You search for years trying to find the perfect mascara…you are lured in with false promises of length, volume and colour intensity…then, one day, you come across your dream product. It’s not just in make up fairy tales, girls! I found my ideal mascara around 4 years ago in Benefit’s BADgal Lash Mascara in Black, and have used it almost every day since. As I use it so often in make up tutorials, I am often asked to review it….so, here we go!
I am splitting my review into the three aforementioned sub-categories: length, volume and colour intensity. But first, the obligatory pretty picture of the product itself!
You have probably guessed that I’m not talking about the tube; I’m talking about the incredible length that it gives to your lashes. I am sick and tired of hearing the claims of many make up brands – “get the effect of false lashes!”. I’ve tried those products. They don’t work. On the other hand, the BADgal Mascara doesn’t make these grand claims, but boy, does it deliver! When I used the mascara for the first time, I was quite literally stunned at how long my lashes looked. The chunky brush really helps with this, as it is thick enough to define each lash without being too large, therefore causing clumping. Please excuse the slight blur on the below photo, but there is a demonstration of the lengthening qualities of the mascara.
This was something I didn’t really get until I tried this mascara. Others I had use left my lashes wilting after just an hour or so. This one, however, forms a strong lash base and holds them high all day. Even after a session at the gym, my lashes are looking lush. Being a blondie, my lashes are naturally quite light in colour, so I can really notice the difference when it comes to volume and fullness. The effect is particularly stunning when topping off a dramatic eye look – gorgeous!
Many brands have recently hailed the new DARKEST EVER mascara trend – guys, it’s nothing new. The intensity of the black in the Benefit BADgal Mascara is extremely high. The pigmentation of the actual liquid is excellent, and the colour does not fade even a fraction. I have used mascaras that have almost turned a little grey on the lashes. Not a good look.
I’d also like to mention another couple of things I love about the mascara – firstly, the packaging. Anything in black and pink is a complete winner in my book, and (I must admit) is something that first superficially won me over to it. Secondly, the wand itself (as I have mentioned) is big and bold, which is both difficult to find and impossible to replicate. And thirdly, the longevity – one tube can last me a good while, which is a real must. I had to buy a new one last Saturday, which is the first in a good few months.
Finally, just as extra information, the mascara retails in the UK for around £16.50. This seems pricey, but mascara is the one make up item I’m willing to shell out for. A good mascara forms the basis of your entire collection!