Mascara Monday: Benefit BadGal Lash mascara

It’s been a long time coming but I’m back with a mascara review! I know, I know…don’t hate me. Blogger duties have called and I’ve been traveling for the past three weekends. And I’ll be traveling again this weekend so hang in there with me, fam!

Here’s a mascara review that has been highly requested for almost a year now. And I am JUST now getting around to it. Is it bad as in good or bad as in bad?

Check the review!

Benefit Bad Gal mascara


Price: 2 out of 5 (around $19.00 )

Packaging (Brush Wand): 2 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5

What it claims: “The BADgal line of mascaras from Benefit are full of “BAD-itude!” The rich, sexy formula and oversized brush build thick, beautiful and bodacious lashes.”

The truth:
That wand is a little too massive for my liking.

What I loved about it: Umm, I don’t think there was anything that I REALLY loved about it.

What I didn’t like: The wand. Seriously too big.

Overall: I think the world loves this mascara. I say this because I have gotten so many requests to review it. But then a lot of you have been skeptical. So leave it to your head Mascara Reviewer to bring you the nitty gritty.

Well, I don’t have THAT much to say about this baby here. It’s just okay. While I’ve heard a lot of people say that looooove it, I find it to be pretty average as far as mascaras go. The wand is HUGE!


And no me gusta. I find that wands this large make for difficult control. And for my ladies with shorter lashes and lids…this ain’t the one for y’all. The bristles are a little tight together and don’t make for much room to flow through the lashes.

As far as the mascara’s overall performance. It’s okay. But it’s not spectacular. I find that it does what it needs to do but does not go beyond the average mascara. Like ALL of my reviews, this is completely relative but I don’t….BadGal just didn’t surprise me. Plus I think it is far too expensive for it to not have any cool tricks.


Lashes without mascara
(did NOT curl lashes)




Lashes with 2 coats of mascara


Not bad…but I’ve seen better.

Would I recommend it?: Not so much. I know of other mascaras that do more for half the price.

A fan of this baby? Does it work wonders for you?

Tell me!

A crazed mascara reviewer,


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Mascara Monday: Mascara Talk

Yeah, I know…..you were probably expecting a mascara review but with the largest game of my alma mater football team’s existence, I got a little behind….

Besides, I bet you needed a break from the boring Mascara Monday, uh?

Or maybe that’s just me. HA!

Here’s what I’ve had my eyes on in the mascara world!

A reader sent me an article about these babies and whoa! They look delicious. For $19.50 you can coat your lashes Sapphire, Amber, Amethyst, Garnet or Emerald. Now that’s just too cool. I know colored mascaras aren’t new but am I crazy for wanting to try every single one of those? You can find out more about them here.

  • Waterproof mascaras—do they REALLY differ from regular mascaras? I know that they are intended to last longer–hence them being waterproof but does Maybelline Pulse Perfection work better, worse or just as good as Maybelline Pulse Perfection Waterpoof? Hmm….stay tuned for my findings on that.
  • So Tarte has this 4 day stain mascara that claims to keep your lashes long and lush for a whooping 4 days.

I mean, wow! How is that even possible? You mean to tell me it will hold up if I wash my face? Or pour a bucket of water over my head? I just, I don’t think—please believe I’ll be reviewing this one soon. (photo source)

  • Word on the street (and in my inbox) says that CoverGirl Queen Collection has a mascara. Now where have I been and how did I miss this? I have gotten so many requests to review it but I haven’t seen it anywhere. Man oh man!
  • The next mascara I will be reviewing will be Benefit Bad Gal .
  • Soon after comes Lancome Hypnose drama.
  • How soon is too soon to begin wearing mascara? I didn’t wear it much until I graduated from high school. I get emails from 13-15 year old readers and I’m tempted to tell them to just not even worry about wearing mascara right now.
  • I’ve said it once before but olive and jojoba oil do a fantastic job at removing mascara.

Got any mascara questions, news or ideas on the mind? Tell me yo!

Happy Monday!

Mascara Monday: Smashbox Lash DNA mascara

Well nooow, this is a Clumps of Mascara first! With Lash DNA being the first Smashbox mascara I have reviewed, I gave it high expectations. Did it deliver? Or did it make me MAD?

Get it? DNA…MAD?

*crickets*

Awww, bring on the review!

Smashbox Lash DNA mascara



Price: 3 out of 5 (around $19.00 )

Packaging (Brush Wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What it claims: “Our revolutionary new scientifically-engineered mascara is packed with proteins and amino acids that bind to lashes for genetic defying length and strength. The unique double helix brush grabs each lash, no matter how small, for the ultimate fanned out effect. Dramatic jet black shade intensifies and defines. Defy genetics with Lash DNA Mascara.”

The truth:
This mascara has one of the most amazing wands I have EVER seen. It’s sick, I tell ya!

What I loved about it: The wand is great. Phenomenal. Innovative. Perfect.


The “double helix” wand makes it so that that you can extend your lashes in several ways.

What I didn’t like: I would have liked to achieve a little more volume. But after a good 3 coats of mascara, it didn’t seem to give me that without clumping me up a bit.

Overall: Soooo, I don’t know why it has taken so long but yay to me for finally reviewing a Smashbox mascara. Lash DNA broke me in and I now have high standards for all of the other Smashbox mascaras I review. I can’t stress this enough—the wand is incredible. It really assists in extending the lashes. I love that you are able to maneuver it in many different directions.

See!

The packaging shows you three steps in which you can use the wand. It is difficult to photograph but the wand has a “twist” to it. This makes it easy to achieve all three steps–which I actually do each time I used this mascara. Lash DNA also gave my lashes a little gloss to them which was a nice little surprise.


Lashes without mascara
(did NOT curl lashes)



Lashes with 3 coats of mascara


How I applied it:

Would I recommend it?: Absolutely! The wand is definitely worth a try.

Have you tried Lash DNA? Love it? Want it?

Tell me!

A crazed mascara reviewer,


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Mascara Monday: L’Oreal Telescopic Explosion mascara

Oh yeah….another mascara review! This baby has been highly anticipated in the mascara world. I have gotten so many emails about L’Oreal Explosion. With a name like “Explosion” you would think this ish is like…amaziiiiiing. Is it though?

Check the review!

L’Oreal Telescopic Explosion mascara


Price: 5 out of 5 (around $9.00 )

Packaging (Brush Wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 3.5 out of 5

What it claims: “…the first mascara at mass with a spherical brush and smooth formula to lengthen and separate every lash. Creamy formula works with the unique patened brush to build quickly, leaving a flexible deposit of color.”

The truth:
It has some of the same issues that Givenchy’s Phenomen’Eyes had. Buuuut, I like this one better.

What I loved about it: Its affordability. And I love the wand. I can’t deny…whoever came up with this idea of making a mascara wand a little ball is a genius. I find that this design works great for any and everyone. It REALLY gets in those corner lashes.

What I didn’t like: Like Givenchy’s Phenomen ‘Eyes, I was sent to Clumps City around the second coat. Third coat was a nightmare!

Overall: I’m not saying I’m a Know-It-All but I knew this mascara was a comin’. No I didn’t have any insider secrets but it only makes sense. We saw the same thing with Lancome Oscillation. Soon after Maybelline Pulse Perfection hit the scene. Givenchy Phenomen ‘Eyes blew us away and now we’ve got L’Oreal Telescopic Explosion. If you are one of those ladies that don’t want to shell out close to $30 on a specialty mascara, wait a few months. No doubt a drugstore brand will come out with a similar mascara.

If you have already tried Phenomen ‘Eyes, you can’t help but compare L’Oreal’s Explosion to it. It’s pretty automatic considering they both have what I like to call the dagger-like wand.

Not sure if I’ve said it enough so I’ll say it again, THE WAND IS AWESOME!! It is perfect perfect perfecttttt for ladies of all lash-types. Especially for those who struggle with separation issues. This, in my opinion, is the BEST brush for ladies with those issues.

Is it great for lengthening? Yes.
What about volumizing? It’s just “eh”. Not bad but not spectacular either.

Now let’s talk about a few of the mascara’s downfalls….like Phenomen ‘Eyes, L’Oreal Explosion clumps pretty badly. I really don’t understand why. Is is the formula? Or maybe it’s the way that wand is shaped….I really haven’t figured it out but it’s frustrating to say the least. The wand does such a dynamic job at separating that you really want to go for 2-3 coats. But the attempt will have you lookin’ in the mirror and uttering “WTF”. So sad, I know….

One coat is more than enough! Get those inner corners, separate the lashes and you are good to go. No need to push a second coat. It really will clump you up somethin’ seriously.

NOTE: I also found that this mascara works best with something like a mascara shield. I don’t know if it’s just me and my clumsiness but I ended up with a lot of the mascara being on the skin behind my lashes. This is crazy frustrating. Especially if you have applied eye make-up. This can be prevented by simply blocking that skin–use a mascara shield or even an index card.

Now let’s see the mascara in action…



Lashes without mascara
(did NOT curl lashes)


Lashes with 1 coat of mascara


One coat isn’t bad…but check out the disaster that is two coats:


Yikes! See what I mean about only needing one coat?

More shots of L’O Explo in action….

Would I recommend it?: I do. Every mascara lovin’ gal needs to give it a whirl. I think everyone will be impressed with the separation on this baby. And who knows? You can probably do one coat for separation and then follow up with your favorite mascara for optimum results. Heyyy!!!

Video Review!


So whatcha think? Are you ready for it? It won’t be available until November 2009 (don’t be askin’ me how I got it…y’all know I’m cool with the Mascara Fairy. *wink*) but are you anxious for it now?

Tell me!

A crazed mascara reviewer,

Mascara Monday: Lancome Oscillation Powerbooster primer

So I reviewed the world famous Lancome Oscillation mascara primer here. And I absolutely loved it. Is Powerbooster a nice little addition? Or a nice little rip off?

Check out the review….

Lancome Oscillation
Powerbooster mascara primer


Price: 2 out of 5 (around $39.00 )

Packaging (Brush Wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What it claims:

“* Conditions: to fortify and strengthen lashes
* Primes: to prepare and improve lash surface, separates, defines for a perfect smooth lash surface. Vibrations: Wraps lashes with formula up to 360°, to reinforce separation and coverage; formula is coated onto lashes to allow for mascara to glide
* Boosts the appearance of natural lash growth: healthier base
* Maximizes mascara lash results: maximized effects of mascara applied over it – you will see immediate results; Powerbooster intensifies color, longer lasting mascara

Results are spectacular: visibly stronger, fuller, longer day after day.” (source)

The truth:
It’s kinda pricey for a primer…..I can’t even lie. But for extreme EXTREME lashes, I guess it’ll do the trick.

What I loved about it: It has a wand just like the regular Oscillation!


I love this wand! It is great at getting allll of those lashes. The Powerbooster has a bit of a curved look to it. I’m not sure if I damaged it or if it’s supposed to be that way. Hmm, it is also a tad bit more flimsy than the original Oscillation. This isn’t bad per se but I prefer a super sturdy wand for more control. Still not complaining because the bristles are phenomenal!

What I didn’t like: The price still bothers me. I know Lancome is a higher-end brand but $40 on a primer is…..wowsers.

Overall: First, let’s give props to Lancome to rolling out with another innovative mascara. I mean, the vibrating mascara had me at “hello” but a vibrating primer? Now that’s just too cool for words.

Let’s compare the two for a minute….we know that both are similar, if not identical. And if you put them side-by-side, they look that same from those angles too.

See!

So no major changes there. The formula of most primers are usually creamier than a mascara’s formula. Not a bad thing–simply an observation.

The key to primers is applying mascara on top of them before the primer dries. This isn’t too much of an issue with Lancome’s. So yay in that department! I purposely waiting a good 4-5 minutes before applying my mascara and my lashes remained primer-coated without any stiffness.

Now check out my lashes before I applied Powerbooster.


Womp womp…not bad but could be better, right? Check out what I get with one quick run through of Powerbooster on my lashes.


Whoooooa! Not so bad for just a primer right?

And then with one coat of the regular Oscillation, I got this:


I kinda like the look of my lashes with just the primer. HA!

I have mixed feelings about a vibrating primer. On one hand, I love it. It really gets my lashes OUT THERE before mascara application. On the other hand, it seems semi-pointless with the fabulousness that is Lancome Oscillation mascara. Buuuut, is it great with other non-vibrating mascaras. Yes!!

Do you need both the vibrating wand AND the vibrating mascara? I don’t think so. Tell me if you can tell a difference between the above photos and the ones below.

This time I used Oscillation by itself WITHOUT the primer.



Lashes without mascara
(did NOT curl lashes)


Lashes with 1 coat of mascara


Ummm, yeah…..I don’t see THAT much of a difference. So I really am on the fence.

Would I recommend it?: I think Oscillation Powerbooster is a great little splurge if you have the money but I’d much rather spend my money on the regular Oscillation. And even if money wasn’t an issue, I would still go with Oscillation.

Unless of course you’d like to use the primer with many different mascaras.


So what do you think? You want it? Got it? Love it? Hate? Tell me!

A crazed mascara reviewer,

(photo source)

Mascara Monday: CoverGirl Lash Blast Length

Yeaaaa mon!! CoverGirl hits us with another Lash Blast mascara. This baby is supposed to make your lashes 80% longer using Elsta Nylon.
Many of us have high hopes after finding so much success with the original Lash Blast. Did this one deliver?
Is it just as good if not better than its big sister?
We’ll seeee…..
CoverGirl Lash Blast Length

Price: 5 out of 5 (around $7 at drugstores, Wal-Mart and Target)

Packaging (Brush Wand): 4 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What it claims: “A perfectly matched system that combines an advanced Super-Length brush and our unique lengthening Elsta-Nylon formula for extreme lash length that won’t break or flake off. “

The truth:
I’m glad to see another lengthening mascara hit the market. This one ain’t too shabby.

What I loved about it: The wand is great! I would have loved if the tip was a little more triangular just so I could attach those fibers to the inner lashes a little easier. But overall, the bristles (all 450 of ‘em….I counted. Hehe, j/k) are great at grabbing my lashes.


What I didn’t like: I won’t complain about the lack of volume because I know most lengthening mascara have this issue–that issue being that they ONLY lengthen. I wish I could have gotten a bit more length.

Overall:
Lash Blast is back, baby!! I think we need to throw a party! When I first heard about this mascara, I was excited. Then again—I get excited about the release of all mascaras.
But Last Blast is different because a great deal of consumers all over the word seemed to like it. Check out my review here. Cover Girl has decided to join the mascara bandwagon and release a mascara that has some innovative formula that gives the effect of wearing real lash extensions. We have seen this before from Too Faced Lash Injection, Imju Fiberwig, Blinc Kiss Me and L’Oreal Lash Extension beauty tubes. I have nicknamed these mascaras “fiber mascaras” because they all have little “fibers” (CoverGirl’s LB Length’s are called nylon fibers) that attach on to the lashes creating looooong lashes.
Wait—I was able to catch one of those fibers in action. Look to the right of the brush. Do you see one? It’s waving at you!
What I love about CoverGirl’s attempt in this is how light my lashes feel. They don’t feel heavy and I’m not enduring the flakiness that some fiber mascaras may have.
Now–I really wish I could have gotten some more length. Actually, a lot more. My lashes don’t behave so well with JUST a lengthening mascara. They tend to act all wonky and I have to do a lot of manipulation just to make them look decent.
See…..


Lashes without mascara
(did NOT curl lashes)





Lashes with 2 coats of mascara


To show how much better lengthening mascaras behave when they have a little help from a volumizing partner, I used 1 coat of Lancome Defincils Pro AND 2 coats of CoverGirl Lash Blast length on the left eye vs. 2 coats of Lash Blast Length by her lonesome on the right eye.


Can you see a little more volume on the left eye’s lashes? I can.

Would I recommend it?: I do because I think it will be be phenomenal for ladies with extremely short lashes. And if your lashes behave better than mine….you will really like it. I think it’s worth a try for any avid mascara shopper out there!
I’m playing around with embedding my videos in posts but we’ll see how long this lasts. Mofos be stealin’ vids, man. :( But do check out the video review and see this mascara in action.


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This baby will be available
September 2009!
So what do you think?
Excited about trying it?
Were you a fan of the original Lash Blast?

A crazed mascara reviewer,

The Updated Mascara Bin (and dreams thereof)!

That’s right, my darlings….I have finally updated the Bin to make it a little more user friendly. Instead of placing the reviews under ratings, they are now in alphabetical order. This makes searching easier!

But it won’t stop there. I have an enormous vision for The Mascara Bin. In a perfect world, it would be a HUGE database in which you can not only compare mascaras but see them in different categories such as:
-Volumizing
-Lengthening
-Curling
-Tubing/fiber
-Vibrating
-Waterproof
-Color
-Higher end
-Budget/drugstore
-3D bristle wands
-Comb wands
-Traditional wands
…..and the list goes on. The database would also include open discussion from readers about each mascara and submission of photos of their favorites (and most hated) mascaras. I have had dreams about The ultimate Mascara Bin and while I am struggling to find a way to make it happen, know that the plans WILL come to fruition sooner rather than later.
Enjoy and as usual, don’t hesitate to shoot me any ideas and thoughts.
Y’all know I can’t do this alone. :)

Mascara Monday: Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes! mascara

Everytime I look at the name of this mascara it reminds me of Mr. Cheek’s “Lights Camera Action”. That was my jaaaam in high school.
The question is—is this mascara as hot as the song?
Hmmm…..

Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes!

Price: 3 out of 5 ($18 at Sephora, Sephora.com and Tarte.com)

Packaging (Brush Wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5

What it claims: “Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes! 4-in-1 Mascara is what we call a push-up bra for your lashes—a 4-in-1 (lengthening, curling, volumizing, and conditioning) dermatologist- and clinically-proven to increase the appearance of lash volume by 430% after applying giving dramatic, thick and sexy lashes.” (source)

The truth:
This mascara makes a lot of promises. I don’t think it lives up to ALL of them.

What I loved about it: The packaging is sooooo cute.

What I didn’t like: The claims…they were exaggerated a bit and let’s just say they didn’t deliver to the level that I thought they would.

Overall:

This is one mascara that I always looked at when I first discovered Sephora. I mean, the packaging is just darling. I have always had it on my radar. I know that most mascaras make outrageous claims but when I read this one’s I just KNEW it was something special.
Imagine my surprise when it turned to be….just okay.
I mean, don’t get me wrong. It’s not bad. It’s just average. I didn’t experience a great deal of length and very little volume. By the second coat my lashes started to lump together. My lashes did get a nice little glossy effect but *sigh* that didn’t make up for the lack of va-va-voom lashes I realllly wanted.
I can appreciate that this mascara is green-friendly though. Your lashes are free of synthetic fragrances, sulfates and parabens. Gotta love that!
The wand? Eh. Not bad but not the best.

Lashes without mascara
(did NOT curl lashes)






Lashes with 2 coats of mascara




Would I recommend it?: It’s worth a try. Didn’t work too well on my lashes but doesn’t mean it work well on others.


A fan of this mascara? Whatcha think?

A crazed mascara reviewer,

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