Mascara. It's a bit of a minefield out there, and a confusing one at that. Do you want black, brown, coloured, volumising, lengthening, defining, waterproof...the list goes on!
I for one have yet to find the 'perfect' (or, to coin a classic blogger phrase: the Holy Grail) mascara - it's very much a trial by error process!
My search is narrowed somewhat in that makeup I now buy has to be cruelty free, which cuts out many highstreet brands that are known for their mascaras in particular (such as Maybelline or Rimmel), so when it came to looking for a new mascara this time around, I turned to Bourjois.
Black Jack is a revised version of their classic Volume Clubbing mascara, with the original formula enriched with teeny tiny gold particles intended to add extra sparkle to your lashes. With the glitzy gold packaging it's the Essex of the mascara world!
As you can see from the photo above, the mascara wand is rather MASSIVE, and pretty chunky, but is packed with soft bristles which certainly help coat every eyelash with the intense black formula, quickly and easily.
Said formula is pretty no-nonsense: it doesn't pretend to curl or define/seperate your lashes, but it certainly helps to bulk them out, and as such because it is so volumising it can become slightly clumpy if you don't comb through afterwards.
That being said, I haven't found it to flake off at all, as can be the case with volumising mascaras, and find it has generally good staying power - possibly because it is a tad more 'drier' formulation.
It's also easy to remove at the end of the day (or night at the casino), which is always a bonus!
You can find Black Jack at most Superdrug and Boots stores for an RRP of £7.99.
Go on, take a gamble on this one!