receiving the Maybelline Colossal Big Shot Mascara to try for free, I could not wait! As a self-professed makeup addict, I am always on the prowl for new and improved products to add to my beauty routine. As a natural blonde, I have very light lashes, and this mascara not only coats every lash with precision, it also defines my lashes and makes them appear fuller and much more voluminous. The brush is designed to reach and cover even the tiniest lashes in the corners of your eyes and makes them visible. The moisturizing formula doesn't crumble or flake, meaning that finally I can make it through the day without dreadful black specks of mascara fallout on my cheeks and nose! The long-lasting formula has a color that stays true and it resists smudging or smearing. I am very pleased that this mascara is so inexpensive, easy to find, and works better than any department store or boutique brand of mascara I've ever tried. I'll buy again!
Kristy W.
Kristy W.
290 reviews
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Is it clumpy or anything at all?
Priscilla P.
Priscilla P.
La puente , CA
16 reviews
Does this flake? Or smudge after some hours of wearing?
Amanda T.
Amanda T.
Charlottesvle, VA
80 reviews
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How many coats does this take to have an effect?
Priscilla R.
Priscilla R.
Palmetto, FL
54 reviews
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How well does this work? I have tried at least 3-4 different ones and so far maybelline and two faced does the job
Aliesha A.
Aliesha A.
176 reviews
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Level 4
How much would this this cost me

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