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I have tried a few of Avon's mascaras and quite like some of them.
I bought Avon Daring Curves mascara a while ago and use it as my reserve mascara for times when my current Avon Supershock mascara goes missing in my handbag or on my bedroom floor!
~ Price and availability ~
The mascara is available to order from an Avon representative or online at www.avonshop.co.uk for £7.00.
~ Packaging ~
It comes in a black mascara tube. It contains 7ml of mascara. The tube is a curved shape which narrows at the top of the lid and towards the end of the tube. It is made from black plastic and has 'Avon Daring Curves' in silver lettering on the side of the tube.
Like most mascaras you twist the lid to open it and reveal the wand. The wand has quite small bristles set out in two lines that twist around the end of the wand. Even though there is only two lines of bristles it doesn't feel like there are too few bristles as the lines of bristles twist right round the wand. The very end of the wand has some even shorter bristles.
~ In use ~
Although the bristles of the wand are quite short they are great for getting the lashes in the corners of your eyes, which I often find hard to reach.
The way the bristles wrap themselves around the brush in two lines leaves a small gap in between the two twisting lines of bristles. I think this makes it easy to take the brush really close to your eye and sweeping the brush through your lashes feels as though you are coating all of your lashes really well.
The mascara does look bold and my lashes are coated well with the mascara. It does not go clumpy at all and I don't find that my lashes are stuck together.
The mascara is called Daring Curves. I'm not sure whether this mascara is claiming that it will give your lashes curvy or curly, but I have found that it does not curl my lashes at all. This does not bother me and I wouldn't expect that a mascara would do this.
I really like the results this mascara offers - it is quick and easy to apply and one of my favourite mascaras.
~ Conclusion ~
I would definitely buy this mascara again. I love the look that it gives my lashes. It is so easy to use and the design makes it really handy.
I really like Avon's Supershock mascara as well, which is my main mascara, but I wouldn't mind continuing to buy this Daring Curves mascara in its place as it is really effective.
How effective a mascara is really depends on the brush and I think this one is well designed and very versatile.
Avon Daring Curves Mascara is my first choice when I'm getting ready for a big night out. I have different mascaras for different purposes and this tends to be best suited to dramatic swept lashes which of course aren't really for everyday wear.
This mascara is only £7 at full price which I think is very reasonable. In brochure 15 from Avon, you get a free Astonishing Lengths Mascara when you buy this item too! Also, for those of you who like a bargain, you can buy the gold packaging limited edition version of this for just £3 in the brochure 16 sale suppliment.
The first thing you'll notice when you use this is that the brush is shaped differently to standard mascara wands. It's all twisted up and that helps to comb the mascara through your lashes at an angle and increase the curled effect you get. The actual mascara is quite thick and does clump slightly but if you use a lash comb afterwards this takes away any unwanted clumping residue.
What I like best about this is that there's no need to use any eyelash curlers or apply lots of layers. Just sweep it over your lashes a couple of times, whip the lash comb through and leave it to dry. In about ten minutes time you'll find yourself with cute, thick, curly lashes that look just right for a night on the town.
I had a bit of a nightmare last week. I was about to go out and I couldn't find my mascara anywhere. I currently have three different tubes on the go - Max Factor Masterpiece, Max Factor Masterpiece Waterproof, and Max Factor Masterpiece Max. As you can tell I am a big fan of the Max Factor Masterpiece range! Anyway, I searched high and low, and couldn't find any of them. I was starting to panic a bit - the thought of going out without mascara wasn't something I even wanted to consider! I then remembered that I had been given a little make-up bag set for Christmas by my mam, which had come free with the Christian Lacroix Perfume she had bought me. In it was a tube of Avon Daring Curves Mascara, still unopened (and luckily I knew where it was!).
Before I became a Max Factor mascara addict, I used to use Avon mascara a lot - their 'One Great Mascara' was my favourite, although I think it has now been discontinued. I wasn't really sure what to expect from the 'Daring Curves' mascara as it had been a gift, therefore I had little knowledge of the product. A quick check of the Avon website though, tells me that this mascara contains an 'exclusive complex' that lifts and curls lashes up to 65% and holds the curl for up to 12 hours.
So unwrapping the protective seal, I am met with a rather elegant and impressive looking mascara bottle. The sleek, black bottle curves inwards at the bottom and curves outwards towards the top - a reflection on the products name. It has a silver ring around the join where the lid meets the bottle and the product name also in an elegant silver font. As far as packaging goes, this definitely beats my Max Factor mascara one - I don't think you would guess it was Avon if it didn't have the name splashed on the side, it looks more like a premium brand.
So unscrewing the lid, reveals the brush, which is really different to any mascara wand I've seen before. It's difficult to describe, but basically, the brush has a sort of twisted appearance and is therefore fatter in some places than others. As strange as this sounds, the only thing I can think to compare it to appearance wise, is a strand of DNA! The bristles of the brush are quite thick and close together, which is something I was a bit apprehensive about, as having used the Max Factor Masterpiece mascaras for so long, I am used to a rubber brush, with quite separated spikes/bristles.
The first time I used this I had already curled my lashes with an eye-lash curler, having been unaware that the product claims to add a curl to lashes on its own. Despite my reservations about the brush, I actually found it fairly easy to use - it ran through the lashes easily, and surprisingly did not clump.
I found that after applying this, I got a very subtle look - my lashes although now coated in the black mascara - looked quite natural and very thin - it had added no volume to them at all, however they did appear to be longer. I don't think that the mascara really looked suitable for a night out - it was very much a day time look - very subtle, and probably suited to someone who does not like to look overly 'made-up'.
So, what about this claim that it will lift and curl lashes up to 65% and hold the curl for 12 hours? Well for the purpose of this review, I tried the mascara without having curled my lashes as I normally do. Amazingly I found that it did actually curl my lashes. The more I put on, the more curled they began to look. I actually thought I was imagining it at first, because I've never used a curling mascara that worked before, but comparing the lashes on the eye I had applied it to, next to the one I hadn't, there was a definite difference. As for holding the curl for 12 hours, I can neither confirm or deny that one, as I have only worn the mascara for around four or five hours, but it will hold it for that length of time, no problems. I should also state that I wear contact lenses and this was fine with them - no irritation or anything like that.
This mascara will cost you £7 for a 7ml bottle from your local Avon representative, or online at www.avonshop.co.uk. Comparatively, my usual Max Factor mascara costs £8.99 for 4ml, so this one is good value for money. It is available in three colours - Black, Brown/Black and Navy.
Overall, I was fairly impressed with this mascara - in particular its ability to curl the lashes without the need for eyelash curlers. The main downside is that it adds no volume, and lashes look a bit spindly. I wouldn't use it for nights out, but perhaps for general daytime wear I would consider buying it again when this one runs out, as it gives a nice natural finish.
Lifts and curls lashes with a long lasting hold /