I bought this mascara from our local pound shop and I now know why this was only £1. To start with this is a strange shape, it is rounded at both ends because both ends have a use unlike most mascaras. One end is red the other white, both hold brushes. One thing I didn't like about this product when I first went to use it was the pull off ends. Rather than unscrewing them, they just pulled off which didn't seem that secure to me.
Once off the white lid end, holds white mascara (to me had a strange chemical smell) which you coat your lashes with. The red end is your normal black mascara, both brushes were a bit thin and wimpy to be frank, I didn't like the feel of them and have defiantly used better brushes on other products. The white mascara, it goes on the lashes ok and coats well, looks a bit scary when on though  Once dry you then use the black mascara and cover the white, which then gives the impression of volume to your lashes. The white was very difficult to cover with the black, once dry the white becomes hard like normal black mascara and trying to then cover this with a brush just didn't work. After removing the white mascara, which took a bit of time. I applied just the black and on its own it is a very mediocre mascara. It isn't anything special and the kind I would expect to find in a £1 store. To see it can cost up to £7 in Boots and the like, I find an outrage and wouldn't even pay the £1 I paid again, let alone anything higher. It was a disappointment all round and I wouldn't buy it again.
Im constantly using Rimmel products and have several types of different mascaras by themselves so i can really compare this to the other ones i have but i can say its not as good as my favourite curved brush volume flash mascara so far!
Furthermore, i got this product quite a while back wanting to try the rage at that time, which was the concept of applying a white mascara before the black or brown. I got this for around £5 at the time as it was on special offer from Superdrug. I got it home and was impressed with the packaging, as i expected the lids for each size to be loose considering it was two ends but no just as strong as any other mascara. Lack of information did put me off a little bit though.
Onto applying it, i was first dissapointed with the quality of the brushes on either ends as they were quite thin with hardly any bristles so you couldn't really get to all of your eyelashes in the one stroke, meaning more applications wasting more of the product! Usually, Rimmel have better brushes than this so i was let down here. Straight away once opening it once, then popping back in i saw the start of a messy problem! Already the mascara was clumping around both the brush and around the brush. However, not much of the formula itself actually appeared on the brush, i had to 'dunk' it a few times to get anything on there! Poor brush quality in my opinion.
I applied the white part first as directed to (well i guessed due the lack of instructions) but it didnt really make any difference. It was just a see through coating with no volumising or lengthining properties at all. Just clumped my eyelashes closer together! Secondly, i went for the brown mascara next as my eyelashes are already dark. As i applied it, it actually got stuck half way down my eyelashes due to clumping, not impressed at all! I looked like i had wayyy less eyelashes, thicker ones as they all stuck together and not any darker ones either! The white played no part in any lengthining or curving of my eyelashes, it really was pointless. After applying i saw no positive difference at all to my eyelashes, they just looked worse and less healthier. They didnt become '50%' more curved at all as it states.
The look didnt even last long, from the 5% they had lengthened, they dropped within an hour making it look like i hadn't even made an effort at all. How embarrasing!
In the end, i have threw this away and gone back to the trusty Rimmel curved brush volume flash mascara! That was alot darker, volumising and worth my money.
Rimmel Volume Extend Mascara is one funny looking shape that can cause confusion on its actual purpose. Is part burgundy part white, the burgundy part makes me wish I actually had a lipstick in that shade.
This tube is double ended: at one end it has a white product with a brush, and at other end the usual black stuff you would expect with any mascara. To open it you would think you have to unscrew it but no, you actually pull it. It can take a while to get use to it, be careful as it might even cause an accident. Over time with a few uses when you close it back it might squeeze some colour out of the tube so make sure you keep it clean. I got the say is not the most brilliant design ever.
You are meant to apply the white part on the lashes first and after the black mascara. This way is meant to build up the maximum volume, which by the way it does a fantastic job at it. This is the mascara I use when I go out in the evening; it goes on so well with my kohl black eye make-up as it makes the lashes extra long.
Except for the product bad design it also can go on a bit clumpy on your eyelashes even if you try to apply in a thin layer. It's own application brushe tends to apply too much product. A solution is to have an extra Lash Brush around so you can comb your eye lashes in a better shape.
In spite of all the faults mention above I highly recommend this product as it is long lasting and gives a great volume. Just takes a while getting use to it.
I bought this mascara as I wanted to try out his new mascara and see if its claims that it adds volume and length to your eyelashes were true.
The mascara looked quite funky as it was a nice deep berry red colour for half and white o the other end, this made it stand out on the shelves and therefore was the reason I picked it up and began even more interigued when I found there were two mascara brushes on either end. On opening I found that one was white and the other was black.
I got this home and instantly wanted to try it out. Firstly you need to apply the white over your eyelashes, and so I did so. It went on nice and easily and I have to say already I could see that my eyelashes looked a lot longer! Impressed I pulled out the other half and began applying the black and this is where it all went wrong! As I applied the black I noticed the white was coming off and onto my brush but not only that the black seemed to be clogging up my lashes and they were sticking together meaning they looked long but clumpy and so had the dreaded spider legs.
I hace tried this mascara a number of times and each time have failed miserably to get the eyelashes it claimes to give you! Not only this but this mascara is really hard to remove. I used make up wipes which easily removes my waterproff mascara but this was hard to move because of how clumpy and thick it sticks to my eyelashes!
Therefore this is one mascara I wont be buying again!
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I originally bought this mascara, as I loved the idea of a mascara which added both length AND volume, rather than one or the other. However, all is not as great as it sounds with this mascara. Firstly I found that you have to apply the darker colour while the white is not still wet - but not quite dry either! If you apply while the white is still wet, it will come off onto the black brush, however if you wait until the white is dry, it can be quite hard to get the coverage from the black one over all the white, which can leave you with "interesting" zebra effect lashes!
The second problem I found with this mascara is that applying it is quite time consuming. If you have small children or are in a hurry in the mornings, I certainly wouldn't recommend this mascara, as it is basically like applying mascara twice, but a bit more fiddly as you have to ensure you're covering all the first coat with the second, so no white bits shows!
Saying that, once you have got the knack of the application, if you do have the time on your hands, and could also curl your lashes before application, this mascara does do what is says and can produce rather stunning, full and thick lashes.
I consider this mascara to be one of Rimmel's better products. It is a double ended design originally produced by Bourjois, but a couple of years after their Coup de Theatre mascara was available, presumably their patent expired and now you can buy versions from many of the major brands, including Rimmel.
There are brushes at each end of the tube, one in white liquid and one in black, or brown-black liquid, depending on which shade you buy. It is available in a waterproof version, but I would not bother paying the extra couple of pounds for that because it's not really waterproof. It does survive crying, but how often do you cry with mascara on? Unless this is a habit of yours, it's not worth it - swimming with it on will result in the panda eyes effect.
When wearing this mascara my eyelashes look really lovely, long, full, and dramatic. I use it whenever I am going to do very dark or bright eye-makeup so that my eyelashes stand out against it.
Many people experience problems with this mascara but I think those are down to rushing the application process - it is quite time consuming to apply properly, so I wouldn't consider this an appropriate mascara to wear everyday, more something for weekends, days off or events when you don't have to rush to get ready.
I apply it with great success and here is my method:
1. Curl your eyelashes.
2. Apply the white mascara - but only to the outer two thirds of your top eyelashes. This will create a more feline, pretty look than applying it to all of your eyelashes. Apply extra to the outermost eyelashes if you like. Leave it to dry for at least two minutes! I usually put the white layer on before putting on any of my other make-up, and apply the other layer last so that I don't get powder stuck on top of it. It's best to lean your head back so that you are looking down at the mirror when you apply mascara as well, you get a better view of what you are doing.
3. Get an eyelash comb and comb it through your eyelashes to remove any lumps. This is Rimmel, so there will be lumps at least sometimes, especially as the mascara gets old.
4. Apply the black or brown/black layer, carefully. Wiggle the brush to make sure it coats from top to bottom on all of your top eyelashes. If you need to put extra on some stubbornly white lashes, turn the brush vertically and carefully apply it so that you don't get too much on your lashes as a whole.
5. Turn the brush vertical and carefully coat your lower eyelashes. When using ordinary mascara it can look OTT if you use it on your lower lashes, but with this you need to do it to stop your eyes looking top heavy.
The most important part of this is waiting for the white layer to dry. If it's not dry properly your eyelashes may end up looking grey as the colours mix. The combing part is also important because it stops your eyelashes clumping together and looking messy.
Every time I have bought this mascara I got it on special offer which made it great value. It's a bit pricey at the RRP, but is cheaper than the original Bourjois version all the same. As it's not ideal for everyday use I wouldn't advise paying full price if you can avoid it as it is likely to go off before you use it all up. The white gets really lumpy as it's getting to the end of its life, so it will become impossible to use shortly after the advised expiry date.
To be honest I bought this as it Rimmel was on buy one get one free or something which sounded appealing- this was quite expensive and I wanted to try out a double-ended mascara... I was disappointed however! It works by applying the white side which thickens your lashes, however I found this unnecessarily thick, which means it takes LOTS of applications to evenly coat your lashes. You then get on to the red side which colours your lashes in your desired colour... because you have to put LOADS of the white stuff on to fully coat your lashes it takes lots of application of the colour which consequently makes them all clumped together! Nightmare! The brushes are thick however in this case I believe this is a disadvantage as they don't distribute the mascara evenly at all. Also, I like to put a thin coat of mascara on my bottom lashes but it's impossible with this as A) the brush isn't good and B) you'd clump together!
I have used Coup De Theatre mascara for years and when it ran out the last time I went through two stupid buying mistakes, this being one of them, then closely followed by me buying another dud in the form of Maixi Frange by Bourjois which is detailed in another review.
I went along to my local Superdrug intending to buy my usual, well loved mascara but like most women do, I looked through the other make up and noticed this red and white packaged mascara. Seeing that it was double ended and similar to the Bourjois version but cheaper, I thought well why not! Anything to save a few quid! I spend too much as it is so a couple of pounds left over is a bargain in my book! And Rimmel has never been a bad range, in my experience at least.
I got home and being as impatient as I am I tried using it the same night as I was going out. It has the same process as the Coup De Theatre, a white mascara which contains small fibres to add length and thickness to your lashes which is not as easy to put on as I am used to but I got there eventually. It doesn't give as much length as I usually get with its Bourjois equivalent. I leave it to dry for a couple of minutes, which is how I have found it works better so that the black gives proper coverage rather than turning a bit grey.
I pull out the wand to the black and it looks a little thick so I need to wipe off the excess on the sides like I am sure all women have done at times (and any men which use mascara regularly) Applying the black step is like applying an normal mascara only the white step has made the lashes thicker so it takes a while to get full coverage where access to them is slightly more difficult.
The look was ok when I had finished but not as dramatic as I want from a lash extending mascara. I am lucky as my lashes are not short, I just like to have really long lashes when I go out and well if I am honest whenever I put on my make up! This mascara would be ok for someone that wanted rather a natural look and was also looking to have their lashes look thicker. For that purpose this would be quite good but I would still say that you are better off with Bourjois Coup De Theatre as it seems to me to be far better quality and offer far better results for the extra two pounds that it costs.
On the boots website the product description says that this mascara gives:
· Volumising, Lengthening, Curl
· Up to 50% more length & curve
· Up to 15x more volume
Unfortunately I don't think it lives up to these promises but I am sure others have tried it and love it!
I know that this review sounds like I am just trying to get people onto the Bourjois version but where I am comparing the three versions of this type of mascara (two of which are Bourjois I admit but one of those did get more of a slating than this one has!) so I can't help but prefer one over the other two.
Rimmel sell this in both black and brown for those who like a more natural look the brown is obviously the way to go as we all know.
At £6.99 this really isn't a good value product.
I gave this to my other halfs little sister, as she was talking about buying a two step mascara and rather than her wasting her money and me using something which I didn't like it made sense. So I went and made another mistake by buying Maxi Frange by Bourjois and hated that even more!
I will now stick with what I know and will never stray again, ok we all know I will! I think the moral of this story has to be that when you find a product you love, don't try and find another which is cheaper! Stick with what works!
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