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I am a big fan of Bourjois, especially when it comes to their mascara. I think the appearance and name is really attractive and something I love to tell people about.
So, I was absolutely thrilled when my mum gave me this, which she got as a freebie from buying a bunch of make up at the Trafford Centre one day. She isnt a big fan of mascara, but knows that I am so she decided to give it to me.
At first impressions, you notice that the tube is a slick black colour, which I dont think I have ever seen for a mascara before. This give it a really sophisticated look. I love the shape of this particular mascara, as I usually do with most Bourjois´. The shape is a kind of tubular round, which makes it really girly.. well I know it was designed for girls. This mini version of the Bourjois Volume Glamour Mascara is really handy when on the go too. It fits perfectly in my tiny little clutch bag when on a night out. This is when I carry this most. Even if im not carrying a bag, I can easily attach it to myself with the clip. Sometimes when in a club and you look in the mirror (nothing to do with the drink ...honest) and you just look awful. You wonder if you went out looking like that? Well anyways, you have the trust of a really good mascara in your handbag. Problem solved.
The mascara like all I know is one that you twist open and the wand is attached at the lid. The wand itself is pretty full of thick bristles in order to apply your mascara. As this is the mini version, you dont quite get the full length of the wand, but that I think is a good thing as you get more control of the wand. Also when looking in the mirror with this you can get closer as the wand is not as long. So generally, I like the length of the wand! When you slide the wand out of the tube, the bristles are left defined and not clumpy like some mascaras can get.
I found that applying this mascara was nice and easily done. This product claims that one coat can give you extra volume. However, I have to disagree with that. Maybe 2 or 3 will do the trick, but that is for my lashes. I found that my lashes did have a good volume once I applied the desired number of coats. I can never just wear one coat of mascara, I have never been able to.
Once the mascara was on, I thought it lasted pretty well and made my lashes look volumuous and stayed nicely curled (with my Shu Umuras). I was really happy with this product and may invest in a large one once my current mascara runs out. However, I do like the idea of recharging my mini once that runs out. It is very handy after all.
I'm very surprised that more make up companies have cottened on to this 'small versions' concept for products. This is a fabolous idea for those party/clutch bags that dont hold that much, or for going on holiday. It is just a smaller version of the Volume mascara by Bourjouis.
The mascara brush is very slightly smaller than normal brushes buts does the same job and also gets those tiny lashes on the inside and outside of the eye. The bottle is 5ml so 1/3 of the size of the actual mascara. Although the product is exactly the same expect slight clumping and to buy a new one every 6 months. There is also a little string that you can attach to your phone/bag etc. I took this off and attached it to my keyring, as I am prone to 'dropping' items out of my bag.
This is like the full version mascara. I have the very black version and it makes my lashes look very long. I would say that if you put too much on its clumps and starts to flake. It is also much cheaper at £3.15
Right, I know I have gone on about how great Get Bent mascara by Benefit is, and it IS, but it's not in the shops where I lived, and so I needed a cheaper alternative.
In fact, I was having a mascara emergency. My Get Bent had completely dried up and I was shuffling around superdrug positively baffled by all the options...do I want my lashes to be longer? Or thicker? But what about volume? And then there's the colour...
Worst of all, is thinking that you've just spent roughly £8 on something that really might not work for you, so not only are you £8 lighter, but you have to fork out for another equally untrustworthy product.
My main dilemma in the mascara emergency was that I didn't have £8 to spare that day (everyone I know had decided to have their birthday in the same week) However, while I was slithering up and down the aisle, muttering to myself, I noticed the Bourjois mini's section and wondered if they did mini mascara. They do!
The packaging is great-it's elegant yet plain and simple, and I like the way the curve of the tube makes you think of the sweep of eye lashes. (Well I do anyway) The little 'thing' to attach it to your mobile phone is great as well, as I can see that mini make-up would be twice as likely to slip out of your pocket etc. although I'm not sure why anyone would want to bother taking their mascara out with them (although I won't go on about that too much-I don't want them to stop making it in this size!)
As you can expect with Bourjois, it's good quality, with a great depth of colour, it's non-flaky, long lasting but also easy to remove...all this, AND it's surprisingly cheap! I think I paid £2.42 and it lasted me two and a half months. (Good quality = less need for layering, which also looks far better anyway if you think about it.) Although larger tubes may seem better value/they last longer etc. that's actually not necessarily the case...
...I find that after a while, the larger tubes dry out and become stale, so they don't work half as well because they aren't fresh. Bourjois mini's eradicate that problem as you don't have a tube long enough for it to get to that stage, so you'll never have to throw away what SHOULD be a perfectly good mascara again!
So, although I would buy Benefit 'Get Bent' mascara when I have the chance, I will continue to use Bourjois mini mascara to get my Bette Davis eyes on a budget.
Thanks for reading :)