Thursday, February 21, 2013

Review: No. 7 Extreme Lengths Mascara

Today’s post will be the last of the cosmetic reviews for awhile, I promise! Normally, my blog doesn’t feature this many reviews or posts about beauty items, but I’ve had a lot of beauty-related whats-its crop up in the past week or so and (hey ho) since this blog is about my thoughts and my life I felt I’d be remiss if I didn’t broach the topic.

In any event, I wanted to post about a mascara I tried to love for two weeks from one of my favorite drugstore brands. Alas, it wasn’t meant to be.

As an Anglophile, I loves me anything English. Consequently, I am a big fan of the Boots cosmetics and skincare items that have long been cult products in Britain and are available at select retailers in the States (Target, Ulta, and Drugstore.com to name a few). I can’t count how many Boots items I have tried and loved over the years. I ADORE their hot cloth cleanser and cleansing balm. Their rosewater is gorgeous. I have used their powders, blushes, and foundations in the past and been pleased with their quality and results.

I have been terribly disloyal to my mascaras over the years, ping-ponging between high-end and drugstore mascaras for years, always on the lookout for something better. Given my past positive experiences with Boots products I purchased a tube of the No. 7 Extreme Lengths Mascara in Brown-Black. I had been contemplating buying a drugstore formula in a “normal” color to use on days when I wasn’t using a colored Make Up For Ever mascara I was anticipating for my birthday. During my university days, I remember using the line’s Exceptional Definition Mascara and it being innocuous. How bad could this one be?

It was bad, you guys. Really, really, bad.

First of all, I had to whack on a massive amount of product before I saw even the slightest change to my lash length. Normally, I only need to apply two coats of product to achieve the long, feathery look I desire; this mascara had me in application mode for a full ten minutes. Ten. Minutes. I have a full-time job, I can’t spend half of my day applying mascara!

[caption id="attachment_467" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Boots Extreme Lengths Mascara Boots Extreme Lengths Mascara[/caption]

The application process was inhibited by this truly terrible brush. Notice the straight claw applicator which is meant to replicate, I believe, the L’Oreal Telescopic mascara. Unlike L’Oreal Telescopic, which has small claws that are tightly packed, the teeth are rather far apart and doesn’t allow enough product to get on the brush. Also unlike it’s L’Oreal better, the Boots Extreme Lengths was flat at the end of the brush instead of tapered; this little design flaw, however, meant that the end of the wand was perpetually covered in goop. Every time I dipped the wand into the tube I had to wipe off the extra product; it was a complete mess!

[caption id="attachment_468" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Wand fail! Wand fail![/caption]

These design flaws, however, are nothing to the actual product itself which was REALLY crappy. I’m not sure how a mascara can be too dry and gloppy at the same time,but this one managed to be both. Whenever I would attempt to apply the product, the tube always felt like there was nothing left-- as though the tube had dried out-- but when I would apply the product, I would encounter the aforementioned gloppiness. Then, throughout the day, this mascara monstrosity would migrate onto my face! I was having to touch up my face every two hours because of the crumbling I was getting. You guys, I was running out of concealer because my mascara sucked! I really felt like I wouldn’t win for losing with this product.

Right now I am on a kick to try and use up the product that I already have in my collection, throw them out if they are too old/ useless, or give products away that I am not thrilled with and can’t return. As such, I REALLY tried to make this mascara work, but I couldn’t last a full two weeks with it. Within the first week of use, I added a tube of L’Oreal Telescopic to a Drugstore.com order I was making to replace the it. I couldn’t even wait a full second week for my L’Oreal Telescopic to come in with the rest of the order; in a fit of frustration, I dropped into CVS on my way to work and picked up a Maybelline Mega Plush Volum Express. Before chucking the Boots Extreme Lengths into the garbage (gleefully), I took the following pictures:

[caption id="attachment_470" align="aligncenter" width="297"]Close Up: Closed Eye Close Up: Closed Eye[/caption]

Please note that I have naturally long lashes that are relatively thick. What you can see is applications of mascara; what I was left with were . . . . basically my natural lashes covered in a thin layer of brown goo. Not cool.

[caption id="attachment_471" align="aligncenter" width="264"]Close Up: My Eye Open Close Up: My Eye Open[/caption]

Thank goodness the mascara nightmare is over!

Praise Heaven!

j.

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