Rimmel Sexy Curves Mascara
Rimmel Sexy Curves Mascara (Waterproof) ($7.50) is designed to give you full, curled lashes. It purports to give you “70% curlier” lashes, and lashes look “lusciously curled, plumped and defined.” Rimmel also advertises that you’ll see 7 times your natural volume and the curl will hold for a full twelve hours. I gotta say, Rimmel is making a lot of very big claims about this mascara!
Unfortunately, my experience didn’t really live up to Rimmel’s claims of fuller, well-curled lashes–at least not to the degree that they advertised. I’d say that my lashes are, perhaps, have a slight lift to them, but it’s not much–it’s just more pronounced by the lengthening of the mascara and slight volume it adds. It just neither gives me fuller nor more curled lashes really. I’d still feel like I needed to use an eyelash curler to really get the curl I’m looking for, and the mascara performs pretty average in all other aspects.
Out of personal taste, I tend to like incredibly rich black shades–the darker the better–so Rimmel’s level of blackness in pigmentation just doesn’t do it for me. My lashes do look better when I use it, they just don’t stand out like they do with other mascaras that I have loved. To be honest, I can be a harsh critic when it comes to mascara, because I always judge a mascara on how well it performs relative to the claims the brand makes about what it should do. It’s great if it still turns out to be awesome in some other way, but usually if they fall flat on their claims, then it’s just so-so and nothing stellar. This is definitely the case with Rimmel’s Sexy Curves mascara.
I will say that one thing I did really like about this mascara is the brush separated lashes really well and kept them from clumping despite layering on three coats of mascara. The brush is relatively easy to use, and the packaging is definitely eye-catching in that bright, metallic teal tube. (It does, however, hold finger prints, so big boo from me.)
Bottom Line: I’d say to skip this mascara. It performs fairly average at the end of the day, because it really doesn’t do much but add a smidgen of length (and maybe a little volume). It just looks like I’m wearing mascara, but it doesn’t look like I’m wearing a very good one!
Anyone like this mascara? I could have sworn some readers said this was their favorite!
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- Product: 15/30
- Value: 9/10
- Ease of Use: 4/5
- Packaging: 4/5
Recommendation: I’d pass on this mascara–it just doesn’t live up to the lofty claims Rimmel makes about it at all. I normally expect mascara claims to be rather outlandish, but I feel like this one doesn’t even get close.
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Chanel Les Folie Noirs Eyeshadow Quad ($60.00) is from Chanel Noirs Obscurs Collection. ( Be sure to check out reviews on the limited edition nail polishes and lipsticks, too!) It’s a limited edition eyeshadow quad with each shade being embellished with the brand’s signature logo in black.
While I was impressed by the new Rouge Allure lipsticks and Le Vernis shades, the eyeshadow quad was a disappointment. In fact, I had to let my disappointment simmer a bit in case I was too harsh/expected too much. I do not recommend this eyeshadow quad unless you’re a Chanel collector–then you’re not really looking to use it so much as own it as a collector.
If you actually want to use it, the shades are poorly pigmented, go on unevenly, and just overall, look mediocre–even with a sponge applicator. (Swatching with a brush always gives the least amount of pigmentation, whereas swatching with a sponge applicator usually yields the most.) The swatches included in this post are with a sponge applicator, for your reference.
The dark brown shade (top left) goes on extremely sheerly and almost looks chalky on my skin. The color itself is a cool-toned dark brown. Next to it is a dark forest green with a slight bit of shimmer. This one swatched better and had so-so pigmentation (just not quite as intense as I’d like). On the bottom right, there’s a muted, dark navy blue with subtle navy shimmer. This also swatched decently, though not quite as well as the green. The last shade is a slightly warmed-up medium chocolate brown that isn’t as sheer as the other brown in the quad, but it’s still quite faded when swatched.
Ultimately, if you use a sponge applicator (or even use this product wet) and layer on the color–and I do mean layer–you may find this works well for a range of smoky eyes. For me, at the price tag, I expect well-pigmented eyeshadows that feel soft, silky, and require minimal effort to work into my eyeshadow wardrobe.
Chanel, I love you, but this one is a miss for me!
- Product: 16/30
- Value: 6/10
- Ease of Use: 3/5
- Packaging: 4/5
Recommendation: Skip this — opt for a permanent Chanel eyeshadow quad if you’re in the market for eyeshadow or else sneak a peek at the limited edition Rouge Allure Lipsticks!
Availability: October/November 2009
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Pristine Eyeshadow, Cloudaine Elegant Lip Gloss
Kevyn Aucoin: The Prime Color Creme Eyeshadow
The Prime Color Creme Eye Shadow ($27.00) is an eyeshadow in a twist-up pen form. The eyeshadow itself has a cream consistency. It is true to its claims about creaseless-ness, as I found it didn’t crease after eight hours of wear, but the product itself is not my favorite. It can be difficult to blend the color out and apply from the get-go, and it isn’t the best base I’ve worked with either, because blendability is an issue. The shade I tried was Pristine, which is a soft, golden brown-champagne shade. This is something that can be worn alone on lids if desired, and if that’s the aim, this product meets it well.
- Product: 6/10
- Value: 6/10
- Ease of Use: 5/10
- Packaging: 6/10
Recommendation: Compact and travel-friendly, the Prime Color Creme Eyeshadows might be your new travel companion. They’re difficult to use, and they aren’t the easiest to blend, so for those two reasons, I won’t be buying any more shades in the future. I also find the price a bit steep for what you’re getting, which is just one more reason these aren’t up to my standards.