[I got this product as a gift with purchase online so my version is a little smaller - 3ml (Black). Bobbi Brown sell this product on their website for £18 (4.2ml) [January 2013]]
I'd never tried anything from Bobbi Brown before and was overjoyed when a friend decided to buy me a few products as a present. With these gifts, I also received a small version of this mascara for free. Usually I hate wearing mascara as my lashes are on the sparse side and I just find them not doing anything for me... In the past I've had bad (clumpy) experiences that put me off anything that wasn't subtle. Generally I'm very sceptical about mascaras since companies advertise so many different ones with slight modifications to the wand that it irks me!
BUT...since this one was free, there was no harm in trying...
This was one of the few times since using mascara that I could see really flattering effects. It gave my lashes some nice separation and good length. Combine this with eyelash curlers and the effect was pretty good! It was even good at reaching the corners of my eyes as well as for my sparser than sparse bottom eyelashes! Unlike some other mascaras I'd used, there wasn't any clumping either. The major, MAJOR downfall of this mascara for me was that it didn't last very long at all. I went for a shopping trip in a department store and was horrified when I passed a mirror that showed me with the beginnings of panda eyes. My top lashes didn't look so bad, but it was the bottom eyelashes (which I was so proud of before) that had rubbed against my skin below to give me this new look... ;/ The mascara is not waterproof and is so easy to take off that right there and then at the department store, I simply got a tissue out and could relatively easily wipe off the smudges and some of the mascara on the lashes......
The packaging of this mascara is just like all other Bobbi Brown products - black with minimal amount of writing. My mascara has 'Extreme Party Mascara' and 'Bobbi Brown' written on either side. At the bottom is a small information sticker stating the shelf life, colour, and address. The wand is long, straight and tapered at the end. My travel-sized version is really comfortable for a small makeup bag and the simple shape and design make it very nice to use too. The mascara itself has a very faintly sweet smell from up close. (I didn't notice this smell until giving it a sniff for this review!) I've had this product for more than 6 months now (probably going for a year......) and it is not dry at all as some mascaras can be.
Overall...... No...not again... maybe I would wear this for an hour...maybe... but I would never, ever buy this!! 2.5 stars from me!!
Bobbi Brown Extreme Party Mascara
I recently bought some items from bobbi brown and I received a code (to enter online) to get a free gift set and this was one of the items in the bobbi to go gift set that I received. It was bought from the official bobbi brown UK site as there are supposedly many fakes online.
*About the product*
I have the travel size version as it was part of a free gift, so it is 3ml or 0.1 us fl oz of product. It comes in a normal black tube with white writing on like a lot of the bobbi brown products. It is made in the USA.
*What Bobbi Brown says about the product*
"Our boldest mascara ever. Unbelievable volume. Endless build. Exceptional separation. Pliable formula stays flexible even after it dries, so each coat goes on as fresh as the first - immediately or hours later - with zero dragging, clumping or flaking. Tapered brush grabs even the smallest, hard-to-reach lashes."
This mascara contains vitamin A, C and E - although I personally don't see the point of putting vitamins in mascaras or other such products as they are not doing to be able to be absorbed into the blood steam through your eye lashes - you might as well take a multivitamin!
The only colour that this product comes in is Jet Black, with no other colours online. 62% of the customers on the bobbi brown site would recommend this product.
I like the packaging for this product, it is sleek and simple. It has the black tube with white writing on the front, like all of the other mascaras they make - but the full size version of this seems to have a shiny/metallic black tube instead of the plain black. The text on the tube is very easy to read due to the font and the contrast of the black and white.
*Scent and Wand*
On the site and on the bottle there is no information to say whether this mascara is fragrance free, but from using this product it does not really have a scent, it just has the plastic scent of the tube.
The wands bristles and the structure and shape of them looks exactly the same as my dior show waterproof mascara but the extreme party mascara is about half the size of the dior version. Although the wand is not small it is a good size to cover a lot of my lashes well.
For this mascara the only colour that they make is black - even though black is not a colour, but it is a nice intense black anyway. With some mascaras I have used in the past the black ones can come out as a dark grey or not as black as I wanted them - but with this product you get a intense black which is great.
*Application and Results*
I really love the application of this mascara, it glides through my lashes really easily and it covers my lashes really well too. The bristles are a good size to cover my lashes and the size of the brush is good too.
The application of this product is really easy, due to the smoothness of the product and the large(ish) applicator wand. The application is very quick and easy. The short handle of the travel size version that I have is good as I can get a bit more control over the wand.
The application of this mascara leaves my lashes clump and flake free, as it goes on to my lashes so smoothly. It does not pull on my lashes and it does not dry out in the tube very quickly.
This product makes my lashes look longer and makes them look like they have more volume. This mascara is named extreme party mascara and on the site is says that it is for a dramatic look - but for me the name does not live up to the results.
I do like the results I get from this mascara as it gives a nice natural look to my lashes - it makes them longer and a bit fuller but on the whole they look flirty and natural - not as the name suggests.
I was expecting fuller lashes and lots of volume (because of the name) but the results are natural which I like. I do like the overall results though as I get longer, volumised natural looking lashes that are not clumpy.
One thing I don't like about this mascara is that it is not waterproof so I can not wear it al of the time but apart from this and the lack of fullness of my lashes I think it is a good product.
Due to the fact that this product is not waterproof this mascara is very very easy to take off. Usually if I try to take mascara off with just water and a muslin cloth I get very bad panda eyes and that makes it harder to get off - but with this product I can take the mascara off with water and it wipes away so easily.
*Price and availability*
I had a code for the bobbi brown site so this product was a travel size version and I only paid for the postage really (but I did buy other items). On the bobbi brown site this product is priced at £18 for 4.2ml, which is really quite expensive and the full size is only 1.2ml more than the travel size that I have. This product can be bought from the bobbi brown site - I don't think it can be bought anywhere else.
*Very easy to use
*Glides through my lashes very quickly and easy
*nice simple sleek packaging and light weight
*Very intense black colour
*Does not clump, flake, dry out or feel heavy
*Makes my lashes look longer volumised and natural - although this is not the result the product claims to give, but I like it anyway
*As it is waterproof it is very easy to take off
*Not as dramatic/volumising as the name and site suggest
*Not waterproof - so it will run in the rain - very easily!
Thank you for reading my review - this review will also be posted on ciao under my username labellavita1992 with pictures of the product and wand
Bobbi Brown Extreme Party Mascara / Our boldest mascara ever / Unbelievable volume / Endless build / Exceptional separation / Pliable formula stays flexible even after it dries / so each coat goes on as fresh as the first / immediately or hours later / with zero dragging / clumping or flaking / Tapered brush grabs even the smallest / hard-to-reach lashes / Now that's beautiful / Why It's Different: Unique formula remains pliable between coats / so lashes stay separated as volume builds / State-of-the-art formula creates super thick and ultra long lashes / Tapered / dual-fiber brush simultaneously lengthens and volumises-grabs even small / hard to reach lashes.Dries quickly to a smudge-proof and flake-proof finish / Enriched with lash conditioners and Vitamins A / C / and E / Removes easily with Eye Makeup Remover or soap and water /