Tuesday, 13 August 2013

My Great Mascara Challenge! Info and No #1 "Soap and Glory Thick and Fast"

As well as polishes, i have a thing for mascara. I've made it a kind of task to review quite a few of them to compare their hardiness, cost, how full they make the lashes look and waterproof.

My problem i have is the wrong mascara can smudge so easily, leaving me looking like a panda.  I tried a Chanel trial size and that even left the marks, so the cost is not necessarily the way to mark a good product.
So this challenge will spread over a few posts, and ill add them all to the bottom of this post if you fancy peeking at any as a standalone review!
Prices, brands, coverage - it all varies and I'm going to see how the cheaper compares to the more expensive!

so I'm going to test 8 things on each mascara and then give it an overall mark out of 10:
1) Cost
2) ease of application
3) volumises lashes
4) Smudgeproof
5) Any clogging
6) Hardiness (how long it lasts for) and if it looks just as good as when i put it on
7) How easy to get off at the end of the day?
8) Marks out of 10 for all of the above

First off, a picture of my eye and lashes with no mascara on:

No Mascara on
There will be a picture of this in each post so the mascara can be compared.
I do have some lashes but they need to be lengthened and made to stand out more.

OK, so first one for trial was "Soap and Glory Thick & Fast Mascara":

The brush and mascara itself was great.  The brush was bushy and had individual rows of bristles and had no clogging or stringy bits of mascara when removing it from the tube.
The actual mascara went on really smoothly and no clogging or unsightly bits attaching you know what i mean!!) It was easy to get to the bottom lashes, which i always seem to end up fluffing up by catching the bit of skin that you cant reach, and then when you try to remove it it smudge.. (yeah, you know what i mean!!)
It stayed on well during the day, a little tiny smudging under the eye but nothing major.
I couldnt really test the waterproof-ness of it but i do think this would be ok if caught in the rain.  Not sure about a dip in the pool, but everyday dampness i think is ok. If i find it any different on another day i will amend this.

When coming to take it off at night, i used a Waitrose Face Wipe and it all did come off, but it took a few go's!
I like this one, i wish it hadn't had smudged but that's the whole point of trying, right!

1) £10 from Boots
2) Very Easy
3) def adds volume
4) was smudged slightly under the eye
5) A teeny bit of clogging at the corner of the eye
6) Lasted the full 4hours fine and looked as good at the end as the beginning
7) needed a bit of scrubbing and used quite a lot of a single face wipe.
8) id give it a 8/10.  Price is a bit on the steep end, it did smudge which i didn't want it to do, but it did stay on well for the 4 hours.

More Mascaras in the Challenge...


  1. I wish you luck that you find a good mascara! :D The first one seems good.

  2. Great post! I love this challenge. I'm a big fan of Benefit's They're Real, Chanel Inimitible, and Maybelline Great Lash. Hope they make the cut! <3

  3. Thanks for the detailed review; I love hearing about new products. I really love Clinique mascara; that may be one you want to try out in the Mascara Challenge!


  4. This is an alright mascara, I find it a bit clumpy xx


  5. Mascara is a must have for me

  6. I love trying out diff mascaras too. My all time fave would have to be Maybelline's Cat Eye mascara BUT I'm set to try Eye of horus soon so I'm excited for that!

    Kumiko Mae

  7. Good luck with the challenge. So far so good with the first one!

  8. Finding a mascara that isn't clumpy is challenging. :(

    Autumn | Mrs Gaeul

  9. i don't like mascara's that makes my lashes clumpy and smudge free.. I guess I'll pass it on x

  10. i don like mascaras that make my lashes look spidery


  11. I love trying out mascaras! I'm always on the lookout for good ones. My favorites so far include Maybelline's Cat Eyes mascara and Long Extreme Stilleto mascara (both waterproof), plus The Face Shop's curling mascara (non-waterproof but lasts all day).

    Maxinne ♥ flightlessangel.com

    1. i always keep having to search!
      my first one in ages that stayed on perfect was Bobbi Browns, but im hoping to find another!!

  12. hey im doing the mascara challenge now too..so far liking lancome hypnose!

    1. ooooh good to see someone else doing it!! leave your link if you pop back so i can have a nosey!
      That one is in my pile - i have to admit im expecting good things from that one, but is it cos its Lancome!!? I dunno!!

  13. It's my first time to encounter this mascara. It looks okay to me. Have you tried Benefit They're Real? It's nice too! :)

  14. Finding the right mascara is so hard. Good to see that this one lasted for so long!

  15. I'm also on the hunt for a great mascara, I always find that mine end up under my eye by the end of the day. Hope you find a great masacra!

  16. Ooh, yay! I love hearing about new mascaras and I actually haven't heard of this one before. I'm sort of lash-obsessed, so I layer two different mascaras every day (one that's more about volume, and one that's more about length)

  17. Good luck on your search for the best mascara! :)

    I love avon mascara :)

  18. I have a hting for mascara too since that's the only product I can use to highlight my eyes behind the glasses LOL. I love how the effects lasts even 4hrs later. I hope you find your perfect mascara soon. <3


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