Saturday, 3 September 2011

Mascara madness


So, I have been a very lucky girlie this past week and have managed to get my hands on THREE new mascaras free of charge!!! (Well, one was my Glossy Box so...almost free of charge!). I thought I would put them through their paces and challenge them to fight for the title of...well...Ash's best new mascara.

I chose 9 categories which I scored each of the mascaras in and the winner is the one which got the most points - very scientific.

Here is a creepy picture of my eyelashes without mascara! I am naturally dirty blonde so my eyelashes aren't completely dark. They are quite long which is lucky but they are quite unruly in where they decide to go and no amount of combing helps as you will see in the pics below. I only combed them before applying as I didn't want this experiment to be biased!

I also have tiiiiny eyes, I need all the help I can get with regards to opening them up and definitely need hardcore mascara which does not transfer onto my lids throughout the day. Finally, the rest of the pictures I took with flash so please ignore droopy eye - natural reaction to blinding light! Also, ignore stray eyebrows, I am constantly growing them out to try and shape them, not shaping them nicely and starting all over again.

Without further ado...

No7 Lash Adapt
I was lucky enough to be chosen to review this product from a discussion on No7's facebook page which Roxanne informed me about!

Colour:- 8/10. Decent dark black, nothing hugely special but no complaints.
Length:- 8/10. Great, this is definitely a lengthening dream.
Volume:- 5/10. I didn't notice much by way of additional volume. This could be because you are able to apply numerous coats, but when I added more coats I tended to get more clumps rather than more volume.
Separation:- 6/10. After one coat I was really impressed with the separation and the mascara would have got a better mark, but it's ad campaign claims that you can apply up to 6 coats and like I said above, the more coats I applied, the more clumps I got.
Curl:- 7/10. 
Bottom Lash Compatibility:- 6/10. This mascara made me feel a bit spidery on my bottom lashes.
Transfer:- 6/10. I wore this to work and when I nipped to the toilet I had black marks all along my lid....attractive times!
Ease of use:- 6/10. As you can see in the picture, this has quite a big brush and with my tiny eyes it's not the easiest to get to the root. It's also not particularly easy to get it into the corner of the eyes. I had to remove some product along the side of the tube also.
Ease of removal:- 9/10. This was really easy to get off with a normal face wipe.
Price:- 8/10. This was the cheapest of the bunch at £12.50 (£7.50 until 11 September 2011 if you have a No7 voucher!). Obviously No7 is sort of 'high end high street' so it's a bit more expensive than some brands but I'd say it's definitely worth it, especially with a voucher!
Total:- 69/100

Daniel Sandler Jumbo Jet
I got this in my GlossyBox.

Colour:- 8/10. As above! 
Length:- 9/10. This mascara adds great length.
Volume:-  6/10. Again, this didn't add much volume but I did like it a bit more than the No7.
Separation:- 10/10. This stuff is AMAZING. 'nuf said.
Curl:- 7/10. This stuff definitely holds it's curl well which is lovely!!
Bottom Lash Compatibility:- 7/10. Again, a bit spidery for me but a bit less so than No7.
Transfer:- 10/10. Not a single smudge on my lid - so impressed. I don't think I have come across a mascara which managed to do this! Bravo Mr Sandler!!
Ease of use:- 8/10. Another big brush. I found this one a bit easier to use though. A good amount of product came out on the brush and I  only needed a few slicks to get fab coverage.
Ease of removal:- 9/10. This was also easy to get off with a wipe.
Price:- 9/10. This is £14.85 on Urban Retreat which I think is great. This mascara is amazing. I would pay more for it, though obviously I'm glad I don't have to! 
Total:- 81/100

My friend actually gave this to me after a make up clear out as she preferred a different one and wasn't going to use it any more. Unfortunately, I cannot find the name of it anywhere, it was a limited edition tube. If anyone knows please let me know in the comments!

Colour:- 9/10. This looks a bit more black than the others which I like.
Length:- 10/10. This made my lashes the longest of the lot!
Volume:- 5/10. Not hugely impressed with the volume.
Separation:- 4/10. As you can see, this mascara seemed to clump a lot more than the others. It had a thicker consistency and that didn't seem to help. When I wore this, I had to comb through my lashes with a different mascara brush to separate them out.
Curl:- 4/10. This mascara had a curved brush so I thought it would be great for curl but unfortunately it seemed to straighten my eyelashes! The friend who gave it to me said that she also had to use curlers with this product.
Bottom Lash Compatibility:- 9/10. I like this mascara on my bottom lashes. It adds definition without being too extreme.
Transfer:- 5/10. I think this is due to the thickness of the product but it transferred straight away. Definitely not a mascara to slick on and dash off as it does need time to dry. However, once dried, there was no transference onto the lids.
Ease of use:- 6/10. The thinner brush meant I could get to the smaller corner lashes but again, the thickness of the mascara made it a bit of a nightmare to apply
Ease of removal:- 8/10. Slightly more difficult to remove due to it being a bit thicker!
Price:- 7/10. Obviously I can't find this actual mascara online but on Boots Chanel mascaras are £22.50 so I imagine it was about this price. I think this is a lot and I definitely believe you're paying for the brand name rather than quality. I will keep trying with it but mainly because I hate to be defeated.
Total:- 68/100


Guys, you have NO idea how long it took me to make that, I hope you appreciate my caveman paint net attempts!!

But yes, the winner is Daniel Sandler's Jumbo Jet mascara. I think this could be one that I actually repurchase, I have only ever repurchased one other mascara so for me this is HUGE! 

I do still really like the No7 mascara and if I'm low on pennies and the vouchers are out I would probs repurchase it. The Chanel...I think on nights where maybe I am going for a 60's twiggy-esque vibe, this mascara would work but for everyday it's just a bit too much like hard work!!!

Have you guys tried any of these? What are your mascara recommendations?

Love love,

Ash xx

1 comment:

cornflakegirl said...

Great post, really useful and thorough reviews.