Product Type: Benefit makeup
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Benefit Bad Gal - At least they got the name right as this is definitely bad
Benefit BadGal Lash
Member Name: alyson29
Benefit BadGal Lash
Date: 17/06/12, updated on 27/08/12 (72 review reads)
Advantages: None for me
Disadvantages: Offers a sparse coating to lashes due to over-sized brush
I've experimented with a number of brands and have just finished one belonging to Soap and Glory where I was able to obtain a full sized tube accompanying a women's monthly magazine. My latest find is a 40g tube of Bad Gal Lash manufactured by Benefit, which I received on a recent copy of the £2 magazine named Glamour, which as far as I am concerned is the perfect way of trying out a new product without spending a fortune and this review discusses my thoughts.
The full sized version of the black mascara is 8.5g and I received a half size tube, which was manufactured exclusively for Glamour magazine. Its appearance is identical with the vibrant eye catching colours of cerise, black and white. The only noticeable difference with the smaller tube in comparison with the full sized version is the length of the wand, which is slightly shorter. The wand easily unscrews to reveal a large and full brush section, which might be a little off-putting for some women. However, I've used quite a few similar sized brushes with my last few purchases and after a little practice they enable an easy application.
Benefit claim that the mascara will create full and voluminous lashes due to the large brush, which allegedly coats the lashes with their super black formula and it seems that they pride themselves on the size of the brush. A good amount of mascara is dispensed onto the brush and whilst I am familiar with using large brushes, I found it extremely difficult to effectively coat my lashes. I initially suspected that insufficient mascara had covered the brush and I again dipped it into the tube, but experienced the same problem, which prevented me from fully covering my lashes. When using other brands I generally need to place the brush into the mascara only once in respect of each coating for each eye.
However, I believe my problems were caused by the super-sized brush, which subsequently prevents a good coating and whilst my lashes received a thin coating of mascara, it was simply not enough for me and I had high hopes for Benefit, particularly as it can be described as one of the premium brands. I'm also of the opinion that the brushes are too rigid in comparison with other brands and as a consequence, they will not allow any movement when being placed against the lashes. My efforts to obtain a good coating resulted in each application drying too quickly, which resulted in unsightly clumps and blobs, which is most definitely not the look I want to achieve. As a result, I found that the mascara is only suitable for one application, which offers a sparse covering, which is not dramatic enough for me. Sadly I saw no evidence of the claim of full and voluminous lashes, which was really disappointing. I do not believe that my grumbles are due to a faulty product, as each time I placed the want back into the tube I could hear the mascara squelching against the brush. Removing the small amount of mascara from my lashes is an effortless task with the aid of baby lotion and some cotton wall balls.
The list of ingredients contained within this mascara is endless and for obvious reasons I do not intend copying them into this review. The mascara should be used within 6 months of opening with the plastic tube being recyclable once empty. For the reasons discussed above I cannot recommend Benefit Bad Gal Lash and am shocked at its price tag of £16.50. I am so pleased that I had the opportunity to try out this product for the cover price of the magazine as I would have been far from happy had I forked out hard earned cash.
I hope you found my review useful and thanks for reading.
Summary: An expensive disappointment from Benefit