Product: Rimmel Lycra Lash Extender Mascara
Use: Lengthening and curling eyelashes
SRP: Unavailable from Rimmel
Best Price: $4.99 @ Ulta ( – Also available at Wal-Mart in the US, see store for price

Let me preface by noting that if there were a prize for the cosmetic item with the fewest “must have” votes given to any particular brand, it would go to mascara, hands down. It seems as though no one can truly agree on the mascara that every lash will love. That being said, this review is going to tell you what the product does, what it doesn’t, and the rest is up to you, dear reader.

My first experience with Rimmel’s lycra lash-enhancer is a bit of a blur, mostly because I was entranced every time my dear friend blinked. Her lashes swooped down and laid upon her cheeks, thousands of them, a mile long, then returned, with each bat of her eyes. I could NOT wait to get my hands on a tube of this stuff – finally, I was going to have the lashes I’d always wanted, the long, lush, voluminous lashes that I was meant to have! Perhaps this was a bit of wishful thinking on my part, but hey, it could happen, right?

My second experience was the real test, the moment we’d all, or at least I’d, been waiting for. I’m a stickler for precise and purposeful mascara application; what with it being the last thing I put on when completing my eye makeup, any mistake means not only cleaning up the mess, but reapplying anything that came off with it. Suffice it to say that it’s a good thing I hadn’t spent any amount of time applying eyeshadow that morning. After each of the first several strokes of the brush resulted in mascara being deposited on both upper and lower lash lines, I finally just finished the job and tidied up when I was done. The results delivered by the mascara were perhaps less dramatic than I’d hoped, but the length did appear to be somewhat extended, and, without using any torturous devices, it did appear as though I’d curled my lashes. While the fringe didn’t gain any volume or thickness by way of the new product, it also didn’t promise either of those things, so I can’t really complain, can I?

In the end, I’m essentially in the same place I was before I bought this new mascara – trying a different one every time it comes on the market. Perhaps one of these days, I’ll splurge on a tube from a high-end counter and fall in love, but until a group of twenty makeup lovers can say in one voice that *this* is the brand to have, I’ll stick with trial and error. And of course, I’ll share the results with you.

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