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I had not really used any Barry M products until I received a free lip gloss with another product I bought in Boots. I liked the lipgloss so much that I decided to try out some more of the Barry M range as I though it was very good value for what they offered.
The Barry M Bold waterproof mascara is quite reasonably priced in Boots at £6.19 for a tube. Boots say that it will add length and volume to every eyelash, is waterproof and super long lasting with at least 6 hours wear. Now, I have to admit that this is not the best mascara I have ever used, I normally like Benefit or Maybelline but for the waterproof element this was just what I was looking for. I go swimming at least one or twice a week with my little girl and all the other mums and so I like to have a little bit of eye make up on when I go out otherwise I just look washed out and drained, not a good look. However, I don't want a full face of make up so a cheap well working waterproof mascara was just what I was looking for and this does do the job.
The application wand is straight and quite long so you are able to cover all of your eyelashes in one go with a quick sweep of the brush. The tube itself is quite good looking, it is all black with Barry M written in a nice light blue font with some swirls to add some form of design to the packaging. The mascara itself is not clumpy and does go on well although when I pull the wand pout of the top I like to wipe the excess off not he side of the opening.
When I'm in the pool with my little girl I get splashed and pretty much soaked from all her splashing but I have to say this mascara works well and does not run and leave me with black eyes which again is not a good look. The mascara stays in place well and my eyes are fine to go out with the mummies afterwards. In order to take this mascara off I find I do have to use a little bit more make up remover but after a few rubs with this the mascara comes straight off and does not irritate my eyes at all so if you are looking for a simple waterproof mascara then I would definitely recommend this.
I'm a big fan of Barry M and this mascara is yet another example of the good quality (but easily affordable) products that Barry M produces. I bought mine from Asos, but it is widely available in shops such as Superdrug, Boots etc and of course the official Barry M website. I paid £5.75 for it which for a mascara is around the average price for a basic, lower end mascara so i wasn't expecting it to be great at first if i'm honest so i was pretty suprised when i realised how good it actually is!
The mascara tube is long and slender making it easy to grip. The lid twists of easily and is also good to grip and the slender design helps in guiding the wand. The mascara tube is a pretty shade of bright pinky purple with 2 black streaks with the Barry M logo on. Overall the packaging is basic, nothing special and if anything it looks a bit tacky, as i personally prefer black tubes as they're much more versatile and sleek, but that is my personal opinion.
The brush wand is attatched to the lid like all mascaras. It has small, short, chunky bristles which initially put me off of the product as i assumed the stubbiness of the brush would cause clumping/fail to add any volume to my lashes. It doesn't clump, and it seperates lashes nicely, adding a discreet but noticeable bit of extra length, it is not a considerable amount nor does this mascara give my lashes a big, bold look, but it succeeds in making my lashes that bit longer and noticeable. Personally i didn't find it gave my lashes a noticeable amount of thickness like the product descripion lead me to believe it would, but for the price i think it overall gave a good, long but natural look to my lashes. I use it on both my top and bottom lid and have had no problems with it been clumpy on my bottom lid like most mascaras are.
I don't usually add more than 2-3 coats of this as it does start to clump after numerous layers so it is obviously best to keep layers minimal. I also noticed that the short bristles on the brush were very precise in covering each lash evenly, not missing a single lash - this is much more precise then a number of mascaras i own. I have not used this with fake lashes personally but i would say that it would be fine, unless you want a much more volumising mascara. The mascara has a nice, lightweight feel to it when it's on the lashes, it doesn't weigh the lashes down even after a couple of coats, i've also found it to be durable and it doesn't smudge or flake, even after a busy day.
The fact it is waterproof is good as i don't have to worry about it bleeding when it's a rainy day or if i'm a bit emotional i don't need to worry about my mascara running, but it is a real pain when it comes to removing the mascara, it usually takes 3/4 makeup wipes before it is completely gone, it will come off faster if you do it roughly but i always do mine gently to avoid my lashes falling out, because i do find that this mascara dries the lashes up quite a bit which isn't great and dried out eye lashes fall out very easily.
Overall this mascara gives a minimal but decent amount of length and creates bolder eyelashes. It is best suited for everyday use for that 'natural' look, it's not the type i would personally use to get glammed up for a night out.
I had previously only used the cheapest mascaras I could find (usually the 'Miss Sporty' range which sells them for about £3!) but had finally had enough of clumpy eyelashes and decided to try and a better brand. I went for Barry M as I currently use their eyeliners a lot and have found their products to mostly be good quality.
The eyeliner was £5.95 from Superdrug and I am yet to see it cheaper anywhere else, making it about twice the price of the eyeliners that I usually buy. However you do get a fairly decent sized tube for your money so it's reasonably good value.
The mascara is easy to apply and I immediately noticed it lengthened my eyelashes a lot more than other mascaras I have used - the effect was noticable even from a distance. Also the brush did not seem to carry too much of the mascara which prevented most clumps from appearing - something which was quite a problem with other brands. It seperated and defined the eyelashes well.
While it does seem to be waterproof it did have a tendency to smudge throughout the day so that by the end of the day there would be little bits of mascara around my eyes. It wasn't something that was noticable unless you were up close but it would have been better if the mascara had had more 'staying power'. Also, while it was a significant improvement on cheaper brands it did not create entirely 'clump-free' lashes.
The name of the mascara is a little misleading 'extreme black' suggests you are going to get a dramatic look and I found that in reality you get longer, seperated and darker eyelashes but certainly not something that is going to massively stand out. If that is what you are looking for perhaps try another brand, if not, this one is a good everyday mascara.
I got this mascara as part of a birthday present from my mate and couldn't wait to try it because she reckoned it was the best mascara she has used.
Its quite a nice one but I wouldn't say its anywhere near the best one in MY make up bag so my mate can't have used as many different mascaras as me.
I love the purple and black tube because it looks great in my make up bag and even though its not a brill mascara it does the job it's just that it doesn't do anything special even though it says it will make my eye lashes look longer and thicker.
It's a very deep black mascara so it does give me the heavily made up look I like to wear sometimes and the mascara is a bit glossy so it gives me a sooty look when I apply it with thick black eyeliner.
It's a bit hard to apply neatly so you need to make sure you leave loads of time for putting your mascara on and that's because the brush is so bristly that if you try and do it quick you'll end up with black bristle marks on your eyelids and under your eyes and because this is waterproof it's hard to get the marks off without ruining the rest of your make up.
With this mascara the first coat goes on lovely but when I come to apply a second one it clumped really bad and made a right mess of my eye lashes. The trick is to allow it to dry completely then use an eye lash comb before putting the next coat on but then you are taking more and more time just to put mascara on when it should be a 2 minutes job any other time.
Any more than 2 coats looks stupid because it gives volume to my eye lashes but only because the mascara is so clumpy that the clumps make my eyelashes look thicker and that looks stupid like I am some sort of 11 year old just learning how to put make up on.
Its hard to get off completely even with eye make up remover and impossible to get off with water because it just won't budge at all. I use Boots eye make up remover and that works well with everything but even that struggles with this one because its so tough.
As with many of my fellow female make-up lovers out there, mascara is one of those products which are never quite there. You can never find the perfect mascara. For me there is a checklist and a mission of which a mascara must fulfill (I swear I'm not generally so fussy...):
At the top of my list is:
1. Waterproof. And when I say waterproof, I literally mean waterproof. That mascara can't move a millimetre, smudge, run... nothing.
2. The wand needs to be the right length and size for good application. Wands that look like a scrambled mess, they just don't give a good application. It needs to be neat, therefore avoiding clumping and having too much mascara on the wand.
3. Colour and vibrancy. If a mascara says 'intense violet' then that is how I would expect it to look on my lashes. It's quite a disappointment to buy a mascara like that to see the colour on the wand and after application to barely see it on the lashes.
The Barry M Extreme Waterproof Black Mascara is a product which immediately caught my attention when I was out shopping. Firstly because it was only £5.95 and secondly the packaging was bright and bold - this really hooked me in, I admit it! It was also easy to spot as it was in a Barry M stall as are most Barry M products in places like Superdrugs and Boots. The product promises to volumise, lengthen and thicken lashes... that's quite a lot of promises!
Feeling very optimistic about my newest Barry M purchase I decided to try it out when I got home. The wand twists and pulls out, as with most mascaras on the market, and to my horror (yes, oh the horror!) the brush on the wand looked very bulky and messy. But wait a moment I thought, I haven't even tried applying this yet, this mascara still has hope! So I proceeded to apply the mascara, but unfortunately with great difficulty. Now, I have been using mascara for a good few years and have never experienced such problems with application. The brush was so bulky, that even tilting my head back and applying the mascara, it imprinted on the upper lashline and left lots of little clumps creating a mess. So after many cotton buds soaked in makeup remover and half an hour later, I was a little exasperated to say the least and quite disappointed.
The staying power of the mascara was... well ok. Not great. It smudged a little but why keep it on when you end up looking like a panda? I think if Barry M re-designed this (the wand), I think it would produce much better results. The mascara colour itself was bold, but really the wand applicator lets it down. All in all, not a product I would buy again and it is the only Barry M product I can say I really dislike!
I love mascara. I've been wearing it since all I can remember, and really would question my ability to survive without it: my eyes look all weird and wrong and I just don't feel like me. To put it into context, I am one of those people who not only cannot leave the house without wearing at least SOME make-up; I can't be IN the house make-up free either. I'd feel wrong, scruffy, clumsy, and like I'd not really woken up yet. My absolute world-would-implode-without level minimum is eye liner, lip balm (not gloss, just balm - I'm not obsessive about it) and, of course, mascara.
Barry M, as I have mentioned before, is a brand I really quite like. I have found their products to generally be of very good quality, do what they are meant to do, and are packaged up all pretty and nice. This mascara is no exception. Here's what makes it special.
Barry M Extreme Black Waterproof Mascara retails at a very reasonable £5.95. I believe this is a fair amount for mascara, and in addition the results produced by this product make it very good value for money. I have been using this particular mascara for months now and have found that it also has the ability to last a lot longer than most. I will have to replace my mascara soon (it is showing no signs of running out yet, but I do worry about products going off and eye-hygiene. As a contact lens wearer this is very important to me) and I fully intend to buy this product again as the replacement.
Barry M really know how to package something. I have said before that their whole counter attracts me like a magpie and this product is no exception.
The mascara comes in a bright, very slightly metallic pink tube as shown in the picture. It has a black box with the Barry M name logo written in white lettering, and the name of the product is written, also in white, on the pink section. It is a full size mascara and as well as a nice look and design, the product also has a nice feel and weight to it. It made me want to try it, and I'm really glad I did.
Like most mascara, the twisting off of the lid reveals a wand with which the product is to be applied. The tube itself contains that the actual mascara and when the wand is lifted out it will be coated in the product.
To apply, this wand is brushed over the eyelashes. This coats the lashes with the mascara, and the lashes instantly look thicker, darker and longer.
I apply my mascara in the classic way, which can be described as thus: I hold the wand close to my unnecessarily widely open eye (to match my inexplicably gaping goldfish mouth) and then blink repeatedly in an exaggerated and slightly cartoon style. The blinking action will cause the lashes to pass over the wand, lightly coating them in mascara. I then lower the wand slightly and gently brush it over the lower lashes of the eye - I am from the school of thought that believes both top and bottom lashes should be allowed the glory of apparent thickness and length. I then repeat the process on my left eye. This is important because I always do things in the same order. Always. Bizarrely, mascara is the only product where right comes first. For everything else (contact lenses, eye liner, nail varnish, even shoes) I'm a left-then-right kind of girl.
Anyway, that is how I apply. It is very easy, and the design of this particular product allows me to do this quickly and effectively. The wand is a good length and shape, and its 'bristles' are fairly short and tightly packed. There isn't the curve to the applicator section which is found on many a mascara and, in my opinion, complicates matters. This wand is straight and perfectly designed for an application such as that described above.
Occasionally, a fat-handed moment or extreme blink situation will result in a smudge of mascara on my eyelid or cheek. I rectify this by ensuring I have cotton buds to hand which can be used to remove the blotch. Very minor licking of the cotton bud may be necessary depending on the heaviness of the smudge. This product is easily removed in this way and doesn't overly stick to the skin or smudge even more as can be the way with some lesser mascaras.
As soon as the wand makes contact with the lash the impact is noticeable. The lashes look thicker, darker and longer. In addition, the eye itself appears bigger and wider - in a wide awake way, not a stare. The product looks really even and does not result in the clumping of eyelashes as is so common a problem in mascara. It feels light and unnoticeable on my eyes. It is about as natural yet striking a look I have found with any mascara. It makes an impact, and I like the results very much.
I have a slight problem with my eyes: they run ALL the time. If I'm tired, they run; if it's cold, they run; if it's windy, they run; if I go into the warmth...are you getting the idea? This mascara is completely resistant to all such eye-dribblage. All day they dribble, all day it stays on. It's remarkable.
If I've had a day of only normal levels of emotion, then even after a whole day at work followed by sweating in dance classes and the tube, it remains on my eyes and continues to look good.
If, however, I've had a teary day where we've moved past basic dribbling and onto full blown wailing, then the cracks start to show. I don't think any mascara will ever be invented that can cope with an extreme Bondgirlk8 meltdown. I go from streaks, to panda, to no make-up left whatsoever. Still, it copes better than most and it does take me longer to cry it off completely.
Oddly, despite the fact I can cry it off it would appear than when it wants to it CAN be completely waterproof. It can, in fact, be too waterproof. Honestly, I cannot get it off. Eye make-up remover works to some extent, but it takes several balls of cotton wool and requires harder rubbing than I am quite sure is good for my eyes. Even when it looks like I've done it, next morning I still wake up with gothic under-eye smudges.
Overall though, I love this product and it is far and away one of the best mascaras I have tried. I definitely recommend it.
Thanks for reading
© BondgirlK8 - December 2008
Volumise, lengthen and thicken your lashes!