Mascara Monday: Rimmel ScandalEyes mascara

POW! If there was ever a mascara whose packaging could literally knock you in the face, it would be this kid. I mean yeah, I thought COVERGIRL Lash Blast’s bright orange tube was bright. But man – that has nothing on ScandalEyes. It’s neon orange yo. Aside from that, it’s a pretty massive tube which means one thing: a large wand.

Brace yourself for this one, gals…

Price: $8.99 in drugstores. Of course you can probably get it cheaper with a coupon.
Packaging (brush wand): 2 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5

What It Claims: “The new MaxDensity brush, that’s 50% larger* and thicker, covers your lashes with attention – from corner to corner. With scandalous eye opening volume, this mascara should need a license. Watch false lashes become a thing of the past, as ScandalEyes mascara becomes the ultimate beauty weapon in your make-up bag. This Rimmel revolution has 3x the collagen* for plumper, sculpted lashes, 3x the keratin* for strong and healthy lashes and… 3x the attitude to guarantee scandalous behaviour!” (source)

The Truth: This wand is just…way too big.

What I Loved About It: I love obnoxious colors like neon orange so the packaging was definitely up my alley.

What I Didn’t Like: Because of the wand’s size, it makes separating and lengthening the lashes difficult.

Overall: Wow Rimmel. Some way to start the year, uh? With a massive neon orange mascara. Talk about showing some presence! While the packaging blew me away (in a good way), I wasn’t terribly excited about trying out this mascara. How can I put this gently?

Okay. I can’t.

I hate mascaras with huge wands. They just don’t make any sense to me. I suppose these brands want YOU to think that a larger wand = larger and more voluminous lashes, but come on….you don’t have to have an enormous wand to achieve voluminous lashes. If anything, I find wands this large to be quite the nuisance. Especially if you’re new to applying mascara. And especially if you have smaller lashes or lids. Wands this large can be intimidating. Oh. I guess it would help if you got a peek at the wand in question, uh?

It’s massive, uh? Another downer? It makes applying mascara to the lashes tricky. If your lashes aren’t long, you’ll have a tough time wiggling the mascara through your lashes. And by tough, it’s almost impossible. I struggled with applying this mascara. The funny thing is, if the wand was slimmer or at least had bristles that were stiffer, I’d do just fine . The formula was nice and thick and lasted throughout the day. So really this mascara gets lower ratings from me because of the wand. Everything else was up to par.

And since I’m a member of the Small Lashes Club, this wand was tough to maneuver thus resulted in mediocrity. *sigh* Did it deliver volume? Not for me. Lengthening was decent. On a good note, this mascara didn’t weigh my lashes down. They were wispy and light.

Bare Lashes

Lashes after 2 coats

Do I recommend it?: I think this mascara will work better for ladies and already have long and voluminous lashes. For the rest of us, we should just stick to slimmer wands.

Have you tried this mascara yet? What do you think?


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  • Aziajs

    I completely agree on every level. I love the packaging! But, I borderline hate the mascara itself. And that’s a surprise because I always love Rimmel mascaras. A big womp all around.

  • This is actually one of my favourite mascaras just because of the huge wand. My lashes are very long and thick – so skinny wands with fewer bristles, and those rubbery plastic comb type wands, just force my lashes to stick together in clumps. I can totally see where it wouldn’t work well for shorter/sparser lashes though. I wish they’d come up with a brush that works for all lash types!

    • Brittany

      Proof that different mascaras work for all of us differently. Thanks so much for your mini-review!

  • Hmmm…I actually like big wands. They do work most of the time. But I think I’ll skip these. THanks for hte review.

  • victoria

    Oh dear, it reminds me of Revlon mascaras, where’s the beef?

    I think Rimmel peaked at Sexy Curves lol

    • Brittany

      I agree agree with you on that one. Oh no wait….Lash Accelerator was pretty awesome.

  • Virginia

    I actually reviewed this on my page too, and I was also intimidated by the huge wand, and as much as I like the formula, I find myself reaching for other mascaras.

  • Thanks for reviewing this! I keep seeing it in stores and I was wondering about it. Honestly, I may still try it but I have been unsatisfied with previous Rimmel mascaras so I might need to save my money.

    Also, unsure if you have done a review on this but have you tried any of the Maybelline Color Tattoo eye shadows?

    • Brittany

      I haven’t reviewed the Color Tattoo eye shadows yet but they are on my list. 😉

  • I’m so glad you tried this! I’ve seen it around and was curious, I now know that I should skip it!

  • AJ

    I felt the same way about this mascara! Usually I wait for a review, but I saw this big orange tube and just said ooooooooo!!!! must have huge tube!!! I like the formula, but the wand is too big to work with. I’ve actually gotten mascara on my eyelid a few times when I’m not being careful. I have another mascara (ok, with a skinny wand. I rake that through after the Rimmel to separate my lashes more. I like it, just hate the two-step. le sigh..should have waited for a review.

  • Thank goodness for this review. This is displayed big and bold in the shops and I did wonder if I should try it. I guess now I know my barely there lashes wont cope.

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  • mssamjan

    The mascara’s okay for me – but I truly can’t stand the girl in the commercial – where on earth did they get her? She can barely pronounce the name of the product.