Monday, December 2, 2013

Makeup Review: Rimmel London's Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara

I recently had the chance* to try out Rimmel's new Scandaleyes Retro Glam mascara. This mascara hit shelves last month. On Rimmel's website, it boasts:
Bold, wide-eyed false lash look.Hour-glass brush shaped to the lash line to plump lashes, fanning them up and out for bold, wide-eyed volume.Coats lashes individually for a big, false lash look in one simple stroke. No clumps!
For the most part, I think their description of the product hits the mark, though I will say upfront that I had a slight problem with clumping. It wasn't the standard problem you think of when you hear that mascara clumps (of eyelashes clumping together). Instead, there was just too much mascara on the applicator brush at times. I think this was more a problem with the mascara being new and extra wet, and I feel pretty confident that the issue will take care of itself after a few more uses.

When picking out a mascara, it's important to me that a product have a large applicator brush and that the mascara aid in enhancing the natural curl of my eyelashes, because I hate eyelash curlers. Retro Glam has both of these crucial components. I thought I'd walk you through my eye makeup process, which culminated in applying this particular mascara. It's pretty standard, and I'm sure you already take this same approach. But maybe someone reading is curious how I go about it.

For context, I begin my makeup regimen with liquid foundation followed by loose powder. Then I do my eye makeup, and I finish with bronzer/blush and lip gloss. These pictures are just of the different stages of my eye makeup.

I picked three colors for the day. I used a shimmery bronze, a nude, and a gray. I applied the bronze to the entire eyelid. Then, I applied the nude under my brow. I finished the eyeshadow by applying the gray to the crease.

I'm a big fan of eyeliner. The darker, the better, in my opinion. So after I finish eyeshadow, I line by bottom lashes, then my top, and then I apply mascara to my lower lash line. To avoid getting mascara dots under my eye, I always do one quick swipe of mascara with the applicator brush horizontal. Then I turn the brush vertical and use its tip to focus on a few lashes at a time.
 Finally, I slowly apply mascara to the top lashes. I'm sure if I would have curled my lashes before using this mascara, you'd see even more dramatic results, but like I said: not a fan of lash curling.

 And there it is! How does your eye makeup routine differ from mine? Have you tried any new mascaras lately you think I should try?

*I received this product complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.