Product Type: Rimmel makeup
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Rimmel 1-2-3 Looks Mascara
Member Name: xxBeccaxx
Rimmel 1-2-3 Looks Mascara
Advantages: Nice tube.
Disadvantages: Wand too small, bristles too short, clumps lashes, 1 look, hard to remove, smudges easily.
I always keep an eye on the make-up that Poundland has in stock and tend to pick up items every couple of weeks. I didn't actually need a mascara at the time I picked this up but I had used Rimmel before and found it to be pretty good although not perfect so I picked it up, for £1 obviously and when in Boots I noticed it was selling for a shocking £7 which isn't bad in terms of mascara but seeing as you could go 5 shops and save yourself £6 well it seemed like a bad deal from Boots. I have seen it back in Poundland once or twice since I have had this but I would never repurchase unless I was desperate so I haven't re-purchased.
The mascara came in their transparent plastic bag which has a sticky strip at the bottom to open which is very easy. The mascara itself comes in a tube which has some curve to it with a very wide bottom, much wider than many other mascaras and gets slightly smaller on the way to the top. The tube is a bright purple colour with silver writing whilst the screw off lid has a purple background with a British flag type design with a hint of pink and purple. I quite like the tube, it's different and colourful so I'm impressed by it. The very middle of the tube has a twisting part which is where the 1 - 2 - 3 system comes into play.you twist the tube to match the bottom line with the number of mascara you wish to use. There are 3 options with number 1 being a regular day time mascara with number 3 being full on length and dramatic colour for night time wear. The tube is very easy to twist and hasn't been stuck at any point, neither has the cap at all which is pretty good. The wand is not my favourite, the bristles are a little too short for me and there isn't much length to the applicator either which makes it awkward not only to see what you're doing in a mirror without your hand in the way you also have to make sure you don't smudge the product. What a palaver. The bristles are made of plastic and are rigid unlike others which are made of that flexible brush material. I also found the head rather small which was good for getting into my corner lashes but all it served to do anywhere else was to take longer to apply and get good coverage. However the bristles are well spaced and I thought this may have at least stopped clumping.
I didn't actually try this mascara until a couple of months ago as I don't like to have too many open at once and so once I had used up the one I had I decided to give this one a go. I decided to go for number 1 as it was for daytime use I was using the mascara. Apparently the twisting mechanism inside the tube works to provide varying amounts of mascara on the wand. Pulling the wand out of the tube I was presented with a wand that had a little too much product on it and being plastic it was a little difficult to wipe off the excess effectively. When I tried to apply the mascara to my lashes I found that although it went on the bristles didn't drag through my lashes separating and defining them but instead having some like this and the rest in small black clusters. I found the mascara was very black and coloured my lashes well I also found that with a bit of work I was able to coat every lash even the tiny ones. I managed to fix the clumping with an eyelash comb and it looked ok as a mascara. Over time I found it started to fleck and smudge within about 5 hours I would say. When I got caught in some light drizzle I would have expected this product to hold up it wasn't as if it was lashing rain but once getting to cover I had the panda eye effect. Even as a basic mascara this failed.
However I persevered although I wan't so quick to rush out wearing this and so I decided to give it a go while I was around the house. I tried the second level of volume and thought perhaps I would get something with this level as I hadn't experienced much volume with the first level. I found that even clicking the tube into place there was absolutely no difference from the first level. No added volume, no lift, no curl, no definition, no great coverage and no staying power. The only difference I could find was that when the brush came out it was more overloaded with mascara than the first level which done nothing than frustrate me. I decided to see what level 3 had in store although by this point I wasn't expecting much. So I removed the level 2 application and went for level 3, again there was absolutely nothing different about level 3 from level 1 again the only difference was far too much product on the brush and by this point I was completely fed up. To remove this isn't too bad but it can need quite a bit of rubbing to get rid of it all, I wouldn't rate it's removability either.
I found that the product took quite a long time to dry in comparison to other mascaras, I presume this is because of the overload that the brush gets inside the tube and the lack of mechanism to remove it on the way out. I don't see the point in the twisting system for more volume as all that actually happens is that you are left with one look that takes a long time to achieve. Now the tube lays in my make up box although it doesn't serve any purpose unless occasionally I need to pop on some mascara for a couple of hours as this is all it can really handle.
Overall I think this is a complete waste of money and I am so glad I didn't pay the price of Boots. It's a truly terrible product that gives no lift, curl or volume and only serves to give clumps and a hard time trying to get a half decent look. Although there are 3 looks in this small tube for me there is barely 1 and even when you do have that look don't expect it to last as after just a few hours it starts to fleck and smudge. Even trying to get rid of it is an effort which should be good but it smudges off so easily! I really wouldn't recommend you bother with this one.
Summary: Don't even think about trying it.