I am always on the lookout for the 'perfect' mascara and have tried many different brands with very different price tags, however as of yet have not found one that I would buy again. My most recently purchased mascara is this 'Big Volume'one be 17.
17 is a brand that is exclusive to Boots and is very similar to their No 7 collection, however, it is aimed at younger girls / teenagers, hence the name, and also provides make up / colours you would expect this age group to like. The range is fairly cheap, with some items costing a little over £1 to some of the most expensive items being no more than £10.
This particular mascara costs in the region of £6, which I do not find to be expensive for a mascara. The reason for choosing the 'Big Volume' one was because I am lucky enough to have long eyelashes, so just wanted to make them stand out more and build up the volume.
The mascara has a fairly big brush and has lots of bristles all closely packed next to one another. I find that the due to the size of the brush it manages to catch and coat most of the eyelashes within the first coat, however, due to the size of the brush I did find it hard to apply the mascara to the inner corners of my eye without smudging the mascara. It took a few applications of using this mascara before I was able to manipulate the brush in the right way in order to coat all of the eyelashes.
I did not find that one coat added any 'volume' as such, it had lengthened my eyelashes a little and had definitley given them a blacker, glossier colour, however there was no volume so I decided to add another coat. After I had applied a second coat I did notice that there was more volume, as my eyelashes appeared more 'full' and as if they had more 'depth' to them. Though, with this I also noticed that they looked slightly clumpy and rather than the mascara looking black and glossy like it had previoulsy had the mascara now looked a matte colour and ever so slightly brittle.
I also noticed that throughout the day of wearing the mascara it began to smudge around the eye socket and began to look flakey. Though it did not actually break off around my eye area and only did smudge, the mascara did not look clean and it looked like I had been using an old mascara rather than a new one.
Overall, I was not very happy with the quality of the item and do not believe that it did the job it was intended to do. I would not reccomend this item due to the fact I was very dissapointed with it and the overall look it gives you looks very 'shabby' and unclean.
Mascara is a must for me as I have auburn hair & therefore very pale eyelashes which seem to be rapidly disappearing the older I get. I therefore need to use a mascara every day just so I know I still have a few left & also so I don't scare people.
I have used dozens of different makes over the years ranging from the very cheap & nasty to the very expensive all with varying results. I've found some to be awkward to use, some too clumpy, others where I've needed a good few coats,some which have irritated my eyes & even some that smell awful. So, if you see a middle-aged, auburn-haired woman who's smelling all the mascaras in Boots then it's probably me!
I came across no 17's Ultimate Volume (changed it's name from Big Volume) a couple of months ago & is cost £4.69 for a 8ml tube. If you're familiar with Boots you'll know they often have offers on make-up products so it's well worth having a look if you want to try something new/ stock up.
The tube is a dark blue colour & the tube can be recycled. The brush is quite long & tapers at the end making it fairly easy to use in those awkward areas & the brush is smooth which means it glides over the eyelashes without pulling them.
I've found 2 coats ( I use black, but they also do brown) suffices but if you have loads of lashes it may be that you'll need more especially if you're using it for a night out.
I think this mascara is good value for what you get & it doesn't smell! The coverage is good, the brush well designed & it doesn't go clumpy on the lashes or in the tube.
It's not too bad to remove either with a good remover & I've had no irritation around my eye area since using it.
- good for the price.
- nice smooth brush which is easy to use.
- gives good matt coverage.
- doesn't cause irritation.
- well worth a try especially if you have a voucher/ see offers in Boots.
When it comes to buying a mascara I find it a real chore and not one bit a pleasurable buy. However I wouldn't dream of going out and not using the stuff of course! No matter how hard I try though I can't get on with the stuff sadly. Not just choosing one but applying it and when it comes to wearing it I find it a complete nightmare as I have really sensitive eyes and I've lost count of the amount I own and although as I have said I wear them the results I can get are acceptable enough but I never think I gain all that much but a bit of colour from a mascara...however not always clumped on if I'm lucky.
So it's not an item I will browse at in stores for pleasure like other cosmetics. I buy it cos I have to buy it. This is my latest mascara and not only did I need it what actually swung it was that if I spent a fiver on the range I got a free gift and I do like something for nothing! lol. Volume sounded attractive and there were plenty of formulations available in this range so after a bit of dithering about I bought it as my brain was getting confused to hell!
Well it's a long dark blue recyclable plastic tube. On the front I'm told it's 'Ultimate Volume Mascara' and 17 is written on it and around the back contact details for Boots are given. That's it really for information and you simply unscrew the top and there is a longish plastic wand and on the end of that a brush. Simple and user friendly enough. Just to let you know that 'Big Volume' is now called 'Ultimate Volume' (which is this) so all reviews in the category are for the same product it's just that it's changed it's name a wee bit!
Simple enough. There are two colours available (brown and black) and mine is the black. The brush is quite thick, tapered at the end and of good quality although it surprised me how smooth it was rather than bristly. You simply smooth it through your lashes which is actually simple enough to do (with a steady hand!). The colour is a matt black in my case rather than a glossy black making this for me a day time mascara as it just isn't all that obvious in colour. the consistency isn't too thick and it isn't sloppy to use either though I do find that to coat my eyelashes properly I need to use about 3-4 coats which of course is tricky and time consuming, so not one you can use and run out of the door this if you want even colour. However even though I feel like I have applied a full tube on my eyes it doesn't feel that way as it is dermatologically tested and the only time I get any irritation from this mascara is when I almost poke my eye out using it (which is likely as I have to spend so long brushes it through my eyes!)! Eyelashes don't feel too thick or heavy and although I do find the brush quite clumsy to use I get satisfactory results if I'm careful and take my time.
Well I can't find any volume that this promises. It doesn't thicken my lashes, uplift them or make them longer or anything. It doesn't give me flappable eyelashes it simply coats what I have and adds some colour to them defining them a little. It stays put well enough although it isn't water proof so no swimming wearing this and deffo no crying wearing it (as I found out to my cost lol). Yes if you rub your eyes a bit it does transfer and smudge as well though once the colour is on, if you leave it, it looks ok and has no fade or anything. As I said earlier this for me is a day time mascara and really doesn't do an awful lot for my lashes thought it doesn't hurt them or anything. removal is just as annoying as with any other mascara and you just use your usual routine to remove.
At £4.69 for such a large product (8ml) you simply get what you pay for. I found mine dried up after a couple of months of regular use which isn't too bad but I never used it every day or anything so if you want something to use everyday then this is great and remember after 3 months you should throw out products such as this anyway. It's ok but nothing special. The only thing I can say for it really that I noticed is I didn't get any clumps which is another huge selling point but as for volume? Where did that go!
Only available in Boots and do look for offers within this range. At the moment (as I post this review) there is a buy one get one free offer from within this range, so now is the time to buy if your interested in trying it!
Boots big volume mascara is an everyday mascara that is quite low in price and anyone who uses mascara religiouly like me, will know that a half decent one is a must if you want to go out looking normal but sometimes money can be a bit tight and we can't treat ourselves to that really expensive one at the Debenhams counter! I have big blue eyes and like to make the most of them by wearing lots of mascara and eye-make up to enhance them - and I am well known for it! Im always buying mascara of all sorts of price ranges from £4 to £15, but I was really skint one month so I asked my friend if she knew of a good one that I could afford. (she always has eye make up on perfectly). She told me to look in boots as they had good ones in the Boots 17 range that were quite good value. At the time this mascara cost just over £4, but now costs £4.50 - It wont be good value soon! You can only buy it from boots stores or www.wellbeing.com as it is a boots product. Looking at the packaging, it was fairly difficult to spot on the shelves as it comes in a dark navy tube with a silver lid, and boots store them so you can only see the tops of the lids which makes it difficult to see but you can locate the colour you want more easily. The packaging is quite smart in fairness, especially for a fairly cheapy mascara and did look quite nice in my make-up bag. This mascara is amazing because it not only lengthens your eyelashes, it makes them really thick as well so you know that you can flutter your eyelids as much as you want. The advantages are:- - Its really thick so you get big eyelashes - It lasts all day, so you don't have to re-apply in your lunchbreak - Many colours to choose from - Not too expensive - Fairly Stylish Packaging - Easy to get hold of, there are Boots stores everywhere - Makes eyes look big and beautiful - Easty to apply - and doesn't g
o clumpy. - Not waterproof so I can get it off easily! The disadvantages are:- - Its large brush can be awkward - I have spent many a day wiping it off my eyelids or accidentaly hitting my nose! - Once you use the majority of the tube, it goes too dry and quality of colour and texture is very bad! - Not waterproof for you swimmers! - Not as good as more expensive brands As you can see, the advantages outweigh the disadvantages and now I use this one all of the time. One that definately stays in my handbag for everyday use and its especially good for skint months! Overall, if you buy expensive mascaras you would probably notice a difference but for everyday wear, you cannot go wrong. Recommended!
I bought Boots No 17 Big Volume Brown/ Black Mascara primarily because it was dermatologically tested and I was wearing contact lenses at the time. It promised big volume, smudge resistance - and most importantly flake free. Essential quality for contact lenses wearers as there is nothing more painful than something in your eye when you are wearing lenses. It did live up to some of its promises - it was flake free and smudge free, and the colour was good. However this is a very clumpy mascara. Try as hard as you can it always goes on bitty and never smoothly. I bought an eyelash brush to try and comb out the bits but it wasnt really effective. It definately wasnt "smooth and creamy". It didnt add volume and never went on smoothly - I tried to apply 2-3 coats, giving the time to dry and one after the other, and all that resulted was excessive clumping. I did persevere with it but the mascara dried out within a month and was unusable anyway. I wouldnt advise buying this product but if anyone knows of a good volume mascara please let me know as I still havent found it!