Friday, 19 June 2009

Review: Benefit’s BADgal lash mascara

Product information can be found here.

The spiel.
With a big, bad brush and a rich, black formula, it's like wearing a set of false eyelashes without the the claim from Benefit’s website, and no doubt most of their beauty counters. Available in a standard mascara size for £14.50 (though on a side note you can get the cute mini one (which looks like something which would be inside one of their travel cases) free with the July issue of Glamour magazine. Not bad for only £2!).

The consideration.
I believe that as a princess, one should have flawless skin, a healthy glow and beautiful large eyes. I had heard good and bad things about this mascara, so was keen to try it – but from past experience with Benefit products I didn’t want to splash out on something that was either going to be excellent or absolutely abysmal. My Dior Show Iconic is slowly, but surely, running out and I was reluctant to replace it with the same product if I could find something which worked better.

The testing.
This is one of those products where pictures would definitely be a valuable source of comparison, and low and behold, I actually took some pictures.

no mascara
With no mascara, no curler, only a touch of a pretty gold eye shadow.

Hello curled lashes. I really can’t push it enough – curling your lashes always makes the difference. Always.

With the mascara.

There’s really not much difference. Slightly longer, a little bit more volume – but not £14.50 worth of length and volume. On a side note, I did try it over my Iconic and it volumised well, so maybe that’s how I’ll be using it from now on.

Out of…
Out of 10, with 10 being the highest and one the lowest, I would give this product a 5 – it just didn’t live up to the good reviews, however I will give it another shot. It’s true that mascara sometimes doesn’t work all too well until it’s been open for a couple of weeks and the formula has had a chance to thicken up.


  1. What eyelash curler do you use? It really makes a difference! xxx

  2. Just a cheapo £5 one I bought in Superdrug. Just start at the base of your lashes and graduate gentle pushes up your lashes - pressing for too hard or too long causes nasty bends!