Regular readers of Beauty Toolkit will know that the Bourjois Glamour Max Waterproof Mascara is one of my all-time favourite make up products, and it occurred to me that I hadn’t actually written a full review on my blog! Seen as I have recently re-purchased a new tube (in new striking blue packaging), I thought I would take the opportunity to snap a few photos and share my thoughts.
Bourjois claim that this mascara gives 10 times more volume than an ordinary mascara and an impressive 24 hours hold. Its large, full rounded brush with ultra-soft fibres visibly boosts lashes to give the ‘wow factor’. The formula is enriched with black pearl extract which gives deep black colour to the lashes, whilst still being suitable for contact lens wears and those who suffer with sensitive eyes.
The large rounded brush was the main visual aspect that originally caught my attention. Although a little fiddley to begin with, larger mascara wands are much more effective at coating individual lashes from root to end (tip: use the very tip of the brush to coat the outer corner and lower lashes). The colour Noir is a rich glossy black that gives a bold dramatic look to those with naturally fair coloured lashes. In terms of formula, this mascara does have a bit of a reputation for clumping, but I find it useful to wipe away excess product off the wand and build up volume and colour with several coatings. I always opt for a waterproof formula as regular mascaras tend to transfer on to my upper lids throughout the day. The only downside is that they are often a nightmare to remove - I swear by the Garnier 2in1 Daily Essentials Eye Makeup Remover or any similar oil & water formula (oil is an extremely effective ingredient for breaking down and removing waterproof products).
The only negative point I have concerning this mascara is the fact that it does leave my eyelashes feeling quite dry once removed. I have fallen into a regular habit of applying a thin layer of Vaseline to my upper and lower eyelashes each evening after my skincare routine to soften, nourish and rehydrate them overnight.