Thursday, December 19, 2013

Benefit Cosmetics BADgal Lash Mascara - Review


Benefit Cosmetics BADgal Lash Mascara, $19.00
Until this year, I was a total high-end mascara virgin. Despite not really giving me the effect I wanted, nothing could separate me from my Maybelline Great Lash Mascara. I naively assumed that high-end mascaras weren't any better than the offerings at the drugstore, and that plopping down what feels like loads of cash on a do nothing mascara was a poor financial decision. It wasn't until my curious mom picked up a tube of Diorshow that I decided that it might be interesting to dip my own toes into the high-end waters (albeit with samples to ease myself in). And considering my love for Benefit Cosmetics, I figured what better place to start?

The BADgal Lash Mascara is one of Benefit's best-selling mascaras. With its ultra black formula and ability to plump your lashes to super vixen fullness, BADgal Lash has been touted as one of the best mascaras on the market from trusted names such as Temptalia and Elle. All you have to do is give your peepers a couple of swipes with this baby and you'll be on your way to the ultimate vamp lashes. Nothing says BADgal like sex kitten eyes!

When it comes to mascara, I ask a lot of products I use. I have tiny lashes, so I want mascara that lengthens, thickens, and makes my lashes black as night (or some combination of the three). When it comes to those three things, BADgal Lash Mascara sort of misses that mark for me. It does make my lashes look a bit thicker, which is the mascara's biggest talking point, but not in an overly dramatic way like one might expect. Despite its name, it reads far more natural on my lashes unless I build it up with three or more coats. I imagine that this mascara works better on longer-lashed ladies than it does on us stubby-lashed broads as it has more to work with.

Personally, this is a product that I don't think I'll be giving a full-size purchase. It's not a bad mascara by far, but I'm a much bigger fan of mascaras that lengthen over thicken as that's what I need most. And, to be honest, I didn't think that this mascara was as dark as it is touted as being. If you have long, sparse lashes in need of some bulking up, but you also want your lashes to stay natural and not spidery-looking, I would actually recommend this as I think it hits that nail square on the lashes! But for me, it's back to the drawing board.

Have you tried Benefit's BADgal Lash Mascara? What is your favorite mascara for plumping up your lashes?



  1. I used to love this mascara a few years ago, I do have pretty long lashes naturally though. I actually can't remember why I stopped using it, might have to check it out again.

    Sharon x

  2. Ah I have to admit that I prefer the Badgal Lash to Benefit's 'They're Real!' mascara that everyone seems to be harping on about. I must've bought at least five different premium beauty mascaras in the last few months as I can't find one that does exactly as I wish. L'oreal's Volume Million Lash gives the thickness, length and 'featheryness' that I'm looking for but unfortunately becomes a little smudgy on the lower lashes after a few hours. Estee Lauder's Double Wear Zero Smudge is excellent for staying power (but again the thickening is missing) - but my go-to will have to be the Chanel mascara. Which seems to run out very quickly. But maybe that's me. What is a girl to do?!

    Kat x


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