Product Type: Boots makeup
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Perfect for a flirty flutter
Boots No7 Exquisite Curl Mascara
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Boots No7 Exquisite Curl Mascara
Advantages: nice day time mascara, gives curly lashes and adds length
Disadvantages: not volumising, gets clumpy with more than one coat
Make-up is a girl's best friend and we all seem to be on the endless quest to find a perfect mascara. Applying eye make-up is an easy way to enhance your look and there is a style that will suit everybody but the key ingredient that everyone needs to finish off their eye look is always a good black mascara. I was tempted into buying this No 7 Exquisite Curl Mascara when I had a £5.00 off voucher, and it came with the added bonus of a free eye shadow palette as well. Annoyingly the palette was naff, but thankfully the mascara was much better! This mascara costs £13.00 for a 7ml tube and is available exclusively from Boots, where you can purchase it through their high street stores, or online at www.boots.com
Product description: "No7 Exquisite Curl mascara, for curvy lashes with a sexy flutter. Lashes watch out - the latest mascara offering from No7 will coax them to a more beautifully curved and volumised look, with long lasting curl! The aptly named Exquisite Curl Mascara has a curved brush, tailored to enhance curl and volume. The unique formula with curl-setting polymer helps keep lashes lifted throughout the day. The result? It curls lashes by up to 90 degrees. Eyes look more open and lashes extended from root to tip - get ready to va va voom!"
This mascara comes in two different shades - either black or brown/black. I opted for plain old black because I like my lashes to look dark as this helps them to look more prominent, and it also suits my naturally dark hair colour. It comes in a purple coloured plastic tube with a long wand inside. The brush end is a little different to an ordinary mascara and has a curved shape to allow you to get super curly looking lashes.
The mascara brush is quite full and has a semi-circular shape that allows you to reach in and apply the mascara evenly to each eyelash. I usually apply by putting the mascara wand in close to the roots of my eye lashes, and then wiggling the brush side to side from the base up to the tips. I repeat the process across the width of my eye and give another quick swipe to neaten and separate. The consistency is quite thick and heavy but this does not add any volume to the lashes. Instead, they look lengthened and it gives a lovely curled effect which is very feminine. This is not a dramatic look mascara, and I usually wear it as part of my toned down day time look, to complement my natural looking eye make-up. The curl does indeed last all day as they claim, and my lashes stay looking just as neat and groomed by the end of the day as they did when I first put it on. It does not dry out my lashes, nor does it go flaky, run or smudge onto my skin.
The only negative point that I've noticed is that when 2 coats are applied the mascara becomes clumpy and looks very noticeable in a bad way. The thickness of the mascara means that it can be a little hard to get the brush out of the tube without tons being coated all over the brush (particularly the tip) so I always give a little wipe before I actually put it onto my eye lashes, to avoid overloading them and ending up with lumpy bits. This 7ml tube of mascara lasted me for about 6 months before it started to really dry out and became difficult to get it to spread from the brush onto my lashes. They say you should switch mascaras every 6 months anyway, but I hate feeling like I'm wasting leftover bits of the product and there still seemed to be a fair amount left in the tube. This was a shame as I had to end up throwing it away as it was too dried out to continue using, and I had really liked the look that this gave me.
This is a good product that is well suited to everyday wear. It will not give a dramatic lash look, but it does exactly as the name suggests, and gives lovely curled lashes that last all day. I would recommend Boots No 7 Exquisite Curl Mascara if you want a pretty, girly day to day look that will make your eyes look wider and more awake. No massive false lash effect here, but perfectly simple and ladylike lashes that are made for fluttering ;)
Summary: A good mascara that gives pretty curly lashes