So…there’s a new Benefit mascara on the shelves… you might have heard about it? There’s been a bit of hype around the launch?! Just a little… For me, a good mascara is basically the holy grail of all make-up. It’s the one thing I’ll wear on days where I really CBA to wear any makeup at all. So my quest for the perfect one is never ending. Combining the perfect wand/brush/formula/texture/staying power/ease of removal etc etc…. it’s no mean feat. So it’s hardly surprising this latest on from Benefit took them years to develop. Yes really, YEARS. But without further ado, I have a Benefit Bad Gal Bang Mascara Review for your reading pleasure.
Benefit Bad Gal Bang Mascara
I should probably start by saying I decided to take these shots with pretty much just mascara on. So no, the rest of my face isn’t ‘done’ and my skin isn’t perfect. But in all honesty, I’m keeping things pretty minimal these days anyway so thought why not keep it real. So I took the photos as just part of my every day application/routine. I did have some tinted balm on, because my lips have gone mega chapped, but that’s sort of a side note.
So the first shot, you can see my bare lashes and how thoroughly lame they are when naked. Poor naked lashes.
The formula of the Benefit Bad Gal Bang Mascara is very dark and quite wet initially. This application is probably after having the mascara and using it for around 2-3 weeks. I did a trial on instagram stories when it first arrived as I was very keen to see if it was living up to the hype. You can still see that over on my stories highlights if you like: instagram.com/beautyjunkieldn
What I said on that first try and now for this review is that it’s a good formula, but definitely one that gets a bit better with a couple of weeks use. I’d say on first use and for maybe the first two weeks it’s still a bit too wet and tends to then clump or build up a little more than I like.
The clumping is probably the only issue with the mascara – it definitely delivers in terms of length and how dark it makes lashes. On these two fronts it gets a big old thumbs up. But there is a little clumping going on. It’s one of those formulas you probably need a bit of a play with application wise to make sure you’re doing it quickly enough etc to minimise (or you know, maximise if you love a good clumpy lash look as some do). Which is fine if you want to persevere, but sometimes life is too short and there’s a lot of mascara options out there. Wand wise, I generally prefer the ‘fluffy’ type of wand over the firm comb style but actually find this one ok. The bristles aren’t too long and ‘pokey’ and the wand itself is quite flexible which I find means less likely to stab myself in the eye.
However, I do overall like this as how long and dark it makes my lashes gives is a lot of bonus points. Overall the minimal clumping I’ve experiences isn’t quite enough to put me off it overall. But do I think it’s worth the massive hype? Hmmm… not really. It’s a good mascara that I’m enjoying but not life changing/throw out every other mascara in my collection level of amazing.
In terms of wear, it does hold firm and I don’t find any issues with smudging. Something I do often get, for some reason especially around my left eye? But not noticed it happen with this. Removal… it’s similar to other Benefit mascara in that it doesn’t come off *quite* as easily as some, but it’s not quite as hardcore as needing it’s own remover (I’m looking at you They’re Real… you’re good, but boy are you a pain to get off!). Prior to this launch my preferred Benefit mascara was Roller Lash – I might need to do a side-by-side comparison of the two and see how they fare next to each other. I’d say this is the more dramatic of the two, with bolder/longer lashes. But not so much that it would fall into ‘night out only’ territory. I love it for day to day personally and the fact it doesn’t smudge is a big plus.
So overall – a good mascara, if you give it a couple of weeks to dry down perhaps before it hits ‘peak’ of application formula! Let me know if you tried this yet and what you think?
Benefit Bad Gal Bang Mascara available from House of Fraser £21.50 *
*PR sample or gift