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In an ideal world I would be blessed with luscious thick black eyelashes. Back in the real world I have made my peace with the fact that my eyelashes are not as dark, not as thick and not as long as I would like.
For a night out I am now a dab hand at applying false eyelashes and I do enjoy wearing make up, even if just a coat of mascara but as I have got older it has moved further down my priorities list. When I first started teaching at 21 I always wore mascara and not wearing it for a day would result in several hundred teenagers asking me whether I am ill and then telling me that I look ill/rough/old/depressed without makeup on (delightful!). I am now 26 and haven't worn makeup to work for about 2 years as a few extra minutes in bed takes priority. Also at this time of year my hayfever means that wearing standard mascara is a no-go unless I want to look like a panda by midday.
A few weeks ago I was wandering aimlessly around Boots waiting for the photo kiosk to be free and I spotted the Colorsport 30 Day Mascara eyelash and brow dye kit. I remembered using it years ago and being quite impressed so decided to give it a go to make me look a bit less "rough" for the summer. It was price at about £8 which I don't think is too awful considering how many uses you get out of it and the fact that you would often pay that amount for normal mascara that only lasts a day. I was chuffed to find that I had enough Boots Advantage Points to buy it so I saw it as a free treat.
Inside the box is a plastic tray with a build in "mixing bowl" to mix the dye. There is a tube of dye which you squeeze about 2cm of into the mixing bowl and then add 2 drops of the developer liquid. There is a small plastic wand (similar to the stick of a cotton bud but without the cotton bit) which serves as both the applicator and the mixing tool. You mix them together and ad d a few more drops of developer liquid (up to 10) to give it a creamy consistency that doesn't drip.
Once mixed it needs to be used immediately. You use the wand to apply it to your eyelashes (or eyebrows). As the dye stains the skin the instructions say to use a cotton bud to apply a generous coat of Vaseline to the surrounding skin being careful not to get it on the lashes otherwise the dye won't take - this does require a steady hand but is not too difficult.
As long as you have got the dye to a suitable consistency then it should be quite easy to apply with the wand but coating the wand in the dye mix and then gently brushing it on to your eyelashes. I do feel that the wand could be a bit better designed, perhaps more of a comb or brush design but it does the job as long as you are careful. It is worth having some cotton buds to hand in case you need to wipe any off your skin. My main worry was that it seems a bit scary putting dye so close to your eye and I was paranoid that I was going to get it in my eye that wasn't a problem and the instructions say that if you do get it in your eye you just need to rinse it with plenty of cold water.
Once I had applied to both my top and bottom lashes it said to leave it for 10 minutes to develop. I did find that this waiting period was a really bad time to sneeze as it got some of the dye on my skin but luckily the coat of Vaseline made this easy to wipe off.
After 10 minutes you remove the dye by wetting a cotton bud with warm water and wiping off the excess dye from your lashes by brushing the cotton bud away from your eye. It took me about 4 cotton buds to remove the main bulk of the dye and after this I just used an eye make-up removal wipe to remove any remaining residue.
After application any excess dye needs to be disposed of which is nice and easy to do as you can just rinse the plastic pot and wand under some warm water.
The dye works well on my lashes and effectively dyes them black which makes them look bolder and stand out more. Whilst it doesn't give the same "thickness" that normal mascara gives it definitely does give my lashes more impact and is a good halfway between wearing mascara and not wearing mascara. The dye lasts well on my eyelashes for a good 3 weeks and then starts to fade in the 4th week. Despite the warnings on the pack about possible allergies and the importance of doing a skin sensitivity test first (which I didn't bother with) I had no adverse reactions and seeing as I am allergic to just about everything that is good going!
I am pleased with the result and if I do get time to apply mascara over the top of false eyelashes it gives a bit more impact with the boldness of the black on my real lashes. It has not been nearly a month and my eyelashes are almost back to their usual brown colour so as there is still plenty of dye left and so I will be re-dying them tomorrow.
This dye can also be used on eyebrows although I would imagine you would want to go for the brown shade rather than the black that I bought. It is important that they dye is not applied to eyebrows that have been plucked within the last 72 hours and also to be aware that it is much harder to prevent dying of the skin when using it on your eyebrows.
I do really rate this product. It is great if you want darker eyelashes but don't have time to apply mascara daily or if you need your eyelash colour to be truly waterproof. Although the pack sounds quite expensive at £8 I know from when I have used it in the past it will give you many uses (a pack would easily last me a year) and each application lasts up to a month so it works out as good value. It is easy and hassle free to apply and remove and due to the way the packaging can be used to mix it up is minimal on mess. The end result is good and I will definitely use the product again. My only real niggle is that the wand design could be slightly better but it does the job so I guess I shouldn't complain! Overall I am pleased with my purchase and will continue using this eyelash dye.
I have always favoured a well groomed appearance, but am not happy with the natural colour of my eyebrows and eyelashes, as they are not dark enough for my liking. As a result, I wear black mascara and regularly dye my eyebrows. I would previously visit the beauty salon for eyebrow dying, but in addition to the cost and the hassle of having to attend appointments, I found that the colour would begin to face within a couple of weeks. Consequently, I carried out a little research for a product that would enable me to colour my eyelashes and eyebrows at home, which led me to Colorsport, a 30 day mascara eyelash and brow dye kit. I have been using this product for more years than I care to remember with this review discussing my experience.
What is Colorsport?
The kit is available in a choice of two colours, namely black and black/brown with my choice of colour being black. Whilst the product is for the use on the brows and lashes, my sole reason for purchase was for my brows, as I favour the thickening and defining properties offered by mascaras, which dye would not be able to achieve. Contained within the kit is a plastic mixing tray, a 5 ml metal tube of dye, a 10 ml glass bottle of developer liquid, a plastic mixing wand and a double sided instruction leaflet.
Whilst we are initially advised to carry out a skin sensitivity test 48 hours prior to use, I didn't bother with this and dived straight in! Fortunately, I did not suffer any adverse effects, but I would highly recommend that you carry out this test, particularly as hair dyes can have such horrendous effects on some people. During my first use I decided to go the whole hog and dye my lashes and my eyebrows, which is an experience I would never wish to repeat; the reason why will became apparent further on in my review.
Preparing your lashes and brows for application
The lashes should be thoroughly cleansed with a non oily cleanser to ensure that all traces of oil and make up have been removed, as otherwise the dye will be ineffective. A barrier of petroleum jelly should be applied below the lower lash line and above the upper lash line to prevent the dye from running into the eyes in addition to masking the area so that the skin doesn't get dyed. However, at the time of my initial purchase the only product I had available was baby lotion, so I didn't think anything of it when I carefully applied it using the tip of a cotton bud.
Preparing the dye for application
The tube of dye offers a screw top cap with the dispensing aperture being hygienically protected, so it needs to be pierced with the opposite side of the cap, which is an easy process. A length of approximately 2 cm of dye needs to be squeezed into the mixing tray with two drops of the clear developer liquid, which has been designed in such a way that only small droplets are dispensed when the bottle is turned upside down. Both ingredients should then be thoroughly mixed using the plastic wand, which takes just a few minutes. I frequently find that I need additional developing liquid and it is perfectly fine to use more up to a maximum of ten drops in total. The mixture should resemble that of a non drip cream as opposed to being of a runny consistency, as otherwise it will not remain on the lashes or brows following application.
Applying the product to lashes and brows
I then apply the dye using the mixing wand, which isn't the best of applicators, as the dye sometimes falls off due to its narrow cylindrical shape with its size being similar to that of a cotton bud although shorter. Despite having purchased this product for well over seven years, I am surprised that a more suitable design of wand hasn't been considered. I've previously attempted to apply the mixture with a cotton bud, but this has not proved to be successful, as the cotton wool tip tends to absorb some of the dye.
When I initially used the dye on my eyebrows with the baby lotion barrier, the heat of my skin began to melt the lotion and as a consequence, the dye ran into my eyes and burned like mad. Don't make my mistake and think that any cream or lotion will do, as you need to use petroleum jelly or another similar product. My further uses of the dye on my lashes proved to be successful with the mixture needing only ten minutes on the lashes and brows. In relation to the lashes, the wand should be used in exactly the same way as a mascara wand whilst ensuring that each hair is fully coated. Coating the brows is much easier and I simply build up the dye until they are fully covered.
I would point out that the dye stains the surrounding areas of skin and whilst it is quite easy to avoid when applying to the lashes, it proves to be a little more difficult with the brows. If the skin is accidently touched, it almost instantly becomes stained with the dye, so I have to resort to a facial scrub and plenty of elbow grease. The frustrating issue I face when using this product is that my brows and lashes nearly always itch like mad, which is generally the situation when I apply a face mask! As a result, I need to gently poke at the affected area with the end of a cotton wool bud in order to obtain some relief. The mixing tray and wand should be wiped clean where I tend to use a few sheets of toilet paper although I have found that after several uses, both tend to become rather stained.
After ten minutes I gently wipe away the dye with dampened cotton wool balls in relation to my brows and dampened cotton buds in relation to the lashes. In addition to the removal directions as provided in the easy to follow instructions, I gently wash my face, particularly as I do not feel that the cotton wool and bud can fully remove the entire product. The dye perfectly covers my lashes and brows with a dark shade of black, which enables them to appear more prominent and I have found that the colour lasts for approximately four weeks although by the end of the third week the colour isn't quite as dark.
My main use of this product is for my brows and I have found that a kit will last me over a year, where I can achieve around eighteen applications to my brows, as opposed to the sixteen application claim by the manufacturer. This represents excellent value for money although the dye is used far quicker than the developing liquid. This is a shame, as it would be handy if a small tube of dye could be purchased on its own, so that I can use the remainder of the liquid. The only problem I face is that with continued use the metal tube starts flaking small pieces of foil, which tend to fall into the dye. However, this only happens when I am nearing the end, so it's not really a problem as far as I'm concerned.
Price and availability
I cannot fault this product, which is so easy to use and offers superb results. The kit generally retails at around £8.25 and can be found in stores such as Boots and Superdrug. However, the kit I am currently using offers 33% extra free, so it's wise to stock up when you can find it with this promotion. As an estimate, I would advise that it costs me less than 50p each time I dye my brows as opposed to the £12 I was paying in the beauty salon. Due to the reasons discussed above, I can award nothing less than five stars together with a high recommendation.
I hope you found my review useful and thanks for reading.
I have recently had an eye infection, apparently caused with eye lashes being pulled out due to non-removal of mascara when going to bed! I hold my hands up to this one! After a heavy Saturday night out clubbing, the last thing I remember to do is remove my mascara. Getting my contact lenses out is a job in itself!
Anyway, I was unable to wear eye makeup for a week due to having eye drops and as i work in a smart office, I feel quite naked without eye makeup, (and look like a teenager!) So I was getting a bit miserable. My mum recommended I try a eyelash dye. 'I cant afford salon treatments on my wage!', was my immediate response! 'Why not do it yourself', said my ever resourceful mummy-dear!
So I toddled off to Boots to see what they had. I came across the Colorsport 30 day mascara. It is only in a little box, about the size of pack of cards, maybe a bit bigger (2 x 3 inches). The box is mostly white, with a pair of eyes peering into the image in a deep purpley colour. The box is quite unnoticeable to be honest, if you are not looking for it specificlly. It has a hole for a hanging display and is usually found where nail accessories are kept. Well, thats where they were in my Boots!
Back to the product.....
On opening the box, you find a stick, shorter than a toothpick, which slims to a paddle type tool at one one end. There is also a 5ml glass amber bottle of colour developer and a two inch tube of dye. Oh and of course an instruction leaflet. It is all contained in a little plastic tray which has a well to mix the dye in. Qute dinky but very cheap!
There are the usual Cautions explained in the leaflet, for example, skin sensitivity etc. Do test this product first because it could potentialy blind you if you are allergic. You obviously skin test on your arm or leg, rather than on your eye! Doh!
Ok, so when you actually decide to dye your eyelashes, it advises you to apply petroleum jelly around your eye to stop dye getting onto the skin and smudging. i tried this and got it all over my eyelashes, therefore stopping any dye actually taking! Oh dear! So now I dont bother, and to be honest, I havent had any smudges.
Using the small tube of dye squeeze about 2 cm of dye into the the well of the tray and add a couple of drops of the developer liquid. The dye look squite light or even orangey but dont worry! My bottle dripped very fast so be careful. You can add up to ten drops of developer but only add until the dye resembles a creamy consistency, but not too runny. Remember you dont want it getting in your eye.
Using the white paddle supplied apply the creamy mixture to your eyelashes. Believe me, this sounds so simple, but the paddle is useless. I found dye flicking off in all directions and I could not get it where I wanted it! Useless, so I binned it!
Instead, I improvised! I used to be a Body Shop Rep so have hundreds of mascara wands, (disposable obviously for each customer I had!) so I decided to try to apply as I would my normal mascara! Magic, it worked a treat. If you bend the head of the mascara wand too, so it is at a right angle to the handle, this helps too. Not just with this dye but with any mascara!
Okay, so the dye is on. How does it feel? It feels okay actually, just like I have water on my lashes. I did get a little in my eye and by god it does sting, so do be careful. Keep the dye on for ten minutes for it to take full effect. Then you can carefully remove using cotton wool and warm water.
Voila, lovely dark brown lashes! However, as I am medium blonde in colouring, it was not quite enough for me! It was okay for a change, and I coul dsee a difference but I like the darker more sultry too! Did I hear someone shout 'Tart!'. Who me!?!
I toddled back off to Boots and purchased the Black variety of the product. I went through the process, 24 hour skin test blah de blah! And after my ten minutes of dyeing time were up, I had lovely black lashes! Much better.
Ok, you ask, so how much does this faffing about cost me! Right, so how much do you pay for your average mascara nowadays, £8-£9!?! Easy! ...
....And how long does a mascara last? Well, you are supposed to buy a new one every three months. .....
.... So that is £8 - £9 four times a year which would cost £32 - 36.
So whats my point you ask!?!.....
......Each pack of eyelash dye costs just short of £8, the exact pennies I cant remember I am afraid. Each pack claims to have up to 12 applications, therefore a years supply! Now you get my point!?! Although I bought two packs I am still potentially better off and my eyes are healthier!
But also, another little tip for you, the Colorsport 30 day Mascara can be paid for with Advantage points. I paid for one of my sets with points therfore two years supply has cost as a little as £8. Good eh!
So what have I forgotten, oh yes, how long it last! I woul say 30 days is maybe stretching it a little bit but a good three weeks. It you use an oily makeup remover it may be less! But even if you have to appply every fortnight, its still better than applying every day isnt it!?!
I hope this review has given a pretty all round view of the product! Thank you for reading.
I've been using mascara for around 30 years now - goodness knows how much it's cost me & how many mls of the stuff I've used during this time! The reason I rely on it so much is that I have auburn hair & very pale lashes plus I'm sure I'm losing more the older I get.
We were watching Lost on Friday night & we were discussing whether or nor Richard wears eyeliner & mascara so I asked hubby if he'd pay for me to have my eyes done permanently to which I got a resounding 'no' lol! Next day, whilst flicking through some recent magazines I found a 50% off voucher (Boots) on Colorsport 30 day mascara - eyelash & brow dye kit & having read some reviews I decided to treat myself. The normal price at Boots is £7.49.
I was pleased to see this kit contains 33% extra free & it states on the box that you get 16 applications with 'minimum effort & maximum impact'. It claims to last until it fades or your eyelashes fall out so I reckon there's almost a years worth here.
Inside the pretty box there is a plastic applicator, 6.67g tube of dye ( I chose black but it's also available in brown) & a 10ml glass bottle which contains the developer liquid.
It's advised that you do an allergy test first - normally I wouldn't bother but I do have quite sensitive eyes - & you basically mix the 2 ingredients together & apply with the applicator on cleansed eyelashes, leave for 10 minutes then clean the lashes The full instructions are given both on the box & in a leaflet inside & are very clear to follow.
It claims that 'your eyelashes appear darker, healthier & elegantly defined from root to tip( I wonder what unhealthy eyelashes look like?!) & I must say I was pleased with the results. I'd also like to point out here that there's no smell in the product - I've used many a smelly mascara & they can be horrible.
It suggest you top up with mascara to give a more dramatic look, which I've done, so I wouldn't say it was a replacement for it but I've found it's nice to wake up & see that I do indeed have eyelashes & they're definitely more defined.
I've also used a LITTLE on my brows & they look good too. I read somewhere that defined (but not thin brows) make you look younger - well I'm not sure about that but they do look better now they have some colour & more of a shape. I'll experiment more with my brows but I'm worried I may have that startled or surprised look so will be very careful as I don't mean to scare anyone!
- well pleased with the results I got.
- easy to apply.
- results in 10 minutes.
- each application should last approx 1 month (but I used a bit more when I applied it).
- brows & lashes look more defined.
- may not suit everyone but I'll be buying more next year.
Being casper white with blonde blonde hair, without mascara my eyelashes are almost completely invisible. As I find mascara to be more hassle than I can really be bothered with, and finances don't allow for regular eyelash tinting at the salon, when I saw this Colorsport 30 Day Mascara in the Boots magazine I decided to give it a go.
The product comes in a plastic tray inside a cardboard box. Honestly, I find the packaging rather ugly but it does the job and contains plenty of information on the back - handy if you lose the instruction leaflet. Besides, who really cares what the packaging looks like for a product like this?
The plastic tray contains a tube of dye cream, a bottle of developer liquid and an application wand. It also has a space for mixing the dye which is quite handy. The quantities appear small, but the box states that this pack contains enough for 16 applications - that's a year's supply for just £7.49 so heeeeaps cheaper than going to a salon all year!
The instruction leaflet is detailed and with plenty of photographs so it's very easy to follow. However, this product does take a bit of practice and I still haven't quite mastered it yet. The main problem is the application wand... it's just a plastic stick. I am contemplating trying out this product using an old mascara wand as the plastic stick only really coats the one side of the lashes rather than coating them all round. I think a better wand would probably give a far superior finish.
Nonetheless this product is great. You mix the dye according to the instructions, coat your eyelashes and then in 10 minutes wash it off. I was a bit wary that it might sting or be uncomfortable but as of yet that hasn't happened and so I am very pleased (but always do a patch test first!). I have only used this product twice and so I think that I am still quite wary and probably don't go as close to the eye as I should - for this reason although the result is good, it's not like having been to a salon and I feel that although I can go without mascara, eyeliner is still an absolute essential otherwise from a distance you still can't really notice my eyelashes. However, up close, I am very pleased with the result as whereas mascara tends to wear off the tips of my eyelashes almost immediately, the advantage of this dye is that they always look far longer than they ever did before as the tips stay dark.
This is a great product if you can't be bothered with mascara. It takes a fair bit of practice but the result is natural and really pretty eyes - I feel that it's prettier than mascara as it looks so much more natural. However, whereas mascara thickens the eyelashes, this obviously doesn't, so if you don't have many eyelashes you might prefer to stick to mascara or use mascara on top for extra definition.
I will be sticking with this product - I can't wait for summer and for the first time not having to worry about messy mascara on the beach. I am so pleased that I will definitely be trying out the colorsport eyeliner too!
Definitely worth persevering with this product, even though it can be a bit tricky to apply at first.
Coloursport 30 day mascara eyelash & brow dye kit
When i spotted this product on the shelf in Boots it sounded perfect for me, as i have fair hair and my eyelashes are very light blonde so when i havent applied mascara to my lashes it looks like i dont even have any eyelashes! I dont always have time in the mornings to apply 2 coats of mascara so thought id try this out.
**What the product claims**
On the box the product claims that in just 10 minutes the dye will give your lashes a permanent colour that looks natural and lasts for upto a month. Your eyelashes will appear darker, healthier and defined from root to tip. The kit contains enough for up to 16 applications - a years supply!
This product comes in a small cardboard box which is light purple with an image of an eye and eyebrow with lovely long dark looking lashes. On the bottom right hand corner you will see the colour of the dye either black or brown.
**My experience of the product**
When you open up the box you have to try and squash your fingertips down the side of the box to pull out a small plastic tray the same size as the box. Inside the tray is what they call a application wand...which is just a plastic stick, a tube of dye cream and a bottle of developer liquid. Underneath the wand is a dip in the tray where you mix together your dye.
The inscrutions tell you to squeeze a 2cm blob of dye cream into the dish of the plastic tray then apply 2 or 3 drops of developer, then stir with the wand. Then using the wand apply to clean eyelashes which have been washed with a non oily cleanser. This is easier said than done as the wand is rubbish! Image trying to apply normal mascara with a pencil, this is how it is trying to apply this dye with the wand. The dye wouldnt come off the wand onto my lashes and what did come off the wand didnt go onto my lashes evenally!
You leave the dye on for 10 minutes, then i wiped the dye off my lashes with a water soaked cooton wool ball. With my eyes shut i wiped in downwards strokes so not to get any dye in my eyes. I then used a cotton wool bud to remove bits i had missed.
Yes my eyelashes did look slightly darker, but i still had to apply mascara to them as you still couldnt notice that i had eyelashes without mascara on. I found this product a waste of money and time, i couldnt apply it properly and the result wasnt much different from my own colour eyelashes.
** The price and where to buy**
This product is available from Boots, Wilkos and all major supermarkets. I bought this from Boots costing £5.95, which is the same price as i have seen Tesco and Asda selling it for.
I bought the Colorsport 30 Day Mascara, thinking it would be exactly what it says 'on the tin'. I have black hair and thus black (or dark eyelashes). I like to wear alot of mascara for volume amongst length in order to get my eyes to stand out, alongside some eyeliner of course. Anyways I bought this product for my holiday thinking it will be less hassle for me on holiday, but unfortunately for me this product did not make any difference. The product was easy to apply and the instructions were clear. I was abit disappointed after I rinsed off the solution, as I thought it would provide at least some length or volume to my lashes. I understand now that this product was not going to offer any volume to my eyelashes but just to darken them if they were light. I would imagine this product would be alot more beneficial to those with fairer hair and eyelashes. Maybe they should say this on the packet.
DO NOT USE i bought this product, did the allergy test, which didnt have any affects and proceeded to tint my eyelashes, i didnt take a reaction.two months later i attempted it again, and within 3 hours of washing the tint off my eyelashes, my eyelids had swollen. by the next day i was unable to open my eyes and remained like this for 2 days, by the third day the swelling had gone done on my eyes, but my cheeks were extremely swollen.it has been a week since my reaction, and i now have red, incredibly dry skin. this goes to show that you may not take a reation the first time.. but could later on. i would not recomend this product! I HAVE GIVEN THE PRODUCT 1 STAR BECAUSE YOU ARE UNABLE TO GIVE NONE.
i have used the coloursport 30 day mascara, but have found the eyelure a lot easier to apply and a little bit cheaper. Although i cant complain about the price because its over a year since i bought my last pack, admittedly i dont use it every 30 days, but considering you only use 2 drops out of the bottle and 2cms out of the tube every time it really does last, and im sure i saw it in new packaging in boots as lasting 40 days.
i dont know if it comes with a small mascara brush, or if ive saved that. but all you have to do is mix it as i said before and then just put it on as you would mascara, dont try and clump your eyelashes in it - thats the mistake i used to make, and always ended up with it going in my eyes and having to wash the whole lot off and start again. i love it, but dont expect it to look like mascara. it colours your lashes but cant thicken them, try a bit of vaseline on your lashes when youve coloured them to get a thicker look. its so easy to use i have even done my daughters eyelashes - she's 11 and she didnt complain once! - and thats a stroppy thinks she's a teenager girl.
Coloursport 30-Day Mascara
After having my lashes professionally tined at my local salon last year and paying an extortionate price of around £15 for the one treatment I went on the hunt for a DIY solution and it wasnt long before I stumbled across this Coloursport 30 day mascara on the shelves in Boots.
For a price of around £6 I bought this 30 day mascara a few months ago and t be honest I am fairly pleased with the results. I would say that it can actually last longer than the specified 30 days but would need a top up around that time if not a week or so later. I bought the black colour but it is also available in a shade of brown for those with lighter features but I find the black gives the best results.
The packet contains several items, which include the developer, the black cream, a mixing plastic tray and stick along with a little booklet of instructions. They do say to give yourself a test patch at least 24 hours before you plan to use this product encase of allergic reaction but I didnt do this because I have never had any sort of reaction to any thing before and having it done at the beauticians before I thought that I would be ok. However I would recommend that everyone trying this at first must do a test patch just to be on the safe side.
The best way I have found to use this mascara product is to first make sure that your face and eye makeup has been totally removed and that your face is clean and fresh and without any product. I would them suggest applying a barrier around the eye area such as Vaseline to ensure that if you accidentally get any of the dye on your skin that it can be easily removed if this barrier is in place.
The product then needs to be mixed and the instructions suggest that a pea sized amount of the black cream paste is to be put into the plastic tray and then on top of this you have to drop 2 to 3 drops of the developer. You then need to get the mixing stick and thoroughly mix both the paste and the developer together. The developer is the consistency of water and mixed with the cream beings to form a pale grey coloured paste. Lumps do form so I suggest mixing it for a good minute or two before using it.
Once the product is mixed well to a nice consistency you can then apply the product to the lashes. I find it better to start off with the bottom lashes as this makes there less chance of getting the product from the top lashes hitting the eyelid skin when you are trying to do the bottom. The stick that they give you to mix the mascara is used to apply it to the lashes and this is ok but I often find myself using cotton wool buds instead as this gives more hold on the product and less chance of it dripping off the stick.
I always spread the mascara thickly and clumpy looking on the lashes just to make sure that even tiny bit of eyelash is covered with the dye. It can take around 10 minutes to apply the product to both sets of eyelashes top and bottom. It them says to leave the dye on the lashes for around 10 minutes but I sometimes go over this just to make sure it really has taken well.
After the waiting time has passed removing the 30 day mascara can be pretty easy but you have to really make sure not to get any in your eye as this really does sting quite a bit. I use more cotton buds to take the dye off and just use a little bit of warm water. This does use up quite a few cotton buds but I do think that it is the most effective way of getting all the dye off. You could use a cotton wool pad but again be careful not to get the dye on your eyelids or under your eyes.
After removing the dye you are able to see the results straight away and I do think it look brilliant. The way you put the mascara on the lashes does make a difference and I try to get the top lids looking as though I have applied eye liner as I dye the lashes so close to the root and the eyelid that it appears as if liner has been applied.
It really does make the lashes stand out a lot more and I find especially my bottom lashes which are a lot fairer that the top set look a lot more prominent. I would still use normal mascara if I was going out but I think I would be happy to leave the house with no makeup on with this on my lashes. As it gives the appearance of mascara having been used. It doesnt make the lashes look thicker or longer but it does save on looking over made up. I see a lot of women who have used mascara and literally you can see lumps of the product clinging to the lashes and looking like old spiders. This is really not appealing and with the use of this product you will never have to deal with lump lashes again.
This product really works and I think for the price is an absolute bargain. I have even used it during pregnancy and I do hear you are not meant to use dyes or things whilst pregnant but I have not seen any harm in it. I think this is prefect for those who do not like to apply makeup everyday and is perfect for use before going away on holiday.
Available from larger Boots stores or via www.colorsportuk.com at £7.25, Colorsport 30-Day Mascara is available in Black and Brown shades. Although a regular visitor to Boots, I had never noticed the product before, and I've found it tends to be hidden away with the eyecare products such as eyedrops etc.
As my first attempt at dying my eyelashes, I decided to start lightly and chose the brown shade, although I would use black in the future for a more dramatic difference.
The kit contains a sealed 5mg tube of dye, a 10ml bottle of developing fluid, instruction sheet and a small plastic wand to use to mix and apply the dye - all set in a self-contained mixing tray. Although the set seemed pretty simple and flimsy, it was everything you needed for under £8.00 and would last at least six months as only a small amount of the products are needed each time.
The instructions suggest first doing a patch test on a small area of skin and waiting 24-hours for any reaction, although I have to admit I was too impatient for this.
As the mixture has to be used immediately when prepared, I first applied a thin layer of Vaseline to the upper and lower lids to avoid accidentally staining the skin, and prepared some wet cotton wipes to use to wipe away the residue once the time was up.
Around 1-2cm of the dye is needed, along with only 3 or 4 drops of the developing fluid, before being stirred into a thick paste. Although the application wand is designed to also stir the mixture together, I found it too fiddly and weak and ended up using a cotton bud instead.
Although first time nerves may have meant my hands weren't as steady as they should have been, the application wand can be very difficult to use - the mixture tends to stay on the wand rather than attach to your lashes, and you can easily end up with large, heavy clumps of the mixture hanging dangerously close to your eye! Colorsport must have recognised this though, and I have since seen new boxes where a small minature mascara brush is included instead, which should make application a lot easier. Alternatively, an old mascara brush could be used instead, and would probably achieve better coverage.
I struggled with the application wand and applied a layer of the mixture to my upper and lower lashes, keeping your eyes open as though you were putting on mascara, then tried to keep as still as possible for around 5 - 10 minutes. Although you can blink without difficulty, occasional smudges get onto your eyelids, which is why coating them first is essential. Your eyelids tend to feel a little heavy while you're waiting for the mixture to take, but it's not uncomfortable.
As my first time, I was so terrified of getting the mixture in my eyes that I probably waited only 5 minutes, then shut my eyes and frantically wiped at them with the cotton wool pads and splashed them with water for several minutes until I was sure all the mixture had been removed. I had some mild stinging and redness for a few seconds afterwards, but I think this was the Vaseline and not the mixture itself.
As I said earlier, the result probably wasn't as dramatic as I'd hoped for because my eyelashes were already fairly brown anyway, but it definitely worked and I'd imagine would go even darker if I'd left it on for the full 10 minutes as recommended. After around three weeks, the old, dyed eyelashes fell out naturally and new paler ones began growing in, although the product would last a week or so longer depending on your own natural growth.
Aside from the awkward applicator wand, this kit is effective and a lot cheaper than visiting a beauty parlour to have it done, where prices can start from £5.00 upwards just for one session. At least you can perform this in your own home, and of course can remove the mixture immediately if you notice it becoming too dark or not suiting your skin. Many professionals instead use a technique where your eyes are shut throughout and cotton pads placed on top and left to 10 - 20 minutes - a little late if it starts stinging, staining the skin around the eye or you change your mind!
I wonder sometimes if my lifestyle is a personal small rebellion. Although my unshakeable love of horses and my deep devotion to the horse I have had for over a third of my lifetime - and almost all of his - shapes my days, there is more to it. Something within me fights being pigeon-holed because of others' impressions of me and my family's expectations in days gone by. Being regarded as "posh" by those who don't know me well has me flying off in any direction to disprove this. My friends smile and enjoy never knowing what I am going to do next, while the Ladies who Lunch "Tsk". Thus it was that, when periodically leaving a management job to drive a tractor or help on a farm - just because I felt like it, I learned that the great outdoors was for me. However the feminine side of me does regret that styled hair and make up last all of 5 seconds in a raging gale. The hair is quite easy as I keep it short and feathered, but the face is something else again. Although wearing little makeup during the day, I do like to apply mascara and eyeliner once the stable chores are done. I had just done this last saturday when the skies opened and what seemed like a mini tornado hit my village. I raced to the farm to bring my horse and his field companion back to their stables, before helping others rescue the rest of the horses from their paddocks. In fact the fragile darlings were wearing warm rainproof rugs, but are all spoilt rotten. Bent double in the gale and soaked to my knickers, trying to hold down my impatient charges, who were whirling around with all four feet off the ground while trying to turn from the wind and rain, I had no time to think about my own appearance. I have to admit some exhilaration when all was done. The yard owner and I grinned at each other as we said together, "Not bad for 60 year old ladies, eh!" Looking in the bathroom mirror, when I returned home, my reflectio
n showed me a bedraggled panda. I had forgotten the recently applied mascara. This would not do! What had I looked like on my way home, even if only across the road? Joy of joys, I remembered that I had my Colorsport 30 Day Mascara in a drawer. Although it had worked so well when I first bought it, I hadn't bothered to apply any more after the first application. Here we go at last with the nitty gritty of my op. Colorsport is an eyelash and brow dye which lasts as long as your eyelashes. Since these replace themselves about every 30 days, this explains the name. With a cost of only £7.99 from Boots and other similar outlets and with a choice of colours from brown to black, this product really is a boon. The box is easily identifiable on the shelf in blue and black with a pair of magnificent eyes portrayed. Mine still don't look like that, but then I am no longer of model age. Contained within is a white plastic mould holding a bottle of dark liquid, a small tube of cream and an inset pallette with a narrow wand. The instructions are very clear and request an allergy test. Did I do this? Do I ever! You really should follow the instructions for this test though, as I remember only too well the painful and unsightly cracked skin around my eyes from eye shadow once. Do make sure that all surfaces are covered as this dye colours anything. I draped an old towel over the wash basin to be safe. Make sure that your eye lashes are clean and have no oil on them. Pierce the tube of colour with the inverted cap and squeeze about an inch of the contents into the little palette. Then carefully add 2 drops of liquid from the bottle and mix well, using the tiny wand supplied. Gradually add more drops as you mix with a maximum of 10. You are trying for a non-drip consistancy, and I had no trouble with this. It is here that I deviated from the instructions slightly. We are supposed to used the wand to apply to
our eyelashes. I did not find this worked easily for me, so found an old narrow mascara brush which had already been washed. I do tend to keep old brushes as they can come in handy. Apply as you would mascara, carefully brushing through all the lashes and avoiding the skin. A damp tissue will remove any dye if used immediately. Bearing in mind that without my spectacles I was using a magnifying mirror in order to see what I was doing, I have yet to have any Colorsport touch the skin. This includes the lower lashes. Now wait for 10 minutes before removing the dye with a damp cotton bud or tissue. Close your eyes and do the same with the top of your lashes. That is all there is to it. I use the dark brown and now have permanently dark lashes, whatever the weather throws at me, without needing mascara. This time round I decided to be adventurous and dye my eyebrows. These are not thick and have the occasional odd touch of grey and I was careful to just touch the hairs with the brush. After all, I could always pull my fringe down if a disaster resulted. I was delighted with the effect after the required 10 minutes. My eyebrows look a perfectly natural dark brown and I tidied them up with tweezers shortly after the treatment. Here I should warn that eyebrows should not be dyed if they have been plucked within 3 days before the colouring. Colorsport contains hydrogen peroxide, so the eyes should be rinsed immediately should any of the mixture come in contact with them. Also make sure that the temperature of your room is not too cold or hot. Apparently 10 degrees warmer or cooler than 22 degrees can affect the result by half. The color may be lightened by reducing the time you wait before removal. The Colorsport box contains enough mixture for 12 applications, which is a year's supply. Not bad for £7.99. For more dramatic effect I shall buy a black dye kit for my eyelashes, although keeping my brows dark
brown. I shan't forget to apply it next time round, although with any luck the season of rain and gales will be over by that time and I shall start applying my instant tan. That's another op maybe. On a final note, the last time I used Colorsport my hairdresser was most impressed. Particularly at the effect for the price (considerably less than she charges), and the short time that it takes to work. She wrote down the name of it for herself.
First thing in the morning you get up and look in the bathroom mirror. Aaaaah!!! Panda eyes. You didn't take your make-up off before bed. (naughty, naughty) But thats not me, not anymore. WHY? because I found colorsport. 30 day mascara. At £7.99 for a kit that has got 12 applications it works out at about 15p a week. Each application lasts between 3 and 4 weeks. I bought my kit from Boots. Think about this, how much does a beautician charge for an eyelash tint. (expensive or what) You can do your eyebrows as well as your lashes. I am dark haired but in the summer my eyebrows turn gingeryish, so I just use colorsport in the summer to keep them dark. (I love liz Taylors dark brows) *******************BENEFITS************************* Walk in the rain Go swimming No more Panda eyes Saves money and time When visitors turn up unexpected your eyes are ready made up. Permanent for 3/4 weeks In the evening if you do want a little bit more of a Glam look, you can always add a touch of mascara for a thicker effect. ----------------------------------------------------- *********************WARNINGS********************** Do do a test patch on the inside of your elbow.(allergic reaction test) better safe than sorry Wear old clothes(incase you spill some)it stains fabric. Don't pluck brows immediately before or after dying(wait a day or so) If it goes in your eye it really stings (it happened to me) rinse out with loads of cold water. --------------------------------------------------- Like everything in life practise makes perfect. If your hand slips, wet a cottonbud and wipe off the stain immediately. This product comes with a silly plastic applicator which I do find useless. It is far easier to use an old clean mascara wand. The box it comes in, is turquoise and black. Inside the box you will find a mixing tray,
wand, a little bottle of liquid that contains among other things Hydrogen peroxide, A little tube of cream which also has a number of ingredients and of course instructions. For people with eye problems I suggest you contact your own G.P or The manufactures. Brodie and Stone Plc. This is where we all turn to witches and brew our concoction (joking) Put 1 inch of the cream in the mixing tray add enough of the liquid (between 2 and 10 drops)and mix altogether. (make sure you mix it well) and apply. Wait just 10 minutes (I suggest less for brows)and wipe off with a damp cotton wool ball. Then rinse properly in cool water. You can actually get this dye in black or brown, I know black can look a bit harsh on some people. What do us women know? The young men of these days are just as much into appearance as us. So yes, Men you can use it, especially if you have got very pale lashes. But! having said that most men are already blessed with long thick lashes. (NOT FAIR) There doesn't seem to be much, if any of a smell/perfume to colorsport (not like hair dye) so you have no worries there. I do recommend it. It must be good, I bought it and my daughter tried it, and by gum next week she went out and bought some. Now that is saying something if a daughter actually agrees with her mum on beauty products. p.s. She even told her friends.
I had read many times in magazines about eyelash dyeing, glossy magazines, the type I would never consider reading now. Glossy magazines that seem to assume we all have thirty quid to go spending on such luxuries as dyeing our eyelashes once a month. Well I don't, so I banished the thoughts of such things from my mind until such time as I won the national lottery. However I always though it was a great idea. I am a glasses wearer with very blond eyelashes, if I don't put mascara on in the morning my eyes tend to look very small. Never having to apply mascara again is very appealing. Never waking up in the morning again looking like Ozzy Osbourne (which tends to happen if I forget to take mine off) never having to refrain from rubbing my itchy eyes when I have hay fever for fear of ending up looking like I have a black eye. Then one day, while having a wander round boots in town, something on the false nails and eyelash rack caught my eye. Colorsport 30-day mascara. It's quite surprising it did actually, given the rather unassuming nature of the packaging. Hiding among brightly coloured nail kits and glitter false lashes in its drab green and black box; the people at Colorsport need to rethink their packaging. The 30-day mascara comes in two shades, black and dark brown, and claims to offer permanent colour that looks completely natural. Being a pale blond (definitely not a dumb one) I decided to err on the side of caution and go for the dark brown, lest the black looks a bit too obvious. I handed my £7.99 to the checkout assistant (who was very interested in it, said she'd get some for herself) the n went home to try out my new toy. Inside the little box is a little tray with a little bottle of liquid, a little tube of cream a little plastic wand and a little leaflet. It's all very little. So, onto the nitty gritty: Step 1 ***** Read the leaflet. The instructions in the lea
flet are very clear and easy to understand. However, in keeping with the rest of the product, the writing is very little. If you have bad eyesight a magnifying glass may come in useful. Step 2 ****** Do a skin test. Detailed instructions on how to perform the skin test are given in the leaflet. I am impatient and therefore didn't do one myself. However this is a dye that goes very near the eyes, so don't be as silly as I am, ok. Step 3 ****** Dye your lashes. Again there are detailed instructions in the leaflet. Ensure that all surfaces around you are well protected as there are a number of warnings that this is likely to dye pretty much anything it comes into contact with. I'm a messy worker and now have pale brown patches on my white bathroom shelf (I'm not bothered as were getting a new one soon) At room temperature, mix together the cream and the liquid to a non-drip consistency with the plastic wand. A little well is moulded into the plastic tray for this purpose, but I used a cottage cheese tub lid. You are then supposed to apply the mixture to your eyelashes using the plastic wand, I found this extremely awkward and got mixture in my eyes (arrghhhh!) so I now use an old mascara wand which works much better. Leave for ten minutes and wipe away with damp cotton wool. Step 4 ****** Dazzle the world with the fact that you can wake up every morning with super sexy eyes. Results ****** The resulting colour, using the dark brown, was amazingly natural looking. It seemed unusual that each lash was dark and added definition to the eye but wa s soft and separated in a way that no mascara, whatever they claim, has ever managed to achieve. I asked my other half if he noticed anything different. He looked at me, puzzled and said: "Well, your eyes look a bit more...more" "More what?" "Well, just more. It's
nice" Which is about as close as I'm gonna get to a round of applause from him. For a more dramatic look I still apply black mascara on top, but for day to day wear I now have no need. But what if it all goes wrong? *********************** The dye hasn't worked: ----------------------------- There are three possibilities. 1. The hair wasn't completely clean, obviously it needs to be free from any grease or old mascara. 2. The cream and liquid wasn't mixed well enough, make sure you really give it a good mixing up. 3. The cream and liquid were too cold when mixing, too warm or too cool reduces the effectiveness by around a half. My eyes! My eyes! ------------------------ So, you got it in your eyes. Don't worry, I did this the first time. It doesn't hurt too much, just a mild burning with stinging. Simply wash the eyes out immediately with clean, cool water. I didn't want to when I got it in my eyes as I had had it on for quite a while already and didn't want to have to start all over again. So I just sat there in pain for five minutes and then washed it out, it wasn't too bad, but then I am quite hard (grrrr!). I wouldn't recommend doing this just before a night out, if you do happened to get it in your eyes they will be quite bloodshot. Other info and Techie bits ********************* Eyelashes continually renew themselves which is why, even though this is a permanent dye, you will have to reapply every 30 days (hence the name). The dye can be used on eyebrows and other areas. I don't know what these other areas are, and why you would want to dye them, but if you're interested then go for it. The pack contains enough for around 12 applications and should therefore last for around a year. For the measly sum of £7.99 that's pretty good. Especially if you consider that
most mascara's cost the same and are supposed to be disposed of every three months (though we never do, do we?) I've never seen any other product from colorsport, in fact I couldn't find anything out about them online at all. The product contains a lot of chemicals; obviously, these are all clearly labelled on the packaging. Notably the liquid is hydrogen peroxide based. Personally I can't understand why anyone would want to carry on using mascara with a product such as this available. I find it especially good, as I can now rub my eyes to my hearts content during one of, my all year round, allergy attacks. (I've had to 'no comment' on all the ratings below as the boxes had gone a bit funny)
Dyeing your eyelashes at home is for the reasonably brave. Like bikini waxing (ouch), it needs practice. But its excellent value, gives a nice effect especially for the asbestos-lashed among us, and lasts for ages. Colorsport is the best-known brand, and the formula is tried and true. However, success is as much in the application as the product, so if you want to give it a go, here?s five year?s worth of advice. Remember, short-sighted contact lens wearers are at a natural advantage with their superior near vision (just PLEASE take the lenses out first!) For £7-8, you get a miniscule tube of extremely concentrated black or brown-black dye, a little bottle of hydrogen peroxide (to activate the dye), a totally useless blending tray and wand, and some fairly comprehensive instructions. Before you even start, I would test a tiny amount of this product on the inside of your forearm (warning: this will give you fake mole for a few days) ? just mix a dab of the dye and developer, and dot it on. You do NOT want an allergic dye reaction right next to your eye, rare though these reactions may be. The leaflet recommends cleaning excess oil off your lashes before application, and I suggest gently curling them too. The dye needs a lot of blending to become smooth, so instead of the flimsy tray and wand, mix with a used matchstick in a jar lid you were going to chuck anyway. After you?re used to it, you can do your left eye first (always takes longer than the right for right-handers) so that your lashes get about the same developing time, but if this is the first time, the right eye is easier to get the hang of (unless you?re a leftie!). Apply it when next to the bathroom sink, in case of getting a bit in your eyes. I wouldn?t use the wand for application, as it can occasionally ping mixture into your eye. Apply with the matchstick, or an old mascara wand. If you get any in your eye, it will hurt like crazy, because of the peroxide: in minor cases (on
the eyelid margin) dab it off with a twist of tissue, but for a full-on disaster, wash your eye out immediately. It will not blind you for life or anything, and it?s happened to me, but not since I stopped using the plastic wand thingy. Do your lashes look like a series of awful, claggy triangles? Congratulations, you have applied it successfully. After 10 mins, you can rinse it all off and apply face lotion to rehydrate your lashes. It truly is my favourite mascara: never looks over-done, good for the lazy (like me) and the only thing that defines lower lashes without looking frightening. Clear mascara on top gives a really fantastic effect. A box will last about two years, so if you?re a feisty, fearless cosmetic warrior, go for it!
30 day mascara gives your lashes permanent colour that looks natural and lasts for up to a month / Your eyelashes appear darker, healthier and elegantly defined from root to tip giving you a more dramatic look /