This is a great mascara if you use it properly. If you are one of those ladies who like nice light fluttery lashes....don't even think about it! Now I am a fan of a drier mascara and quite like a thick or a slightly clumpy formula...I know I sound mad right now, but I cannot stand a wet mascara that takes layer upon layer to build! so I actually love this mascara!
The packaging is very clever, it's actually the same brush, with two different lids and openings which allows two different amounts of product to be deposited on the brush. The step 1 lid removes most of the mascara and only leaves enough to get a very light daytime look, which is nice, but can be achieved with any old mascara...the fun part is step 2! This part deposits A LOT of mascara on the brush...to the point where u may have to wipe the excess off to stop it blobbing on your nose! This step gives a VERY dramatic and volumized effect which can be a bit clumpy if you are heavy handed. It took me a few go's to get the best results from this. The best way I have found is actually to use step 2 first for the mega volume, and then comb through my lashes with step 1 to separate and get more definition and length! It really works! Use it back to front and u will see what I am banging on about....
CLAIM: 2-step brush to provide 11x more volume with no clumps.
MY THOUGHTS: This brush concept is similar to MAC's Haute and Naughty wand. The wand has 1 brush head but 2 options - the first option scrapes the brush head through a narrow tube to provide light coverage. The second option is the mascara without any scraping. Option 1 is difficult to apply with control as the wand is quite long and skinny. Once applied, it provides a clean and defined look with separated lashes. The second option was quite thick and clumpy - my lashes felt heavy and weighed down with product.
GOOD FOR: Someone who would like natural and dramatic options for their mascara - and who can work around the clumpiness of option 2.
I'm surprised this mascara is not popular! I personally think this works way better for me than any Maybelline or Loreal! Haha! This mascara literally gives you the "falsies" look, I did not need to wear falsies with this baby, it gives me and my friends' lashes that flirtatious flutter! 1st wand for length, and the 2nd one for volume. You can play around with your lashes, fan them out and it works great. I LOVE IT! :)
I think this mascara is great and works with my Asian lashes.
1. it adds volume and separates my lashes
2. it holds the curl
3. it's easy to remove and it doesn't cause my lashes fall out
this mascara just takes long to apply and the second brush is so big it pokes my eyes sometimes. but overall, it's a great mascara!
I love this mascara because of its flawless application and option of an everyday look (step 1...) or instantly thick lashes (...+step 2) . I would definitely recommend this mascara as it is brilliant quality at a decent price!
There are two wands to build up intensity. But I prefer using one or the other or I look like I've got caterpillars on my eyes. The wands sit sort of one inside the other and share the same well, which means it's the same creamy formula on both the bushy and the well-spaced bristles.
I've found that the old "jiggle and draw upwards" isn't needed for this one. I just comb up and the technique is fine for both length and volume. I've never found a mascara to be actually curling, so I'm not going to fault this one.
The pigment is a strong, semi-shiny black - the colour your hair would be if it were black and just received a conditioning treatment. This is great for me because my lashes are black too. I tend to use the lighter brush to smooth out my brows too - again because it matches my hair colour. But I do find that if I do more than two coats to my lashes, there's tiny bit of powdery residue at the end of a long day.
One thing though - this tube is seriously long lasting. I tend to use only one mascara at a time because it's not point having six tubes drying out at the same time. The Volumizer lasted 7 months with comfortable creaminess (second only to Chanel Inimitable, which lasted 9 months) and that's solid value for money. It does what a mascara should, and does it well.
I've been using this lately and it's OK.
As other reviewers have stated, Step 1 is suited for more of a daytime look. Step 2 does add lots of volume, but makes my lashes stick together like crazy! I think it's because the brush picks up a LOT of product. Even after scraping off the excess, still too much. Lots of eyelash sticking together goes on. Yuck :(
I think I'll try the business card trick that's been mentioned here, it might help. Overall I'm not very impressed though. I thought it would be better.
What I love about this product is the dual brushes. Step 1, yes, love, LOVE IT. Just like they said, guaranteed clump free and I'm happy about it. I have to admit I'm not good on applying mascara, so yeah, they prove it right. No clump.
Step 2... Uh, I found it a bit hard to handle. Too much product on my lashes and clumps were everywhere. I had to go through several techniques until I could apply it ok my lashes, after struggling. That Michelle Phan Business Card technique did help me in the end. Yet, I give the step 2 an ok approval. Bourjois team, you guys'd better do something about this.
Even so, I'd definitely buy it again!
I primarily use the first step of this mascara- it's become my daily mascara and the first step alone gives a nice defined but not too dramatic look, which is nice for work. I find that I can layer several coats using the first step setting and the mascara does not get clumpy. The brush also separates lashes well and gives them a fair amount of length and volume. The second step is a little harder to work with- it loads a lot of mascara onto the brush and definitely can leave some big clumps unless you either scrape most of the mascara off the brush or comb through after application (though even then it can be a bit clumpy as the wider opening just puts SO MUCH mascara on the brush). If you work carefully and are willing to take more time it can create a very dramatic lash look! I wouldn't at all recommend using the second step on the lower lashes though- only the first. This mascara doesn't smudge or flake on me, and I find that it holds a curl pretty well while still leaving the lashes on the softer side (especially when just using step one, though even step two doesn't give that crispy feel that some mascaras do). The tube can feel a little flimsy at times, like when you are selecting/changing steps, but I suppose that's part of the nature of a convertible product like this. The colour is pretty dark, though not the blackest I've come across. Overall a good mascara for me, though I do feel that step two leaves something to be desired.
I have read a review about bourjois replacing her Chanel mascara and one day I was lucky enough to shop with bare lashes n came across the bourjois counter. I was thinking,'just have a try.' I was very surprised that this in fact can replace my old discontinued Korean mascara!!! If not, this is even better! Have been searching high n low for my replacement after my fav Korean is gone. Have tried Chanel inimitable, dior n loreal 4d(it's very dry and crumpy). I think the bourjois is very rich in formula in step 2 wand and it really volumises til you decide it's enough. So happy that the search is over.