The Best Budget Mascara I’ve Tried All Year: Maybelline ‘Collosal Big Shot’ (And It’s Only £7.99!)

Applying mascara gives me more satisfaction than it probably should. I love everything about the process: from the pop of the tube as you pull out the wand, to the layers of thick black goop and the motions of coating your lashes in an upward motion to reveal a flutter you never knew was there. It’s equally as addictive as it is comforting, which is partly the reason I’m always up for trying new launches and cult classics – to see what momentary pleasures they can provide. One of the things I’ve learned about mascara over the years is that the price tag in no way reflects the quality; I’ve tried cheap ones that are blooming amazing and expensive ones that are utterly useless, but I’ve also tried the opposite. You really have to take a leap of faith and put them to the test yourself, especially as we all tend to look for slightly different things from these tubes of black stuff (whether that’s lengthening, volumising, curling, separating or a combination of them all.) One of the products I keep going back to right now because it ticks all my boxes is Maybelline’s Collosal Big Shot Mascara, and I may even go as far as saying it’s the best budget mascara I’ve tried all year.  

Once you get past the rather gordy blingtastic golden tube, Collosal Big Shot Mascara has the potential to actually be a real staple in practically every makeup bag. The slightly stumpy looking brush and messily arranged bristles actually help to capture all the product you need and coat each lash with ease; I personally find it effortlessly coats all my lashes and helps to lift and seperate, creating a lash line that’s full of volume and ensures my eyes look wide awake. Even though I sometimes apply five or six layers to get the result I want, it doesn’t clump and it doesn’t smudge – the finished look is just a set of lashes I’m proud to leave bare.

I can be quite dubious when it comes to mascaras that make big claims, have bold names or even bolder packaging (anything that needs to get your attention that much often doesn’t have the power to back it up,) but this proved me wrong. With just one application lashes are left looking longer and full of volume, but with multiple coats the result just gets better – and for £7.99 you just can’t say no. Maybelline are one of those brands that get it wrong just as often as they get it right, but I’m pleased to say this exceeded my expectations and then some… Once it runs out I’m going in for a second hit, no doubt about it.
Have you tried this mascara yet? Are there any other budget mascaras you just can’t get enough of?

Maybelline’s Collosal Big Shot Mascara is available now, priced £7.99, from everywhere you usually buy your mascara!


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  1. Anonymous
    July 9, 2017 / 9:44 am

    Great post! I love it when you find a mascara that works well, especially when it's drugstore price. My favourite mascara is one I found in the US – Covergirl Clump Crusher, but as you can't get it here I have to stock up on a few when I'm over there. I might have to give this one a try too 🙂

    • Hayley Carr
      July 10, 2017 / 9:43 am

      I wish Covergirl was still available in the UK – they have so many great gems!

  2. Maja Harder Thygesen
    July 9, 2017 / 1:47 pm

    I have heard this too many times now. And I don't think I can deny my self from trying it anymore – it sounds to good to be true for that price.

  3. Danielle Alexa
    July 9, 2017 / 3:55 pm

    I am going to have to try this out after how much I have loved the Maybelline Sensational Mascara!Danielle xx

  4. emmalcm
    July 9, 2017 / 6:30 pm

    I love this mascara at the moment. Mine's starting to dry up now so I bought a backup-it was only £5.99 in Superdrug and was also part of a 3 for 2 offer, bargain!

    • Hayley Carr
      July 10, 2017 / 9:49 am

      I saw it as a 3for2 in Boots over the weekend too!

  5. Emma Bought What
    July 9, 2017 / 10:41 pm

    I love trying new mascaras and I've heard so much about this one so I might have to give it a go! I love the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara however it's slightly more expensive than most drugstore mascaras x

    • Hayley Carr
      July 10, 2017 / 9:51 am

      I didn't really get on with that one – I think it's a love or hate it mascara!

  6. Vivian Yuen
    July 10, 2017 / 7:16 am

    So blingtastic hahah, I LOVE Urban Decay's Cannonball!Vivian | LIVE . IN . LOVEIG | @viviyunn_~

  7. Miggsy Howard
    July 10, 2017 / 2:16 pm

    Maybelline mascaras are my must-haves! I've tried the pricey ones from Lancome and Dior but I always go back to Maybelline because they're affordable and haven't let me down yet. Currently, I only have three mascaras on hand: Mega Plush and The Falsies from their Volum' Express line, and Define-A-Lash.

  8. Amy Evans
    July 10, 2017 / 2:20 pm

    I'm on the look out for a new mascara and this did catch my eye but I'm even keener to give it a whirl now. Thanks for the heads up!

  9. Vicki
    July 10, 2017 / 4:13 pm

    Mascara's are my favourite products to try & really put to the test – I love a mascara that can give my stumpy lashes length and hold a curl. This Maybelline offering sounds like it ticks those boxes & it is super affordable. It is now on my 'Must Buy List'

  10. Behind The Scent
    July 10, 2017 / 6:46 pm

    I REALLY enjoy this one, even though I usually go for plastic bristled brushes. There's something about the shape that means you can really get in and work it into your lashes, and the effect reminds me of that false lash fluffy effect. So good!

  11. Lisa | Soho Stripes
    July 11, 2017 / 6:18 pm

    I love trying out a new mascara and this will definitely be the next one I try out. I've loved all of the Maybelline mascaras I've tried so far, they apply so well and don't clump or smudge as the days go on. Can't wait to try this one.Lisa | Soho Stripes

  12. Nital Shah
    July 17, 2017 / 6:21 pm

    Great post and this sounds like a great mascara. I try not to spend a lot on mascara as I don't think the expensive ones are better than these budget ones and more often than not, the budget ones are actually better than the expensive ones. Some of the Loreal ones are also great and I will surely be trying this one out!

  13. Anonymous
    July 26, 2017 / 4:04 pm

    Need a close up photo of your eyelashes to be convinced!

    • Hayley Carr
      July 27, 2017 / 7:30 am

      There's one right up there…! But it's not about what it looks on my lashes, it's about the results it provides. It's incomparable if I have short stubby lashes and you long lush ones, or vice versa.

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