Benefit BADgal BANG! Volumizing Mascara: the Unicorn of Mascara!

You all know how much I love mascara and how I feel compelled by a force greater than myself to try Every Single. One. Honestly, when Benefit’s BADGal BANG! Volumizing Mascara ($24) launched I wasn’t all that interested, it seemed like a lot of hype and could it really be THAT different from They’re Real and Roller Lash? Uh, yasss girl it sure can!

From Benefit: NEW BADgal BANG! Volumizing Mascara gives your lashes 36-hours of full-blast volume. Its gravity-defying formula layers easily for bigger and badder impact without weighing them down. There’s no other mascara like it on earth!

Before we get into the review lets talk packaging. The tagline for this product is “Lashes Out Of This World” with a outer space theme. The tube is a black rubber type material that resembles a rocket? It is pretty cute and the images on the website are well imagined. Benefit claims the formula contains aero-particles, which are one of the lightest known materials, used in astronaut spacesuits. This allows for layering without weighing down lashes and hence, the outer space theme. They also claim it took years to develop.

Mascara is my thang and I have strict criteria for the perfect mascara: easy to apply, doesn’t dry out my lashes, lengthens AND volumizes, can hold a curl and does NOT flake, smudge or clump. Fulfilling this list is not for the faint of heart. It’s early days, but I think I may have found my Holy Grail mascara in BADGal BANG! I swear it’s the unicorn of mascaras because it ticks ALL my boxes!

The formula also contains ProVitamin B5 for thickness and strength. I will say BADGal BANG does provide BOTH volume and length, something I’ve been looking for in a mascara for what seems like forevah! The brush boasts a 360° reach to grab lashes corner to corner and I like it quite a bit. It’s longer and thinner than a lot of mascara brushes and made of very flexible rubber bristles so it bends to get every lash. It also does a great job of separating lashes and coating each one with pitch black pigment. Benefit also says this is ‘water resistant’ which I think is just plain stupid. Either it’ waterPROOF or it’s not. If the mascara melts down your face when you have an allergy attack or cry, or sneeze, water resistant doesn’t help you.

Research results:
In a self-evaluation by 102 women after 1 week:
– 90% saw dramatic volume
– 94% said it instantly lifted lashes
– 92% said it lengthened lashes
The formula is quite wet and you definitely want to pull the brush through your lashes from root to tip to separate them. You can achieve gravity defying eyelashes with just one coat but I added a bit more to the tips of my lashes, cuz that’s how I roll. As far as lasting 36 hours, I didn’t test it–I don’t sleep in my mascara so I don’t need it last that long. I will say however, that BADGirl BANG lasted a good 12 hours without flaking or smudging and it looked as good as when I first applied it. As far as taking it off, I had no problem using my Garnier Micellar Water and when I was in the shower, it pretty much melted off with just water.

BEFORE

AFTER

As you can see, I only used the mascara on my eyes–no liner or other makeup. If you want to see how the mascara looks with a full eye look see here.

My sister, Queen of the Oblivious even noticed my lashes and asked me what I had done to make them so pretty! Seriously, my lashes are so long after using this mascara they brush against my glasses!

Bottom Line: While it’s not drugstore priced, Benefit BADGal BANG! Volumizing Mascara is as close to perfection as I’ve found in a mascara! Finding a mascara that volumizes AND lengthens is like finding a unicorn!

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Comments

  1. Holy. Lashes. The results are awesome! I dismissed this because the brush bristles aren’t usually what I like but I need to give it a second look and pick up the trial size!!!!

  2. The proof is certainly in the picture. It looks like an answer to eye lash prayers on your eyes.

  3. Holy. Lashes. The results are awesome! I dismissed this because the brush bristles aren’t usually what I like but I need to give it a second look and pick up the trial size!!!!

  4. The proof is certainly in the picture. It looks like an answer to eye lash prayers on your eyes.

  5. 25 Sweetpeas says:

    This looks like a nice mascara!

  6. 25 Sweetpeas says:

    This looks like a nice mascara!

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