I am a relatively new convert to Barry M make-up as previously I had thought it was just for really young girls and to be honest after reading about their magic nail polishes I had thought it was all just a little bit gimmicky.
After trying out a few though I was completely proven wrong because although they do seem to skew their advertising towards a younger market the make-up itself is actually really good and nearly all of it is suitable for any age.
The price point of it is also really good and the make-up is much better than I thought it was going to be for the price.
After trying the black mascara and being really impressed with it I decided to buy a blue one as I had used a blue one ages ago from a different brand and really liked it and I just thought it would make a nice difference from using a black mascara all the time.
Barry M do a pink, green and blue mascara but I have only used the blue one and from my experience with that I wouldn’t bother trying out the other colours. This was the first Barry M product that disappointed me and I am glad it wasn’t my first experience of the brand as it might have been my last.
The brush with this coloured mascara is different to the one on the black and I found it more difficult to load up with the mascara and it didn’t coat my lashes nearly as well. It also wasn’t as smooth and I found it to smudge easily and clump up if I wasn’t really careful. The biggest disappointment with it however was the fact that it barely coloured my eyes at all. Now I am all for being subtle with make-up but this barely even had a tinge of blue and I thought it was a complete waste of money as I may as well not have bothered buying a coloured one for all the colour this actually added.
It is a shame that this is so poor as the rest of the products that I have tried have all been so good. Luckily it wasn’t too expensive so it wasn’t a hugely costly mistake but it still cost me nearly £6 which for something this poor was £6 too much.
I love going to fancy dress parties, and i recently was invited to a friend's 21st, which was an all day BBQ booze up then clubbing with a fancy dress theme, so i was after some coloured mascara for the 'neon' kind of look - it's not the sort of look i particulary find attractive or nice, but as i said it was part of a fancy dress code - i was a sexy (!) alien (inspired by Katy Perry's ET video.)
I looked all over for a decent coloured mascara (i already had a coloured eyeliner though - why are these so easy to find yet coloured mascaras are so hard to find!?) and all the ones i came across were either overpriced, aimed at kids or cheap and tacky looking. Although i only wanted the mascara for a couple of occasions, i still wanted it too look good and not turn out clumpy and yucky.
I am a big fan of Barry M products, so when i saw on there website that they actually sell coloured mascara, i got really excited and ordered one. The price is £5.19, which for a pretty decent (but not great) mascara like this is a good price in my opinion and because i barely use it it lasts forever so i definetly get my moneys worth.
There are 5 colours available: Electric Purple, Bright Turquoise, Sky Blue, Emerald Green and Shocking Pink. I got the electric purple as it looked the boldest and stood out most to me.
The mascara comes in an average mascara tube with a screw on lid, the mascara lid has the wand attatched to it. The mascara bottle is the colour of the shade of mascara - my mascara bottle is purple. This is good for anyone who has alot of mascaras as it makes it instantly reconiseable. On the bottle it says the colour and then underneath in larger writing 'Lengthening mascara' with Barry m's signature underneath. The packaging if i'm honest isn't great. It's quite cheap and tacky looking but i'm not too fussed.
The mascara is suprisingly good quality, and when applied it looks like i've dipped my eyelashes in crayola paint! The colour is very pigmented compared to other colour mascaras and it looks great - i thought it would just give my lashes a tint of purple but it completely covers them after just 2/3 coats. The brush has quite wide bristles which applys the mascara quickly, accurately and it lengthens/thickens up my eyelashes noticeably. The only downside is that because the brush is quite chunky it's fiddly doing bottom lashes. I have also used this mascara on false eyelashes which, to be fair was a disaster (hideous clumping!) so i wouldn't reccomend that, however on my natural lashes it doesn't clump at all - weird! It only takes 2-3 layers to achieve an amazingly weird but wonderful dramatic effect.
Overall, the application is easy. Once applied however, it's only a matter of 3-4 hours before it starts to flake, which is not a good look and leaves bits of purple dust on my cheek. It also isn't waterproof and doesn't cope well with layers - i tried applying a coat of black over the purple and oh my gawd - i looked a state!! Because this dries out, by time it came to removing the mascara i was quite concerned a few eyelashes would come off along with it, so i decided to use a makeup wipe very gently, which got most of it off, but it sticks quite well so i ended up using a cotton bud to get the remaining bits of colour off of my eyelashes.
This went well with my outfit, but i would never for a million pounds (well, maybe a million..) wear this in the daytime or to uni - people would think i needed sectioning! Fair enough, maybe if it only gave it a little tiny hint of purple, but as i said before it is very prominant! The mascara overall is ok for the price, but it does have downsides as you can see!
I love Purple. I use Mascara. Buying Marry M Coloured Mascara in no. 11 Purple seemed like a no-brainer. But, I wish I'd left it on the shelf.
The mascara seems pretty normal, standard size tube, standard type of brush, standard style of packaging, and on the packaging it says "give intense colour coverage whilst lengthening the lashes." For me this was utter rot.
I have a fair complexion so my eyelashes are not that dark yet despite multiple applications of the mascara there was no change in colour or length that I could notice. All I felt was that my eyelashes seemed slightly stiffer. The mascara is in the pot, is on the basic bristly brush but seems to be too watery to make any difference to the eyelashes. There is no tint. There is no lengthening or volumising. There is definitely no "intense colour coverage" and overall I found this product incredibly disappointing, especially as I normally love other products by Barry M. When I run the mascara wand along my hand only pale thin streaks of colour come off the brush and it seems the mascara needs to be thicker to coat the lashes and change their colour. For me it does nothing.
I like coloured mascara but I would definitely not recommend this one. Needless to say I have never used mine after the first use so that was a waste of £5. Other reviews on this product are much higher so perhaps it is only the purple one with this issue or I had a weird one-off product. I only hope you people find a good coloured mascara wherever you get it - I just wouldn't chose this one!
Barry M cosmetics was founded in 1982 by Mr. Barry Mero, and what a blast from the past these coloured mascaras truely are!
Harking back to the 80's, blue mascara was a must (along with leg warmers and sweatbands) in the height of fashion, and Barry M certainly delivers the modern day goods for the recent 80's revival in the current fashion scene.
The 'coloured mascara' from the Barry M range comes with a RRP of £4.95 on the high street, which can seem a little pricey, but compared to plain black, everyday wear, non-fashion mascaras that can cost upwards of £8, this tube of vibrance is a bargain!
Barry M Coloured Mascara is currently available in 5 different stand out colours: Shocking Pink, Emerald Green, Electric Purple, Bright Turquoise and Sky Blue. No matter what you colour preference, outfit choice, or state of mind, there's a colour for everyone in every situation and any occassion.
From experience, the tube itself is a good size for the price and has more than enough product to help you stand out in the crowd at as many situations you dare to be unique in!
The applicator brush is quite thick and needs a few good pumps into the tube to get a good coat first time. With the brush being thick, it helps apply the mascara evenly with just a couple of wiggley swoops from base to tip of the lashes.
The only slight downside I have found is that it takes atleast 2 coats to get the same vibrant extreme colour that you see when it's in the tube. A single coat gives you a coloured tint to the lashes. Two coats gives you a vibrant coating bursting with colour. I've also tried applying it over plain black mascara to test out the colour and this makes the vibrancy 'pop'!
Unlike a lot of cheaper non-brand coloured mascaras, this product does not clump. The mascara is thick enough to coat the lashes evenly, but magically avoids clumping them together in a hideous fashion, which is a god send!
Colour Mascara is available on the high street along with the rest of the Barry M range, stocked by both Boots and Superdrug. You can also buy the mascara online safely and reliably from the official Barry M wesbite.
The website has hints, tips and tutorial videos that are approximately 10-15 minutes long that show you how to apply the Colour Mascara, along with other products from the Barry M range. Along with the regular tutorials, there are some featured tuts from internet sensation Lauren Luke - self made youtube star famed for her giant fanbase following her make-up tutorials on youtube.
Overall I'd recommend this product to anyone looking to stand out from the norm. Matte black mascara is SO yesterday! Make your eyes 'pop' with lashings of this wonder colour! And with a big girls 'pocket money' price tag, you can afford to treat yourself to one of these ;)
Boring black is out. Vibrant, unique, rainbow lashes are in!
Coloured Mascara - Ingredients:
Dimethicone, Cera Microcristallina, Candelilla Cera, Silica Silyate, Polyethylene, Tocopherol, C24-28 Alkyl Imethicone, C30-38 Olefin/Isopropyl Maleate/MA Copolymer, C20-40 Alcohols (+/- Mica, Titanium Dioxide, CL77007, 77510, CL77288, CL45380, 45410)
I have been a fan of Barry M products for about a year now. They've always had variety and been a little more experimental with colours and textures than a lot of other brands on the market. So when I found myself embracing the 80's revival I headed straight to the nearest Barry M stockist to perfect the makeup look. I chose the sky blue version of the lengthening mascara for true authenticity!
On using the product, I expected the results to be a little less intense than the colour featured on the tube. And this was indeed the case. I found that one coat over makeup free lashes left a slight tint of colour, more to the tips. To completely cover your lashes and get a true colour change, it takes a number of applications. I also tried using the blue mascara over an initial coat of black, with much the same results.
The mascara wand itself is a classic shape and easy to use. I found the mascara didn't necessarily enhance length but for me this wasn't the reason for purchasing this product. On value you cannot go wrong. Especially for a novelty mascara that is not necessarily going to be used on a day to day basis. It had the desired effect and combined with liners and shadows, you can certainly enhance the coloured mascara of your choice.
Barry M for me is a somewhat predictable brand. Certainly there will be a lot of colours to choose from - leading to some very fun girly afternoons! However the quality isn't always fantastic, which is reflected in the price. So, does this lash lengthening coloured mascara live up to the stereotype?
There are a wide range of colours available from shocking pinks to intense blues. They could be perfect for a night out, something different. I chose sky blue originally which was clearly visable through the packaging.
Sadly the mascara met my expectations, the consistancy is gooey and doesn't glide onto your lashes. Watering it down does help a little but you can tell this is a cheap product. In terms of coating my lashes and colouring them blue, I found that there wasn't much of a noticable change, and that my lashes looked completely normal (though slightly clumpy) in some lights. The brush doesn't help the case either, not picking up a lot and I definately had to keep topping it up to acheive some sort of colour change.
Taking off the mascara is as easy as putting it on i.e. Not easy at all. It took several wipes of my best, creamiest eye make up remover to get it off as lashes become sticky - the more you apply the worse this is. However, by applying not much at all leads to there being no point in purchasing the mascara - sometimes you have to give something to have bright blue lashes (in this case about five pounds and the same number of eyelashes).
Overall, this is a decent mascara for those who have the time and the patience to apply lashings of it and it will give the lashes a slight colour change. I am glad that it didn't cost a bomb but will not be buying it again in a hurry.