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Whenever I notice Boots have their '3 for 2 across all make up' offer on I always take advantage of this and often use it to try things I would usually never buy. 'Collection' or as it was previously known 'Collection 2000' is a brand I usually steer clear of. I think the reasoning behind this is because it was a brand I often used as a teenager when I only had the money to buy very cheap make up which wasn't of great quality. Thinking about it I thought this was a little unfair to the brand as a couple of their products such as their face powder and their concealer in particular are products I re-purchase regularly and are amazing quality for their price. I decided to give it a chance and see if I could find another one off gem for a bargain price. I decided on this 'Big Fake Mascara' which retailed at just £4.99. It's packaged in a wide red and black bottle which does look a little cheap in my opinion, but it is a cheap product so I'm indifferent to it. If it was an expensive mascara in cheap looking packaging that's what would bother me. As you may have guessed the product claims to give the lashes a fake lash effect, lengthening and volumising the lashes without smudging or clumping. The wand itself consists of a bristle brush, which is always my preference to a plastic one. The brush itself is huge! Probably the biggest one I've ever used. On application I was quite impressed with the effect it gave my lashes. It did give them volume and the best word I could use to describe the effect is 'fluttery' they really did look lovely. However, because the brush is so big I found it difficult to apply without getting bits of mascara on the skin and having to tidy up around my eyes with a cotton bud after application. I found this particularly difficult when applying to my bottom lashes. As the day went on I noticed that the mascara had started to smudge. This is a huge downfall for me and one thing I absolutely hate in a mascara. The thing that baffled me about this mascara is that although it smudges easily I find it very difficult to get off. I would hope that if something was difficult to get off, that meant it would also be difficult to smudge, but not in this case! When I take my mascara off at night I like to be able to do it very gently so I don't damage my lashes. This isn't possible with this mascara. I find that after trying to get it all off I still end up waking with 'panda eyes' where the mascara has smudged, often onto my pillow. This also means there can still be a hint of mascara from the previous day on the lashes which ruins the effect of the mascara I put on that day making them feel quite stiff and sticky. I also found after a few weeks the mascara started to get a bit clumpy and the initial 'fluttery' effect was no more. I would not recommend this to anyone. I would much rather spend a bit more money for a much better product. I'm sure there are better budget mascaras available than this one. I don't feel I can give this mascara more than one star, because although the initial effect is nice, it doesn't last and a mascara that is durable and long lasting is KEY in my opinion. Not such a gem after all!
( Title c/o Lou Reed -Make Up) I did not think that I would be reviewing make up on here, as I am not a make up kind of person (unless I am going out). Going out happens rarely as I am a single parent with health issues, so usually I am bare faced. Even when I DO wear make up, I only use eye make up as I hate lipsticks in all forms and colours. I do not like foundations either as they clog pores and look false, so really I am a terrible candidate to send a freebie to.... But that is what happened recently with the Bzzagent Lambrini trial. There was a little make up mirror, which has long since disappeared thanks to my daughter, the tokens for the drink and a large tube of this stuff- Collection 2000 "Big, fake false lash effect mascara". I vaguely remember how to use it (it has been a while) but with a severe lack of any planned nights out cavorting, it was left for me to trial this at home during the day. I did so for a week before I got bored of the faff and went back to my barefaced, slightly scruffy hippy look. I will however use this IF I ever get a night out in the future.... So then, Collection 2000 give some big and bold claims about this mascara including the following: "The unique 3D lash coating tube technology will plump and stretch each individual lash without clumping or smudging"... It also promises the "biggest brush yet" which sounds fairly daunting. THE PRODUCT: It seems that Collection 2000 is not considered to be a "luxury" brand in the same way that Clinique or Max Factor would be and reviews seem to be very mixed for this product. I am not remotely close to a make up expert so my experience is untainted in terms of expectation. The bottle itself is attractive and holds 8ml of mascara. The design is clean cut and made from shiny black plastic with contrasting colour for detail. The font used for the name is a bit ugly. It screams at you from the blackness of the container in a kind of "I am young and trendy" way, and I can assure you that I am neither. Appearances though can be deceptive, so I ignored the packaging, put my raised eyebrow back in its place and bravely plunged right in. Upon opening the lid I was shocked by the size of the brush. Not only is the thing almost big enough to clean your loo, it is a horrible colour and although it matches the packaging and "lid stripe", it really does not appeal to me. The packaging, font and brush all share a darkish pink hue which reminds me of uncooked bacon. As a veggie this is not an attractive thing. USING IT: The mascara itself was very black indeed (the sample that I received is called "Ultrablack") which is good, as this is the colour that I would go for if I were to choose one. The product is actually fairly thin in texture on the wand but maybe the size of the wand actually emphasises this more than it would with a smaller design. The wand itself takes a lot of the product up due to size and I had to run the wand along the rim to remove some. The actual opening in the bottle is quite small and managed to remove excess very efficiently. One of the benefits of a mascara with such a big brush would obviously be that it can reduce the time it takes to coat the lashes. This has a downside though as I found out when I was not careful enough and managed to "define" my cheekbone. Another plus is that it was easy to remove with a wipe... The mascara dried quickly and was not overly clumpy. Any clumps there were could well have been down to my ineptitude than a failing of the product. There was no strong chemical smell to this mascara which appealed to me although the ingredient list is very scary. DOES IT LIVE UP TO THE CLAIMS? Yes, in terms of giving length, definition and volume. The colour is very dark and intense and the mascara goes on smoothly with little fuss once you manage to balance the whopping brush. It certainly was not up to false lash style ala Katie Perry but this is a good thing in my book. The mascara lasted all day and did not run in the bath. Collection 2000 claim that this product is waterproof but I have no way to test that, short of poking myself in the eye or listening to Jedward. I shall take their word for it. For a waterproof mascara it was easy to remove and did not irritate my eyes at all. There was no annoying flaking or clumping either so actually the product itself was pretty good. Don't expect true false lash effects though, because without actually sticking silly long spider leg type things on each eyelid, you will be left very disappointed. Certainly for a fiver this mascara is good. I do not like the ingredients list but it seems that most mascaras are full of these types of things. Neither is the product amazing enough to tempt me to use it every day, I just cannot be bothered and am way too old and tired to give a damn unless I go out and do not want to scare the public. AVAILABILITY: Prices are around £5-£6 and the product is available from online chemists. INGREDIENTS: Aqua, Polyurethane-2, Cera Alba, Polybutene, Glyceryl Stearate, glyceryl Stearate Citrate, PEG-8 Beeswax, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Alcohol Denat, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Panthenol, Butylene Glycol, Tocopheryl/Acetate, Disodium EDTA, Cellulose Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Proplyparaben, Isobutylparaben, Butylparaben [+/- CI 77266, CI 77491, CI 77499] SUMMARY: A decent enough budget buy that defines and thickens.
Just like many other beauty products, I have tried lots of different mascaras, and don't usually stay loyal to one in particular. I buy quite a few Collection 2000 products including the face powders and also nail polishes. I have always had mixed opinions with Collection 2000, some of their products are great, and some are just average. I bought this mascara from boots for £2.99. Normally I will spend a bit more on mascara as I feel it is the most important item in my make-up bag. I am a redhead and have pale skin and pale eyelashes. Therefore I need a mascara that is going to make my eyes stand out as without mascara I look pretty washed out. So £2.99 is a good price for a mascara. I bought the mascara in Ultra Black 17. The mascara comes in a curved container that has a red and black coloured design. The container is quite thick compared to other mascaras, which I don't really like as it makes it harder to hold onto when applying the mascara to your eyelashes. The mascara brush itself is thick, as you would expect really due to the mascara being called the 'big fake mascara'. The bristles of the brush are quite cheap looking. They look like they would be pretty brutal against your eyelashes and not very kind to them. When applying the mascara this is confirmed. The bristles aggravated my eyes when applying the mascara to my eyelashes as they were coarse and not as soft as the bristles on other mascaras I have used. The mascara formula itself is thick and quite gloopy. When applying it to my eyelashes, it didn't glide through them as other mascaras have in the past. I had to pull the brush through my eyelashes quite firmly, this may have been part of the reason my eyes became aggravated. Due to being gloopy, you had to wipe quite a bit of the product off the mascara brush before applying to ensure you didn't end up smudging it everywhere. It did however, separate and lift my eyelashes as it claimed to do. The colour also made my eyes stand out as I was hoping the mascara would do. But these are pretty much the only good things about this mascara. Overall, you definitely get what you pay for with this mascara, A cheap price and definitely a cheap mascara. I won't be buying this again.
I actually received this as a freebie from Bzzagent a couple of weeks ago - the campaign was actually for Lambrini, but they'd included a mascara and a brush/mirror combo to make the experience a little girlier. I received mine in Ultra Black 17, which had I made the purchase myself, would most likely have been the shade I would have chosen. The packaging is as you see pictured above, quite a sleek curved container, with red and black being the main colours. I do rather like the shape, it's a little more appealing than the straight up and down design many mascaras have. The packaging makes the claim that this mascara will 'DOUBLE YOUR LASH SIZE! Lash boosting tube technology plumps and stretches each lash'. Opening the tube, the brush is very thick, and it's hard to tell visually if it has a good coating of mascara or not- it looks quite dry. A quick prod with the finger reveals that it is indeed coated, and that the mascara itself is quite a dry thick formulation. I did find that the brush was a little unweildy being so big, but it did coat my lashes in just a couple of sweeps. Now, this may be that due to some oriental heritage I have quite dark lashes anyway, but I honestly didn't see the difference I was expecting. It definitely lifted and separated my lashes, and made them look a little darker, but I really don't think that this did anything apart from separating my lashes well. They didn't look thicker, and they certainly didn't look any longer, or like the dramatic fake lashes I' been expecting. I also found that this mascara left a few small clumps, and that it seemed to smudge quite easily on me. Overall, I think this mascara does make my lashes look well seperated, which is a good look for me. However, it promises much more than it delivers, and at £5.99 retail it's more than I'd want to pay for a mascara that doesn't deliver anything out of the ordinary. 3 stars - good for everyday, but fails to live up to its promise.
When it comes to buying make up I often will stick to the same brands, but from time to time I am persuaded to try something new when it is on offer. I was recently looking for a new mascara and was planning on buying my regular brand when I spotted the Collection 2000 Big Fake False Lash Effect Mascara, I have used Collection 2000 products in the past and have found them to be of a reasonable quality so I decided to give this mascara a try. Packaging The Collection 2000 Big Fake False Lash Effect Mascara comes in a chunky black plastic tube, this is wide in the middle and thins out towards the top and bottom, the top half of the tube is actually the lid, this has a clear tip to it which in certain lights looks black and a bright pink band around the bottom of it with the words "Collection 200" written in it in black. The main part of the tube has the name of the product "Big Fake False Lash Effect Mascara" written on it in pink and white writing. The back of the tube has a small amount of product information written on it in white, this includes a few facts about the mascara and the ingredients, the packaging is quite plain but it does tell you what you what you need to know. When you unscrew the lid you will find the mascara brush attached, the handle is of a reasonable length giving you plenty of room to hold the brush and apply the mascara comfortably, the brush itself is a traditional style brush made up of soft bristles, the brush is also quite large and chunky so I was sure that it would coat all of my lashes effectively. The Mascara The Big Fake False Lash Effect Mascara is said to double your lash size with its lash boosting tube effect technology, it was this and its promises of no clumping and smudging that made me want to try this mascara. I already have long eye lashes but I do like to go for a lash boosting mascara so that it makes the most of my eye lashes, the fact that it is also a non clumping one is also important to me as I really cannot stand clumped together eye lashes, in my opinion it is not a good look and to be honest feels really uncomfortable so if a mascara promises not to clump I am happy. The information on the back of the packaging says that this mascara will plump and stretch each lash so I was sure that it would fan my eye lashes out nicely making the most of the length. The consistency of the mascara is pretty standard and when you remove the brush from the tube it seems to be spread evenly over it which made me confident that the mascara would spread evenly and smoothly over my eye lashes. I purchased this mascara in Ultra Black but it also comes in Black and Brown. It does state on the back of the packaging that this mascara is water resistant, it does not say waterproof so I took it that this means splash resistant rather than soaking your eyes. Price and Availability I purchased my 8ml tube of Collection 2000 Big Fake False Lash Effect Mascara from my local Superdrug, it cost me £5.99 which compared to some other brands is reasonably priced. I was happy to pay this price for the mascara as it is quite a bit cheaper than some brands. My Opinion I have been using the Collection 2000 Big Fake False Lash Effect Mascara for a little while now and have been reasonably pleased with the results. I have found that the mascara tends not to smudge and is water resistant to a certain extent. For me the way the mascara went on and whether it clumped was the main thing and I have to say applying it was reasonably easy, the mascara went on quite smoothly, I did find that when applying the mascara it did clump a little but they were easy to remove with the brush, however this did mean I had to spend a little longer getting my eye lashes the way I wanted them. The mascara did enhance my eye lashes and make them stand out and it also lasted well, it didn't crumble off during the day and still looked good in the evening just before I took it off, it even withstands a trip to the gym. The mascara is reasonably priced and I would consider purchasing this product again, although I do not prefer it over my regular brand, but if this was not available I would consider the Collection 2000 Big Fake False Lash Effect Mascara. I would recommend this mascara to anyone looking for something reasonably priced, however there is not a huge range of colours to choose from and it can take a little longer to get your eye lashes looking just as you want them
I have tried lot's of different mascara's and am always on the look out for something new. I purchased this one a while ago from Ebay when I was looking to add a few make up bits to my collection. I haven't tried many Collection 2000 products so decided to give it a go. The colour I am reviewing is Ultra Black 17. Their website (www.collectioncosmetics.co.uk) shows that the shades brown black and black are also available. The packaging. The mascara comes in a glossy black plastic case with a black glossy lid which has a red band of colour around it. On the red band of colour the brand name 'Collection 2000' is clearly displayed in back lettering. Also on the front of the product in red and white lettering it tells you that this is a Big fake false lash effect mascara. On the back it gives you some information about the product, the product size (8ml) shelf life (6 months) some contact details for the brand and tells you the colour. I really like the packaging, it looks very modern and stylish. The product. To apply the product simply twist the lid and pull up to reveal the brush wand applicator. I must warn you that this wand is bigger than any fairy's I have ever seen (maybe a slight exaggeration but it is pretty huge!) Using the wand apply to the upper and lower lashes and allow to dry. I did find that the product was quite dry and I definitely needed to apply 2 coats when I tried this but this is down to personal preference. The benefits. - Water resistant - No clumping or smudging - Uses lash boosting tube technology Price and availability. The product is available from some beauty stores and on line and usually retails around £4.99 although it may be purchased cheaper from Ebay. My verdict. It didn't give me a fake lash look but it did emphasise and open my eyes. Because the wand is quite big I found it was quite difficult to catch my small inner lashes upon application. I didn't get any clumping and it did wear quite well so I would recommend this but for more of a day wear mascara than a heavier look night one.
I've tried just about every mascara under the sun so I'm no stranger to the cheaper high street brands. I have found Collection 2000 are good for certain things (powders) but that generally their products tend to be a little cheap. Having not tried that many of their mascaras I thought I'd give this one a go and see if it was any good. The mascara comes in a cylindrical black plastic tube which tapers at each end to create an elliptical shape. There is a flash of red across the middle so the overall look of it is kind of hooker chic. Did I say chic? I meant cheap. I have to say the design isn't anything special but really what can you expect from such a cheap mascara? I'm not blown away but as long as it is functional then who cares. And functional it is. The tube twists as you would hope and out from the centre comes a beautiful big brush coated in black mascara. The fluid seems relatively thick which I actually prefer but because the brush is made from very soft bristles this does tend to clog it up. Applying this mascara is actually pretty tricky. The bristles are so soft and flexible it is hard to catch your lashes without the bristles bending. The more I've used this the more the mascara fluid has dried out and the worse this has become, to the point where I no longer use it after 2 months of owning it. This is pretty disappointing even for something that only costs £4.99. If I buy anything I expect it to work to some degree and this simply doesn't, there's no hope of achieving big fake lashes with this mascara. It has lasted barely any time at all and was useless pretty much after a few weeks of use. To say I'm annoyed is an understatement because the money spent on this could have gone towards buying a decent mascara. I'll definitely only be buying powders from this brand in the future. Overall, AVOID!
This mascara was nearly awesome, but just missed out on a rave review..... Firstly, the reason I bought it was mainly the cost, it was £3.99 from my local Superdrug and I guessed I had nothing much to lose in trying it, I would usually spend much more than that on a mascara but as I was feeling a bit skint i thought I'd give it a whirl. The brush is the first thing you notice, it is very big, now this is something I'm not always keen on as it can make it difficult to apply especially to the corner lashes, but actually the application was just fine. It is what I would call a 'normal' mascara brush, in that it is made of bristles, not ones of those plastic comb / brush things which I'm not keen on. The colour is great as far as I'm concerned, really dark black, unlike some which are not very pigmented and can look slightly grey. Also it lasts pretty well throughout the day, you can layer it on and it is pretty much clump free. So far so good........ Where it fails in being the perfect mascara is in the fact that it gives me panda eyes after just an hour or two! This is not a problem I generally have with mascaras - though my mum complains it happens to her with most of them! - but this really does smudge / flake under your eyes and it is really not a good look! It does appear to last well on my actual lashes but it still manages to spread itself round my eyes, which is a real shame as it was great other than that! My star rating is based on how good it is for the price, with only that one (admittedly quite major) downfall.
I'm always on the lookout for new mascaras to try out and on a recent trip to Boots this one caught my eye due to it's unusual packaging design. It's at the lower end price wise at only £4.99. I bought it in black but it's also available in brown and ultra black. The tube, as you might be able to tell from the picture above, is rather different to other mascara tubes. It is black and red but the tip of the lid is see-through, which I think looks really interesting (it doesn't look anywhere near as good in the photo as it does in real life though!) and that's why it caught my eye in the shop. The first time I opened the tube I was shocked at the size of the brush, it's huge! The bristles are long and arranged quite closely together, and nearly all the same length, unlike most brushes which tend to get a lot thinner towards one or both ends. It does get a little thinner towards the tip but not much. The other thing I noticed straight away was how dry and cakey the mascara looked on the brush, to be honest it didn't look like something I would want to put on my eyelashes, but I tried it anyway! I've used larger than average mascara brushes before and they're always a bit tricky to use and this one is no different. The size of the brush makes it very difficult to apply close to the roots of the lashes without getting loads of mascara on the eyelid which just looks really messy. The thickness of the mascara formula and it's dry texture also make it even more difficult to apply because it doesn't cling to the lashes well, so it takes a lot of effort just to get a light coating on my lashes. So as you can imagine it take forever to build up the layers to get the 'fake' look that it's billed as giving. It's all far too much effort in my opinion. Sadly, the effort isn't even worth it. The result I get is dry, horrible looking lashes which quickly begin to flake. It doesn't even make my lashes look much longer, although it does make them look a lot thicker via the sticking them all together route. They look disgusting and there's no way I would go out with my lashes looking like that, a real clumpy, spidery looking mess. Thankfully though, it does remove pretty quickly. I would absolutely not recommend this mascara to anyone, it takes so much effort to apply just to end up with gross clumpy, dirty looking lashes. Not worth the money at all.
I like to try out new mascaras and not just stick to the one so this appealed to me as its in a big mascara tube and it has fake eyelashes wrote over it in big writing, I brought this from superdrug at a good price for £4 on offer in black and it comes out very black which i love in a 8ml tube and with a screw top. The mascara brush itself is huge when it comes out the bottle you just dont expect it whatsoever but when applying it is really easy to use and it coats every single lash and it seperates them and makes them look really long. One of the main advantages of this mascara is that when you use it, it makes your lashes look really long but you can also apply it a couple more times and go for a real dramatic look so you can use it from day to night so its handy just to pop into your bag and its waterproof. When removing the mascara from your eyelashes it comes off really easily with wipes but if youre like me and like to pick mascara off the eyelash it comes off easily that way too. The only bad thing i have found with it that it does flake a little when wearing it and it doesnt last that long either i find it dries up really quickly.
Collection 2000 big fake mascara is widely available for £4.99 on average or sometimes on promotion at numerous stores. I bought Ultra Black as my eyelashes are already quite dark and so wanted something that you could really tell the difference on. The colour of the mascara itself it actually very good and is actually ultra black just like it claims so one point to C2000 there. The brush is rather big (Same as most other volumising mascaras that are available for this price) and it's in a pretty bottle/tube with rather glamorous writing on, I guess that's one of the reasons why I bought it. When applied, the mascara does not clump (so another point goes to C2000) and it evenly distributes over lashes giving, well, an even, effect. I have found that I had to apply three coats to get the desired effect of big fake lashes - thats fine if you've got the time but if you're on the go or in a rush I'm not sure how satisfying this would be with just one coat. (point deducted, I'm afraid, C2000). I think this would be a great addition to anybodies makeup bag and does not run, whether you cry or get caught in the pouring rain this will NOT run down your cheek or make you look like a panda! :D Mascara removes easily with a babywipe or simply water and a flannel with out having to rub too much so does not irritate eyes - a great thing for my awkward eyes! I recommend this to all you lovely ladies (or men) that want that extra flutter in their lashes :)
I bought this on a whim, as I needed a replacement mascara and didn't have a massive budget for make up at the time. At £2.99 I thought it'd do the job, as the only major thing I was checking for when buying was that it wouldn't run all over my face at the touch of water, as I quite often cry whilst laughing! Description - The back of the tube read: "DOUBLE YOUR LASH SIZE! Lash boosting tube technology plumps and stretches each lash. No clumping or smudging. Water Resistant." Sounds good enough, right? Package - The tube is quite unique, instead of the usual long, thin tube it has a slightly unusual rounded shape with a clear point at the top. The brand, Collection 2000, is easily visible on a big red strip around the top. Overall I actually quite liked the packaging. Brush - The brush is a typically original mascara brush, nothing unusual about it apart from the fact it is perhaps a little bigger than the average, but I found that this only made applying it to my lashes a little easier. Coverage - On first use, I wasn't particularly impressed. I coated my eyelashes and it only seemed to make them a little darker, not really having much impact on the length or volume of my lashes. However, upon using a second coat, I found that my lashes DID look a lot fuller and longer than before. At this point I was quite impressed with the product, especially for it's low price. Water Resistance - Later that day, I watched a soppy rom-com with my best friend and, a little ashamed to admit it, I cried a fair bit. I didn't realise until my friend looked at me and burst out laughing that my cheeks were then covered in my black mascara! I ran to my mirror in disbelief, "It said water resistant!", but she wasn't lying. I was covered. Very unimpressed. In my opinion the mascara was good, not perfect, for making my eyelashes look longer and volumised. I had definitely used better but for the price I would never have complained. Until, of course, it ran all over my face. I could not believe that it was clearly labelled 'water resistant' on the packaging, and was left angry with the brand. I would not buy another product from them, as they have completely lost my trust, but if you are looking for a cheap mascara that does not need to be waterproof, then this may suit you just fine!
I purchased this mascara as it was on offer in Boots for just £3.99, the usual price being £4.99. The mascara promises to give lashes the "false lash effect" and it is very reasonably priced. Even at it's full price this is still essentially a bargain. The mascara has a MASSIVE brush so stay clear of this if you hate larger mascara brushes. The mascara is fragrance free and suitable for sensitive eyes. The brush may be a little on the large side but it IS comfortable to use and after a while you do get used to it. I prefer larger brushes as I think that they coat the lashes better, but that's just my opinion. I find that the mascara needs a few coats before it starts to show it's false lash effect. The brush is very soft on the lashes and despite it's size it is easy to work with. The mascara is available in a variety of different shades but I prefer the Ultra Black shade as it helps to fully coat my fair lashes. It also gives great definition. I have naturally fair lashes and this mascara really does help to coat them. It also plumps my shorter lashes giving them more volume and ooomph. The mascara is gentle on the eyes. It doesn't irritate my eyes in any way and it is very comfortable to wear. It's waterproof but it's also easy to remove at the end of the day. To remove the mascara I just gently sweep it away with a make-up wipe or some toner on a cotton wool pad. This is a great mascara for the price. The packaging is really attractive too, you certainly wouldn't think it was as cheap as it is. This is a real bargain and a make-up bag must have.
I am not particularly loyal to any one brand of cosmetics, but I do find that the "Collection 2000" brand is one that I quite like. I find that most of the products offer a great value price and are of a good quality, whilst the brand seems to cater for a variety of tastes and it doesn't come across as being 'immature' or aimed at only younger consumers. The "Collection 2000 Big Fake False Lash Effect Mascara" is a mascara product that I had not tried before. I bought it recently in a local branch of Boots, after being quite drawn to the product thanks to the fairly striking black and red-coloured packaging. Consisting of a thick black tube with a slightly 'angular' design, I thought that the product looked quite sleek. I also liked the fact that the plastic tube was very chunky and quite thick, as it gave me the impression that it was quite innovative and different. I paid £4.99 for my mascara which I thought was fairly reasonable value for a "Lash-Boosting" mascara product. The Big Fake Mascara is available to buy in a choice of three shades. These are Black, Brown or Ultra Black, which is the colour I decided to buy. Trying out the product the following day, I unscrewed the lid of the mascara and removed the wand only to be greeted with the biggest mascara wand I think I have ever come across. The end of the wand is double the size of other mascara wands that I use regularly and it has a very rounded 'chunky' look to it. One of the things that I noticed quite early on with using this mascara is that the consistency of the mascara itself seems to be rather thick. I have found other mascaras can be quite thin in their consistency, even in some cases being so thin that the brush needs a good wipe down after it has been coated in the product, for fear of spilling or dripping all over the place. In the case of The Big Fake mascara however, I have found the product to be more like a sort of thin 'paste' or something similar, and it is surprisingly thick. This is merely an observation and is not a negative point as such. Using The Big Fake mascara was easy enough to do, although I found it took a little practice to perfect the look I was trying - and hoping - to achieve. The wand can be pulled from the tube in the same way as with any other mascara product and then of course you can use the mascara and wand to coat your lashes with the product. In the case of THIS mascara however, I found that the wand 'head' felt slightly cumbersome against my delicate eyelashes due to its sheer size. At first, it felt a little clumsy to use and left me feeling like the product was going to 'drown' my lashes in product rather than define or enhance them. After a little practice however, and once I had got used to the larger-sized wand, I found that the product wasn't as difficult to use as I had first feared. I found that my rather long top lashes coped very well with the product's thick, bulky mascara wand and the little bristles on the wand seemed to carefully coat each lash. I found that I was able to control the amount of product 'layered' onto my top lashes quite well and for a more 'intense' look I simply had to 'build up' the mascara on my lashes by applying a further coat. If you have very short or very fair lashes it may be necessary to apply several coats and I would stress that a little practice is needed with this product in my opinion. In my case, I have very dark lashes that are quite long naturally, so one or two coats is really the maximum that I felt I needed to apply, but of course this will vary from person to person. When it came to using The Big Fake mascara on my bottom lashes, I stumbled across a slight problem. The bottom lashes underneath my eye are slightly finer than those on the top and they are obviously a lot shorter in their length. This makes them seem quite delicate and I did find that the thick, larger-than-average-sized wand head on this product made the application process slightly more difficult than when applying to my top lashes; I found that I needed a really steady hand and couldn't rush the process or the large brush would brush against the area around my eyes or touch my eyelids leaving an annoying black smudge. Again, I would say that a little practice goes a long way with a product like this one, and if you are used to using mascaras with larger-sized wand 'heads' then you might get on just fine. For me however, I did find that it took a couple of tries to get the application technique correct. The end result is one that I have found is worth the patience and time required. I have found that the larger-sized brush seems to almost 'separate' my lashes whilst it is coating them with the glossy black liquid and this seems to allow the product to coat the lashes perfectly - and completely. Running the brush down the length of my lashes makes them appear longer and much darker as you would expect. I often find that I do not need to apply a second coat of the product as I have achieved a near-perfect result after only one coat. This makes me think that the product will last for quite a long period of time and I like the fact that I do not feel as though I am using a lot of product unnecessarily. For a night out, or if I am wanting a more 'intense' look I do tend to apply a couple of coats and I find that doing this seems to really lengthen my lashes and make them look fuller. Obviously this product is aimed at providing a look of wearing fake eyelashes which I've only ever worn once or twice. I have to admit that I'm not sure the results achieved after applying this product are as effective as wearing false lashes, but I do think the results are very good nevertheless and I will definitely buy this product again as I am so pleased with the results. I would also agree with the statement on the product claiming "Lash boosting tube technology plumps and stretches each lash", as I do feel the product adds to the overall length of my lashes which is really quite noticeable. Another plus point I have noticed in terms of applying this product is that it has a sort of 'mess-free' formula. There is indeed a statement on the packaging claiming "No Clumping or smudging" and I have to say I agree wholeheartedly with these claims. I have never once experienced the mascara smudging or running (although it IS water resistant to be fair) whilst it is being worn or applied. I have also never noticed that the mascara 'clumps' on the lashes themselves which is something I have experienced with other mascaras in the past, and I think this can result in a rather unattractive 'sticky' look. Overall, I am extremely impressed with the Collection 2000 Big Fake Mascara and I actually plan to buy the product in the brown shade, such is my positive experiences with the product. The mascara can be purchased in Boots stores for £4.99 (or less if you manage to catch the product on special offer), or you can buy online at www.boots.com.
I'm a bit of a makeup addict and i'm always buying new mascaras to try, with this bein one of my most recent purchases. I bought this after seeing it instore at Boots as I was instantly attracted to the chunky, unusual design and I do think it's quite a statement product because of the unique design - most mascara brands make there tubes as thin and sleek as possible for the 'elegant' look. The other reason I bought this was because it is currently part of a 3 for 2 offer and is quite cheap at £4.99 so is overall good value. There are 3 colours to choose from - ultra black, black and brown. I have it in black and it is a lovely deep, striking colour with great pigmentation. The mascara comes in a black and red 8ml tube. The tube has the product and brand name on it and noth the mascara tube and the brush are chunky but a great shape which makes handling it easy - it's easy to get a good grip of and as the bottle's thick and slightly curved it's so easy to hold and guide well without fiddling about! The lid, like all mascaras, is a screw-on lid with the red applicator brush attatched to it. Overall it stands out from the other mascaras as it is not the typical slender shape which I like. The brush is quite large but is still precise and neat and it covers my lashes evenly, applying a thick coat of the mascara and seperating my lashes. A few of the beauty guru's that I am subscribed to on youtube have reviewed this product and marked it down due to the brush size but I am fine with it so maybe it is not to everyone's taste, but in my opinion it is effective and easy to use. One coat of this and in my opinion the lashes look so much more longer and 2/3 coats down the line the long, dramatic look starts to appear, which is good because it does make the mascara much more versatile then if it made the eyelashes huge after just one coat as I can wear it discreetly to uni or wear it out on the town for a much more sexier look. The length this gives after just a couple of coats is visibly noticeable, and even better it doesn't clump even after loads of coats. It doesn't feel heavy or flake which is great and it lasts throughout the day. If leaving it on overnight, like most mascara's it will make the lashes dry out so I do reccomend removing it after use. Removing it is easy, and the process usually takes just 2/3 makeup wipse and there are no issues with it making my eyes sore or red. The formula is not gloopy, it feels nice and lightweight on my lashes and is just the right consistency - not too runny and not to thick and the brush picks up the formula well. It is a mascara that has a nice light, refreshing feeling once applied and it gives me alot of confidence in knowing my lashes look the best they can. It isn't the most subtle mascara but it doesn't look over the top either unless you apply lots of layers. I only need to apply 2-3 layers before my lashes look noticeably longer and thicker. The mascara doesn't dry up or go clumpy on my eyelashes and it lasts really well throughout the day. It is also waterproof and is smudge resistant. Overall for the price it is a good mascara and does what it says on the tin!