Mascara Monday: Urban Decay Big Fatty mascara

| November 5, 2012 | 9 Comments

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Urban Decay does A LOT of things right when it comes to cosmetics. How I am just now reviewing the new and improved Big Fatty is beyond me. I reviewed the previous one years ago (back when my mascara reviews were new and I sucked at ‘em) and now I’m back with an updated review. This review will replace the old Big Fatty mascara review. Which is a good thing because I like this version A LOT better.

P.S. – I got a lightbox this weekend and I’ve been messin’ around with some shots. Please excuse ‘em if things look a little funky.

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Price: $20 at Sephora and Sephora.com
Packaging (brush wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What It Claims: “This new formula is buildable, virtually weightless, smudge-proof, flake-proof, and provides ultra-long wear. Unlike other thickening mascaras, which can clump, this high-tech, moisturizing formula includes hemp seed oil, vitamin E, jojoba oil, and purisilk SPB to condition lashes and maintain a soft feel. The uniquely shaped, big molded brush actually latches onto lashes to load mascara evenly to each lash. The most exciting thing: The tip of the brush is covered in small bristles, specially made to deftly handle your tiny lower and corner lashes. No need to buy a special mascara for your corner lashes.” (source)

The Truth: I especially love it because it’s a preservative-free mascara. Woo hoooo!

What I Loved About It: You’ll get pretty good length and volume with only two coats.

What I Didn’t Like: The wand is a bit tricky to use.

Overall: Well, well, welllllll. Funny story about this mascara. I was telling my friend that  I was wearing Big Fatty and she goes into this long and hilarious story about how her family used to call her “Big Fatty” up until a few years ago. The crazy thing is, she’s super slim. But she’s a slim gal that can put away a plate of food in minutes. So yeah. Funny stuff.

Like most Urban Decay products, this mascara is free from parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances and pthalates.  So if you’ve got eyes that are super sensitive, you’ll appreciate this mascara little bit more. Now when it comes to the wand, the first glance of it may terrify you.

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Because it totally terrified me. It’s a great wand but it’s a victim of what I like to call the “Black Abyss” effect. Some mascaras have great wands but the tube has a huge hole that makes removing some of the mascara residue difficult.

See what I mean?

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I hate when this happens but it doesn’t always mean that a mascara is doomed. If you have a few minutes to wipe away the excess mascara sludge, you can reveal enough of the wand and its bristles to sweep it through the lashes. So yeah, mascaras like this do require a little more time but I think the results are worth it. I did struggle with using the ball on the end to apply mascara to the inner lashes though. I couldn’t remove enough mascara to make it happen without getting mascara all over my lids.

Formula-wise, it’s on the thicker side but mainly because it’s a volumizing mascara. On the good side, this means if you’re a fan of only applying one 1 of mascara, you can do with no problems. On the bad side, this means that if you aren’t careful when applying more than 1 coat of mascara, you may end up with some clumps. And I certainly wouldn’t recommend more than 2 coats with this baby.

So after you’ve removed the excess mascara from the wand and decided if you’re going to apply 1 or 2 coats, the actual application is simple. The bristles are nice and stiff and make it so you can sweep through the lashes while separating them. Any mascara that allows separating is the mascara for me! With just 1 coat, lashes look noticeably darker and plumper. The second coat just adds the icing on the cake and you’re left with nice volumized lashes with a bit of length to ‘em that will last all day. Yep, although it’s not a waterproof mascara, it does darn well at lasting throughout the day without any smudging and flaking.

 

 

Bare Lashes



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Lashes after 2 coats


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Do I recommend it?: I do! Especially if you’re an Urban Decay lover. I think you’ll love this one.

 

So whatcha think? Think a mascara like this is worth your time?


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  1. gio says:

    I love the results, your lashes look amazing!
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  2. Nikki says:

    Wow, I read raves about this Big Fatty Mascara! the name is too cute! It’s not ok to be called that as a person, but I love it as a mascara! :D

  3. farrah says:

    I just saw this in Sephora a few weeks ago when I went to purchase some mascara, but the Rep told me Eyeko was what I needed for my barely there lashes:( but I think I will be making another trip to pick up Big Fatty. PS. you have the most precise looking mascara wearing lashes!!

  4. victoria says:

    Your end result looks very plush and volume, but the messy tube might put me off buying it. Guess that’s what Sephora friends and family sale is for lol

  5. Joanna says:

    Love the brush applicators. It looks a bit similar to the smashbox hyper lash which I am currently using and lusting over :)

  6. Kim says:

    Your lashes really do look amazing here, but I loathe the ‘black abyss’ issue in mascaras. Off topic, but I am interested in the new Origins’ GinZing mascara, but am seeing mixed reviews about it on the blogosphere. Might this be a potential candidate for an upcoming Mascara Monday review?

  7. Rebecca says:

    Im excited to try the new formula, but can anyone reccomend a dupe for the original? It’s my favorite mascara! I only snagged one extra tube before they disappeared =(

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