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Sunday 3 August 2014

Bourjois | 1 Second Volume Mascara

When it comes to mascara, I'm not the most experimental of the blogger bunch.  I stick to what I know and I've repurchased the same mascara for yonks. I have long lashes but sadly, I wasn't blessed with curly, swoopy ones and if I didn't attack them with my trusty lash curlers on a daily basis, I'd be stuffed. As soon as I find one that actually manages to hold a flutter, I'm sold - but so far, only a handful have managed to impress me.  It's fair to say I never really hold out much hope for mascaras and I never feel compelled to try the newest formula on the market simply because once I find one that works, I'll stick to it. However, when I first heard of Bourjois' new release - the '1 Second Volume' - I have to admit I was rather intrigued. The idea of a 'roller' inspired brush to inject volume and definition to your lashes was something I really fancied trying, so when it arrived on my doorstep a few weeks ago, I couldn't wait to give it a bash!

The unique wand design with it's 'spherical' bristles means that lashes are coated in a 360 degree motion. This paired with the standard bristles makes for a spiffing combination and I have to admit I really do like it.  The brush is undoubtedly quite large - if you're not a fan of larger brushes then I'm not sure you'd get on with it as it can be a little bit cumbersome if you're not concentrating - however, for me, it works perfectly and I really like how easy it is to apply.  It separates every lash whilst providing amazing definition - I definitely agree with the 'clump-free' claim as there isn't a spider-lash to behold - yippee! This is definitely helped by the fact the brush is plastic - if you've ever tried Benefit's 'They're Real' (one of my faves) then I find that this feels rather similar to apply. But - the big question is... did it hold the curl? A mascara can separate, volumise and define all it likes but if it doesn't help to lock in the 'swoopiness' then it won't float my boat.  I was actually really happy with this - it really does seem to hold a curl very well and my lashes stayed in place all day. Result.

Overall, I have to say I've been impressed with this mascara and I'll most certainly make a purchase on it in future.  I was really happy to discover that they offer a waterproof version too as I usually wear water-resistant mascaras on a daily basis (saying that, I never noticed any smudging or flaking with this one - another big plus point!).  Although the brush is a little on the large side, I was sold on the unique design and the way in which it's so easy to apply - literally a few sweeps and you're sorted. If, like me, you have fairly straight lashes and struggle to find mascaras that hold a curl, it's well worth trying this one - it defines every single lash, is quick and easy to apply without the need for endless coats and it holds your lashes in place once you've curled them.  For £9.99*, it's reasonably priced too. You can find it on the Boots website here.

Have you tried this mascara? Are there any others from Bourjois that you'd recommend?


  1. I love this mascara I use it everyday at the moment and is great when 3 for 2 is on xxx

  2. oh i need a new mascara thanks for sharing x

  3. I've heard so many amazing things about this mascara, must check it out asap!
    xprincessjas | ♥

  4. I have the waterproof version and really like it, the brush is a bit too big though!

    Victoria | VIXWILL

  5. Heard great things about this - would love to try!

    Josie xoxo Fashion Mumblr

  6. This sounds really good! I need to try it! xx

  7. Thanks a lot for that! I should try it ;-)

  8. Great review. The mascara looks fab, I've been trying to find a cheaper alternative to 'they're real' for a while and you're right that the brush looks similar so I may have to try this one!

  9. I am not a big fan of plastic-y mascaras and i love my Maybelline mascaras so so much but it sounds very intriguing and as i wanted to try Benefit's They're Real i might give this a go first :)

  10. I'm in need of a new mascara so I'm definitely keeping this in mind. Thank-you for the review!

    Michelle xo

  11. I've yet to find a Bourjois mascara that I haven't loved, so I'm excited to try this out! Thanks for the recommendation!
    * victoriaology

  12. This sounds amazing! Will definitely be trying this!
    Little Beauty Blog
    Elizabeth x

  13. I'm looking for new mascaras so will definitely love to try this! Hopefully I will :)

    Joy @ Joy-Ann | UK Beauty & Lifestyle

  14. I love this mascara but I use the waterproof version :)

    Life, beauty and random things


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