How To Use a Dried Up Mascara: Ask IMBB


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Preeti P. asks:

Hi IMBB,

I purchased L’Oreal Extra Volume Collagene Waterproof mascara a few months back (it has Use Before date as 02/2014). I was in a hurry and didn’t check the piece thoroughly at the mall. I opened it after a few days and to my horror, it looked so dry that it was impossible to apply it. I called the mall, but they said that they don’t exchange cosmetics nor refund it . So, now I have that 570 bucks mascara lying with me. Can I use it some way ? I feel guilty to throw away such an expensive piece. Please help.

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11 thoughts on “How To Use a Dried Up Mascara: Ask IMBB

  1. Awww sorry abt ur mascara preeti 🙁 I cannot think of a way to fix it, may be u can just keep the mascara wand if it’s a good one and discard the mascara :/
    Ummm, or try this out, put ur closed mascara tube in a glass of hot water, see if the product inside it gets normal after getting warm

  2. i remembering the same happening with my revlon eyeliner..but i literally forced the manager of the mall to exchange it the next day..he got scared n did it:P btw i hope the hot water thing helps!

  3. Sad tO hear that preeti:( try putting few drops of ur facial toner (alcohol free) n shake.. I have revived my mascara like this in d past:) hope it works as well:)

  4. hi preeti!!
    I also hd a similar bad experience wid a new mascara.. I’ll tell u d trick wich I used
    firstly seal ur mascara bottle wid a few rounds of cello tape.. d cello tape mst b around d opening whr d base of d cap meets d body (d most obvious place frm whr water can seep thru inside d bottle)
    then place d sealed mascara bottle in a vessel containing hot water bt nt extreme hot water and let it stay der fr a few minutes.
    remove d bottle and it let cool completely before using it.
    I hope dis helps.. 🙂

  5. Hey Preeti..try using this hot water technique….even if this doesn’t work..try adding 1 or 2 drops of baby oil to the mascara. Mix the baby oil into the mascara by inserting and removing the mascara wand five or six times….do not add too much of it.

    all the best 🙂

  6. hey preeti…sorry for the bad experience yar….it gets so frustrating when such things happen…you can try the suggestions above….but if they don’t work..i can tell you what i do with my dried up mascaras…just use them as an eye brow gel sort of thingy….you know…just to keep eye brows in place after you fill them in…trust me…a little mascara and they will not budge the whole day…

    hope you find this useful!
    :*

  7. Hey Preeti, sad that they sold you a bad product, but don’t use it on your eyes. Use it to groom your eyebrows 🙂

  8. I have tried few drops of castor oil and it worked. The only cons is u might have to wait a little longer after u apply as I think drying time increases. But observed that castor oil aids in growth of lashes and makes them fuller *whistle* So try it before throwing it 🙂

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