Benefit – BAD gal BANG Volumising Mascara Review

Well done to those who correctly guessed the mascara. Pat on the back – you ladies know your mascara. This is the new mascara from Benefit and it is one that has been hyped up by all the YouTubers.

Benefit have the two most popular mascaras in the world and that is no exaggeration. You have my favourite which is They’re Real and Roller Lash¬†and now Bad gal. So as I pick it up, I am instantly expecting it to perform a miracle considering the other two mascaras are near enough brilliant.

I’m just going to go straight in and tell you that the formula is quite ‘wet’ in comparison to the other two mascaras or most mascaras in general. The brush is super slim, which always puts me off as I do prefer a ‘fuller’ brush.

The brush is very misleading. It looks as if there is no product on the brush and as you start to coat your lashes, BANG, there it is! For me, it is way too much product. When I started to apply, my lashes had so much product on, I struggled to even it all out. The mistake you make is using the brush to help you separate your lashes but in turn you apply even more product. Arghh.

In the end, I used my lash brush to comb out all the excess product and to separate my lashes but boy does it lengthen. That brush can grip your lashes, keep hold of them and lift those babies up. That impressed me. What didn’t impress me was the flimsy brush – a bit too wobbly for my liking.

It’s one of those mascaras you have to use several times to get the hang of it. I found a lighter touch helped when applying. I normally go in full force with most of my mascaras but with this one, you need a lighter hand. My lash brush is most definitely needed every time I use it, which is a pain in the bum.

This mascara is waterproof. I took this on holiday to test it out and it didn’t smudge or flake. My lashes still looked long and dark at the end of the day even after being splashed in the pool by my lovely children. It’s definitely water resistant.

The downside of waterproof mascara is the removal process and what a process it is. My lashes were falling out even though I was trying to be as gentle as possible. It happened every time I removed it. I changed the makeup remover and still had the same issue.

I tried coconut oil and that made it much easier to remove. Yes, coconut oil can be used to remove makeup. (If you have oily skin and are prone to break outs, I would avoid using it for your face).

Back to the mascara, this is one of the reasons why I don’t like using waterproof mascara on a daily basis. It’s not good for your lashes and it’s a pain to remove.

I’ll be honest, I can’t deny that I absolutely love the results of this mascara. I’ve had many compliments on my lashes since wearing it. You can achieve¬†long, bold lashes. The drama is there giving you that false lash effect.

However, what I don’t enjoy is spending a blooming eternity trying to achieve those ‘Bad gal’ lashes. It’s too much work.

It’s definitely not a mascara you would wear in a rush. It requires patience and a light hand.

Unfortunately, as much as I love the end result, I won’t be buying it again.