Tag Archives: Mascara

Aug. 25.

Tried Tuesday: Wet n Wild Max Volume Plus Mascara

mascara-thI’ve talked about Wet n Wild mascaras before on Robyn Rants and Raves, and they haven’t necessarily been top of my list. I remember one I tried started off very wet, before eventually becoming usable. I’m always willing to try out another product though, so today for Tried Tuesday, I have their Wet n Wild Max Volume Plus mascara.


This bills itself, as the name suggests, as a volumising mascara, but there is something more to it. It took me a while to figure out what exactly that was, but then I paid more attention to the brush…

Here is the brush in all its spindly rubbery bristleyness (I did just make that word up, but it may yet catch on), and I realised it. It is quite reminiscent of the brush from my beloved They’re Real, minus the end bristles. Okay, it is a bit more sculpted than the Benefit brush, but as I love what They’re Real does for my eyes, I was interested to see what this does for me. There is of course only one way around that, and that is to wear it.

For these product photos there is nothing else on my eyes. I wanted all the focus to be on the lashes. To start with, here is a bare eye.


It’s plain, dull, uninteresting. Now, lets get some mascara on there. One coat first.


Hmmm… We may be getting somewhere. After one coat there is already so much going on. My lashes appear fuller, blacker, lengthened and curled. So far so good. One more coat should do it.


And with the second coat, there is no huge clumping that you can get with some mascaras, there is yet more volume, and the length and curl are still there, not dragged down by the weight of product.

This is a great result from Max Volume Plus. I’ve worn it for a full day on a couple of occasions, and it performs admirably. It doesn’t flake and scatter over your face, and it doesn’t transfer, unless you are really rubbing at it.

For a reasonably cheap mascara (Max Volume Plus is €5.49, above some others in the cheap ranges, but still a fantastic price) it punches far above its weight. I do see myself happily reaching for it time and time again that I want a nice everyday mascara, and I thoroughly believe you should too.

If you haven’t yet found your nearest Wet n Wild stand, you can find your nearest stockist here, but if you have, what do you think of their mascaras. Am I missing anything? Let me know in a comment.



* Product was provided for review

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Apr. 21.

Tried Tuesday: Max Factor Masterpiece Glamour Extensions Mascara

tt-lashes-thThe search for a holy-grail mascara is never ending. I find different ones do best for different tasks, and my choice is influenced by how I want my lashes to look on any particular day. So, today I am looking at a mascara that offers three things – volume, length & darkness. It comes from Max Factor, and is their recently launched Masterpiece Glamour Extensions Mascara.

Instant Impact Wand

Instant Impact Wand

The wand included here is what Max Factor call their “instant Impact Wand” saying that it is counter intuitive to think that a bigger wand means more volume, and that a smaller, more slender wand allows for greater precision in use. It certainly lives up to its slender billing, as you can see. There is really very little to it. It’s in no way dense, and has quite few rubber bristles.

The formula the wand delivers contains many fantastical, wonderful bits and pieces to deliver on all the promises it makes, including “volumising prills” which form spherical wax particles, that act as spacers between lashes to make them appear fuller, and in tandem, each tube contains over 30,000 (I pity the person who has to count all these) carbon black fibres in each tube, which blend into the formula providing the lash extension effect and the intense darkness. Now that we have the marketing blurb telling us what it does (if it makes sense to anyone), let us see if it actually does it.

1 coat

1 coat


2 coats

It does! Well, mostly it does. I don’t think these are the most voluminous my lashes ever were, but it works out quite well, especially for daytime wear. For night, I think I would want it to offer some more volume, but it does deliver the length and darkness. For a day to day look, I love it. For a night time mascara, I guess the search continues.

Max Factor Masterpiece Glamour Extensions Mascara is €13.99 and is available now.


Note: Product was provided for review

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Nov. 11.

Tried Tuesday: Physicians Formula Organic Wear Fakeout Mascara

mascara-thI always seem to have a (half) dozen or so mascaras on the go at any one time. They are different colours, different styles, different uses. Today I added another to that list, when I opened the Physicians Formula Organic Wear Fakeout Mascara. The question is, can it be love at first use. Today for Tried Tuesday, I am going to answer that.


One of a variety of Organic Wear mascaras from Physicians Formula, they are all 100% natural origin for their ingredients, and offer different benefits depending on the version you pick up. As an added benefit, 1 of the ingredients are ingredients of organic origin. The particular version I have here is their pink Fakeout mascara, which contains natural origin fibers, which attach to your lashes and extend them, giving the appearance of false lashes, without having false lashes. It builds volume and length, and helps to retain lash curl.


The brush is an interesting prospect. As you can see it is a big, thick brush, but the bristle density is very low, consisting of rubber bristles. It doesn’t look much, and looks like it would be difficult to apply mascara to every lash with it. You can also see some of the mascara formula on the brush, which doesn’t look wet and gloopy. It, in this photo at least, looks relatively dry.

A relatively dry mascara, with a low density rubber brush. Is this combination going to work at all? Well, below are three photos. The first is bare lashes. The second is after one coat, and the third is after two coats.

Bare lashes:


One Coat:


Two Coats:


I’ll be honest. I wasn’t even trying when I was applying this. It was literally done as an on the go job, with a tiny travel mirror in one hand and the brush in the other, and I am amazed at how well it turned out. My lashes look really defined, deeply coloured, and have lovely length. I am now thinking that with a little bit of time, care and another coat or two, just how much further can this go. I know I have only used this once, but I think it is the beginning of a long and joyous relationship.

Physicians Formula Organic Wear Fakeout Mascara is €14.90 (RRP) and is available from selected pharmacies nationwide.


Note: Product was provided for review

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Aug. 19.

Tried Tuesday: Wet n Wild XXL Lash Mascara

tt-xxl-thWay back in March I posted about my first impressions of Wet n Wild Cosmetic’s lineup, ans while it was generally positive, I did note that I was somewhat disappointed with their XXL Lash mascara, but that I would have to revisit it. Now, nearly 6 months later, for Tried Tuesday I have gotten around to it. And, have I changed my mind?

In my March post I commented that:

It’s billed as a “thickening, amplifying mascara” but what I found was the formula was so wet it did nothing for me, and ended up everywhere but on my lashes.


Fortunately that has changed, with the time it was given to mature. It is no longer as wet, and coats the brush, a fairly thin, but finely bristled affair without either flowing off the brush, or getting into sticky clumps on the brush and hence on my lashes. So far so good. Nothing truly spectacular to report, but nothing disastrous either.

Now, as for how it performed on my lashes, which is, above all where it counts (and I do love things that perform where it counts!). Below I have 3 shots of my left eye (my better of the two, but still half blind) showing lashes without mascara, with 1 coat, and with 2 coats. They’re numbered 0, 1 and 2 for obvious reasons.


You can see that it has done a fair job of it. There is no sign of it transferring to my eyelid, or down my face, and while it hasn’t made my lashes look XXL, it does make them look better.

All that said, yes I do take back what I said in March. I am no longer somewhat disappointed by XXL Lash. I am not entirely bowled over by it, but it will be entirely suitable for a daytime look, where I don’t need my lashes to be huge. They look tidy, with a bit of thickness and curl, and for just €5.49 that’s good enough for me. What do you think?


*Product was provided for review

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May. 06.

Tried Tuesday: butter LONDON Wink Colour Mascara

bl-thumbMascara posts are coming thick and fast here at the moment, mainly because I’ve got so many in my big box of things. Today’s one is a little different though. It’s not your standard blacker than black mascara with superblack pigments that prevent light from escaping. Today, for Tried Tuesday, I’m giving a butter LONDON Wink Colour Mascara in Inky Six a whirl.

I actually love the cardboard packaging tube the mascara comes in. It’s sleek black exterior is nice, but it’s inside the box that is gorgeous, with trees and flowers and a bird wearing a crown and everything. One thing does concern me though. It states on the packaging “For External Use Only”. Yes, read that again, “For EXTERNAL Use Only” Has someone actually tried using it internally? Is that actually a thing? I could ask Google, but yeah, I’m not going to do that. Oh and Google, I don’t want people searching for that and finding me, okay.


Right, on to the product. It’s blue. Not your suave, sophisticated, subtle and understated elegant blue. This is a screaming, over the top, dance around wearing Dobby’s tea cosy noticeable bright BLUE! I mean, look at it. Fans of the standard black mascara I mentioned earlier need not apply. But, being the intrepid beauty blogger I claim to be, I pressed on and actually opened it.


The wand is an oval-ish shape. It bulges in the middle and tapers off at either end. It is also very dense and carries quite a bit of product. Possibly too much, as a lot gets deposited around the top of the tube when you remove the wand. Again you can see just how blue this is.


Finally, here it is on my eyes. The eye on the left has no makeup. Te eye on the right – top lashes have 2 coats, bottom lashes have 1 coat. As you see, it does a brilliant job on the lashes, and the colour really does pop. Unfortunately, it leaves me with a problem. Just what can I wear a colour like that for, outside of a festival? Answers on the back of a postcard, or in a comment please!


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May. 01.

Tested Thursday: Benefit They’re Real Mascara

tt-theyrereal-thThere are some products in the beauty world that massively polarise opinion. One of them is the subject of today’s Tested Thursday. It’s a definite Marmite product (you either love it or hate it).  Today’s Tested Thursday is a mascara by Benefit. It’s called They’re Real, and the question I’m here to answer is do I love it, or do I hate it.


Firstly, I’m not enamoured by the marketing material for it. If there wasn’t a small picture of the mascara there I wouldn’t ever tie the ad poster to a beauty product, and even then, it’s ambiguous. Fortunately, I’m not reviewing the advertising. I’m reviewing the mascara itself, which, according to the box resulted in tests of 94% seeing dramatic length and volume, 90% seeing base to tip curl, 94% seeing visible lift and 100% seeing long wearing results. A mascara that does all that, and makes tea too? (not really) They claim too that the special brush, which you use horizontally, then vertically, is a wonder tool.


Let’s look at the brush for a second. Here it is, in all its rubbery spikiness. Note particularly the spiky bit on the end, which you use to curl and separate the lashes. Yes, that bit that seems to be coated in a massive amount of mascara. This is where things get a bit iffy. You do your mascara thing normally, holding the brush horizontally, wiggling it a bit as you draw it from root to tip. Then you are meant to hold the brush vertically and stroke the lashes upwards to add curl and separate. And well, it does work… Kinda. You have to be quite careful here, partly to avoid poking yourself in the eye, and partly to ensure you don’t over coat the lashes with the mascara that gathers on the end. It does add a bit of extra curl, but if you overdo it, all the extra mascara on the end has a tendency to start sticking lashes together in to clumps, which is never a good look. Layering it, while it works, and does add extra oomph to your lashes, is also tricky, again due to adding so much more mascara and the risk of clumping. I’ve never tried going beyond 2 coats, just because I fear it clumping too much and having to start again, which brings me on to my next good/bad point. When this thing sets, it DOES. NOT. MOVE! It’s great in wear, as it is not going to transfer or run down your cheeks (though some people do note flakiness), but when it comes to removal, it is a battle. Your Nima Mitt/Cleanse Off Mitt/similar will not do a job on this. You will need to break out the big guns, and be prepared for both a struggle, and to be panda eyed while you try to get the whole lot off your eyes.


Finally, no review would be complete without seeing it on the eyes. This is a 1 coat picture (mascara on the right), and it does a good job. It, to me, does add some curl, and a bit of length and volume. You can build it a bit more for a night out, but this is a daytime picture. I can understand how this polarises opinion. It is not the easiest product to use, but when it works for you you get excellent results. It also shows how one product can work for one person, and not for another. But to answer the love it or hate it question, for me, I love it.

They’re Real costs €26, and is available from Benefit counters nationwide.


Note: In answer to the Marmite question – I hate it.

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Apr. 08.

Tried Tuesday: Benefit BADgal Lash

tt-badgalthIt’s a lovely Tried Tuesday on Robyn Rants and Raves, and I was outside for a bit, which is why I’m only doing this in the evening. Gotta enjoy the sunshine while we can though. For today’s Tried Tuesday I’m looking at a mascara. It’s by Benefit, and it’s called BADgal Lash.


I’ll be honest. I’ve never been fully convinced by this. Not enough to go and buy a full sized one anyway. I’ve picked them up on occasion when they’ve been available as freebies with magazines. I’ve found it nice, but not overwhelming. I have good days with it, and I have bad days. The thing is I just don’t know what to make of it, unlike it’s sister, They’re Real, which I adore (even if it too gets a bit moody at times).


The brush is thick and densely packed, and the formula is creamy without being overly wet. I can’t see anything wrong with it on that description. We may as well have a look at it actually on lashes. Pictures are shown in order of no mascara, 1 coat, and 2 coats.




Don’t get me wrong, it looks nice, but it’s not super voluminous, and there are other products out there that do the same job, but cheaper. Am I being overly harsh? Is there something I’m doing wrong? Should I actually pick up a full size one, or just keep getting them as magazine freebies?


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