I have to admit, I’m not much of a budget mascara girl. While I’ll happily buy drugstore foundation (my current favourite is still Maybelline’s Pure Makeup, which I stocked up on when I was in the States, because it still doesn’t seem to be available here) and other items, but when it comes to mascara, I will invariable opt to pay that little bit more for something I know works.

I’d heard lots of great reviews about Bourjois Clubbing mascara, though, so when I discovered it was available in a waterproof version ("Tested at foam parties" says the tube), I decided to give it a go and see whether it was as good as it sounded.

I think the pictures above speak for themselves, don’t you?

In the "before" picture, my lashes have been curled and the lids have been tightlined, but that’s it. As you can see, although they’re pale, there’s at least a but of curl there, which has been almost completely dragged out by the mascara in the second picture. This was a big disappointment. I had held out for the waterproof version of this mascara, because I know regular mascaras tend to have this curl-ruining effect, but this one has it too, which at least proves that not just any old waterproof mascara will work to lock in a curl – it’s clearly only some brands, and this isn’t one of them.

That aside, I wasn’t much impressed with the overall appearance of the mascara either which, as you can see, is rather clumpy looking. This is mostly because of the brush, which is a slightly unusual shape:


It’s basically flat on two sides, and although this takes a little bit of getting used to, I have to admit, it makes it much easier to get right in at the roots of the lashes, which is where the "volume" is created with this. Although the before and after pictures don’t really show this, I was pleased with the definition and volume it gave to my lash line: it was the rest of the lash that was the problem here.

As for the waterproof claims, it performs very well here. I tested it first of all by soaking a washcloth and rubbing it over my face – no running at all, and the mascara stayed put even when I rubbed my first into my eye. So that foam-party testing clearly did the job!

Overall, this definitely isn’t one I’ll be buying again, because I like my lashes long and curly, and this just left them looking clumpy and straight. If you’re looking for a good waterproof mascara, though, and don’t really care about the show-stopping lashes, it is at least inexpensive at £7.95.

Buy: Bourjois Volume Clubbing Waterproof Mascara, £7.95

  1. Personally, I prefer the non-waterproof version in Very Black. Absolute black does the exact same thing that you described.

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