Product Type: Chanel makeup
Newest Review: ... 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 mascar... more
Lovely Lashes - The French Way
Chanel Inimitable Mascara
Member Name: HotBabes
Chanel Inimitable Mascara
Advantages: Non clumping, widely available
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 Ď aligned in perfect symmetryí, that they are Ďlined up with perfect accuracy and the Ďbristle delicacy and suppleness offer complete precisioní. Hmmm, never being one that takes much notice of any hype or marketing I thought it would just be Ďanotherí 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. Itís 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.
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 didnít taper until nearly the end and was a lot longer - maybe thatís why when I apply my Rimmel (starting at the top outside lashes) I always seem to end up coating the middle ones as well!
I found this went on evenly and effortlessly. It coated my lashes evenly from the root to the tip without any clumping. I donít 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 Ďspider-legsí nor any clumps that Iíd 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 doesnít claim to give you more volume and it doesnít. 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 thatís more a case of what Iím used to and doesnít cause any problems.
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 Iím afraid you might be disappointed. The fact that even after a monthís usage itís never clumped my lashes is a bonus and I think thatís 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 donít claim it will lengthen lashes.
I personally use 2 coats, not because one isnít 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 doesnít seem as black as my Rimmel.
My mascara has to do a 12 hour plus day and whilst Iíve been using this, itís not once irritated my eyes in any way. However, I wouldnít class my eyes as Ďsensitiveí so there is a possibility it may not suit you.
Itís not waterproof but even after 12 hours and being caught in all the rain weíve had just lately, Iíve not had the dreaded Ďpanda eyesí 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, didnít 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 Chanelís new offering. I always thought mascaraís were much of a muchness but it seems theyíre not! Maybe the brush does does make all that difference, maybe itís Chanel Ďrecipeí for the actual mascara, all I know isÖÖit 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 itís worth paying for. Even if you used your regular one during the day and this when you were out, itís nice to have a different look.
This will last for ages, even though itís 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).
Overall this gets full marks from me, as it does do what it says, for once!
Thanks for reading,
© HotBabes Dec 06.
Summary: A good mascara that's worth every penny!