Product Type: Rimmel makeup
Newest Review: ... never found a mascara which suited already long lashes until I came across this Rimmel Maxxx Mascara. I bought it a couple of years ago ... more
3 x the lashes if you have 3 x the time
Rimmel Lash Maxxx Mascara
Member Name: caz-3124
Rimmel Lash Maxxx Mascara
Advantages: Unusual packaging
Disadvantages: awkward applicator
I bought this a few months ago when on the look out for a new mascara. It had received quite good reviews on makeupalley.com which I normally find quite reliable for makeup advice. So off I went to Boots to see what was on offer because there's always some sort of mascara on offer. This was highlighted as being £2 off so I bought it.
It comes in a traditional mascara tube i.e cylindrical but the colour choice is more unusual. It's mostly black but with flashes of bright pink along the top of the tube and half way down and the words Lash Maxx are in bright pink too. This looks slighly different to the above picture so maybe they have re-designed the packaging since I bought this in autumn or that's an old picture. You get 8ml per tube and there are two shades available 001 black and 002 brown which are marked on the end of the tube.
This is an unusual style of mascara in that it has a comb applicator instead of the normal bristles. I think one of the high-end brands first experimented with this style which was then cloned by Rimmel as well as other drugstore brands. At the end of the wand where the bristles normally are you find a 2cm row of teeth on one side. The idea is that instead of brushing mascara throgh the lashes you comb it through in the way you would your hair. The bristles themselves are just 1.5mm tall, yes I checked on my ruler, and that's where the problem lies for me. When you try and apply it to the lashes they're just too small to be of any use and even when you first pull it out of the tube you can see it's already clogged up with mascara.
Seeing that it's a comb applicator with bristles on one side only and bearing in mind how tiny they are it was no surprise to me that it took twice as long to apply this. The results were acceptable with my lashes being separated out and longer but the results were certainly nothing special as I had hoped for with this new style. It claims to multiply your lashes by three. It doesn't. Two maybe. What's more is that I tended to get little bits of black above and below my lashes because of the tricky application method. Furthermore, the colour I chose, brown, looked hardly any different to the black, though I know this is a general problem with all mascaras.
This costs £6.84 at the moment. I'm glad I didn't pay full price for it. I only used it a few times but found it too trying and went back to an alternative. This isn't an awful mascara by any means but you have to have about five minutes to comb the mascara through the lashes and clear up any that has gone where it shouldn't and seeing as most people apply mascara in the morning in a minute when they're in a hurry to go out it isn't really suitable and as such I can't reccommend this.
Summary: Not the best out there