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I do love a freebie, and was impressed to note a full-sized mascara product was being included as a free gift with each copy of a glossy magazine a few months back. I was further impressed to note that the mascara in question was from my much-loved "The Body Shop" brand, from which I regularly make purchases of skin care and body care items.
I decided to purchase the magazine and give the mascara a try out. I believe that I paid around £3 for my copy of the magazine which proved to be a minor cost when you consider that the mascara product provided was full-sized and currently retails in The Body Shop for the sum of £10.
The mascara in question is The Body Shop's "Big And Curvy Mascara" and I believe that only one colour choice was provided as a free product, which was "01 Black." I was impressed to note that the mascara is a generous 8ml in size. It may be worth noting that the mascara is also available to purchase in a waterproof version, which is the version shown at the top of the Dooyoo page here. The waterproof version is provided in a blue/black tube, with the regular being provided in a pink/black tube.
The packaging for the product is fairly simplistic, but the bright pink and black 'swirled' design on the product's tube does go some way to providing a rather eye-catching product, I suppose. There is a chrome-coloured lid on top of the cylindrical tube that acts as a 'handle' for removing - and using - the mascara's wand.
The wand itself is rather thin, with the head being much thinner than most other brands of mascara that I use regularly. This is an observation rather than a criticism, and I was slightly intrigued to notice the slight 'triangular' shape and design of the wand's head. That is not to say that there is a definite 'point' at the tip of the mascara head, but it is certainly thicker at the top, where it is attached to the wand itself, with it gradually getting thinner towards the tip.
The Big And Curvy liquid mascara is a strong, glossy black colour which is my preference with a product like this one. I have noticed that the mascara has quite a strong smell, and this is evident throughout the application process. The smell is quite chemical, although not overly unpleasant. I have noticed that once the mascara is completely dry, the smell diminishes altogether and is no longer noticeable.
Using this mascara has proven to be a very fiddly business, I must confess. I have found that a little practice really goes a long way with this product, mainly because the brush is so small and light compared to other mascaras that I am used to using. The wand head too, is really small and lightweight, although this issue in itself could be overcome with a little practice.
What I have found is that the small brush really 'grips' the liquid mascara when it is removed from the tub. The little fibres on the mascara wand are not really thick enough or long enough to distribute this liquid mascara evenly throughout my lashes. This results in a rather 'clumped' finished look that I just do not like.
I did think that perhaps the problem was down to my natural lashes being quite long and very dark, so I opted to 'blot' the mascara head and try and apply it that way. This did work a little better, but I found my long lashes still had a rather clumped appearance following application. That is not to say that someone with thinner, lighter or shorter eyelashes may find the Big And Curvy Mascara works a little better for their own lashes, but in my case the end result was not at all agreeable.
On the plus side, my lashes were definitely bigger - and curvier - following application, so to be fair, the product does live up to its claims. I just cannot overlook the clumped appearance that my lashes take on after this product has been brushed on, and so it is definitely a product that I would not repurchase for myself in the future.
The product has recently been 'demoted' to one of my everyday mascaras, rather than being anything that feels special or out of the ordinary. Even using the product for a basic, everyday mascara has its disadvantages, as the Big And Curvy mascara takes more time - and a little more faffing around - than many more 'basic' mascara products that I regularly use. It just feels fussy and rather inconvenient to have to cautiously apply the product over my lashes and take extra time and care when brushing the product on using the small, fiddly brush. Personally, I feel that anything that adds time and effort to my daily routine is a definite no-no, and sadly, this is another negative point for me. It is not very often that I feel compelled to report negatively about a product from The Body Shop as I am really a huge fan of their products and skin care ranges, but in this instance I have found there is really nothing about this product that has proven to be particularly beneficial or appealing.
For the reasons outlined in this review, I feel that only two stars in the product rating score is appropriate, mainly because I do feel it lived up to its claims and product name, and I do feel that somebody with shorter natural lashes may get on a little better with this mascara than I did. For me though, it's a definite no-no, I'm afraid.
I had a terrible do with this stuff!!!! I was given it over Christmas by my step mother who got it as a gift (she doesn't wear makeup!) I'm not normally one for makeup either but thought as it's free I'll see what it's like.
The bottle is what you'd expect from the body Shop. It's a good quality black and coloured tube ( blue for waterproof and pink for just big and curvy) which tells us that it's 'Big and Curvy mascara' or 'Big and Curvy Waterproof mascara' and that it contains 8ml. At a cost of £10 I thought that was about average.
The list of ingredients for the pink 'Big and Curvy' mascara includes:
Water, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax (Stabiliser/Viscosity Modifier), Beeswax (Emulsifier/Emollient), Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax (Stabiliser), Acrylates/Octylacrylamide......
-and for the waterproof version:
Isododecane (Solvent), Silica (Absorbent), Disteardimonium Hectorite (Suspending Agent), Acrylates/Octylacrylamide Copolymer (Hair Fixative)......... the lists goes on and on- it reads like a chemistry book!
This review is for the waterproof version of Big and Curvy. This is a volumising, waterproof, tear proof and smudge proof mascara.
On unscrewing the silver lid I was met by a long thin brush with stubby bristles, this is supposed to 'sculpt' the lashes. The mascara itself is black. The consistency is very thick. There's not really any smell to it.
After applying relatively easily to my lashes they looked thick and clumpy (maybe that was due to my application skills though). I don't think my lashes look particularly 'sculpted'.
My eyes started streaming and stinging- I had to get it off quick!. I can vouch for it being water proof and tear proof- it took ages to get it off even with makeup remover. Going by that I would say that it would be long lasting!.
It claims to give you thick lashes and it does, but due to my itchy eyes I think I'll leave it alone!!