Mascara Monday: Bare Escentuals Buxom Lash mascara

This was probably one of the most highly requested mascaras. And I am FINALLY getting to it. Is it worth the hype? Hmmm…

Bare Escentuals Buxom Lash mascara

Price: 3 out of 5 (I got it for $18 at Sephora)
Packaging (Brush Wand): 4 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5

What it claims:
“Bare Escentuals Buxom® Lash Mascara – Blackest Black holds the style of your lashes for a continuous 12 hours with no flakiness. The silky, vitamin-rich formula darkens, lengthens, and thickens from root to tip without ever clumping. Its patented, hourglass-shaped brush is designed to lift and separate every lash while delivering the perfect amount of antioxidant-rich mascara needed for bigger, fuller lashes. “ (source)

The truth:
*yawn* Oh wait….what were we talking about again?
What I loved about it: It’s a green mascara so it lacks:

– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Synthetic Fragrances
– Synthetic Dyes
– Phthalates

That’s pretty cool!

What I didn’t like: It claimed to be a volume mascara but I didn’t see much. That sucks.

Overall: This is one of those mascaras that took me almost a year to review. I’m not sure why. I received SO many requests to review it and just never got around to it. But here we are. I’m not all that impressed with Buxom. Like, at all…. First, let’s take a look at the wand.

This is what they call their hour glass buxom wand. As you can see, the middle of the wand sucks in and if you hold it vertically, it indeed looks like an hourglass. I mentioned in the video that I didn’t see the big deal in this but I guess it’s one of those things that companies like to do to make their wands appear “more unique”. Um yeah…whatever works.

It’s not a bad wand though. The bristles are long enough to effectively grab the lashes so they get an A+ in that area. It does, though, make for tough application in the inner lashes. The end of the wand is rounded and is really hard to get in the corners.

As I mentioned earlier, I didn’t get much volume out of this mascara. The lengthening bit was okay but I wasn’t THAT impressed. Perhaps the best thing about this mascara is the fact that it is build-able. And it really doesn’t clump no matter how many coats you apply. But even that was enough to appease me. I needed more length and at least SOME volume.

Lashes without mascara
(did not curl lashes)

Lashes with 3 coats of mascara

Okay, here’s a far away shot.

The lashes still look a puny to me. Boo!

I can appreciate that a little booklet thingie comes with the mascara though.

It gives neat tricks of how to apply the mascara with their special wand. Nothing that us veteran mascara users don’t know though.

Would I recommend it?: Nope. It’s pretty average and for $18, I think there are better out there.

Until next time…..

A crazed mascara reviewer,

(photo source)

  • Nicole

    So glad you did a review of this! I was wondering about it, and not enough to drop that kind of dough unless it was all that – we seem to like the same mascaras. It really doesn't seem that awesome!
    By the way LOVE the redesign. It's gorgeous and professional.

  • Michelle

    Hi saw this review! Great analysis! One thing that I saw that caught my eye was I don't think Bare Minerals can make that claim on patten pending hour glass shaped wand. Nyx Doll Eyes Volume Mascara has the same wand by the looks of it. Only $7.99 @ Ulta. Better results. However a fresh tube does require a little finesse. It was the only mascara that had warrant compliments from strangers.

    Sorry you had to spend $18 on mascara you don't like. I hope you can return it.


  • Roxy

    nice eyeshadow 😀

  • BeautyMaven

    I'm glad you reviewed this! No lie, I was at Sephora today and almost picked this one up because there is SO MUCH hype over it! Glad I didn't though.. bleh. Looks like it hardly did anything for you. Sad day. Do you know if there's any reason for the brushes to curve in the middle like that? Define-a-lash does that, too. And I agree^^ gorgeous eyeshadow!! Thanks for the review~

  • diana

    I'm not impressed with this mascara either. It's great that it's a green mascara but their claim for volume is false. I feel that there are better mascaras to spend your money on.

    BTW, I like the new blog design!

  • B

    Nicole—> *sigh* Better luck with the next mascara. Glad I could save you some money, lady.

    Michelle—> Why haven't I tried Doll Eyes yet? I need to check that out ASAP.

    Roxy—> Thank youuu! Stay tuned for the review of the palette. It's pretty!

    BeautyMaven—> Yesss, I saved you some money too. So all isn't lost with this mascara. LOL! Thanks for the love. I appreciate it. :)

    Diana—> You and me both. And thanks. The site is still under construction but I'm glad you like what you see so far.

  • Carmen Y

    Your face is gorgeous friend!

  • Amina

    thank you for the review :)
    loove the eyeshadow and your skin is on point :)

  • Umm Amirah

    I like your new site. Shazzey.

    As far as Buxom is conserned, I like it. It really exstends my short lashes. It give it that umph. I guess different for different ppl.

    Love the review.

  • suga

    I recieved a sampler package of BUXOM lip glosses and fell completely in love with them, so of course I wondered about their other products. Thanks for saving me some money with this review