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Would I 'Repurchase'? Collection 2000 Longer Lash and Laura Mercier Full Blown Volume mascaras


These mascara reviews are so backed up Imma have to do them two at a time. Le Sigh.

Anyhew, this time around I have to say 'repurchase' because I didn't pay for these. Very often my lovely friends - read makeup enablers - surprise me with tokens and even more often I get sample size mascaras as a GWP (gift with purchase). Mostly from Sephora but occasionally from the pleasant Sales Associates in Senses, Limegrove. So get your Clinique and Estee Lauder stuff from there.

First up Collection 2000 (now just Collection) Longer Lash lengthening mascara in 17 Ultra Black.

UK drugstore makeup haul -
UK gifts posted on Instagram 33 weeks ago.  Thanks Katrina!

Collection 2000 Longer Lash mascara -
Collection 2000 Longer Lash mascara applied -
shot in natural lighting

The applicator is an average sized spiral wand with natural bristles. Think of it as the big brother to the Maybelline Lash Discovery. Funny enough, I didn't even notice the fibres in this product the first couple times I used it. I was very impressed from the onset with the pigmentation and the length the product gave my lower lashes. Given that it's a fibre mascara a few things are to be expected: clumping if you apply too many coats and flaking if you layer different mascaras. Those things I can work around; the one outright con with this product is that it dried out fairly fast. In all fairness, that's a relative issue. I'm accustomed to wet L'Oreal formulas so my experiences are kindda biased in that regard.
All things considered, if I could get my hands on this mascara I'd buy it. Collection is a drug store brand thus the cost is reasonable (available for $2.99GPB on and the product gives me that drama I like, yuh just gotta have an eyelash comb handy.

Now I don't know if you've noticed but I love Laura Mercier products. Something about the brand makes me want everything they make - if only they'd all suit my complexion. All that to say I was very pleased to receive a sample of their Full Blown Volume mascara in Black.

Laura Mercier Full Blown Volume mascara sample -
Jaclyn always sends the good stuff
Laura Mercier Full Blown Volume mascara applied -
shot in natural lighting

The wand of this mascara is similar in shape to the Collection 2000 one but more tapered at the tip and the bristles themselves are longer. A smaller tapered wand allows you to coat those lashes in the inner corner superbly. The description on states, "Dramatically thickens, lengthens, curls and sculpts lashes with each stroke. The lightweight, nutrient-infused formula leaves lashes super-shiny, soft and clump-free all day long". I find this mascara to be buildable due to its medium formula and defining but not thickening. I experienced no smudging, clumping or flaking while using it.
The number one reason I wouldn't purchase this is the price. For $24USD there's not enough drama (pigmentation, false lash effect etc.) for me. It's great for an everyday mascara but we all know we can get a Maybelline one for much less. 

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