I’m a sucker for new mascaras, I just can’t help buying them in the hope that I’m going to end up with eyelashes that make me look like a drag queen in one swift swipe of product. The brand new Rimmel Wonder’Fully Real mascara definitely got me excited about the prospects of mirroring Alaska 5000 on a daily basis, even if the name is absolutely horrendous. Turns out, so is the mascara.
Let’s start with the basics. Wonder’Fully Real (it’s killing me typing that apostrophe every time – I’m tempted to allow autocorrect to fix it every time) is available in two colours – black and extreme black. I went for good old black because the tube is my favourite shade of hot pink. The mascara is currently on sale as part of a 3 for 2 at both Superdrug (£7.99) and Boots (£6.99) or in Savers Health & Beauty at £4.98, the price is the usual that I would normally expect from Rimmel for one of their mascaras.
Within the shocking pink (or black if you opt for Extreme Black) tube you’ll find a plastic-y spiky wand that promises to be easy to control and will extend each and every lash. It’s tapered with the thickest part of the brush at the handle, allowing you to get more finesse while applying the mascara. Or if you’re me, more chance of getting mascara on the inside of my nose when doing my left eye… I don’t have any problems with the brush, I generally find the plastic wands allow me to separate my lashes a bit better than the bristle type as the combs aren’t as tightly close together. So it must be the formula that caused my lashes to clump together.
The formula is a thick, seemingly clumpy liquid (Rimmel calls it creamy) which is loaded with 4mm nylon fibres which is the key to it building thickness and length on your lashes. It promises to be smudge free (it’s not), easy to remove (it’s not) and flake proof and will give you beautifully thick, long lashes all day. Granted it gave me thick lashes all day. And the next day too even though I thought I had removed it using both micellar water and makeup removal wipes. Even on the second day I got the free gift of lower lash line eyeliner because this mascara just kept smudging under my eyes – yes, even a day later when I thought I had completely removed it. In fact, FOUR days later after wearing absolutely no eye makeup at all I was still waking up with black smudges under my eyes that my teenage goth self would have spent hours trying to achieve with kohl warmed up with a lighter before I applied it.
In all honesty, Rimmel have loads of better mascaras that do a better job of giving you both length and thickness for your lashes that come in at the same price or lower. I’d stick to either the Supercurler range or ScandalEyes if you’re looking for extreme lashes and give the Wonder’Fully Real a miss. I’m not the only one who’s found it to be flakey ( it promises not to be), hard to remove (again, the complete opposite of what it’s supposed to do) or clumpy (yeah…). One girl in my work has had the same experience as me and some of the reviews online already for this mascara weirdly give it 4 stars but then the actual review states that it transfers, takes ages to dry or clumps up.
Rimmel Wonder’Fully Real Mascara: (2 / 5)