Benefit BadGAL BANG! Volumizing mascara has been around everywhere lately. I’ve seen so many mixed reviews and I desperately needed a new mascara (my old mascara was starting to smell like a skunk that had been locked in a room with only onions and cabbage as company, luxurious I know).
I enjoy makeup, I’m terrible at it, a half assed terrible to say the least. I hardly ever prime and I think I’ve curled my eyelashes as many as five times my whole life and that’s going back over ten years (when I was in school and loved my foundation ten times darker and much more orange than my actual skin tone).
I really did want to try this one, the wand is the typical style I enjoy. My money strapped backside hiked on down to Boots to pick one up for myself. £21.50! I don’t think I’ve ever paid over £10 for a mascara and even that is pushing it, but you know if this mascara gives me pretty looking lashes with the minimal effort I put in I’m all for it.
Here’s the thing though, it didn’t. The first time I tried it I noticed how wet the formula is which didn’t bother, because who cares how it is in the tube? I’m more here for what it’s going to look like on my lashes.
This product claims to be a smudge-proof, water resistant, volumizing mascara. The first day I wore this mascara I was living for it, it was definitely living up the volumizing side of it. This fantastic mascara was lightweight and before I left the house had made my eyelashes thicker and darker (a lot like most of my body hair since falling pregnant! Tmi?) yes, this was the one for me, never again would I use another mascara because wow was I seeing the difference! That was until I looked in a mirror after being out for a couple of hours. I now looked like I’d slept in my makeup (which I do a lot, sorry). I’ve got pretty watery eyes, so that definitely added to the smokey under eye mascara effect that had taken place. Smudge-proof and water resistant it is not!
After a couple of days of using it the initial spark had gone too, it didn’t look as volumizing on my eyes as I thought it did and the runny smudging just wasn’t slowing down. I’m thinking we can put that down to my overall general disappointment making me a little more than underwhelmed.
Silly me should’ve thought ahead and picked up the mini version, which in comparison to the £21.50 for the larger version, is only £10.50. If you’re looking to try it, then I’d certainly advice that’s what you could do.
Of course this is just my opinion, my lesser than mediocre makeup skills were not impressed though. I’d probably give this mascara a 3 out of 5.
I’m just mainly let down by the fact it’s 100% not smudge-proof. If you’re looking for something that you don’t have to apply layers and layer of for some difference, then maybe give it a test.