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      26.08.2012 09:28
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      Good quality

      I paid £15.99 for this Chanel mascara online and I have been very pleased with my purchase, Chanel are not exactly a cheap brand but the quality of this product certainly justifies the price I paid for it. The packaging is sleek and attractive, it is black in colour with a gold band around the middle, and it has a screw top lid. One of the things I especially like with the design is the fact that the wand itself is nice and long and the brush head is nicely balanced as well with well spaced out bristles enabling me to apply my mascara accurately, this makes it a lot easier to extend each lasy and lengthen them.

      The mascara is waterproof and a lovely rich black colour, it has a thick texture but is very easy to apply. When using this mascara I have no problem with my eye lashes clumping. I have been really impressed with the results, this is mainly due to both the quality of the mascara itself but just as improtant for me is the way the brush is designed. This has meant that I can really appreciate the extra length it seems to add to my eye lashes. Add to this the rich colour that is added to my lashes and it really does draw attention to the colour of my eyes.

      The end result is one that is nice and sophisticated with a sexy appeal to it, I have had no issues with this mascara causing any irritation to my eyes and it has never run on me at all. Being waterproof is both a positive and a negative, on the plus side it stays on but on the negative side it takes a fair bit of effort to remove it at the ned of the day, still you cannot have everything I guess.

      The only other downside I guess is that if you are looking to add some volume to your lashes then this is probably not the right product for you, however if you want a great colour with good lengthening qualities then it will fit the bill perfectly in my opinion and certainly justifies the overall price.

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        24.08.2012 01:22
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        I like it

        Chanel is not the first brand that comes to mind when I want a mascara but I was bought this as a gift for my birthday. It is such a premium brand but up can really tell the quality of it.  I asked for a brown mascara because I wanted a more subtle look and I have a lovely pink eye shadow which goes great with brown. So I will be reviewing this mascara but in the brown shade. 

        ==Price and availability==

        The mascara costs £17.00 a tube and you can buy it from department stores and shops such as boots and Superdrug.

        ==Description==

        The mascara comes in a tube that is angled with a screw off lid. The wand is long with the brush head being quite full but sparce. The bristles are not too clumped together which assists you when you are trying to separate and elongate the lashes. The mascara I received is a lovely deep mahogany brown called Bronze but you can also buy the black version. The liquid is thick and smooth without clumps. I have the waterproof version of the mascara.

        ==My experiences==

        Although I do not usually buy bronze mascaras, I really like this one. It is such a warm colour and the quality of the mascara makes it feel soft and conditioning. Sometimes I find waterproof mascaras sting my eyes but this one feels really smooth an causes no irritation at all. The mascara applies well, with an easy to hold handle and wide brush head. The brush lifts and separates the lashes. Each lash is given a coat of mascara rather than all clumping together. The finished look is nice; subtle and sexy. The lashes do not get much body though, this mascara is all about the added length. 

        The colour is lovely, a rich dark brown that looks dark yet not as harsh as black. The colour works really well with green eye shadow and pink eye shadow. The waterproofness of the mascara is good. This is a nightmare to get off! Honestly it is like glue and comes off in plastic bits rather than as a liquid. I have not had a really tearful time whilst having the mascara on however on a breezy day I do get watery eyes and this has really held up. 

        I can completely see who people choose premium brands because the quality of this is excellent. It lasts well in the tube and it does not dry out unlike other mascaras. The wand is still in great condition, sometimes they can get a bit stuck up towards the end of the bottle. It is a really pricey item but it is worth it and I can wholly recommend it. If are wanting a sophisticated look then this is for you, if you want dolly day dream Barbie eye lashes then I would look somewhere else. I would not choose this for a night out. Firstly the colour is too understated and the mascara is too subtle. It adds the length but not the volume; although a few coats may have a better effect. Another advantage to the mascara is that as it contains beeswax it feels like it conditions the lashes too rather than just coats them. 

        ==Overall==

        A good quality waterproof mascara that lasts well. The downside is that it is really hard to remove! 

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        17.01.2012 18:05
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        The best mascara for lengthening and curling. I've tried so many mascaras and am very impressed!

        I haven't written a review on dooyoo for a long time, mainly due to hectic working hours. However, I've been so impressed with this mascara that I felt I had to log on and share my thoughts!

        PRICE / AVAILABILITY / APPEARANCE OF PACKAGING

        Chanel Inimitable Intense Mascara retails for approximately £22.50 and is available from most UK department stores (such as Selfridges, Debenhams and House of Fraser) and from larger branches of Boots. You can also purchase from a Chanel store if you happen to work / live near one! I can only think of one in London but I'm guessing there are more elsewhere in the country? Failing these options, you can purchase from the previously mentioned store's websites.

        The mascara I have is "10 / noir" which is black. It is available in other colours such as purple, brown and dark blue. The tube is rectangular, shiny and black with a silver band around the handle. The top part of the tube / handle twists to open, and the interesting thing about this mascara is the wand. The brush is actually made of plastic, although you may not notice at first. The 'bristles' are very close together and give the impression of a classic mascara brush. They're also fairly soft, which I think helps provide a thorough and even coverage (though more about that further in my review!). I've tried mascaras with plastic brushes in the past and been very disappointed - the fact that these plastic bristles are soft seems to be very important!

        APPLICATION / APPEARANCE WHEN WORN

        This mascara is unusually easy to apply given the plastic brush. Anyone who has tried out a lot of different mascaras over the years will, I'm sure, be able to relate to struggling with a rigid plastic comb! The bristles on this mascara are very well spaced out, and the brush as a whole is a sensible size (not too big or too fiddly and small). The bristles (well I guess they're little plastic spikes really) come right down to the end of the wand so that you can catch all the wispy, fine corner eyelashes too. There is no problem with getting the lashes right from root to tip, and applying mascara to lower lashes is relativeily easy too - I haven't had too many episodes of smudging black onto the skin underneath my lower lashes.
        I've found this mascara easy to apply on the go as well. I've managed to apply it in the car and on the train this week with no problem at all!

        One coat of this mascara is enough for a 'slight more than natural' daytime / subtle look. I tend to go overboard and apply at least three coats. You can't go wrong and end up with flakey spider leg type lashes so the more you apply, the more length, curl and slight thickening of the lashes you will get. It's very interesting how much extra volume and length you can get from this mascara AND still manage to keep the curl. I don't have a natural curl to my lashes at all, and they're very short. With this mascara my lashes appear curled all day. In terms of length, I can pretty much get double the length of my natural lashes by wearing this, and it's all very even and realistic looking. No patchiness with one really long eyelash, one short and stumpy right next to it!

        The mascara does stay on all day and I've had no problems with smudging. Whilst cutting an onion I've had very watery eyes and got away with no mascara runs. If I was to touch my moistened eyelashes directly straight after having watery eyes, then yes, I would get some of the mascara on my hand. But if I allow some time for the mascara to set / dry again, before touching my lashes, it'll go back to how it was with no streaking and no difference in appearance to the initial mascara application.

        OVER ALL THOUGHTS

        I love this mascara and will be making it my latest makeup box essential. With the lengthening, curl and increase in volume, there's no need for anything too expensive like eyelash extensions or growth serums. Therefore I can just about justify the cost of this every few months.

        It would be nice if this was maybe even £5 cheaper as over £20 for a mascara does seem very excessive. On the whole though, I don't have any issues with the product and will rate it five stars.

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          10.01.2011 22:49

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          Chanel Mascara- save your money

          Back in July when I had another job over the summer, I was able to fork out the money to buy this Chanel mascara but believe me I will never be spending this much money on this mascara again. When I tried the tester I thought, yes this is what I really want it makes my eye lashes look quite big, I have seen them longer but okay I will try it.

          So I spent around £20.00 on this mascara and I purchased it from the airport duty free. The brush is nothing special to be honest nothing fancy, just a normal mascara brush. It made my lashes have an increased volume but the more I put on the worse it looked. It made me look silly with lashes sticking out here there and everywhere. They were clumpy and I was started to believe I had just wasted my money.

          So I took it all off and tried again. I applied clear mascara first and this made it a little better but I cannot justify the money. I paid £3.00 for the mascara I am using at the moment and this seems a million times better. With the Chanel I think I just paid for the label not the actual mascara.

          I will not purchase this again but who knows, this may work well for other people. It comes in many different shades, I got black although brown looked nice too.

          Happy Reading,

          Holly :)

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          24.08.2010 18:15
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          A great mascara for the rich

          I usually use Benefit make up, but recently I was given a few sample packs of Chanel Make Up from my Sisters Boyfriends Mum (confusing!) as she works for Chanel and gets a lot of sample of all types of make up and creams.

          Some of the samples were of the Chanel Inimitable Mascara. These were all in black, but I believe you can also buy this in brown. The mascara comes in a black tube with a gold band in the middle, and as usual with mascaras, the wand is attached inside the lid. The mascara brush is a slim one, but has lots of bristles and it coats quite easily when you dip it into the mascara. It slides in nice and smoothly and it comes out quite evenly covered, which I think helps to stop clumping when it is applied to the eyelashes.

          It is nice and easy to apply, mainly thanks to the slim design of the applicator brush. I found that it smoothed onto my eyelashes really easily and quickly, and it had a great effect. My eyelashes instantly looked much longer, and it seems like every lash was coated seperately, giving my eyes a great look and avoiding the spider leg effect. My lashes looked thicker too, and because of all this, my eyes looked much more awake and brightened.

          I hardly had to use any of the mascara to have a great effect, so the mascara would last quite a while. I apply it in the morning, and when I come home in the evening, it is still perfect, no need to reapply at all. In fact, at the end of the day, it looks like I have just applied my mascara! Even after a hard day, even in the heat, the mascara stays in place and there is no leakage down my face!

          I was worried that seeing as the mascara lasted so well and so long, that it would be hard to remove but it came off easily with my usual make up wipes. It also comes off just as easily when washing your face too, so no matter how you prefer to remove your make up, this will not cause you any problems.

          The only downside to this mascara is the hefty price tag. The cheapest I can find it online is £30! In House Of Fraser at the Chanel counter, this will cost you over £40!! It does do a fantastic job, and does last for ages per tube, but I personally would not pay this much for it. If you can find it for a better price, then it is worth having as it is a good mascara, but I do not think it warrants the price that Chanel are charging for it!

          I give this mascara 4 out of 5, as even though it is a brilliant mascara, the price is just way too much!

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          16.02.2010 00:21

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          Chanel Inimitable Mascara

          This is one of the best mascaras you can find. It is quite simple, without any flashy effects or additions. It is just simply a classic, black mascara that works how it's supposed to. It does not create an especially dramatic or extravagant effect, it creates a subtle, beautiful and classy effect. It is quite thick and dries easily and it also never smudges (even though it is not waterproof, it will rarely smudge all over your eyes). It makes your lashes look thicker and longer - exactly what it promises. There is quite a number of mascaras out there on the market which will advertise thick lashes or long lashes...or waterproof. A very few of them actually do all this without making a big deal out of it, or so to speak. Chanel is always a classy choice and usually always a good choice when it comes to make-up. It is definitely worth paying a bit extra because this mascara is long lasting and great quality.

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          16.12.2008 10:35
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          An expensive waterproof mascara from Chanel.

          A friend gave me this mascara after acccidently purchasing the wrong colour. She wanted black but had got a brown shade - since I'm blue eyed with fair shades in my hair I thought it would suit me. This is the first mascara by Chanel I've ever tried. My most recent personal purchases of mascara have been Max Factor and Avon, both of which I am pleased with.

          This Chanel waterproof mascara comes in a chic black case with a square design and a gold strip just under the wand. The top of the wand is stamped with the Chanel logo. The bottom of the tube shows product shade and information: ie. weight is 5g; product will stay fresh for six months. The applicator handle is just over and inch and a half long and feels easy to grip. The top screws out easily. The brush stem is close to seven and a half cm long with the brush measuring just over an inch. The wand itself is very flexible and seems to be made of a rubbery material which bends and moves very easily. The brush is formed from little pointy tentacles of rubber which taper away at the end of the brush head. I find the size and shape of the brush effective to give full and quick coverage my lashes.

          I have the shade 20 or 'Noir Brun' (Brown Black) which is a chocolate shade. It is actually similar to the colour of chocolate spread like nutella! The mascara smells sharp and a little bit perfumed although it is a crisp, clean aroma which is pleasant.

          When I first used the mascara I was pleased with how the colour looked on my lashes. I was worried it would be a little light for me, but in actual fact it can barely be distinguished from a black colour mascara. I did find that the mascara tends to be a little clumpy and sticky on my lashes - forming lumps and bumps which then crumble off and fall into my eyes. This is a big problem for me with this mascara and tends to happen mostly on application and just after application. I think it may be the fact that the mascara is waterproof that this problem occurs - the mascara seems to be quite thick and waxy and a lot drier than I would like. It seems to dry too quickly, almost before you are able to comb it onto your lashes!

          This mascara stays the course in wet weather. I have never gone swimming in it though. I am pleased with the colour and durability but not with the application or the comfort factor.

          At around £19 a tube this is an expensive make-up item that you may not want to risk buying, in particular if you are a contact lense wearer like me.

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            06.05.2008 02:03
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            the best mascara yet

            My first experience with this mascara was a sample I was given with a fragrance purchase. I have been very impressed. I'll first go into the technical details and then a bit more about my experience.

            Most mascaras claim to do one or two things. This one aims to do all four - volume, length, curl, separation. A uniquely designed brush makes it possible to achieve all these things at the same time. The bristles are unlike those of any regular brush, they are in fact small fine cones. They have the ideal length and symmetrical alignment for creating length and an even spread on the lashes. Despite their shape the bristles are are very supple and follow the lashes precisely.
            In my experience I have found this to be the absolutely perfect mascara. Usually my main issue with any other products is their inability to separate the individual hairs. Also it can be quite difficult to control the amount of product you apply. Chanel has solved all of this in one go. On a day-to day basis I prefer a more natural look, this mascara brings out the best in one's lashes and eyes without even looking like makeup. Of course one can intensify the result almost indefinitely, depending on the occasion. But the result is always classy, never a cheap overload.

            I can wholeheartedly recommend this product. It is available as regular (non waterproof) in three shades: black, brown and navy. But there are never smudges unless you're unprotected in the pouring rain. The staying power is first class.
            The waterproof series consists of four shades: black, navy, bronze, emerald. (I have my beady eyes on the emerald one, a nice green is so hard to find.)
            Both types come in a similar looking tube, rectangular and slim with a gold band. The box matches it with understated design.
            Both series retail between £18 and £19.
            As usual there may be better deals online. But it is vital to make as sure as possible that the goods are authentic and fresh. I'm not discouraging from online shopping, I buy and sell online myself. But one shouldn't endanger one's skin, especially one's eyes for the sake of a bargain.

            Here is also a makeup tip from the nice Chanel lady at the local John Lewis store. To make coloured mascara stand out, it is good to apply black as usual, then apply the other colour to the tips, or slighly beyond. I haven't tried this technique yet, but it's good to get such first hand advice from the experts.

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            07.01.2007 14:57
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            A good mascara that's worth every penny!

            Chanel launched a new mascara recently called Inimitable and having been offered the chance to try it for free, who was I to say no!

            Chanel state that they use "an original and innovative technology : an innovative technical process that makes it possible to produce a brush with soft elastomer bristles".

            This innovation is supposed to help you get your required look as the brushes, according to Chanel are ‘ aligned in perfect symmetry’, that they are ‘lined up with perfect accuracy and the ‘bristle delicacy and suppleness offer complete precision’. Hmmm, never being one that takes much notice of any hype or marketing I thought it would just be ‘another’ mascara.


            Packaging & Colours

            Not a lot to say, just your normal size mascara tube. The gold band around the middle gives it a classy look with the Chanel logo on the end of the lid. It’s squarer than most tubes which I think gives it a sleek look.

            It currently comes in two colours - Black Black and Black Brown. I chose the Black Black and my review is based on that.


            The Brush

            After the statements Chanel made I wanted to see if I could actually notice any difference between theirs and my normal Rimmel one. I have to admit that the Chanel bristles are shorter in length, there are more of them and they start to taper in about 2 thirds of the way down the wand. In comparison, the Rimmel brush didn’t taper until nearly the end and was a lot longer - maybe that’s why when I apply my Rimmel (starting at the top outside lashes) I always seem to end up coating the middle ones as well!


            Applying

            I found this went on evenly and effortlessly. It coated my lashes evenly from the root to the tip without any clumping. I don’t need to keep going over the same lashes to get an even coverage and each lash is defined individually. This mascara seems to apply a thinner coat than I am used to but it certainly makes for a more natural look. There were no lashes that looked like ‘spider-legs’ nor any clumps that I’d spend the morning trying to sort out.

            Even on the lower lashes it glides on so easily I wondered if I was actually applying any! When a second coat is applied this makes the lashes look even darker but because each layer is so thin it still defines and enhances your lashes. It doesn’t claim to give you more volume and it doesn’t. Having quite long eyelashes I want something to enhance them and this certainly fits the bill.
            However, it does make my lashes feel slightly stiffer or harder than the Rimmel but that’s more a case of what I’m used to and doesn’t cause any problems.


            My Opinion

            If you like a natural look where your mascara enhances your eyes, this is for you. If you want a more dramatic or bold look then I’m afraid you might be disappointed. The fact that even after a month’s usage it’s never clumped my lashes is a bonus and I think that’s down to the thinness of each coat. As it accentuates the lashes you have individually it makes it seem as though you have more of them (always a plus point for us women) and they do look slightly longer, even though Chanel don’t claim it will lengthen lashes.

            I personally use 2 coats, not because one isn’t enough but just out of habit and find that the only difference is that they look darker. Still no clumping and still even. The black is a black although it doesn’t seem as black as my Rimmel.

            My mascara has to do a 12 hour plus day and whilst I’ve been using this, it’s not once irritated my eyes in any way. However, I wouldn’t class my eyes as ‘sensitive’ so there is a possibility it may not suit you.

            It’s not waterproof but even after 12 hours and being caught in all the rain we’ve had just lately, I’ve not had the dreaded ‘panda eyes’ even if the rest of me looks a bit dishevelled! So I was impressed by this.

            Removing it was very easy. It came off using my usual make up remover and, compared to my Rimmel, didn’t take as long to remove. Being thinner coats I assume this is why as there is not so much on there in the first place.

            Overall, I am very impressed with Chanel’s new offering. I always thought mascara’s were much of a muchness but it seems they’re not! Maybe the brush does does make all that difference, maybe it’s Chanel ‘recipe’ for the actual mascara, all I know is……it works and brilliantly!

            A tube will set you back approx £16.50. I would never normally contemplate paying this much for a mascara but for the first time, I think it’s worth paying for. Even if you used your regular one during the day and this when you were out, it’s nice to have a different look.

            This will last for ages, even though it’s recommended we replace old mascara after 3 months, this will go on long past then!

            Availability & Other Info

            Available from any large department store or chemists that has a Chanel counter ( I collected mine from John Lewis).

            www.chanel.com



            Overall this gets full marks from me, as it does do what it says, for once!

            Thanks for reading,

            © HotBabes Dec 06.

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            Spectacular volume, infinite length, extreme curl, instant separation /