Seventeen Doll’d Up Mascara Review

Sometimes I purchase a product with little or no expectations and I’m blown away. It’s a lovely little surprise and usually makes day, if not my whole week.

This was not one of those occasions. No, I had expectations for Seventeen Doll’d Up mascara. Somewhat high expectations, one might say, considering the kind of reviews its had on MakeupAlley (5 lippies all around?! u wot m8?!).

I was a little skeptical because of the price and because it’s by Seventeen, a brand that’s not impressed me on the rare occasion I have encountered it, but nevertheless, my expectations were quite high.

Well, on this occasion, my high expectations were exceeded, which is the kind of lovely surprise that can make your entire month. Did you just fart, Seventeen Doll’d Up Mascara, because you have blown me away.

I love everything about this mascara. I love the packaging, I love the brush, I love the formula, I’m just bursting with love for this stuff, so much so that I’m not even going to include a section for the negative aspects because, well, there are none.

The Good

It’s incredibly pocket-friendly at just £6.29. SIX POUND TWENTYNINE? I’LL TAKE FIVE!

The brush is so satisfyingly comby, it ensures all my eyelashes are nicely separated, coated with product, and fanned out like a baby cow’s.

Seventeen Doll'd Up Mascara

The formula is amazing. It doesn’t dry too fast or too slow, which means it doesn’t glob everywhere and make a mess between coats, and dries quickly enough for me to add a few more coats before I need to leave the house in a rush.

To add to that, it doesn’t run or smudge (and I’ve tested it on a night out involving rain, humidity, and bumloads of sweat); it also helps my irritatingly straight eyelashes hold a curl, which is an absolute miracle.

It’s also easy to take off, no need to rub your eyes raw to remove all traces.

The packaging is cute as hell. It’s a nice shape and pretty to look at.

Did I mention it’s cheap as shit?

My Verdict

In case it wasn’t obvious, I’ll reiterate my point: I LOVE THIS MASCARA. It outperforms products 3 times the price and has given me faith in sparse, straight lashes (yes, all 6 of them).

100 kittens, puppies, unicorns and tap dancing liopleurodons out of 10.

bareMinerals Flawless Definition Volumizing Mascara | Review

 

I’ve tried a lot of mascaras over the years, but I’ve only just heard of bareMinerals mascara. Who’dve thunk, eh? I’ve been sat on my arse thinking they just do foundations and other skin-based makeup and didn’t even think to check out their eye goodies. And I’m glad I did – this bareMinerals Flawless Definition Volumizing Mascara has impressed the hell out of me. Here’s a few reasons why I love it:

  • It gives great volume and length. Once coat looks great, very natural for work, 2 coats gives a dramatic impact, 3 and I almost take flight when I bat my lashes. 
  • It doesn’t clump, like, at all. Maybe that’s because the formula is quite dry, I don’t know.
  • It dries quickly, so I don’t have to worry if I need to clean up any mistakes I’ve made. I can just give it a minute and then clean up with a cotton swab.
  • It doesn’t gloop everywere. This is a huge and gross problem I have – a lot of mascaras leave goop in my eyes. Hideous, I know. But this one doesn’t. It’s by far the cleanest I’ve used.
  • To add to that point, it stays put all day. I find that most non-waterproof mascaras will smudge and give me panda eyes, but this one doesn’t, even if I give my eyes a good ol’ rub. 
  • It’s easy to remove at the end of the day, which you wouldn’t think from such a stay-put mascara. One cotton pad covered in micellar water does the job nicely, and…
  • …it doesn’t irritate my eyes! Hurrah!

An overall winner from bareMinerals, a brand I haven’t really explored (watch this space…). 

I wouldn’t mind a little more length/curl, and apparently the formula expires after 3 months (which isn’t really bad considering mascara should be thrown away after that amount of time anyway), so I’m giving it 9/10.

 

Have you tried bareMinerals Flawless Definition Volumizing Mascara?

Clinique High Impact Mascara | Review

I got this as part of a free gift set when I bought 2 other Clinique products (anyone else absolutely love these free gifts? Go to Debenhams, John Lewis, or Boots and you’re guaranteed to find a great free gift offer) and I absolutely love it! I’ve never been big on mascara; I always used to just buy those Maybelline ones in a yellow tube (colossal something?) and I thought they were doing a great job, despite me ending up with dark smudges in the corners of my eyes after a long day at uni – I thought: that’s what happens with mascara; if you want it to stay put you need to get a waterproof one, right? Wrong. Turns out I just settled for a mascara with a shitty formula that just didn’t work for me.

After dabbling with a few different brands and formulas, I discovered this gem after buying two Clinique products and getting it as part of a free gift. It really is amazing – I find I can get a good 6 hours wear out of it, longer if I don’t rub my eyes. Better yet, if I do happen to rub my eyes or sweat a lot (eww, gross!), this somehow never seems to smudge or leave black residue around my eyes. Even if it does wear off a little during the day and becomes less visible, I don’t end up with panda ayes. Amazing!

The formula is not too wet, not too dry, and never clumps. It also gives good length and volume, without looking too dramatic. For this reason, I think it’s best as an everyday mascara for work, university, going about your daily business etc. because it’s so natural-looking. You’re not going to get the false-lash-effect with this mascara, and I’m totally cool with that, because that’s not what I want in day-to-day life. I’d rather have another mascara for that look. Another positive is that it doesn’t sting my eyes, like some mascaras can (Max Factor and L’Oreal’s formulas are often guilty of this). 


Consistency: Not too wet or too dry. Not clumpy or smudgy.

Sensitive Skin Suitability: 5/5

Lasting Power: 6 hours-ish.

Price: £17.50 from Boots.

Overall Rating: 8/10. For the price, it could be improved by being more buildable to a dramatic, false lash effect.