Neutrogena Healthy Volume Waterproof

3.0

72 reviews

50% would repurchase

Package Quality: 3.6

Price: $$

Package Quality: 3.6

Price: $$

INGREDIENTS



Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Olive, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

It's not too bad of a product, but I usually end up with a bit of smudging underneath my eyes at the end of the day.



Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Combination, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

THIS MASCARA IS NOT HYPED ENOUGH!!!! I have really sparse lashes and it takes the world to get them to curl!! But I love this mascara because they keep my lashes curled ALL DAY!! There is a little bit of fallout throughout the day but it's nothing I can't deal with. It's sooo easy to build volume on my sad lashes. I really really really love this mascara and I've tried high end and low end mascaras but they just don't compare!! This mascara is a little pricey but it's amazing for the price.


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Age: 44-55

Skin: Other, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

It looks good for galf sn hour then smudges like crazy not what i am looking for in a waterproof maxcara


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Age: 36-43

Skin: Acne-prone, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I returned this product. I don't usually get smudges but for whatever reason I had raccoon eyes three times that day. I even used urban decay primer that day. What's crazy is that it smudged so much but won't come off when I wash it.


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Age: 56 & Over

Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Brown, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Hazel

I hate, hate this mascara. It is not easy to remove at all. I use Paula's Choice makeup remover and have never had a problem with it taking off any other waterproof mascara. This mascara takes forever to apply to get good coverage and it smudges. Even the smudges were a pain to remove, even using my cleanser and makeup remover. Ugh. Will never buy again.


Age: 19-24

Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Black, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Brown

Pros:
+ Really waterproof
+ Lightweight
+ Widely available at drugstores and major retailors

Cons:
+ Big brush might be tricky to work with
+ Kind of expensive to purchase in-store (i.e. drugstores)

Reference:
I purchased this product in the shade Carbon Black at my local Target for just under $10.00 USD if I remember correctly. At drugstores, the price point is a little bit higher at around $11-$12, at least in my area it is. Strangely the official Neutrogena website lists the price at $7.49 (as of June 24, 2014)... My application technique involves repeatedly zig-zagging the brush along my lashes for even product distribution for one coat. I personally prefer a more natural look. I can't really speak for how well this product holds a curl since my stubborn eyelashes will not curl for the life of them.

My Experience:
The formula is "tacky," somewhere between "wet" and "dry," but not sticky. As I have previously stated, I prefer a more natural look so I don't really apply more than one coat. I have tried applying multiple coats (letting the one before dry a bit first) and I did notice some clumping. However, lashes can be separated or redefined if you go over them again with another clean, dry mascara wand. Carbon Black adds a nice, darker tint to my already dark lashes.

It's a little bit intimidating to work with the huge brush (see the reference picture), but with the application technique I use, I find that the brush helps makes my lashes look fluttery in a very natural way -- length, definition, and some volume. The two things I like most about this product is that it practically becomes weightless once it dries down and secondly, it does not make my lashes brittle or prone to breaking.

I have oily skin, my eyelids included and this product does not flake, budge, or smudge even after moderate exercise and daily sweat and wear. This lasts through rain, and while it hasn't underwent the tears test yet, get this: I forgot to take off my eye makeup before showering and when I got out, most, if not all of the product was still on my lashes! Forget waterproof, this is practically bulletproof! Needless to say, I cannot be any happier with the performance of this product.

This product comes off easily with (probably most) waterproof eye makeup removers. (I use the Lumene Waterproof eye makeup remover). I would imagine something really emollient such as petroleum jelly and olive oil would work as well in a pinch.

Other Comments:
The packaging is pretty standard for mascara. No bells and whistles there. I did notice a slight scent to it. According to the Neutrogena website (as of June 24, 2014), fragrance is listed as the very last ingredient. This product does not emit a strong scent, but to me it comes off a bit like chlorine, as if you went to the swimming pool or water park. It doesn't really bother me, but this might be something worth reconsidering if you are sensitive to fragrances.

Closing Commentary:
I definitely recommend this mascara for every occasion since not only is it indestructible, but that it doesn't leave your lashes feeling brittle or "crunchy." The only thing I don't really like about it is that it is priced slightly higher than other comparable products. But then again, Neutrogena is kind of expensive for drugstore products.

(If the price really turns you off, the Maybelline Full N Soft Waterproof is another fantastic product at a slightly friendlier price.)

[EDIT]: This product also lasted through an eye exam, one where the optometrist puts drops to dilate your eyes!

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.


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Age: 36-43

Skin: Other, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Hazel

Oh the endless search for a waterproof mascara that doesn't clump, run, gives voluminous, full lashes and most importantly does not smudge under your ever-important concealer! I really liked this mascara and I have tried a lot of them. It has a nice, big full brush that grabs every lash and works great with an eyelash curler. The curl holds very well. It did not bother my very sensitive eyes, which for me is a huge plus. The color is a nice soft black -- very natural for daytime events. The one downside is that it did smudge underneath my eyes within the first hour -- once I rubbed it off and reapplied some powder under my eyes, I didn't have any other issues the rest of the day. On that note, I always have trouble with my mascara smudging under my eyes -- I have oily lids and my concealer is a Bobbi Brown; which I really like but it is very creamy -- that, combined with my combination skin means I get smudges and there isn't much I can do about it. Oh well! Overall, I would purchase this mascara again. I found it to much better than many pricey brands such as Lancome's Hypnose Waterproof which in my opinion is terrible!


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Age: 44-55

Skin: Combination, Olive, Neutral

Hair: Black, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Brown

I have a difficult time finding a mascara that doesn't run on me. I purchased this one because it was highly rated in Good Housekeeping magazine and received high marks for not smudging and leaving raccoon eyes. Wrong! This has to be the worst mascara I have tried. Within an hour, I had black smudge circles under my eyes. How could this be waterproof? I will continue with Makeup Forever Smoky Lash in navy blue. Strangely Makeup Forever's Smoky Lash in blue doesn't run on me but their same mascara in black does. Back to Netrogena's Healty Volume Waterproof, total disappointment. It wasn't cheap either for a drugstore brand. I think I paid about $9. Note to self - take Good Houskeeping Magazine's makeup reviews/recommendations with grain of salt.


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Age: 36-43

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Coarse

Eyes: Brown

I put it on like I would any other mascara. By the time I got to work, my eyes felt irritated, were watering and I ended up with raccoon eyes. So much for waterproof.


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Age: 30-35

Skin: Very Dry, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Green

I was pleasantly surprised. I've tried so many drugstore mascaras and always go back to my HG L'Oreal Voluminous Waterproof. I have to have waterproof formula as somehow, with any non-waterproof formula I use, it always ends up in a goopy mess under my eyes within an hour or so. While the Neutrogena formula does tend to smudge occasionally beneath my eyes (whereas L'Oreal doesn't), and the brush is a little too big for my preference, it's still workable because this mascara is so buildable and makes my lashes look so beautiful, that I can overlook the flaws with the brush & formula. Somehow, the word "healthy" in the name really does make my lashes look healthy. It sounds crazy, but I feel like my lash count has doubled since using this mascara. I love this as my everyday mascara, as with 2-3 coats, it's subtle yet still makes my lashes pop, and when I layered L'Oreal over the Neutrogena, it was so perfect for a night-time look. I will definitely buy this again, as this has become my new favorite daytime mascara, although I think I will try the Healthy Lengths next.


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