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3 Dec 2014

A rave for Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde Mascara

I have never met a Bourjois mascara that I liked. Until now. 

The prompt for purchase was something that Zara AKA Mouldyfruit, said in passing. She mentioned that Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde was one of “those” mascaras that apply perfectly from first swipe. Well that sealed the deal.
I despise that transition period with new mascaras – you must know what I mean. It’s that 2-week drying out vacation that you give it before it performs to its optimum.

So I bought it. And of course, Mouldy was right!

This stuff is AMAZING! I know it’s been out for a while but it’s so very good that I felt compelled to write a post letting anyone else who perhaps has been a bit snobby about Bourjois mascaras to consider giving this one a go.

It does have a comb want – which I typically dislike – but this works to grab every teeny tiny hair and pull it through the formula. I think this is what makes it quite intense visually – I almost feel like I don’t need to line my eyes when I coat this on. And coat it on I do. I probably go for 3 coats because I enjoy applying and pumping my lashes as much as possible. It will get a little clumpy (oops - I like that…I know it’s a bit wrong to say!) but a good point in its favour is that lashes stay separated.

Longevity wise I don’t get any fallout during the day and very few, if any, smudges on my brow-bone (an issue that I have with a lot of mascaras due to my annoying bone structure) and it seems to hold a curl well.

Best of all though is the fact that even three coats are easy to remove with an oil based cleanser. This isn’t no Benefit They’re Real situation (although there are many aspects of this that remind me of that product) – you will not lose lashes in the process.

I saw on the Bourjois instagram that they have now come out with a intense black version. I am so buying that! If this gives the drama that I love can you imagine what that version will do? Woah!

PS. I know that Bourjois isn’t available everywhere but you can Look Fantastic it for £9.99 if you fancy giving it a go.

What’s you favourite mascara right now?

PS. I still love you MUFE Smoky Lash but you will have to take a back seat for a while :) 


  1. I am forever loving YSL Faux-Cils but I'm currently enjoying Too Faced Better Than Sex, which, despite the stupid name and the very heavy and bulky packaging, is seriously impressive in terms of results. It's like you can build it up forever.

    1. ...I am one of those people that just keep going with the application. And going...and going...how many minutes of my life have I spent putting on mascara? :)))

  2. omg your eyelashes look amazing! definitely need to try this mascara :)

    Rachel // Style Soup

  3. Definitely trying this out! You look gorgeous as always! :)

  4. Laura what is your lip color in this post? Love it!

  5. I am getting this. Tomorrow. Your lashes look insanely good!! :D

    Lis xx

  6. I am currently using a MAC Extreme Lash mascara, which is great, but I may have to test out the intense black one - even though I have a drawer full of brand new mascaras to use!!! C x


  7. I have been swithering on this for a while now so reading this has definitely made up my mind! Superdrug before work tomorrow I think!

    Gillian from Glam Up Everyday x

  8. I haven't tried a Bourjois mascara for such a long long time! Thanks for the recommendation! x

  9. The only mascara I rate over this at the mo is the updated Ultra Black version, Laura, you need it in yo' life! I can pop it in the post if need be x

  10. I always love your recommendations so I guess I'm getting a new mascara.


  11. I love Le Volume De Chanel, but I'm going to have to get this on your recommendation.
    Hugs Adele xoxo

  12. Sounds like a mascara I would love. I hated the Benefit one, because of the struggle of removing it, but still haven't found another mascara which gives similar results.
    Thank you!


  13. This looks amazing, definitely buying! I ran out of my MUFE smokey lash stash after my last visit to Bahrain so this is perfect, thanks!!

  14. I would never have picked this mascara up typically. I'm using Clinique's High Impact Extreme Volume at the moment which sounds really similar to this. Same style wand, (which I don't love) and the tendency to clump. The finish is very similar to your picture if you build it up a couple of times. I really can't decide how I feel about it for me but reading this, I fell you'd probably get on well with it. xxx

    Kirsty - Effortlessly Excessive

  15. I recently gave into the hype with this. It doesn't give me masses of volume, ironically, but gives me plenty of length - fantastic for minimal makeup days. Really loving Gosh Boombastic mascara (aside from the hideous name) too x

    The Beauty Locker

  16. I've been loving this mascara for months now, I really need the intense black version! x

  17. I use this mascara daily, I LOVE it and I certainly won't be using any other mascaras soon x


  18. I'm after a new mascara so I'll definitely check that one out.

    Pippa xx

    P.s your hair looks a lovely colour in that photo.


  19. I can only use comb mascaras due to my tiny eyes. Otherwise it goes everywhere! I love the Clinique High Lengths mascara after a friend recommended it to me recently.

  20. Holy smokes this mascara looks amazing on you!!

    I'm one of those gals who needs a waterproof mascara to hold my stick-straight lashes in some sort of a curl and the L'Oreal Voluminuous Butterfly Mascara (why are mascara names always so... cringeworthy) does so amazingly.


  21. Oooh this mascara looks and sounds great - will definitely check it out in boots next time I go out, I've always been a bit weary of Bourjois mascaras….not sure why but this looks gorgeous! Will be getting the intense black version - love dark lashes :D

    Layla xx


  22. I'm really loving Smashbox full exposer mascara atm, it adds so much volume. You have to wait for the 2 week drying out window to finish tho!


  23. bobbi brown extreme party in black, all day. best find ever!


  24. That seems pretty intense. Not sure I can go for the clumpy look though :/

    Maggie A