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I was given this Benefit Bad Gal Lash waterproof mascara as a Christmas present this year. In the past, I've used the 'normal' version of this product (reviewed back in my very early days on Dooyoo), although have more recently been using Benefit's "They're Real".
* Little Bit of Product Info *
Benefit BadGal Waterproof Mascara is visually fairly similar to the original, but with one significant difference. It is a much more streamlined shape - longer and slimmer than the chunky BadGal Lash tube. The packaging is simpler than Benefit's usual 'retro-style' with a plain black tube emblazoned with the product name in hot pink and silver, and a silver cap. It is stylish and visually appealing. The 'slimline' style is mirrored inside the tube as well with the chunky brush of the original version replaced by a thinner, more traditionally shaped mascara wand.
* So, do the design differences make a difference to the performance? *
Application is simple (assuming you are familiar with applying mascara in the first place) - you just apply it in exactly the same way as you'd apply any other mascara. The wand comes out of the tube with just the right amount of product, there is very little clumpiness and the consistency seems very good. It dries quickly and doesn't irritate my eyes, a important consideration as I wear contact lenses and some mascaras seem to flake and make my eyes sore. Visually, I don't feel that it creates quite as dramatic an effect as the original BadGal lash did - it's a bit more understated, a bit less 'sexy' - but then I'm a good few years older now and I'm actually looking for 'definition' as much as volume these days. It definitely does an effective job of defining my lashes and enhancing my eyes which is what I am looking for from my everyday make-up - if I need more drama and volume, then I'll use something else. According to the Benefit website, the quick drying nature of this product means that you can apply multiple coats to boost volume - yes, you can, but I find this makes my lashes feel a bit heavier/stickier and I am a bit too 'aware' of wearing a lot of mascara when I do this.
* Is it actually waterproof? *
Given the extremely wet weather we've had since Christmas, and the fact that the wind blew my umbrella inside out so many times that I gave up on it, I've had plenty of opportunities to test out whether this is a waterproof mascara as claimed. I can definitely say that it is - despite getting soaked and having water dripping off my fringe on multiple occasions - my mascara has stayed put. There are no rivers of mascara running down my face, or smudgy panda-eyes when wearing this.
Of course, the fact that waterproof mascara is designed to 'stay put', is also a bit of a downside when it comes to removing it. No matter how hard I try, I can't get all traces of this mascara off at bedtime - I've tried eye make-up remover and normal facial wipes, and nothing will shift it completely. It does come off in the shower in the morning but I can't get my lashes completely clean with make-up remover products and I often wake up with 'attractive' smudges under my eyes.
* How Much? *
The RRP for this is £17.50. To be honest, despite the fact I like it, I don't think I'd pay that much and buy it again for myself. I still prefer 'They're Real' and I'd probably spend the extra couple of pounds to buy that.
* Recommended? *
If you are specifically looking for a waterproof mascara, and are prepared to spend a reasonable amount of money on it, then I would recommend this one. It didn't quite live up to my expectations, but I think that those expectations were coloured by the fact that I had fond memories of the original, non-waterproof version. The positives, for me, are that it provides good definition, is definitely waterproof and doesn't irritate my eyes. On the reverse, it is extremely difficult to remove and I don't feel that it layers particularly well, meaning that it is difficult to create a more dramatic look. It lacks the fun and attitude of the original BadGal brand and seems like a more ordinary, grown-up mascara. Overall, it is a decent mascara but I just don't think it is 'special' enough to justify the relatively hefty price tag.
Benefit is a label you can trust. So, I brought this product as I knew the brand stood for good quality.
The tube is quite thin and I feel you do not get a lot of product for the £18 price tag.
The product overall is okay, it does define your lashes and separates them, however, I would say that this lacks the ability to give your lashes the overall 'wow' factor, as it does not give you that much volume.
However, it does do something that other mascaras lack, I can't put my finger on it, but I do not get this effect with other (cheaper) mascaras.
I wear this mascara everyday as it does not give a too 'dramatic' look that would be nice on a night out. However, if I do wear this on a night out, I put several layers on this on and pair it with another mascara to bring out my eyes.
I did have one problem with this mascara brush, although this may be because I am a little rough, the brush came away from the actual lid. However, with a little superglue this problem was soon fixed.
I find this product expensive, however it really gives off an effect of beautifully separated lashes and this is subtle enough to use everyday.
Although as I have mentioned it's a little pricey, I have brought another one of these mascaras since it ran out, so I hope that does give some impression about the quality of this product. So, I feel this is worth saving up for.
A long-lasting, smudge-proof, waterproof mascara that packs the same black bad-itude as Benefit's original BADgal lash for lashes that perform rain or shine / The slimline brush makes it easy to apply and dries fast so you can add multiple coats of Benefit BADgal Black Waterproof Mascara in a flash / Directions for use: Layer Benefit BADgal Black Waterproof Mascara on lashes for lush lashes that will last through storm clouds, showers & more / Tips: Gently dot BADgal Liner Waterproof in between your lashes, then coat with BADgal Black Waterproof Mascara for naturally full-looking lashes that stay put / Please note that Benefit is available to customers in the UK, Ireland, Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Norway and Sweden only /