Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde Retro Summer mascara – limited edition review

I haven’t used a Bourjois mascara in quite a while, but this tube was so irresistible (DAMN YOU, MARKETING!!) that I picked it up at once.



Here’s what the bumpf says: “Bourjois’ NEW Volume 1 Seconde Retro Summer mascara has a unique brush with spherical bristles to wrap every lash in a 360° motion and straight bristles to create clump free definition. Apply in a zigzag motion to your top and bottom lashes for an instant eye-opening look that will last up to 16 hours!”

Unlikely to get lost in your make up bag...

Unlikely to get lost in your make up bag…

I’ll be honest -I take most mascara claims with a tablespoon of salt; the perfect mascara is a meeting of the correct bristles (you never know which these are until you’ve tried them, and cunningly, two mascaras that look to have the same bristles will give wildly different results), the correct formulation and the correct colour. Goats are born with three heads more often than this trifecta comes together in a mascara tube.

the 'spherical' bristles

the ‘spherical’ bristles

I won’t waffle on because the technical side of it is beyond me. I think this is Bourjois’ take on Benefit’s Roller Lash Mascara as it seems to be promising much the same effect. So -does it work?


The picture below is what ONE COAT does to my lashes. ONE COAT, people! Imagine what would happen if I used three. I’d be able to comb my own fringe with my eyelashes!

I should have included a before picture, but believe me -you can barely see my naked lashes with a magnifying glass. After application my lashes were long, glossily black, curled and perky (I didn’t curl them beforehand -Lord would know what would happen if I did *gets thoroughly overexcited.*) Wear is supposed to be 16 hours -I wore for about 7 before I took my make up off and it was still looking great: no fallout or smudging.

One coat.

One coat.

Apologies for getting somewhat over excited, but so many mascaras are completely duff on me that it’s amazing to find one that works so well. I’m absolutely going to stock up on this next time I’m in Boots.

Have you tried the Volume 1 seconde mascara? What did you think? How does it stack up against other mascaras you use?

Bourjois Volume 1 seconde Retro Summer Mascara (try saying it with a French accent!) is £7.99 but is on 342 at the moment at Boots

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