*This post is sponsored by Maybelline. All opinions expressed are my own.
Maybelline has been my go to brand for mascara for years. Their formula rivals high-end brands at a fraction of the cost I can get behind. They’ve been doing amazingly well giving more affordable options so when I had the opportunity to try out a couple of their new products available this month, I jumped at the chance.
The Colossal Big Shot Express mascara does a fantastic job at separating my lashes while coating them generously with a somewhat dry formula. At first I wasn’t sure about the drier consistency as I often find myself using quite wet formulas, but it made application so much easier. I tend to bumble around and get mascara at least one spot it doesn’t belong, but the brush and formula made it fool-proof to keep product just on my lashes. The end result is a perfect mix of length and volume without leaning too far to either side. No clumping and it held the curl all day. My lashes are known for bringing down even the fanciest of mascaras to drooping lash levels but this mascara held its ground. It’s a great every day mascara that I’d build up if I ever found myself going out at night. Pfffft granny status for life.
The 24karat Nudes Palette sparked my interest as a potential alternative/dupe for the Urban Decay Naked Palettes. I love the wide range of shades I wouldn’t normally gravitate for, but the palette conveniently groups together flattering shades to take the guess work out of trying to match them together. It has a good mix of shimmer and matte that all swatch really well and are easy to build up. Of course I went for a smokey neutral eye mixing together four different shades on the right side of the palette. It’s one of those palettes I don’t think I’ll get bored with quickly. There are enough options to choose from that it’ll travel well too.
The Master Precise Liquid Eyeliner was the only product I was somewhat hesitant about. I haven’t had the best luck with liquid liners from the drugstore as they’re tips are to bendy and always split after a couple of uses. Yet this liner did an amazing job creating a thin, bold line as I shakily tried to apply it. The point is firm, yet just flexible enough to form into any possible angle and by the end of application I felt confident enough to add a little flick at the end. I haven’t touched liner in months and I definitely feel myself gravitating back to a cat eye. Who am I?!
Biggest pro is the price. I’m in saving mode this year as we’re doing quite a lot of travelling. Drugstore makeup is going to make a resurgence in my life in 2017 and Maybelline has definitely set the bar high.
Maybelline was kind enough to send me two Colossal Big Shot Express mascaras so I’m giving one away to you! Giveaway is open internationally to anyone over 18-years-old or with parental consent.