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Mascara for Ultimate Length - A Good Budget Buy
17 Ultimate Length Mascara
Member Name: Kitchenbunny
17 Ultimate Length Mascara
Advantages: Great Price Point, Lovely Packaging, Good Product
Disadvantages: Can take a bit of removing
I'm always looking out for make-up that works at a reasonably cheap price. I've previously written about Boots 17 Eyeshadow Solo Pots, and having that experience made me want to try one of their mascaras. I know the 17 range feels a bit like a teenage version of the No. 7 range, having funkier colours than it's sister range, but that didn't put me off trying it. I've used mascaras from the No. 7 range before and wasn't overly impressed with the results. For £4.69 (at time of purchase from Boots) and on my Boots Advantage Card Points as a treat, I thought I'd give it a go.
The product comes in two colours: Black or Brown/Black. I thought I'd go for the Black shade as my lashes are quite long anyway to make the colour stand out a bit more. This product comes in a black cylindrical tube with a purple band around the lid and 17 Ultimate Length Mascara in metallic silver and purple along the length. It comes individually wrapped in plastic so you can be sure no-one has used the product before you - this is easy to remove at the perforated strip.
On the rear of the tube it tells you it "visibly extends and separates to create ultimate lash length" and that it is "non-clogging and easy to apply. Dermatologically tested. Fragrance-Free" it also gives the company informations and website. The product comes in an 8ml tube which lasts quite a while.
The cap twists off easily to reveal a good length wand with a small round brush to apply mascara to your eyelashes. This brush is tapered towards the tip to make it easier to apply the product to lower lashes or the corners, and this helps to give greater definition.
The product itself has a faintly chemical smell which is pretty much like every single mascara I have ever smelled (with the possible exception of Maybelline). To be honest, I prefer a mascara to be without too strong a scent so this was perfect for me. The mascara is a thick, glossy black paste which coats the brush, and there is a small lip on the inside of the tube which prevents too much product coming out and causing unnecessary clumps. On application, the brush easily coats each eyelash and does give a greater impression of length, with the tapered point doing a good job for lower lashes as I mentioned before. This is not one of those False Eyelash mascaras though, so do not expect mammoth lashes, but it does give a nice extra bit of length and definition.
I was impressed with how long the mascara stayed on my eyelashes. It's had quite a test and has lasted through teary hormonal moments, the wind blowing through the visor of my crash helmet and normal day to day rubbing of eyes. It doesn't claim to be waterproof and I was pleased it lasted through the tears. It also didn't melt in high temperatures, which was a bonus given the recent hot weather. Which leads to another point - taking it off. It does take quite a bit of rubbing with eye make-up remover to get the product off. The two-phase eye make-up removers do work better than creams, but I still needed a couple of attempts with a folded and soaked piece of cotton wool effectively scraping it off my eyelashes. I'm removing one star from the overall rating here because this could lead to dragging make-up remover pads over the delicate eye area which I feel isn't great for skin.
On the whole I am very impressed with this mascara and would definitely buy it again. I am certainly not put off by the funky appearance of the packaging and love the fact that it is good value for money. It is only made and sold by Boots, but there are usually offers on make-up and getting the Advantage Card points make it a worthwhile purchase.
Thanks for reading.
Summary: A Good Mascara slightly let down by a bit too much durability.