My experience with Rimmel Sexy Curves is a great lesson learned. You see, I had heard several people rave about how wonderful this mascara was. I also heard that the brush was not gimmicky at all. So, once I was finished with my CG Fantastic Lash and my L'oreal Voluminous, I decided to move onto this much raved about mascara. To be honest, at first I really was unimpressed with the mascara, and I vowed to never purchase it again. However, several months later--I have no idea why--I decided to pick this mascara up again. Oh, wait! Actually, I remember why. My favorite mascara, CG Fantastic Lash, had been discontinued and in my disillusionment I quickly decided on the Rimmel Sexy Curves mascara again. I think Cheeks was also getting restless and was starting to throw things out of the cart, so I panicked and just grabbed it.
When I came home, I asked myself why I wanted to be disappointed again, but the second chance gods were on my side because I have fallen in love with this mascara.
After the second try, it took me some time to get used to it. During my learning process, I quickly found out that the first disappointing rendezvous was not because of the mascara, it was because of me. The first time I tried the mascara, I was doing the traditional plant the brush at the base of the lashes and wiggle, wiggle, wiggle all the way up to the tip of the lashes. This standard move was creating clumps and leaving my lashes looking crusty. Now, after some experimenting the second time around, I discovered that the best way to apply this mascara (at least for me) was to plant the brush at the base, wiggle slightly in order to grab as many lashes as possible, and then just glide the brush up all the way to the tip. PERFECTO! With the "gliding" technique, I was able to get more volume without clumping and more length. Lovely.
Now, above I mentioned that "alleged" gimmicky brush. (Rimmel states that the "triple plump brush curves IN for volume and curves OUT for maximum curl." The brush itself is very voluptuous. It has two"valleys" and three "hills." see here ) Well, I can't scientifically verify if it works or not, but I can say that my lashes do appear more curled without using the lash curler. So it's doing something right. When I do use the lash curler, the mascara works excellently to sustain the curl for the entire day.
I have been wearing the regular formula (a waterproof formula is available) and I have not encountered any smudging, flaking, nor irritation. Just a wonderful product that took me time to learn how to use.
I just love how my lashes have vavoom after one coat and babowww after two coats. I already have a backup waiting for me. I will be buying this mascara from here on out!
Oh yeah, and best part, in addition to the drugstores having sales on Rimmel, you can also find $1.00 off coupons in the Sunday paper from time to time. Booyah!
So, overall lesson: sometimes, it is worth giving something a second chance. Oh, and I guess I was also reminded that sometimes it is not the product's fault.
Rating: 5 out of 5 happy wallets. I can't blame it if I didn't know how to apply it at the beginning. This mascara holds curl, gives volume, and when people look at me they feel a sudden urge to make out with my sexy lashes (not really).