Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Mascara War: Mary Kay Ultimate Mascara vs. Rimmel The Max Volume Mascara

I again followed the advice of and tried out Rimmel's latest, The Max Volume Mascara.(approx $7.00 @ CVS) I am ALL about the volume and was looking forward to seeing if I found it to rate a 5 as well. I've never really used Rimmel because it just seemed cheap to me(usually although $7.00 is not cheap - $4 yes) and didn't know if I would get what I paid for.
Mary Kay Ultimate Mascara (approx $10.00) surprised me before when I tried it and I wanted to know how it would rate compared....

Here come the PICS:

Top: MaryKay
Bottom: Rimmel
Mary Kay has a small round wand. It was easy to apply. I thought it would have been hard to get it all on but it wasn't. I've had it open about a month now and it was left out in my car overnight. (chilly) So when i pulled out the wand it was a bit clumpier than usual. It's almost NEVER clumpy. It's supposed to be known to pull out with just enough to coat both lashes. I think the cold had something to do with it. soft full bristles.
Rimmel has weird design on their seperated fiber wand. I thought it would have really grabbed my lashes. Instead I found it a bit uncomfortable to apply, though afterwards my lashes WERE thoroughly coated. hard bristles.

Top: Natural
Middle: Mary Kay Ultimate Mascara
Bottom: Rimmel The Max Volume Mascara

Well, to me the results were really really close. So much that you almost don't see too much of a difference.

To see the picture bigger, click on it. You may notice that the Rimmel was actually a bit, but not by too much better, in that it made my lashes longer. Mary Kay Still looks good. If you noticed on the middle picture for Mary Kay my lashes look shiny. Mary Kay makes them silky looking. And it dries soft. That I love.
Rimmel dries hard. If you are going to curl your lashes do them beforehand. Although I prefer the smaller wand of the Mary Kay since I can get into my inside lashes pretty easily, it was clear when I applied the Rimmel that it was a stark contrast to my bare lashes. They were very much longer and fuller. I must add that I have been wearing this Rimmel for a month now. When I first put it on I would have rated it a 3! I did not like it and much preferred Mary Kay. But after a month it seems the mascara gets even thicker and applies even better. Now I love it and can see what people are raving about. If you don't like it, don't give it up so quickly. Stick with it. It just might surprise you!

Mary Kay Rating: (1-5) : 4.0 (would be a five if my lashes were longer. Could have had darker volume.)
Rimmel Rating: (1-5): 4.50 (would be a 5 if it dried soft and not so uncomfortable to apply.)

Winner: Rimmel!
Recommend? Yes if you want long lashes with some volume AND super length and don't mind harder drying finish.
New Favorite? No. (Although it comes in a close second to L'Oreal Voluminous...)

That's it folks! Have a great week!

NEXT UP: L'Oreal Double Extend Keratin Mascara in Black(including the concentrated serum)

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