Thursday, November 7, 2013

Rimmel London ScandalEyes Retro Glam Mascara Review!

I admit it: I'm a mascara addict.

I say that because I have about 10 or more mascaras still in their little cardboard and plastic holding cells waiting to be opened/tried/used. I coupon or get them to review from companies, and they just end up piling up and I get so overwhelmed, that I usually pop open a sample size mascara instead. However, Influenster sent me their Rose VoxBox, and inside was a beautiful, oversized tube of Rimmel ScandalEyes Retro Glam Mascara. How could I resist immediately opening and trying it out?

First of all, the packaging is adorable. I love that it's very retro-looking as the name suggests, and it's also a "fat" tube, as opposed to a slim one. This can sometimes cause an issue with application as the wand handle can be too thick to hold comfortably, but I am happy to say that it is very easy to hold and apply. Let us take a gander at the wand, shall we?

As you can see from my famously terrible cell phone photo, this brush is a big, fluffy classic-bristled brush in an hourglass shape. Classic-bristled meaning that it's a regular "brush" and not a rubber bristled brush. The hourglass shape is relatively unique, however I have seen it before on a few different mascaras, including the new Covergirl "Flamed Out" mascara. It doesn't really change the way the product is applied in my opinion, although I do think that it makes it a bit more difficult to get the tinier lashes on the inner and outer corners of the eye. I also found this brush a bit cumbersome when using it to apply the product to my lower lashes, although I was able to pull it off!

I took all my eye makeup off and took a before picture and then applied ONLY the ScandalEyes Retro Glam mascara in the after photo. There is 2 coats on the top lashes and 1 coat on the bottom. I have VERY puffy, hooded lids so forgive the weird/tired look of my eyes.

So aside from the huge bags under my mega-swollen eyes (I got 3 hours of sleep and JUST woke up, give me a break! haha) You can see that this mascara really packs a punch. Granted the results are a bit more intense on my eyes, as I have VERY blonde lashes, so without mascara they are practically impossible to see. Application-wise, this mascara was very easy and smooth to apply. There was a little bit of "extra" product on the end of the brush but that's to be expected. The actual brush held a perfect amount of product and applied it smoothly and evenly to my lashes. I got the desired thickness and separation after 2 coats, however you could definitely apply more if needed.

All in all, this is an excellent drugstore mascara. It lengthens, separates and creates a bit of volume to create a very plush look. The mascara is not brittle or flaky at all once it's dried, and does not budge or flake throughout the day. I am very pleased with it. If you're looking for a low-cost mascara that will give you long, doll-like lashes, this is going to work very well for you!

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