Yes, I’m behind the times… by about 7 years.
Let me start by saying that my name is Charlotte and I am a total mascara whore. I love it and I have a real problem staying faithful to any particular brand. There’s just too many to choose from and companies come out with shiny new ones all the time to tempt me. If there’s one product that I can’t leave the house without. This is it.
Anyway, back to Benefit Bad Gal…
I got accosted this time last year by a pink clad MUA from Benefit whilst browsing The Vitality Show at London’s Olympia (which I really recommend for a fantastic day out!). The MUA proceeded to cover me in You Rebel (nice but too dark for me), You’re Bluffing (meh), and Bad Gal Lash Mascara (which wowed me). I couldn’t stop fluttering my eyelashes at everyone.
Roll forward nearly a year and I still hadn’t picked myself up a tube. I dunno why, well actually I do. I bought Benefit Dandelion after having it dusted over my cheeks by an over-enthusiastic MUA in Boots and it was a super huge disappointment. I just couldn’t get it to show up on my skin, despite my uber paleness and I was worried Bad Gal was gonna disappoint in the same way.
Anyway, last week I finally succumbed and spent some of my hoard of Boots points on a lovely shiny tube of the black stuff.
I know some people think it’s over-rated. I think that it’s probably suited to a specific type of eyelash (of which I’m lucky enough to include myself). If you’ve got small eyes and short stubby lashes, this isn’t gonna do anything for you. The brush is too large and unwieldy and you’re bound to make a mess. I’ve got naturally long and curly lashes – they just need some serious darkening and beefing up which is exactly what this mascara does for them – and it does it well!
I love the density of the brush that really allows me to ‘brush’ my lashes from root to tip and create some proper separation to enhance the volumising effect. My lashes tend to clump (especially on a 2nd coat), so the even distribution provided by the brush is particularly welcomed! This mascara also leaves my lashes super soft and flexible and not at all crunchy, not a big deal for me – not bothered by stiff lashes, but I know some are – so thought I’d mention it!
All other mascaras in my stash are currently being ignored (apart from a Blinc tester that I’m slowly falling in love with – see, I told you… fickle!).
However, my one and only problem with Bad Gal is the price. I know it’s not exactly break the bank expensive at £14.50… but, there’s so many other lovely mascaras out there begging me to buy them (don’t cry Diorshow I haven’t forgotten you – despite your eye watering price, nor you Lash Blast you lovely drugstore temptress you)… and with new ones appearing on the market quicker than I can apply a second coat of this one. What’s a girl to do?
Are you a faithful Felicity? or a shamefully promiscuous Pandora like me when it comes to Mascara?