To be honest, I wouldn't have bought this mascara out pof choice. I only got it because there was a link posted on a popular money saving website with a code to get it free, and just pay the £2.50 postage. I figured it was worth a try for £2.50 as it usually retails around £12.50 plus postage.
It arrived quickly, and was packaged quite nicely. It came in a little shiny box, and has a kind of chunky style casing (seen in pic). It's not the most imaginitive, or the most dynamic looking product but it looks quite nice, which is good enough for me!
When I first used the mascara the pink stuff seemed a little gloopy, it seemed to blob on the brush and didn't go on evenly. However, I ran the brush through a couple of times and it soon evened out. When I put the black mascara on I was amazed - it is the best mascara I have ever used! It seperated each lash perfectly, and went on like a dream-so smooth! My lashes looked long and full - they actually resembled false lashes! I was amazed!
Now to be honest I wouldn't ditch the falsies, but I would definitely use this with them, purely because I like maximum impact eye make up - dramatic, over the top, and false looking! However, you could easily get dramatic lashed by using this alone!
Although I paid only £2.50, I would definitely buy this product again for the full whack - it's fab!
I love mascara. I really do. I often don't wear any makeup except mascara, and I've stuck with one of the Maybelline products for a long time.
Now I've tried Vie Dream Lashes. Could it be time for a change?
I'll be honest - I got this product because I needed a new mascara, and VIE were doing a Get-This-Free promotion. So I only paid a little bit for postage, and got the mascara free. Which makes me fairly kindly disposed towards the product in the first place.
I might not have bought it if I'd had to pay full price for it, if I'm honest (I think it's about £10 plus postage, but I didn't have to pay for it so I wasn't giving it close attention). The box & package looks good, with a shiny-and-modern look to it. The mascara is a double-ended product, with one end being the undercoat and the other end being the black topcoat. I like two-layer mascaras, they do seem to give a better final result if you're going for longer-looking lashes. Dream Lashes is a lash-lengthening product, with fine fibres in the mascara paste that build on your own lashes to make them look longer. You apply the creamy coloured undercoat, give it a little bit to dry, then apply the black topcoat over the top. The brushes are ordinary mascara brushes - none of that curved brush/extra-long bristles/fancy silicone brush nonsense here.
The mascara applies evenly, with little blobbing or clumping, and has a decent lash-lengthening effect.
So is it time for a change? Well... probably not. There's nothing wrong with the product, it's just that I can get something from Boots for half the price that will do the job pretty much as well. I'm giving it three stars, because I don't think that the performance of the product is high enough to justify the price.
Dream Lashes masacara is from the Virgin at Home collection (formely Virgin Vie) and is available online at www.vieathome.com or in-store.
It is available in a 12ml size in brown and black and retails at £12.
However, there are often codes available online to enable you to get it for free, simply for the cost of P&P (£2.50).
These were recently featured on Money Saving Expert (August) and also Prima magazine so have a look about online if you intend to purchase.
The mascara is in a long tube, around 15cm and looks expensively packaged.
It is a dual wanded mascara with a pearlised pink side and a dark coloured end, with the wands coming out of the middle section.
To get the most from this mascara, or any mascara, you need to start off with curling your eyelashes, using metal curlers or heated eyelash curlers.
It's also helpful to put a little loose facial powder underneath each eye to avoid smudges to your skin.
Then you use the pearlised pink side of Dream Lashes first. This is the primer that conditions, lenghtens and volumises your lashes. It is easy to apply and goes on without any issue.
Use the intergated wand to apply this in a zig zag fashion, making sure you give each lash coverage, then leave to dry for a couple of mins while you get on with something else.
It looks a little stange as it dries light pink/white - so whatever you do do not forget to apply the dark colour (either brown or black on top!).
Once dry, apply two coats of the other side of the wand (the dark side - I tried the brown and was very pleased with the coverage and intensity of the colour) leaving drying time in between to avoid the spidery look.
I really liked this mascara and will use it again rather than my traditional Rimmel. My lashes look long and feel silky, its easy to use and looks expensively posh in my make-up bag.
It enhances my eyes and make them look bigger, without the dreaded clumping and spidery look.
You do not need to reapply during the day as it gives good coverage and I found that it did not flake like some.
Also its very easy to get it off at night time.
I use baby wipes and this seems to be sufficient to remove the dreggs without excessive force.
The only thing I have found is that I'm not used to the dual approach and so have once or twice forgotten to go back and apply the dark mascara on top of the primer, leaving me looking a little casper-the-ghost like.
Also, its worth remebering that every beauty magazine tells us never to pump the mascara wand in and out of the mascara bottle as it dries out the mascara and also apparently introduces germs into the container and that we should refresh our mascara every 3-6 months.
Overall a great mascara, highly recommended and will happily use again.
I thought I would write a review about this mascara, as it is one I have never used before. I was going through my emails when I spotted one from Moneysavingexpert.com telling me about all the beauty offers that were on the Vie Virgin website. I love this website ( moneysavingexpert.com) as you can get some great bargains. One of the offers was for this mascara.
It is from the Vie Virgin range and is called Dream Lashes, it comes as a double ended wand mascara. With one end containing " Perfecting Primer" this is to condition and lengthen the lashes. This end is in a creamy colour casing with a silver band that is then attached to a matt silver tube with another silver band which then has the mascara attached in a black casing.
This end has Volumising Mascara to thicken and define. I could only get mine
in black/brown (I would only use black usually, but that was out of stock!).
So when this came in the post I was eager to try, but still not sure about the colour. When I took it out of the dark blue box I was pleasantly surprised at what good quality it was as it was a very solid mascara. The Perfecting Primer is of a salmon colour and very creamy. The brush is quite a
thick bristle brush, but where the spiral bristles are apart it slides onto the lashes really nicely without clogging or being to thick.
After using the first part I went on to try the actual mascara it's self. The brush again is quite a big bristle brush, but it just slid onto my lashes really
easily. There was no clogging or lashes clumping together, it really was a lovely mascara to use. It felt like velvet on my lashes, I would say it is more of a brown than black mascara. I think if I had got this one in black it would make your eyes look really lovely.
I usually use Benefits Waterproof Mascara which comes with quite a narrow brush, but from time to time I use their Bad Girl Lash which has a much thicker brush, so it was alright for me. Some people might find it a bit fiddly as first, but it is worth it.
Each end is 6ml and has a 6 month best before once opened. ( Thats about right for mascara's anyway for hygeine reasons ). The cost is £12.00 plus p&p. I got mine free as it was on offer, that if you used a code you got it for nothing plus p&p the package and posting was usually £3.99, but again the price had been reduced down to £2.50. I also ordered a Foundation that I'm
yet to use so will let you know about that when I've tried it ( that was £5.00 instead of £15.00 in their sale).
The Vie Virgin is a site that I have never used before and I must say that it
was brilliant. It was very efficient and I received my order within 5 days. They kept me informed when it was going to be dispatched and it arrived just as they said it would. I will be recommending them to anyone who wants to order anything from them as they were so reliable.
Their website is;
I will be ordering this mascara in Black now, even if I have to pay full price !!
I am someone with gorgeous long eyelashes and I've generally used no7 or The body shop (never buy theirs - it ran at the tiniest amount of water that fell upon them and never 'defined' my eyelashes). So, as a new hostess of a party I thought I might as well try all these brilliant products and it hasn't failed me yet! On one end is the primer which conditions the lashes, and on the other is the black mascara to lengthen and volumise the lashes - I have never had so many compliments about my eyelashes being so long when I have worn this.
*Vie at home*
Vie at home is owned by Ros Simmons (run by women for women) and base their sales at parties or on the internet. They have a wonderful range of products that no other companies have in the UK (for example the never in stock blush gloss (changes to the natural ph of your skin)- as soon as it arrives in stock it disappears very quickly!) and are decreasing the prices of their products with each catologue. Compared to the body shop they aren't expensive and their make up actually is cheaper.
The primer is a nice creamy colour and as with any mascara application, wiggle your hand side to side as you extend your lashes upwards to separate and lashes that like to stick together. As most girls will know, for really extended lashes you are supposed to apply two coats of (normal) mascara to get the full definition however, the primer counts as one coat and the black mascara as a second coat which is perfect! I have found that unlike no7 which didn't give me a 'full' definition and the body shops mascara that it a) looks really full and when I want a 'dramatic' look, it really suits me and the length my eyelashes go to are unbelieveable! b) it isn't waterproof however I can walk in light drizzle and not worry about it running unlike the other two mascaras I have used in the past. I was sent a freebie maybelline extended lashes at one point and even with the 'side to side' application, it all glooped together which didn't impress me! This dream lashes really is a dream to use and I will not be giving it up in a hurry!
All VIE at home mascaras are £12 which are about the same prices as no7 and the body shop, however about £4 more expensive than maybelline and max factor mascaras. You can buy online at www.vieathome.com or have a party and enjoy the benefits of being a hostess (like me!)!
I recommend this 100% and you will not be failed by it I adore this product and so far I have not heard one complaint from my friends who bought it at my party either!
Earlier this month I got a code from Prima magazine for a free Virgin Vie Dream Lashes mascara. I tried a few of the Virgin Vie products a couple of years ago and wasn't particularly impressed with them -but for the £2.50 postage I thought this was worth a go. This is a two step double-ended mascara, with a primer and colour designed to volumise lashes, taking them "to another level" and providing "a full on false lashes flutter!"
As with all two-step mascaras you apply the primer (pink end) first, followed by a coat or two of the colour. The wand is a standard design - but a bit narrow for my taste, I prefer the big chunky Bad Gal brush, and don't really get on with the more standard thickness. As with all primers, apply a coat and then give it two or three minutes to dry before you apply the colour.
The "Perfecting Primer" claims to "condition and lengthen" lashes
I can't say that I have noticed any difference in the condition of my lashes - although I don't use this every day or on it's own - so who knows if it does any good. Frankly I'm not that bothered with improving the condition of my lashes - they are ok as they are.
The primer does an ok job of adding a bit of length to lashes- but because the formula is cloggy and thick - lashes can appear more dense than long.
The "Volumising Mascara" claims to "thicken and define" lashes
Thickness and Definition...
Once you apply the mascara the overall look is quite dense and thick - but it is not the individual lashes that look thick, instead the whole eye area looks clumpy and sticky. The eyes are defined by a mess of black goo - but not the lashes as individuals. The cloggy consistency of this product prevents good separation of lashes - lots of two step mascaras have this problem, and it's no worse than others. I won't apply either end of this to my lower lashes, as it just looks too messy. I find another with a thinner consistency works better over the primer.
I don't think this really wins on volume - because one coat of the primer and one of the mascara is about all my lashes can manage - I don't think this is enough to really have high volume lashes - but any more coats leaves a bit of a sticky mess
Neither the primer nor the mascara produce a curl, and the weight of the mascara actually feels to me like it is pulling lashes down.
Full on False Lashes Flutter...
Overall the full on false lashes flutter promised by the box is just a distant dream. The curl, length and definition just can't compare to false lashes.
Not bad. The mascara fades before the end of a normal day, but I haven't had a problem with it sliding under my eyes and leaving me looking like a panda. A few small flakes the next morning if you don't scrub it off properly - but nothing to complain about
Easily removed with a splash of eye make up remover.
This is £11 on the Virgin Vie website. They also sell through party planners, and they have a few shops dotted around. This is comparable to the price of standard high street two-stage mascaras. By comparison L'Oréal Paris Double-Extension Mascara and Bourjois Coup De Theatre Mascara are both £10 in Boots.
While my review hasn't exactly been glowing if you need a mascara and aren't too fussy you can still get this on the Prima offer until 20th March 2009. Go to http://www.virginvieathome.com/prima/ to get either the mascara or a Pure Shine Lip Gloss when you pay £2.50 p&p. Use the Promotional Code: PRIMA at the checkout.
To be honest I wouldn't even pay the £2.50 again for this. It's no worse than a lot of other mascara's - but it doesn't beat Benefit Bad Gal which is the best I can find for everyday use at the moment.
I'm always careful when it comes to mascara as I wear contact lenses and have sensitive eyes. A friend invited me to a Virgin Vie party a couple of months ago where by I got a makeover and the girl used this mascara on me. It looked nice and made my lashes stand out a bit more than normal so I purchased some. Now at £10.50 I thought it was quite expensive especially when you can buy other competative brand stuff cheaper. I was impressed at how you used the white side first and then used the black side to enhance your eyes. I normally wear mascara around 2-3 times a week but I noticed after a month that the mascara was thickening and therefore I was finding it hard to apply. Also once I put the mascara on it made my eyes feel very heavy. I tried using just the black side without the white and this didn't really make it any better. I'm now using a different brand mascara and had that for over a month and it is still has the same consistancy as it did when I bought it.
I get invited to a few Virgin Vie nights and I'm a sucker when it comes to anything that will enhance my look but more importantly feel slightly obliged to buy something as the hostess gets a gift dependant upon what is purchased on the night.
~ Price and Availability ~
This doesn't come cheap at £10.50 but since it promised me the illusion of false eyelashes I succumbed!
You can buy it:
Online at www.virginvieathome.com
At a Virgin Vie night and if you are the hostess with the mostess you get some great some bonuses!
At one of the Virgin Vie outlets that are springing up at more and more shopping centres although the nearest one to me has closed down!
~ Packaging ~
It is double ended so has a white handle on one hand that unscrews and a black one on the other which also unscrews.
These two handles are separated by a thick silver middle band with the familiar 'V' symbol in the centre.
It looks and feels really good quality and has the added advantage of being colour coded so you know which end is which.
~ What do Virgin vie say about the product? ~
- This mascara will create a false lash illusion, extend your lashes beyond your wildest dreams.
- Use this for a longer, thicker, glamorous flutter.
- The white lash builder contains filaments that attach to your lashes making them appear longer.
- Specially designed brushes to thicken and lengthen your lashes.
~ My experience ~
The handles are just the right length and thickness to easily manipulate and apply the two layers.
The idea is that you coat your lashes from the root to the tip with the white lash builder and after leaving this to dry for a minute or so, you then apply the black mascara.
Yes the application process sounds easy but the actual end result isn't great and certainly doesn't extend my lashes 'beyond my wildest dreams'!
I have found that the white lash builder clags a little and separates my lashes too much so that if anything they look sparser than usual.
I persevered thinking that once the black mascara was applied this would give me my false eyelash look, to steal a phrase from Virgin Vie.......Not in my 'wildest dreams!'
It must be said that I'm not the greatest make-up artist but mascara is perhaps one of the easiest things to apply.
When I put the black layer on top of the white, I didn't manage to cover all of the white on my lashes with just one application, in particular the sections closest to my eyelid, which is a tad annoying when the taxi is due in 5 minutes. And once the white is covered after two applications of the mascara it looks too heavy and claggy.
Overall, I'm not impressed by this V.V product which is rare for me as I usually rave on about a lot of their cosmetic range.
It's pricey and doesn't do the job it is intended to do on my lashes but for some it may well work.