Is A Bargain A Bargain?


I love a good deal as much as the next person, especially when the deal or bargain pertains to cosmetics and beauty products. I was a victim of my own quest for the best sale last week when I bought a particular French company’s mascara. Note: if you read my previous post, you will know the name of the company. This relatively new product supposedly combined a base coat plus a volume/thickening formula to make my lashes look like I was wearing extensions. Hey, I’m a sucker for longer, lush lashes so I thought, “Sign me up!” Since Ulta stores were going to discontinue the sale of this particular brand, they were selling all products by the brand for $4.99, a total steal when we’re talking about higher end cosmetics! Generally, you can spend anywhere from $15 to $30 for an expensive mascara so this under 5 bucks purchase felt like a major coup!

Well, I drove home and immediately tried out the mascara on my bare (and very eager) eyelashes. Can we say, “whomp, whomp, whomp” or what?  The black color was fine, the product didn’t smell funny or anything (a dead giveaway when a cosmetic product is too old), and it didn’t look clumpy. But how could my lashes look even shorter after using this mascara?  I don’t know. I was so disappointed. The product did nothing that it advertised. I learned a valuable lesson: trial and error is necessary in the world of cosmetics, and every bargain is not a deal!

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