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Rimmel Scandal Eyes Retro Glam Collection Review

I have a confession to make; back in the day I was never much of a Rimmel fan, I wasn’t a fan of the foundations, found the eyeshadows were average and the mascaras irritated my eyes like no other but with brand spanking new launches like the Apocalips and Match Perfection Foundation it’s hard for me not to love the brand….

Rimmel Scandal Eyes Retro Glam Mascara, Rimmel Scandal Eyes Thick & Thin Eyeliner

Rimmel Scandal Eyes Retro Glam Mascara and Rimmel Scandal Eyes Thick & Thin Eye Liner

The packaging of the Rimmel Scandal Eyes mascara isn’t my favourite, it does the job but it is bigger and bulkier than a mascara needs to be. The eyeliner is better with a thin, sleek design but the cap doesn’t sit nicely on the end of the pencil meaning you have to chuck it on your vanity and hope you find it later.

As previously mentioned Rimmel mascaras haven’t had a good run with me in the past… Every single one I’ve tried has irritated my eyes making them itchy, red, sore and watery meaning within five minutes I want to reach for the eye makeup remover. Miraculously this mascara did none of that and is actually one of the few mascaras I’ve found that is uber comfortable to wear.

Rimmel Scandal Eyes Thick & Thin Eyeliner Swatches

Rimmel Scandal Eyes Thick & Thin Eye Liner Swatches

The formula of the mascara is spot on. Most Rimmel Mascaras I’ve tried are clumpy and either dry and flaky or wet and goopy, neither of which I like in a mascara. This is the perfect combination between the two, it’s not super dry and doesn’t flake off the lashes but it’s not so wet and goopy that it ends up all over your face and makes your lashes stick together. The formula isn’t waterproof and doesn’t have a waterproof option available which could be an issue for some people. The eyeliner on the other hand I found to be quite watery and IT struggled to produce a jet black line. Rimmel claim the eyeliner is waterproof but my oily eyelids caused it to smudge within 15 minutes.

Rimmel Scandal Eyes Retro Glam Mascara, Rimmel Scandal Eyes Thick & Thin Eyeliner

Rimmel Scandal Eyes Retro Glam Mascara Applicator and Rimmel Scandal Eyes Thick & Thin Eye Liner Applicator

The applicator of the mascara is great and in my opinion contributes a lot to the fantastic results it produces. This is a standard large nylon mascara brush in an hourglass shape which allows you to catch each and every lash. I found the wand too large to use on the lower lashes as it resulted in a bit of clumpiness. As for the eyeliner the applicator may be unique with its two in one idea (an eyeliner that can be used thick or thin) but it just didn’t work well for me. Not only did it start to dry out within a few uses but I found it very difficult to create cat eyes with as it it lacked on the precision front.

The mascara doesn’t provide loads of volume but makes up for it with the amazing length it provides.

Rimmel Scandal Eyes Retro Glam Mascara, Rimmel Scandal Eyes Thick & Thin Eyeliner

Wearing Rimmel Scandal Eyes Retro Glam Mascara and Rimmel Scandal Eyes Thick & Thin Eye Liner

Overall the mascara has become one of my favourites and I’ll definitely be using it for months to come. The eyeliner has a really unique concept but disappointed me so I’ll be sticking to my trusty Physicians Formula one.

The Rimmel London Scandal Eyes Retro Glam Mascara retails for $16.95 and the Rimmel Scandal Eyes Thick & Thin Eyeliner retails for $12.95 at Priceline, Target, Kmart and Big W.  The mascara retails for £6.99, the eyeliner retails £5.49 in the UK at Boots, Superdrug, and Tesco. These products are not yet available in the US but will probably be released in coming months.

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