“ Brand: Boots 17 / Type: Mascara / Suitable for: Eye „
I bought this mascara for school as we were not allowed to wear makeup but I still wanted some curl to my lashes. The mascara comes in a usual mascara type tube but the packaging is clear and could be mistaken for a clear lip gloss until you see the end is a brush not a sponge. The brush bristles are clear and fairly big but seems nice and sturdy. You apply it just like any other mascara but it's quite difficult to see it doing anything because it doesn't thicken or lengthen like usual mascaras. The only effect it has on lashes is that it helps curl them up, not a huge amount just very subtley which is what I wanted for school anyway. As soon as I was allowed to though I moved straight onto normal black and thick mascaras for my lashes as I much prefer the effect they give. I have experimented with using the clear mascara on top of my mascara but there's really no difference with it. I did recently buy another tube of this as I become very obsessive about my eyebrows and had read it was a good way to keep eyebrows in order! I didn't think it was very good for this because it made my eyebrows look quite greasy (didn't even know greasy eyebrows were possible!) and moved the powder that I had applied to my brows before move about and also because of the bristles on the brush they made odd lines in my brows. I now prefer to stick to the wax in my urban decay brow box. The only reason I'd recommend this mascara is to give young girls who want to wear makeup for school that aren't allowed because it does help give a subtle curled lash and wider eye look with out being too over the top and noticable for teachers to tell it's being worn.
This was a recent impulse buy for me while I was looking at make up in a store recently. I have never actually used a clear mascara before but I do like to use coloured powder on my brows and often use a brow mascara to hold them in place. I don't really like the way coloured eyebrow gels can look so I thought this might be a good alternative. I have also read that people use it as an alternative to mascara and in combination with eyelash tinting which I thought might be an interesting idea for holidays. The mascara comes in a clear plastic tube which a black plastic lid. The tube has writing on the outside in black which has the brand, product name and on the reverse is some information about the product. The tube works as it should, much like a mascara tube. From the inside out comes a white plastic stick with a white bristle brush on the end. The brush is cylindrical in shape with bristles evenly spaced apart. One edge of the brush is raised slightly to give an elongated square part for extra reach on lashes and brows. The design is functional and practical but not exactly stylish or exciting - though for the price it isn't likely to be. The formula itself is like a clear gel. The brush comes out of the tube looking totally empty, but it wet to touch so obviously is coated in the gel. It goes on easily to both brows and lashes. I used it on top of my brow colour (HD brow palette) to give a little extra hold. For this purpose I think the mascara is really good, it holds my brows for the entire day and also fixes the colour in place which is really handy. It is really easy to apply, feels light and takes only a minute or so to dry. My only real issue is that it obviously picks up the colour of the brow powder and also my face powder and this has turned the gel a peachy colour inside the tube. This isn't really an issue for me as it doesn't stop me using it the way I want to - although it does ever so slightly effect the colour on your lashes. I used this mascara on my lashes and found it had absolutely no effect at all. It did separate them and give a little length so it probably would be a nice alternative to mascara. But I like wearing mascara and once it has been applied over the top of the gel it really made no difference. In terms of price this is a pretty cheap product from what is known as a pretty cheap brand. It cost me roughly £4.00 but having used it for a few weeks (every day) there has been little dent in the contents. I can see this lasting beyond a year without having to re-purchase which is ridiculously cheap. I have used alternatives from more expensive brands and they didn't last nearly as long so this definitely offers value for money.
I'd almost gotten to the stage of giving up trying to find a clear mascara. The magazines mention them when wanting to show you how to achieve a more natural look and I've become an avid user of the product. Until last year that is when they all seemed to vanish and I was left with your blacks and browns. Not only that but other shades in blues, purples and greens! So why not stock a sensible clear mascara is beyond me. It seems that along with a reshuffle in Boots make up isles they decided to sell their own version of the product and so I can get the look I actually want rather than stooping to the levels of vasaline. It comes in a cylinder shaped thin tube with a black unscrew lid. To make it obvious that this is a clear mascara the packaging is also transparent. I'm not sure why they chose to do this as it can put people off by the fact that after a while the mascara inside might turn slightly cloudy or murky. Making them question how hygienic the product is. There is 8ml in total and it is of a gel like consistency. The wand is just your typical style, all the bristles are the same length and as you pull it out of the tube, due to the top bit being thinner, it scrapes any excessive mascara off so you aren't left with globules on your lashes. This product claims it 'shapes and controls for enhanced definition and natural looking shine.' I can't say that I've noticed any difference when considering the shine but it does lift the lashes, curving them slightly, to give you a more wide eyed look. It didn't stick them together either, providing you with a more natural appearance without becoming obvious that you're wearing mascara at all. It is fragrance free and is very easy to remove even with the most gentle of eye make up remover. This cost me £3.49 from the Boots 17 range. Not usually a brand I look at but one I'll be sure to pay more attention to in the future. At what I think is a very reasonable price this is a sure fire hit for me. Well recommended, my only hope being that they don't discontinue it!