Massive thumbs up for this gorgeous packaging. It's a very feminine "hourglass" kind of shape and the shiny black plastic just screams "sexy" to me. I love the look of it and it feels really comfortable to handle. Clearly a lot of thought has gone into it and I definitely appreciate the effort. It feels super sturdy and I'd be more than happy to travel with it. Also it doesn't usually have that little strip of space between the top and tube, that was me being silly and not closing it tightly enough!
I assure you it is extremely black, I just had to over-edit this a bit to properly show off the bristles! This is without a doubt the biggest spoolie I've ever used! The website advertises this as a "jumbo wand" and they're not lying. My immediate worry was that it would be a nightmare to manoeuvre around my lashes but it was surprisingly easy and I think I actually prefer a larger applicator for my mascaras now. My only issue is that there's nothing inside the tube that properly scrapes off the excess product so you end up with a clump of it at the end of the wand as you can see above. Obviously it's not a deal breaker but I do get a little tired of smearing the end of the wand against the opening of the tube.
(No eyelash curlers used throughout)
As you can see I'm not gifted with the best natural lashes. They cross over and have blonde tips which makes them look really short! I have to say, I love how this mascara makes them look. I get fantastic length and can build up volume without clumping. It also gives quite a nice lift and holds a curl well. The formula is perfect for me, not too thick and dry, not too wet or thin. It dries really fast to a deep, dark black. The shape of the spoolie makes it a little difficult to get at the lashes in the inner corner though which is a disappointing. I also don't think there's anything particularly volumising about it either; it's no more volumising than any other mascara I've tried so I'm not sure how I feel about the "Absolute Volume" subtitle. Sadly it also smudged under my eyes. I'm yet to meet a mascara that doesn't do this on me (so it might not do the same to you!) It drives me absolutely mad! I don't rub my eyes and I don't have ridiculously long bottom lashes so I don't understand what the problem is. My hunt continues! Regardless of the negatives, I genuinely really like this mascara; a picture is worth a thousand words so I'm sure you can see why I like it!
Final Verdict: Fantastic formula and gorgeous packaging. Well worth £9.50. Not particularly volumising without layering though.
What do you think to this mascara? What's your all time favourite mascara?