Length and Volume at once – Sounds too good to be true? Artdeco Ultra Effect Mascara

Almost every woman I know is on the hunt for the perfect mascara. And even though „perfect“ is slightly different for every one of us, volume and length without making the lashes stick together will come close for the majority.

After patiently using up my L´Oréal False Lash Effect Butterfly mascara (review here), the next one I wanted to try was Artdeco´s Ultra Effect mascara.
I used Artdeco mascaras some time a go and really liked them, so when I discovered a 10 ml trial size, it went straight into my basket.

Artdeco Ultra Effect Mascara in black

But is it as good as it sounds?


What Artdeco claims:
Gives maximum volume and length without making your lashes stick together.

Facts first:
To this point, it is only available as 10 ml trial size, retailing for 5,95 € here, and this was the only place I could find it online.
The mascara has been around since 2011, always as trial size, with different colored packaging, and it comes in one color: black.

The wand is of normal size, with short bristles, and the formula isn’t too wet. I notice a faint chemical smell, but as you apply it to you lashes, it won’t bother you throughout the day.

If you are prone to mascara flaking, you might have issues with this one. Mascara seldom smudges on me, and this didn’t either, but it did on a friend who tried it.
There was no problem with taking it off in the evening, even if I used just my Bioderma Eau Micellaire.

Now lets have a look at my lashes:
1. No mascara, lashes curled.
Blond at the tips, straight and fine, my lashes are almost invisible without mascara.

No mascara, lashes curled

2. Two coats of Artdeco´s Ultra Effect Mascara.
My lashes look longer, they are separated, but I am missing the volume. In fact, I miss it a lot when looking at this picture.

Two coats of Artdeco Ultra Effect Mascara

Does it live up to its claims?
Half of them.
It lengthens my lashes a lot, they are separated, but there is absolutely no volume added. If I add more coats, my lashes start to stick together.
On me, the mascara lasts all day, no flaking, and holds the curl well.

Will I rebuy?
No.
I need more volume, so I will keep on searching for „the one“. But I will happily use it until it dries out.

Who would I recommend it to?
If you are looking for a lengthening mascara that holds the curl, that might be „the one“ for you.
If it is volume you are looking for, or if you have watery eyes or tear up easily, keep searching somewhere else.
If you are unsure, give it a go. You can’t really go wrong with a trial size, can you?

What is your favorite mascara at the moment?
Are you looking for volume or length or EVERYTHING?
Let me know in the comments.

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  • I agree with you, I want my mascara to be lengthening and volumizing. I have to say I am impressed with the added length that this mascara gives you. Too bad it doesn't add much volume. I don't really mind if my lashes are a little bit stuck together and they don't have to look super natural either. Finding a perfect mascara is really difficult indeed!

    • I read about your mascara disappointment yesterday. This one is okay, and I will use it up, but sometimes I feel like the search is never ending.
      Whenever I think I found "the one", I discover a flaw after rebuying…

    • I agree. I think we just like trying new products and there are so many new ones coming all the time , we hope we will find something even better.

    • That's what keeps our Blogs going. If I wasn't on the Hunt, what would I write about?
      Oh, the Money I could spend on cosmetics here in NZ…

    • Are you going to buy any makeup over there? Do they have any brands not available in Europe?

    • Yes, I will. Revlon, because We don't have a counter in Germany, and Antipodes skincare, because it is a NZ brand.
      For everything else I will have to take a good look around.
      And of course save some money for our stopover in Singapore on our way back.

    • I am surprised there is no Revlon in Germany. In Poland Douglas carries it. I don't know why but it's always extra exciting to me to buy makeup when travelling 🙂

    • It was sold, but they stopped a few years ago.

      I love buying Makeup while traveling, too. I own one special item for every major travel experience from the last four years.

  • I get your desire for volume. It's the number one thing I am looking for in a mascara.. maybe I expect too much haha. I think the Artdeco mascara does a nice job, but yeah.. could be better!

  • Hey Linda, oh I definitely need a bit of EVERYTHING when it comes to mascaras, because my natural lashes are really really pathetic! I haven't really looked elsewhere since I discovered Dior Diorshow Lash Maximizer. It adds so much volume and length! My favorite mascaras for the moment are Dior Diorshow Iconic Overcurl, Givenchy Noir Couture Volume, and Dior Addict It-Lash. If I had to choose, I'd buy the Dior primer and go with a budget-friendly mascara tho! That's really 80% of the success factor 🙂

    • I never tried a Dior mascara. Lancome and Givenxhy were the ones I used to love, but somehow that changed.
      I'll look for that Dior primer, thanks for the recommendation!

    • I want to try that primer too! Is the primer white? Doesn't it poke through the mascara?

  • nice post! me too i like thick and plenty of volume ! they are hard to come by !!! xx

  • Lia

    This sounds like a great alternative of ordinary mascaras…

  • nice mascara..though it might not be available here in india 🙁

  • Yeah, I am not convinced either. Have you tried Maybelline's Volum' Effect mascaras? I always liked those.

  • I agree about needing both length and volume! –Hanna Lei

  • I like the results! great post

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  • Dee

    Hey Linda! Finally visiting ya! too bad that it didn't thicken much ..good that its a small size 🙂 I actually really liked the loreal butterfly lash mascara! also love the original telescopic mascara and Macs zoom lash!

    • Hi Dee, nice to see you!
      I took the travel site with me to NZ and plan on finishing it here and move on to another mascara. The benefits of owning a travel size.
      MACs mascaras and I never got along very well, although I admit I didnt try the Zoom lash. Is it different to the other formulas?