|Rimmel ScandalEyes Xxtreme Mascara. You won't lose the tube anyway!|
When it comes to mascara, you really can pay whatever you like for the stuff. I've tried 'em all - budget to super high end, often without much noticeable difference in performance. I really have not found one mascara I want to stick with long term (I usually have about five on the go at any one time. No, really. I have a problem.), and it takes me an age to decide if it’s one I might repurchase.
Mascara is like wine. Better with age. (well. To a point.)
But on one of my many, many perusals down the aisles of Boots, I picked up this offering from Rimmel – ScandalEyes Xxtreme Black Mascara. Apart from the standard insane mascara-marketing, I am really enjoying this. It’s one of the few mascaras I have liked using straight from the word go.
It’s a high-volume mascara with a relatively wet formula, and one of those space-age plasticky “wands”. A word of advice – do not stab yourself in the eye with this thing. Weeping guaranteed. Supposedly the arched side is for volumising purposes, and the flat side to define and lengthen – I can honestly say I use both sides equally and don’t really ever think about the purpose of each one! The teeny weeny bristles are great for separating lashes however, and give a really lovely, fluttery effect,
even after two coats.
|A terrifyingly close look at my eye. Hope you can sleep tonight.|
I find the formula great for those of us who wear glasses (if you’ve ever experienced the weird sensation of lashes-hitting-lenses, you’ll know where I’m coming from) – enough length, but mostly lots of volume, and a good brush to wiggle in at the roots for maximum effect. It still looks relatively “natural” if that’s a thing, so it’s great for everyday use. As with most mascaras, I am enjoying this one more as it matures a bit – the slight thickening of the formula is lending itself to quick, easy, volumised lashes.
It is not by any means a waterproof formula, so bear this in mind if you are prone to an eye-water. It is, in my experience, relatively smudge proof, and I’ve never experienced any weird mascara flaking in 3 months of regular wear in hot, humid conditions (flaking is my absolute pet hate – who wants to look like they’ve been down a coal mine all morning?!).
Oh, and this is so easy to remove. an absolute dream. More companies need to take a leaf out of whatever book Rimmel read when they made this one.
For the price, this is a really cracking mascara for everyday use. As with most wonderful things in the world, you can find this at Boots.
What’s your favourite high-street mascara? Which one do I need next in my stash?
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