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When my Max Factor mascara recently ran out I decided to look for a replacement. I wanted a mascara that wasn't too expensive to wear daily to work, and I wanted it to give volume to my long but very fine eye lashes.
I came across Bourjois Pump Up the Volume and having been impressed with a Bourjois mascara in the past I decided to give this one a go. I usually wear black mascara but I decided to go for a brown one this time to not give as strong a look for the office, but a more subtle appearance.
I picked this mascara up cheap brand new and sealed from eBay, for £3. Considering this mascara costs £7.82 I got a right bargain! It may be because the mascara was a brown shade, and they don't sell as well as black ones but I was just happy with my bargain, and I suggest you have a look on the site (even if you hate it!) if you fancy trying this mascara out.
The bottle has a lovely curvy design to it, and the curve in the brush helps me get a good grip on the handle when applying it. My mascara was a dark brown, but I believe this depends on the shade you buy, the black shade is black, the blue shade is blue... you get the picture. The 'Pump Up the Volume' is in a faint goldy/brown lettering, and it simply says 'Mascara with Uplifting volume.'
The brush itself is just like your average mascara brush, not one of those daft little comb things some cosmetics companies seem to think is great. Applying is easy and it doesn't clog up my eyelashes. Volume wise, well, it isn't the best I've seen from a volume mascara, and I know Bourjois make better volume mascara's, but it was nice enough for work, and the brown wasn't noticeably brown, but it wasn't as bold as the black shade. A nice non-heavy appearance for a day in the office.
I wear contact lens daily and this doesn't cause any irritation to my eyes, any fellow lens wearers out there will be glad to know. The mascara does last all day and doesn't wipe off easily, but it's also very easy to remove with eye make-up remover. Infact it's one of the easiest mascara's I've ever used to remove, once I have taken it off and pop in the shower, I don't come back out with panda eyes!
Would I use this again? Yes I would if I can get it for a bargain price again on eBay, but sadly it wouldn't be worth paying the £7.82 it retails for in Boots. If you're going to spend that much on a great volume mascara then I advise you to try the other mascara's Bourjois make, as they do make much better ones.
I love this mascara.
I've had this mascara for quite a while and even now im trying to dig out the remains from the bottom to use. This mascara does exactly what it says on the bottle. It gives your lashes volume and leave your eyes boarded with thick, powerful lashes which makes you and your eyes stand out from the crowd. It is Jet Black and bold and makes you look like you have so many more eyelashes then you actually do.
The brush is thick which means you get alot of the mascara on it at one time meaning its quick to use so if your in a rush it only take seconds rather then minutes to get that full eyelash look. I have found with this mascara that you only need one coat rather then two, which means that it's easy to get off at the end of the day and doesnt smudge all across your face when doing so.
The bottle itself is stylish with its unique shape and silver writing and easily spottable in shops so dont wait around, go out and buy it!
Mascaras are not my strong point I have to admit when it comes to shopping or make-up. I'm a very fussy person - the mascara must be waterproof, it mustn't clump or stick my eyelashes together, must be suitable during hayfever season and the fact that I wear contact lenses (ok so that might be a bit much to ask for ...) and of course it should add some good definition.
I have mostly stuck to cheaper brands when it comes to mascara, mostly because I could never justify paying over 10 pounds for something which would probably not meet my expectations.
I came across Pump up the Volume by Bourjois on a cosmetics website and thought 'Hmm.. interesting packaging... I might give this a go....' So purely on that note I added it to my shopping basket.
When it arrived in the post, it looked pretty funky with the curvy packaging and Pump Up the Volume splashed across the tube... one disappointing thing I noticed was that nowhere on the tube did it say if it was waterproof or not, the only thing to go by was the 'Pump up the Volume'...
You can buy these from Boots for 7.95 pounds, Superdrug... all sorts of places, but so far I have only come across one shade - Noir. It would have been nice if they did a few more shades like Brown or Plum.
Onto the testing, the tube is fairly easy to twist open and the shape is quite nice, I'm sure it is easier to hold and not drop compared to the average cylinder shaped tube that most mascaras come in. The wand itsself is quite sturdy and nothing spectacular to be honest.
Applying the mascara is very easy from root to tip, and I generally use eyelash curlers beforehand to get a better effect. Well the mascara definitely does what it says, and with the added curl thanks to the curlers, my eyelashes were defined well and 'volume-wise' it really made a difference. No other mascara I've tried has worked as well in volumising (is that a real word?) my eyelashes. The mascara itself was a smooth and light consistency, not clumpy at all. We could be onto a winner here!
It also didn't irritate my eyes during hayfever season or my contact lenses, but alas! It is anything but waterproof and this was a major disappointment. It smudged very easily and turned to a sort of black ink if I happened to get a bit teary or it started to rain and I was without an umbrella - so for this reason I would probably not recommend it unless you are willing to take the risk!
I thought I had almost found the perfect mascara, but I think I will still be on the hunt! That's not to say this mascara is completely rubbish because it's not. It does exactly what it says, however, there is a downside of black smudges or ink running down your face!
I tried this mascara about 6 months ago, and I've never looked back!
The packaging is appealing, with a very curvaceous shape in comparison to many normal mascaras. You can even add attachments to the end such as coloured coatings so that you can have two different colours in one. It's really comfortable to hold, and due to the shape, it's almost impossible to drop, so you don't get any nasty mascara marks on your clothes.
It's easy to use, with smooth application and minimal clumping. There's a slightly odd smell but it's not off-putting, and the overall effect of the mascara is worth the small unpleasantry. It volumises well, especially if you curl your eyelashes first. It works wonderfully on both upper and lower lashes, eyelashes are left defined, but not spidery. Plus it's light, and you won't even notice you're wearing it.
As always with Bourjois products, they are slightly more expensive than brands such as Rimmel and 17, however the difference in quality is noticable, and it's worth paying the extra few pounds.
I thoroughly recommend it.
Pump up the volume with this silicone-enhanced formula which instantly volumizes and lifts your lashes / The double-fibre brush thickens your lashes right to the tips for a fuller, more intense look / Tested under ophthalmologic control