My local Poundworld store has had a great selection of branded cosmetics to choose from recently including items from the likes of Bourjois, Revlon, Almay, Maybelline and Miss Sporty to name a few. I have resisted temptation to buy too many products I don't really need just because they were cheap but I did need a new mascara. I spotted one from Sleek cosmetics that promised to lengthen and add volume in one stroke so I decided to give it a try. The item was called "Lash Out" mascara and it is still a current product with the RRP being £6.99 according to the brand's website. I paid £1 of course!
The mascara comes in a pink and black box which mirrors the tube inside. According to Sleek, it is an "extreme black mascara" and just the one colour appears to be available which is unusual. I want black so it suited me. The same company offers 3 other mascaras, all of which are half the price of this one so I presume they think it is their best! As mentioned above it is supposed to add both length and volume in a single stroke. I like a mascara that does both, but adding length is my priority. It isn't a waterproof version of this particular mascara, but I don't usually choose those anyway.
Sleek cosmetics are a company that started out specialising in products for black skin but they then branched out to cater for all skin tones. They offer 30 shades of foundation which is certainly impressive! The main stockist offline are larger Superdrug stores but there are plenty of internet stockists.
The mascara comes with a quite basic, straight brush. It felt strange for me to use one of these "traditional" applicators after getting used to the curved ones that seem most popular now, but once I got used to it, it was fine. I did like the fact it wasn't too long which I think makes using it on the lashes at either corner of my eye fractionally easier as there isn't much chance of accidently transferring any colour to my surrounding skin. This occasionally happens to me when using some of the apparently sophisticated "s" shaped long brushes but I don't have the steadiest hand it must be said! The brush also seperates the lashes well and picks up a decent amount of the product at once. The lid which forms the brush handle is quite chubby and comfortable to hold which does make a small difference to me. The product itself has a good consistency and goes on without clumping which does make it good to use in a rush. This is true even if you need to build the colour and effect by adding a second coat which is sadly necessary as I will explain below. The only other thing that stands out about this product is the scent. Sometimes mascaras sell revolting I have noticed, if you actually sniff them. This one smells of almonds which is pleasant, even if it wouldn't be a make or break product feature for me!
The fact that black mascaras come in different shades always amuses my boyfriend but I think that ladies that use mascara will know that some are darker than others. This one does not seem to impart a very intense colour, which is a problem as it is both described as extreme black, and it is supposed to be a single stroke product. It does darken if you do apply a second coat but it never seems to really make my moderately fair lashes stand out as much as I am used to. My standard product is Maybelline's Lash Stiletto mascara but I do use others from time to time. The Sleek one just doesn't compare as regards adding length or volume. I fact I do not think it makes my lashes look fuller or longer at all. They are a little more defined as you would hope if you added a darker colour, and because of the fact the lashes are separated out and I have flicked them up. I wasn't looking for a false lash effect and I am happy with a natural look most of the time but I still want the mascara to add a bit more "oomph". I have worn it during the day when I have make up on that means the eyes are not so much the focus of my look, but I wouldn't call this a special occasion mascara.
Apart from the fact it doesn't make a huge difference to the look of my lashes, I thought the mascara actually lasts well, even if the colour is not incredibly intense. It is still obviously there at the end of a work day, and most importantly it hasn't flaked or migrated anywhere else. For that reason I was happy to finish my tube.
WOULD I RECOMMEND THE MASCARA?
If you can get it for the incredibly low price I paid it is hard to not recommend it, unless you want a dramatic false lash or really curled long lash look. It does after all last well and is easy to remove with a basic remover or almond oil. I wouldn't pay full price for it as so many cheaper products do a better job of making my lashes look longer or more full of volume. I would suggest it is best for those wanting a basic product to darken and separate the lashes rather anything else.