Being a professional make-up artist, I love to try all the new mascaras that come on the market, because – while I have my list of favorites – I’m always on the lookout for new contenders that could be added to (or even possibly replace something on) that list.

And I’m excited to say that the Rimmel Volume Flash Scandal’eyes Mascara definitely made the cut.

I love the bright orange packaging. Its fun and makes it easy to find your mascara in a ‘very busy’ make-up bag – like mine…

The unique feature of this mascara is the 50% larger and denser MaxDensity brush. It really is huge and allows you to apply mascara to all of your lashes from the teeniest inner most corner, to the outermost corner in just one sweep.

This also allows you to slowly build your look – from one coat, which is more than sufficient for a daytime look – to a couple of coats, for an outrageously scandalous night time look – without any clumping.

The actual mascara (liquid) is also great, enriched with a triple collagen & keratin formula. So it goes on smoothly, plus helps to nourish and protect your lashes. But that still doesn’t mean that you should sleep with it on… always remember to take off all your make-up before going to bed ladies. ;)

The staying power of this mascara was also a plus point for me. I am a self proclaimed salsa addict and after a couple of hours on the dance floor, this mascara was still all in place with no unflattering ‘raccoon eyes’ effect.

That said, I do hope that they follow this product up with a waterproof version, as some people still prefer to be safe rather than sorry, especially when it is for a special occasion like a wedding, etc.

The only possible negative to this mascara, is if you do not have a steady hand, the large brush could make it a bit easier to ‘mess’ on the skin around your eyes during application. But this happens to all of us every now and then… big brush or no big brush, so I don’t really count it as too large a negative.