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== Avon Dazzling Diva Mascara ==
I wear mascara everyday , and over the years have tried lots of different mascaras from different brands. I don't have a favourite as such and usually buy whatever is on offer at the time . I purchased this mascara from my local Avon representative, the R.R.P is £8.50 but Avon always have offers on, and can today be bought for £3 from a rep or online.
== The Mascara==
The mascara contains 7ml and only comes in the colour black , it comes in traditional mascara tube with screw top that contains the wand . The brush part of the wand is thin and has very short and small little spikes . The outside is black with a gold glitter effect and looks good and feels nice to hold.
Avon claim this mascara will give 5 times fuller lashes with a subtle sparkling finish.
==In Use ==
Applying the mascara couldn't be easier, when you bring the brush out of the tube the perfect amount of mascara is there , its not been overfilled like some , and you certainly don't need to keep putting it back in the tube for more and risk drying out your mascara quicker. The size of the brush is great, small enough to get to the smaller lashes in the corners of you eyes, but still big enough to coat the bigger lashes. The mascara coats the lashes well without lumping and dries quickly .
The colour is a nice dark black and covers the lashes well , unfortunately there is absolutely no sign of any sparkle . I'm sure the picture in the Avon brochure showed lashes with tiny glitter sparkles , but you can not see them either on the mascara itself or when its dry on the lashes.
5 times fuller lashes is a big claim for Avon to make , and sadly it doesn't live up to this claim , but to be honest i never expected it to. What is does give you is nicely covered, opened up lashes that look slightly bigger due to the fact they are coated in mascara.
The mascara is not waterproof , but it does last well on the lashes . I did experience some flaking with the mascara through the day if I have been rubbing my eyes, not from the mascara as this caused no irritation but from staring at a screen too long.
The mascara comes off very easily with soap and water or make up remover , and doesn't require a heavy hand to do so.
All in all I really like this mascara and I think it's a perfect for everyday wear rather than the sparkle going out mascara they advertise it as . It's easy to apply , dries quickly and doesn't smudge and lasts most of the day . When on offer it's well worth the price , the brush is perfect in size for my lashes and I would buy it again . Just a shame there was no sparkle.
4 out of 5 , taken off 1 for no sparkle.
Avon is a brand I've been familiar with for about 2-3 years now, as I get a magazine delivered to my door, I write down the products/items I want and pop it outside the doorstep and the lovely Avon representative I'm fortunate to have, comes for payment and in a short while comes again to deliver my order. It's convenient for myself as I'm often ill or drained with fatigue to hop on the bus to town and bustle through a busy Boots or House of Fraser.
I'm a huge fan of dark, full lashes with some length - length is not a must for me as if I want length, I wear false eyelashes and be done with it, it's more reliable than wearing a mascara that supposedly makes you look like you are wearing false lashes- and 99.9% of my experience with them is, no it does not. Anyway, I was browsing through the catalogue trying to decide whether to stick to my back-up mascara of Supershock or just to try something new, as I only use my back-up mascara if I'm just doing a day to day nothing special thing, but if I go out to college or actually spending time outside I use my regular one (ahem, that works...). According to Avon, Dazzling Diva will make your eyelashes look 5x FULLER lashes with a hint of sparkle so I figured, hey if it'll make my eyelashes look fuller and provide the black colour just like Supershock does, but also provide sparkle that Supershock doesn't, then I can't go wrong. Right? Wrong!
I took the plastic packaging away - no box, just a plastic cover which states the ingredients, colour and etc. I liked the tube as it was black with gold sparkles which were clearly visible (unlike the 'sparkle' in the mascara!) As I opened the top to reveal the wand I was disappointed that it was thin with short thin bristles but the pictures in the catalogue didn't include an image of the wand. As I pulled the wand out I noticed that the smallest amount of mascara was attached to the bristles, so deciding to try to apply it, I did. It didn't seem that any mascara was actually coming off onto my lashes so yet again I tried MULTIPLE times to get some product onto the wand but nothing seem to really come onto it! I was shocked and confused and by that point I didn't have much faith in the product.
So, I decided to give it a shot and apply it as I would any mascara. After applying one coat I stood in the mirror wondering if there was even any mascara in the tube as nothing was on my lashes, or so it seemed there wasn't. After repeatedly doing at least 4-5 coats on all I could see was that it was separating my lashes (a little too far actually and made it look like one of those thin spiders were on my eyes...) and it made my lashes seem the tiniest bit longer than they are...like extremely small amount. It didn't make my eyelashes seem fuller whatsoever, you can not even notice I'm wearing mascara - and for some people they like that and want a natural look...in that case, don't even use this, chances are your lashes will look the same bare! However, I bought this mascara going by Avon's word that it will make them look fuller - okay it's a bit too bold to say that they'll look 5x fuller, but I'd at least expect them to seem at least a bit fuller! Also the colour...it might as well be transparent than black! I had no colour payoff at all and had to coat my lashes individually to have the tiniest bit of black on them. And sparkle? There is none visible unless you're looking on the tube itself!
It might seem that maybe I already have black full lashes naturally and that's why I'm not noticing it? Nope, I have thin light lashes!
Unfortunately, there are is only one positive I can see in using this mascara...
---After many coats (in my experience) you may(!) achieve a natural look with separated lashes. It doesn't clump or stick the lashes to each other like many mascara's do.
At the price of £8.50 from Avon, I would never ever buy this mascara again.