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The Body Shop Double Intensity Mascara

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Brand: The Body Shop / Type: Mascara / Suitable for: Eye

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      07.06.2010 18:39
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      Double Trouble!

      Before my birthday I had never tried any Bodyshop make-up products before but since I got a Bodyshop box that contained two new mascaras I thought Id test them out and review them. I used to use a mascara that had a white and black end on it years ago when I was much younger so I thought it would be good to try out a new and improved one many years later. The whole point of this double ended mascara is that one end extends your lashes and the other side intensifies - most mascaras Ive tried dont do either of those so I dont care if I have to apply to different colours to get the wide eyed lash look.

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      Stockists: The Bodyshop
      Price: £11
      Colours: Black & Brown
      Suitable For Vegans & Contact Lens Wearers.

      This mascara actually looks proper sophisticated it being black and one end, white at the other and silver in the middle. The silver middle tube also has the name of the product and a tiny bit of information on the bottom - if you do need to know ingredients and things like that I suggest you check the Bodyshop website as you wont find it on the tube. Theres nothing special about the shape of the two brushes but I reckon they are a little bit bigger than most Ive encountered. I dont think that hinders application at all though but to be honest it doesnt exactly help either - practice makes perfect.

      Now the white side is the colour that is said to extend your lashes and is obviously the one you apply first. When you actually apply it to your lashes it actually looks like a really pale yellow colour instead of white and it actually looks a bit creepy - Im going to be using the white alone for Halloween. Before you apply the black over the top you have to leave the white to dry a tiny bit - 20 seconds should be more than enough. Id say this part definately extends your lashes and it doesnt leave much colour on them that needs to be covered so the white section is great.

      The black side is actually even better. This is the side that is said to intensify your lashes and I hve to say that it does while adding so much volume its untrue. It glides over the white colour easily and in one swift sweep that doesnt leave any clumps behind. This is a fantastic mascara and I cannot understand why it has got such low marks on Dooyoo overall. This mascara goes so well with an evening smokey eyed look because it makes your lashes look so full of volume it is amazing. I have even used just the black side on its own when I want a fuller look for daytime.

      This lasts for a good few hours on your lashes and I dont find that it gets clumpy or flakes at all it just lasts on your eyes for ages while makign them look alive, awake and full of volume. I definately recommend this to everyone but I think Im going to save mine for nights out because the tubes are quite small and I reckon they will go down quite quickly. Other than that though highly recommended!

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        28.02.2010 12:48
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        I would buy it again if it was cheaper

        Last time I was in the Body Shop I found out that they were offering a free mascara with every two makeup purchases. As I was buying two makeup brushes anyway, I was able to choose a mascara for nothing! I chose the Double Intensity Mascara in Black as the premise intrigued me. I saw that it normally retails for £11 so was pleased that I'd got over £10 worth of product free! I admit I was less happy when I got back, read a few reviews on Dooyoo and saw how low it was rated!

        This mascara is quite unusual. You get two sides in the one product - you start off with 1 to 'extend' your lashes and follow with 2 to 'intensify' them. It is very easy to tell which is which as side 1 is white and side 2 is black! The middle of the mascara is a silver colour and the whole thing looks very sophisticated.

        When I got round to using the mascara, I applied a coat of side 1 to one set of eyelashes - it goes on white, which makes for an interesting look in itself! I waited about 20 seconds before applying the second coat. The shop assistant had recommended I do this, as it would give the first coat time to dry enough, but not completely.

        I was actually impressed with this mascara. After applying both coats my lashes definitely looked longer and thicker and there were no clumps. The mascara lasted all day too - it looked just as good in the evening as it did in the morning.

        One thing it fell down on slightly was when I tried to apply another coat of side 2 - then my lashes did start to clump a little.

        Overall I really like this mascara. I'm not sure if it's worth the high price of £11 but in itself it's a quality product and I enjoy using it. I feel it's better suited to the daytime as when I go out at night I like to use black and grey eyeshadows to create a smoky eye effect and I need a mascara that can handle this look! Because I can't really apply a second coat of side 2, I can't achieve this with this particular mascara. However, for the daytime it's perfect, and I do wear it at night if I'm going for a softer look (i.e. not full-on gothic!).

        I have no more problems than usual removing this mascara with my normal eye makeup remover.

        I'm actually quite surprised it has such bad reviews. I wonder if the other people who reviewed it waited too long before applying the second coat, when it's best to apply it before the first has completely dried. I was lucky in that the assistant advised me; I suppose not everyone would have been given this advice.

        I probably wouldn't buy this mascara again at full price, as I prefer Rimmel ones which are cheaper, but if it was on special offer I would definitely consider it.

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        26.01.2010 03:37
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        Not a bargain at £11.00 but it is a fine everyday mascara. Save your pennies.

        When buying mascara I have the same expectations in mind as I would imagine most do, I want mascara that lengthens, adds volume, defines and dries quickly. What I don't want is mascara which is awkward to apply, clumpy or makes my lashes stick together.

        To date I haven't found mascara which I have been fully happy with and the Body Shop Double Intensity Mascara I'm sad to say was no exception. I was set this as a free gift which gave me the perfect opportunity to test and review this product as I would not have gone out and bought this myself.

        The mascara claims to give the appearance of 100% added volume and length for dramatic full and thick lashes in two step process. They claim it is smudge resistant and dries quickie giving volume in seconds.

        The mascara contains manula oil which is known for its softening properties, beeswax which seals in moisture and gives the product an even consistency and glycerine which helps condition and stops the product flaking. I cannot easily see which products add the instant volume effect or the product which lengthens your lashes by 100% but I'm sure it's in there somewhere.

        To get the best results you need to curl your lashes before applying the base coat to help give the volume and curl desired. Once the base coat is applied use the mascara in an upward sweeping motion and carry on sweeping upwards throughout the length, you may wish to do so on your lower lashes too.

        I found the product simple enough to use but the overall effect wasn't 100& added length, and in hindsight there would be some odd looking oversized lashes about if it were to live up to its claim. I found the mascara to clump my lashes together rather than separating them. I found that after trying to loosen the clumpiness with an eyelash brush the overall result wasn't much better. On the upside though the mascara was waterproof and lasted a long time, but was difficult to remove. I ended up using baby wipes and had an awful panda eye effect which was stubborn to remove.

        Overall this product doesn't meet my expectations due to the claims it makes. I think it is an alright mascara that I would use for everyday or if I ran out of my regular brand but at £11.00 a go I wouldn't be buying this product again. I usually love body shop products and feel the quality lets the brand down.

        I have posted this review on Ciao under username, mandyplatinum.

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          01.09.2009 15:25
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          Thankfully I didn't pay full price for this!

          I recently ordered some more of my Blemish Fade Lotion from The Body Shop, and this was sent as a free gift as I had spent over £30. Having just looked on The Body Shop website, I was quite surprised to see that this is available to buy at £10.75 as I had assumed that it was an item that was no longer available or something cheap and nasty. Never one to turn my nose up at a free gift, I've been using this mascara for the best part of a week now to decide if it's any good or not.

          ***The Mascara***
          This is one of the two-step mascaras that I stay well away from in the shops when I'm choosing mascara for myself. I usually have enough problems applying mascara without adding an extra step to the process and time isn't usually on my side in the mornings anyway. If you're not familiar with two-step mascaras, they are usually double-ended and have white mascara on one end and the usual black or brown mascara on the other end. In this case, it's white and black at either end.

          ***Application***
          My first thoughts when pulling the brush out were not particularly positive as the mascara had clumped together on the wand and looked like a right mess to be honest. After wiping some of the excess off, I bit the bullet and started applying the white mascara. It went on easily enough and didn't really clump on my eyelashes, despite my initial concerns. Having never used coloured mascara before, seeing white mascara on my eyelashes was a bit strange but it did seem to make my eyelashes look a bit fuller and even a tiny bit longer.

          Suitably impressed by step one, I promptly turned my attention to step two. As before, the black mascara was awfully clumpy and I had visions of looking like a spider after applying this but that wasn't the case thankfully. Application was relatively straight-forward, although it still smudged on my lower eyelashes but I suspect that that was more to do with my haphazard application skills. There was the odd small clump, but nothing that a quick whizz with the eyelash comb wouldn't sort out.

          ***Results***
          The overall look didn't look a whole lot difference to my usual Maybelline mascara which is quite fortunate if you've happened to shell out over £10 for this in the shop. Being quite a dark black shade, it made my eyelashes look much more prominent. Volume-wise, they do look a bit fuller but the length was deceptive. Earlier in the review, I mentioned that the white mascara made them look a bit longer than normal. Applying the black mascara over the top must cancel this out as the overall effect looks much the same as normal as far as the length of my eyelashes go. The look is very much the same as my Maybelline Great Lashes mascara, which I don't think claims to increase the length of your lashes - whereas this one does and fails miserably.

          ***The Verdict***
          The volume is acceptable but nothing dramatic. As I've already hinted, the increased length simply does not exist after you have carried out step two, which makes step one pretty much pointless. If you're looking for a mascara that increases the volume of your lashes, you're probably better going for a Maybelline or Bourjois rather than this (and incidentally, you'd be saving a few quid into the bargain). If you're after a mascara that increases volume and length, this definitely isn't it. It works fine as a bog-standard mascara that slightly increases volume, but it's hardly worth paying a whopping £10.75 for. It simply doesn't live up to the claims and I'd recommend staying away from this, especially given the ludicrous price of what is basically a very average mascara!

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          07.12.2008 21:36
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          Do not buy!

          The Body Shop Double Intensity Mascara

          My friend works in the Body Shop and I went in looking for a new mascara, she said this one was new so I bought it, big mistake!

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          No cardboard just comes wrapped in a clear piece of plastic to stop customers opening the tubes.

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          The tube is silver in the middle and then has one black end and one white end. This is a two part step mascara. The tube is quite long so wouldn't fit into a small make up bag! It needs to be long as it has two wands coming out at either end.

          This mascara holds x2 (white and black) 4.5ml so compared to my Mabelline which holds 12.5ml, this would last three times less longer so it is not value for money.

          This product costs £11, rip off for only 4.5ml.

          Application
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          Open your eye wide and start as close the the eye line as possible starting at the inner eye. A tip is to wiggle the brush as you bring it up to the tips of your eye lashes this gives a much better effect. Keep repeating this process all along the length of your eye until you achieve a even and long lenth look. With this mascara you apply the white first and then the black, the white is supposed to create length and then the black fullness.

          I found the white hard to apply to the lashes, it didn't glide easily and was extremely hard to get the length of lashes even, some looked relatively small and others like spiders legs!

          The black was easier to apply but the white had already spoilt the look.

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          The finish I achieved with this mascara looked awful, clumpy and very uneven.

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          I would rate this mascara a 1/10

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          03.09.2008 11:34
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          Not worth a second glance!

          In almost every review I write about mascara I end up mentioning Coup De Theatre, there is a good reason for this. It is simply because it has become my benchmark when it comes to what I expect from a mascara. I have high expectations, anything you are spending money on you expect results from especially when they all make such wild claims of what miracles they can perform!

          Luckily this mascara didn't cost me anything otherwise I would have been seriously annoyed!

          This has two mascaras in one, either end is a pot of mascara and the centre is the handle to both wands. One end is white and the other black. The first step is the white side, this is to add length to your lashes.

          Applying the white side is not easy, this takes some practice and real effort. It is easy to end up with your lashes all looking different lengths and lop sided, this also can end up with your lashes looking like long thick spiders legs!

          The black side looks no different to any other mascara and covers the white mascara well but is very thick and clumpy so doesn't give a very good end result.

          This does make lashes look much thicker and a bit longer but is in no way anywhere near good enough! I am so disappointed in The Body Shop for selling this product, I usually struggle to find reasons to dislike any of their products but with this one it is the opposite!
          The Body Shop website says "A two-step volumising and lengthening mascara, that gives the appearance of 100% additional volume and length, for dramatically thicker, longer lashes!" Sorry but 100%? NO NO NO NO NO! It is not true and is just a hook being dangled in front of people with short lashes to get them to buy such rubbish!

          DO NOT bother wasting time, money and hopes of long fluttering lashes on this mascara! Grab Coup De Theatre and be done with it, trust me you will thank me in the end!

          At £11.00 this is nothing short of a rip off!



          The Body Shop is involved with many charities and foundations, information on these can be found through links on their website. None of their products are tested on animals. They also run their own version of fair trade, which they call community trade, they pay fair prices to farmers of the ingredients they buy. Details of their community trade programme can also be found on their website.

          The website is very user friendly and means not only can you buy online (good P&P charges and fast delivery) but you can also find out more about their products and find out where your local store is situated.
          www.thebodyshop.co.uk

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          A mascara that gives you length and volume /