Mascara Monday: Sephora Outrageous Volume mascara


I get so embarrassed sometimes. Like, why don’t I review more Sephora mascaras? It makes no sense. I think sometimes I get so caught up with the bigger and more popular brands that I forget about Sephora’s products. I suck, I know. I’ll be stepping my game up in 2013. Don’t worry. In the meantime, I’m excited to show off this adorable little Bewitching Eye Kit.

The kit itself includes the Sephora Outrageous Volume mascara and also a mini-versions of glitter eyeliner/mascara and a black eyeliner.

An adorable little kit for only $20. Not too shabby.


Price: $15 for mascara alone and $22 for the kit at Sephora and
Packaging (brush wand): 2 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What It Claims: “This mascara’s unique triple load brush intensely coats lashes in one easy stroke for a full, luscious look. The thick, Ultra Black formula is enriched with hyaluronic acid—an ingredient recognized for its moisturizing properties. Use the brush’s reservoirs to intensify lashes from root to tip, separate lashes with the “spiked” areas, or achieve a curved effect by pressing the brush lightly against the tips of the upper lashes.” (source)

The Truth: Whoa whoa whoa! My lashes are nice and looooong!

What I Loved About It: I love the richness of the mascara and I love the volumizing aspects.

What I Didn’t Like: It found it to be a bit flaky and I really hate the wand.

Overall: The holiday season is a brewin’ and so I am all up in the spirit. Hence why you see candy cane-related backdrops ‘n such. Anyway, I’m not sure if this kit is a staple for Sephora or if it’s just around for the holidays but either way, I think it’s a good value. The mascara is reasonably priced at $15 and for an extra $7 you can get some additional eye trinkets. Way to go, Sephora!

But of course, most of what I’ll be talking about will be about the mascara itself.And to start off, I just wasn’t a fan of the wand.


The wand really sucks and it’s unfortunate because the mascara is really a good mascara. What’s not to like about the wand? There’s no stopper in the tube so I have to deal with the excess mascara that ends up being wiped away. I ended up with far too much mascara on the wand each time I pulled it out. It would take me 2-3 minutes just to remove the gunk and get started on my lashes. Yeah. Hate when that happens. Once I’d remove the gunk, the plastic bristles didn’t seem to be long enough. But they were workable. I also appreciated the little round ball at the end of the mascara. I find those particularly useful for applying mascara to the lower lashes. When, of course, they aren’t covered with 3 feet of mascara gunk. I’m exaggerating, of course but that’s what it feels like each time I remove the wand from the tube.

So yeah, if you can get past the gunk on the mascara wand, everything else is pretty pleasant. The mascara has a thicker formula but it’s easy to apply on the lashes. In fact, it’s the kind of formula that really makes the lashes look beautiful after only 1 coat. I love when this happens! I’ve been curling my lashes lately and this mascara has done a really good job at holding the curl.

Length-wise, the mascara delivers and it does darn good with volume too. In  fact, it’s SO good that I think you can get away with applying 2 coats tops. I tried to push it to the limit with 3 coats but I ended up with clumps…of mascara. 😎 And while the mascara does a good job at lasting on the lashes, it did flake on me a bit after 8 hours or so. Which is almost expected but still something to not. Overall, I was super impressed. How many other Sephora mascaras have I been sleeping on?


Bare Lashes


Lashes after 2 coats



Do I recommend it?: Yep. It’s a pretty awesome mascara.


Have you ever tried any of Sephora’s mascaras? Are they all this kind of awesome?

  • gio

    This looks great on you, love the results! Too bad about the wand though. I hate it when they pick up too much product too.

    • Brittany

      I knowwww, it’s the worst!

  • Glad to hear that it holds a curl, right up my alley :) I’ve actually had good experiences with the Sephora in-house brand as well as Ulta’s, but the one product I steer away from with them are mascaras. Now I gotta get over that and try this out!

    • Brittany

      I haven’t tried many Ulta mascaras either. Looks like we need to step our games up. :)

  • JC

    Really surprised you are recommending this. Your lashes look much more black in the “after” picture, but as far as length and volume, they look pretty similar. Also, I would never keep/use a mascara that required “2-3 minutes just to remove the gunk and get started on my lashes”; like, the wand sounds HORRIBLE, with the short, useless bristles and the glopping mess. How can Sephora charge over $5 (let alone $15) for a mascara when they won’t even put a stopper in the bottle? I don’t think $15 is reasonably priced, honestly, when there are pretty decent drugstore mascaras that cost half as much. Clinique mascaras start at around $15 and are really excellent. And I disagree that you should expect mascaras to start flaking after 8 hours. I’m currently using 4-5 mascaras right now (Clinique High Impact, Lancome Hypnose Star, CG Clump Crusher, CG Lashblast Volume Waterproof, L’Oreal Double Extend Waterproof) and only the L’Oreal flakes after about 8 hours, if I put a huge amount on. It would a horrible mess if my mascaras flaked on me because I have allergic, sensitive eyes so that I can’t even wear contacts anymore without my eyes watering/tearing up like crazy.

    Please don’t get me wrong — I’m really glad you did the review; I think you did an excellent job describing how bad the mascara is, even if I don’t agree with your recommendation.

    • Brittany

      Thanks for your comment. I think flaky mascaras are also pretty dependent on your environment. I live in Florida and the humidity often results in flaky mascaras so to come across one that lasts more than 8 hours is pretty awesome to me.

  • victoria

    Even with no stopper, I would still try this, it gave you very plush lashes. And the Bewitching Eye Kit makes a lovely Christmas gift/stocking stuffer!

  • This makes me want to try more Sephora products! I haven’t really tried any sephora brand products except their single eyeshadows, which are pretty good. The ones I have remind me of Urban Decay’s eyeshadows

  • Chelsea Malesa

    Im glad you posted this. I have never tried any of sephora’s makeup, although I want to. I’m considering getting this mascara, although the wand does look a little suspect. I love the little kit though and it’s for a good price