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
Alternative to false lashes, growth serums and lash extensions!
Chanel Inimitable Mascara
Member Name: debbie41176
Chanel Inimitable Mascara
Advantages: lengthening, curling, volumising
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.
Summary: The best mascara for lengthening and curling. I've tried so many mascaras and am very impressed!