There are few products I consistently splurge on when it comes to makeup. Mascara is one of them.

If someday I’m stranded on an island with only one piece of makeup to wear, mascara will be it – I sincerely believe that it’s an essential product for every woman out there. Enhancing ones lashes just elevates natural beauty in the best way, because it’s subtle, light, and always has a positive effect. No one looks bad with amped up lashes.

As a big fan of Rimmel London, I was excited to try their Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara to see if it would compare to my usual high-end mascara. Rimmel offers super affordable options, and I don’t think I’ve ever tried something that didn’t impress me. In particular, I love their foundations (they’ve got lots of variety for various skin types, combination/oily included) and I usually have a few of their lip products on hand as well.

Having worn the mascara out a few times, I can happily report that I wasn’t let down – this is a great product at a great price point that delivers a bold lash look.

The brush is an hour-glass shape, which you can really feel going to work when applying the mascara. It helps to fan out your lashes and emphasize the outer sides of your eyes, giving that retro wide-eyed effect. I don’t think I’d go so far as to say they give a false lash look, but I would definitely agree they give natural lashes a thicker, more voluminous look.

As for the quality, I would say you get what you pay for – don’t expect super long wear, but do expect it to stay on for say, the duration of a work day. I started to experience some flaking toward the end of the day but overall, it did a good job of staying in place (perhaps because the one I tried was waterproof). It wasn’t too difficult to remove either.

Overall, I’d definitely recommend this mascara if you’re looking for an affordable product that will give volume and create a bolder look. At around $6.00 a tube you really can’t go wrong! Personally, I’m going to keep it on hand for using with falsies and leave my high-end mascara for my day to day wear.

My love for Rimmel continues!

– morgan