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Bare Minerals - Big tease mascara
What they say:
Amplify your allure with arresting, eye-catching lashes. Our Big Tease Mascara adds oomph to your eyes, giving you fuller-looking lashes and an irresistibly mischievous glance.
* Dramatically thickens and lengthens
* Unique double-sided brush uses one side to separate and lengthen lashes, and the other to build volume and maximum flutter
* Smooth, clump-free formula
What is it like?
The mascara comes in a back cardboard box with pink writing. The actual 'cartridge' is also black with pink writing and silver cap.
The 'unique double-sided brush' really is quite unique: one side has very short bristles for lengthening lashes, the other side has long dense bristles for volume. The wand is rather short though, and doesn't feel particularly balanced when using it.
The mascara as such is quite smooth and it really doesn't clump!
A bit pricier than the average mascara though.
Does it deliver?
Well, it certainly gives vavavoom to your lashes!
The wand is a bit fiddly as it's not particularly big, but once you got used to it, this mascara actually does what it says on the tin: it does create very long lashes, and yes, it volumises, too.
It doesn't crumple and keeps a smooth consistency after opening.
Do I like it?
Aehm, well - no.
It certainly does what it says on the tin, and admittedly I love the lengthening effect you get by using the short bristled side of the wand. This however, doesn't give much volume, so you almost have to use the long bristled side and that instantly leaves you with lashes that are more trailer park than 'irresistible mischievous glance'. Separating lashes with a lash brush can help, but there're other mascaras out there that give you both length and volume without the effort and especially that allow you to decide how much volume you want.
Overall the unique brush is very fiddly as the brush is quite short and the wand itself isn't very well balanced or nice to hold.
I use the Bare Escentuals mineral make up and concealer, which got a nice sleek minimalistic look. The Big Tease on the other hand is rather brash in all its black and pink glory, which somehow makes it look as if the products come from two different companies. Ok, not that the look of it is that relevant, but just an observation.
I do love long lashes with loads of volume, but there are mascaras out there that give you both with a slightly more natural look.
Personally I prefer mascaras that allow you to layer thickness and length more, so it's easily adaptable to work or play and I especially don't like the fiddly unbalanced brush, but as with all things that's personal taste. If you're generally out with big lashes all the time (it doesn't really give you a scaled down option here) then this is the mascara for you.
The product quality is great; no crumpling or clumps, it's very smooth and doesn't dry up even after months of use.
I give it three stars as the lengthening effect and product quality are both excellent.
I hope you find this review helpful. If you do use the Big Tease mascara I'd be interested in your thoughts about it!
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