As you know, 2000 Calorie Mascara from Max Factor is my favorite. But on a recent trip, I decided that it was time to try something new. After all, paying $25 for two mascaras and then waiting days for them to arrive in the mail is getting old.
Rimmel ScandalEyes is a name that consistently comes up in the comments when I ask for mascara recommendations, so I decided to start there. Unlike many woman, my lashes don’t need much in the way of lengthening, what they really need is volume. So I decided to try the Rimmel Scandal Eyes Lycra Flex ($7) in the volumizing formula.
At first, the mascara looked promising. Mostly because I was just excited to try something new, because by day two, I began to realize what a mess it was.
The formula itself is a little goopy. The Lycra is supposed to give you buildable coverage, but the more coats I added the harder it became to separate my lashes. The mascara also started clumping on day three.
In addition to the disappointing formulation, the brush is a total nightmare. It’s way too big, way too thick and doesn’t do even a passable job of separating your individual lashes. It’s so large that after a while you feel like you’re trying to apply mascara with a toothbrush.
This mascara was a real let down, which is too bad because I’ve had good luck with other Rimmel products. I love their Kate Moss lipstick and their Gentle Eye Makeup Remover. Perhaps I’ll try another formulation and see if I like that one better.