Tested on animals:Yes
For many of us, when we buy mascara we're looking for something that will add length, volume, or curl to lashes without making them look clumpy. With Maybelline's Volum' Express The Colossal Chaotic Lash Mascara, however, clumps are the point. The ads for this mascara feature a model with very spidery lashes; the goal is a messy, high-fashion runway look. This only earned a two-star rating from us, because not only does it not create that "chaotic" look, it also doesn't perform well as a regular mascara.
The Colossal Chaotic Mascara comes in a bright yellow, larger-than-normal tube with a large, "pipe cleaner" style brush with densely packed bristles. This works well to coat lashes with mascara, and the formula adds moderate length and volume. The very end of the brush features a slight curve that's supposed to be brushed horizontally across lashes to create a clumpy look.
We found that the curved end collected quite a bit of mascara, so it has to be wiped off a little before you use it (if you don't, you'll wind up with one big clump of mascara on lashes—not the intentionally messy look that's advertised). We brushed the end back and forth across our lashes as instructed to accomplish the "chaotic" look, but it didn't do much at all; in fact, our lashes didn't look any different than when we first applied the mascara.
Maybelline's site does have a disclaimer on the bottom of the picture of the model with the spider-like lashes that says, "Simulation of product results on lashes enhanced with lash inserts." It's likely that the only way to fully achieve this look is with false lashes or inserts like the model is wearing.
As far as its performance as a regular mascara goes, it doesn't do much to set itself apart from Maybelline's other offerings. While it does add a moderate amount of length and volume, and doesn't flake throughout the day, it does smudge a few hours into its wear time, which resulted in some very unfashionably emphasized dark circles.
However, like so many looks coming off the runway, we found that Volum' Express The Colossal Chaotic Lash Mascara, simply didn't translate well to everyday wear, nor did it live up to its considerable hype. For much better options (including many from Maybelline), see our list of Best Mascaras.
- Adds moderate length and volume to lashes.
- Doesn't flake throughout the day.
- Neither the formula nor the brush create a "chaotic" last effect as advertised.
- Formula smudges after a few hours of wear.