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Bourjois maxi frange
When I ran out of my favourite Max Factor mascara I decided to try something different (and cheaper) so I had a trawl though 'Cosmetics Direct' online and chose 3 full size mascaras for in total about £3.00 less than my one usual product. One of these was the Bourjois Maxi Frange in black (waterproof)
Since then I've only found this on Strawberrynet, and Amazon £14 on Strawberry net and £16.04 at Amazon! I know that I would be very unlikely to pay that price for it, it is way too close to being a premium price for the customer base this brand has. I couldn't find it on Boots or Super Drug's website, and wonder if this is being phased out, as most double layer mascaras seem to be.
The product is slightly waisted, and has a brush at each end of the mid section the product is in its own little 'pot' either side as the Dooyoo picture shows. This mascara is on the long side, but not out of the normal range of sizes for this type of product. Each side holds 6mls of product.
The lash primer/base coat is a peachy ivory colour and is apparently "enriched with silk protein", and the wand terminates in a little lash comb which seems to pick up a thick 'load' of the primer. I found the teeth of the comb a little short to be effective, so that the primer was rubbed off on the lashes rather than combed through. Though giving them a second brushing through with the comb once the 'load' had been deposited did seem to spread it more evenly over the lashes.
I always curl my lashes before applying mascara mainly because one eye has lashes that curl naturally and the others stick straight out, this makes me look lopsided when the mascara is on. So unless I force the stubborn lashes on the right side to take on an eye opening curl too I look a little like Patrick Moore. I mention this because after I apply the primer the curl drops right out, I've found this problem with mascaras that are not waterproof but never with waterproof mascara before. From this Sherlock has deduced that it's the top coat that's waterproof not the undercoat. I've got around this by applying a very fine layer of an old waterproof mascara (which has hardly any product on the wand) before the primer and this seems to work ok and hold the curl.
Once the primer is on both eyes it's time to pop the wand out of the other side. I'm not keen on the design of this as the wand is rather short, the brush doesn't taper it is quite bushy but isn't outrageously big. Because the wand is so short, (slightly shy of an inch, and the brush is slightly longer than this) I find it a bit difficult to manoeuvre. The brush is a 'natural' bristle type. There are one or two negatives for me with the design of the brush. Because the brush is thick and doesn't taper or curve I find that I can't use it as I normally would to cover up the pale colour entirely. To be sure of completely covering the pale base coat I would normally apply a coat of mascara to the top surface of my lashes, but with this brush I end up smearing the product on my lid as it just doesn't 'fit' very well between lash line and lid, even with my eye closed (though closing the eye does help).
I find that the method of wriggling the brush through the lashes from root to tip is the best way to cover the primer most thoroughly without smearing over the eyelids. This is usually the recommended application method for most mascaras, but I don't always do it.
Although the above may sound time consuming and fiddly but it's really not, and despite taking a few wriggly sweeps of the wand to achieve the desired look it is still quicker than having to apply several coats of most standard mascaras to get the same effect. I like the finished look; the mascara is very dark, defines well and my lashes are thickened and lengthened. I did find the lashes stuck together and clump a bit, but a lash comb soon sorted this out.
I was aware of this product on my lashes unlike with other mascaras that I use; they felt kind of 'heavy'. They didn't feel brittle and remained fairly soft and flexible feeling. There was a little flaking but not to any great extent.
For me this mascara didn't stand up to prolonged wear as well as my usual mascara, by the end of the day most of it had disappeared; I'm not exaggerating when I say this. When I used my eye makeup remover there was only the faintest hint of mascara with one or two black flecks apparent on the pad, where there would normally be big crescents of dark mascara with more coming off with further 'work'. It's a mystery to me where the mascara went, as there wasn't a huge amount of flaking, and no smearing. I can't really say how well this comes off with make up remover as it's already gone by the time I want to take it off. You could reapply your mascara through the day, but I don't like bothering with this when I'm out, and would never have to do more than a tiny tweak, if anything, with my usual product. A positive is that it is pretty waterproof as far as I can tell. I haven't swum with it on, but have showered and it was still in place afterwards.
On the packaging it claims to be an "Extreme professional lash styling mascara" The first coat 'extention extreme' which I presume refers to length? and the mascara as 'volume maximum'. I found that the product did give volume to my lashes, but did not give any added length.
All in all a bit of a swings and roundabout product, I don't mind it, and will use it up, but I won't bother repurchasing as my usual Max Factor does everything this does more easily and looks and lasts better.
I purchased this mascara years ago when the whole buying mascara with a black and a white end was new and exciting.
This mascara is also waterproof and I was going on holiday at the time to I thought it would be worth a shot. It cost me £3 from the market it is more in the chemists and beauty shops. But I always get my make up from markets as it's cheaper to try new things this way.
This mascara is suppost to give extreme volume now is it just me or is this quite a hard thing for waterproof mascaras to do. I don't know if it is the brush or whatever is in the mascara formula but I always find it is hard to find a good waterproof mascara which genuinely gives great effects like a normal mascara does. This mascara I felt was no exception.
So here is why we needed to separate things....
We needed the white end of the mascara to separate our lashes with a silk protein cream which should have a lengthening effect and we then needed the black side of the mascara for the colour and volume.
Now for me I had a really strange feeling with this mascara that I have never had with any other mascara I have ever used. When applying the white and black I felt like it was hurting my eye lids it was really strange. I was not being overly rough with the mascara stick it just seemed to stick to my lashes.
The results of the mascara I also found to be average for what you would expect from waterproof mascara you can tell you have mascara on but there was nothing amazing about it. It did withstand the water test though so that's something.
Sadly this was not a mascara for me but I will give it 2 stars because it was waterproof.
I recently attended my school prom and due to the fact that make-up does not touch my face, I was a little unsure about what to use. However, with the help of my older sister, I decided on Maxi Frange mascara in noir volcanique (Black to you and me!). I paid around £8.50 for it in Boots due to the fact that both my sister and the shop assitant assured me that the results I would get would be worth it and to be honest, I am glad I brought it because I use it nearly everyday now and I love it.
I have to admit, one of the things I adore about this mascara is its beautiful packaging. The double ended bottle is blue and pearlised giving it a shiny eye-catching effect. The flowers on it also enhance its girly, feminine look. The fact it is waterproof is another thing I really like about it.
The end that contains the white base coat has a comb instead of a conventional brush which I found unusual because I had only ever seen brushes being used for mascara. However, it made the base easy to apply. The formula itself was thick and it went over my lashes well although I did have to apply quite an amount to coat my lashes sufficiently enough to see an effect once the black top coat was put on. The black top coat had a brush instead of a comb and although the mascara formula was thin and quite watery, it went on very well and did not seem to clump at all. However, I did have to apply a lot of it due to the fact that some of the white base coat was still showing though. I think this was because I have a dark Medittereanien/olive complexion and dark brown hair and eyelashes so if you are blonde or have a lighter complexion, you may not have this problem. Unlike many mascaras that promise to be "waterproof", this one actually kept its promises and didn't budge the whole night even with me in tears several times!
The only other problem that I have with this mascara is the fact that I have used the black end quicker than the white end so the mascara may not be the best value for money or the most economical. It is also quite difficult to remove, even with a waterproof make-up remover. However, the results are definitly worth the money and I love this mascara. It comes in three colours; Noir Volcanique (Jet black), Bleu Bora Bora (Bright blue. Very similar to the colour of the bottle actually) and Vert Honolulu (Turquoise). I have tried the Bleu Bora Bora since then and was delighted with the results although due to its bright colour, it is definitly not something I would wear everyday.
I would definitly recommend this mascara to anyway that wants a reliable waterproof mascara and long, show-stopping eyelashes at the same time.
I have been meaning to buy some waterproof mascara for ages, and bought Bourjois Maxi Frange waterproof mascara on impulse. If I had been in a sensible mood, I probably wouldnt have gone for this, because it cost £7.45 (reduced from £8.95), and although thats the same price as my normal mascara, Max Factor Lash Lift, I had never tried the Bourjois range, so didnt know what to expect. In the end though Im glad I took the risk, because Ive ended up really loving this mascara.
I have to say that it was the packaging that first made me notice this mascara. The mascara comes in a double-ended tube. The end containing the mascara is black (although this will differ depending on which colour of mascara you are buying), and the other end, containing the extension extreme is a metallic blue. The middle section, which has a brush on either end, is also metallic blue and has cute pink, girly flowers on it, which makes it look very tropical and sweet.
~*~Application -Step One~*~
As I said, this is a two-step mascara. The first step is to apply what is called the Extension Extreme. This is a white liquid, which you apply as a sort of undercoat to lengthen the lashes before applying the actual mascara. It comes with a comb to apply it with which I was slightly dubious about, as I had never used a comb to apply mascara before, but it was really easy to do. If you use a lash comb to separate your lashes you will be fine, as its just the same as that. I was really surprised once I had applied this, as I could actually see that my eyelashes were looking longer already.
~*~Application -Step Two~*~
Once the first coat has been applied, its time to apply the mascara over the top. I started having doubts when I removed the brush, as the mascara looked very watery, which in my opinion is usually a sign of lower quality mascara. I neednt have worried too much as once applied this was fine. It goes on over the base coat very easily and didnt clump together, which I was impressed with.
~*~What I thought~*~
The mascara made a definite improvement to the length of my lashes, and also made them look thicker. My eyelashes did stick together slightly straight after application, but that was easily sorted out by running an eyelash comb through them.
Another thing that really impressed me about this was the colour. As I said above, I bought the black one, and I found the colour to be a really intense, jet black.
It has also lived up to its waterproof claim, as so far it has not run at all when my eyes have been wet.
The main criticism I have about this, as it doesnt look all that natural. I think a lot of that could actually be to do with the intensity of the black, and me having blonde eyelashes though! But seriously, if youre looking for something that looks natural I would suggest going for Avons one great mascara, as this does look too intense to be real.
This comes in three different shades Noir Volcanique (Black), Bleu Bora Bora (Bright blue) and vert Honolulu (vibrant turquoise). You can also buy a non-waterproof version of this.
You can visit www.bourjois.com for more info on the bourjois range