Product Type: Boots makeup
Newest Review: ... and the price is really good for a drugstore mascara nowadays. I'll have to try more of Boots 17 [sorry, the brand wants to now be kn... more
Blowing my other mascaras out of the water...
Boots 17 Blow Out Mascara
Member Name: MalibuMands
Boots 17 Blow Out Mascara
Advantages: Good price, easy to remove, does what it promises to do, blackest black is nice and glossy,
Disadvantages: brown/black shade is still really dark.
17's BLOW OUT mascara does it all; great separation, added length, it lifts & holds the shape my lashes are pushed to, and I think that this mascara gives me the most noticeable volume increase that I've ever had. People have commented on my false lashes when I have worn this mascara, it really is that good.
I never really understood why this is labelled as a 'teasing' mascara, until I'd played around with it for a few weeks; it simply refers to how the mascara sets and holds the curl of the lashes all day. Not only does it holds the curl you may give your lashes using a curler, but the formula also holds any lift you add to your lashes by pressing the wand against lashes during mascara application.
It is so easy to build up the finished look of your lashes with BLOW OUT, and the formula never cakes or flakes. Plus it holds my curl all day and is easy to remove. The volumizing abilities of this are unbeatable at this price point, plus the increase of length is good too - my lashes end up hitting the tops of my sockets. On an average working day I work at a computer and sometimes wear glasses, meaning that I'm prone to rubbing at my eyes and I have my makeup on for up to 14 hours, so I've really had the opportunity with road-testing how well BLOW OUT holds up against my other mascaras.
The first time I used this mascara I was disappointed by the fact that the brush is big, which I'm not fond of as I can end up getting mascara on my eye sockets. However the size of the brush is a plus point with BLOW OUT, as the size and shape of the brush separates, fans and curls lashes, right from the roots to the tips, so my eyes really pop.
I apply a first coat to concentrate on the shape by going straight from the base to tip of my lashes, pressing the brush firmly against the lashes, to push them into the shape I want. Then I usually apply a second coat of mascara to add as much volume as possible to my lashes [me and subtlety don't really go together], by using the 'zigzag' method of wiggling the brush whilst coating lashes.
BLOW OUT comes in three shades; brown/black and black, which both come in a black tube, and blackest black, which is in a yellow tube. I used to have the regular black and whilst the shade is indeed black, I now have the blackest black, which I prefer as the shade seems to be richer and slightly glossy in colour. I know that the blackest black formula contains argan oil, so I guess that explains the difference.
A friend uses the black/brown shade of BLOW OUT, but to be honest I don't think the shading difference is very noticeable from black, so it is a bit of a pointless having separate shades.
What else can I say? BLOW OUT is an amazing mascara in the drugstore ranges and the price is really good for a drugstore mascara nowadays. I'll have to try more of Boots 17 [sorry, the brand wants to now be known as Seventeen] mascaras - the couple I've used are both really good. It's weird that the No 7 mascaras have never wowed me, as I assumed that they used the same supplier.
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[17 is a brand exclusive to Boots stores]
Summary: If you wear mascara to make the most out of your lashes, this is for you.