Benefit Bad Gal Bang Mascara - Worth The Hype?

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No one could accuse Benefit of being understated when it comes to new launches, especially where their famous mascaras are concerned. Their latest offering, Bad Gal Bang, was definitely no exception to this rule, and it was hard to miss all the excitement as "something out of this world" exploded across social media back in February. Naturally, I couldn't resist buying one to see if it really is worth all the hype.

Benefit claims that Bad Gal Bang will give your lashes massive volume without weighing them down. Much is made of the gravity defying formula, which contains aero-particles, apparently one of the lightest known materials and derived from space technology, hence all the cosmic themed advertising in their marketing push. In addition to this it is supposed to be smudge-proof, water-resistant, intensely black and enriched with ProVitamin B5 to promote thickness and strength.

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While I normally prefer lengthening to volumising mascaras these days, this claim about the super-light formula really intrigued me. As I've probably mentioned before, I have quite good natural lashes - long and dark. However, they are also dead straight, and make zero impact without first being curled. Even mascaras that claim to hold a curl well don't seem to do so for me - Benefit Roller Lash being a notable example, much as I enjoy the fluttery length it gives. The fact that my lashes are naturally long actually works against me here, because once they are coated with mascara they get weighed down. Gravity takes over, and after a few hours, they've lost their curl. So it's fair to say I couldn't resist putting this new, space age formula to the test.

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The cartoon-like packaging of this mascara isn't my favourite, but it isn't something that bothers me. The wand is plastic and super slim, which I know will please a lot of people who find large natural bristle wands tricky to work with. I tend not to have a strong preference when it comes to mascara wands, but I'm definitely a fan of this one. It's easy and pleasant to use and I find it helps to separate the lashes effectively and to get right into the inner corners. It delivers on both volume and length, although it doesn't quite provide the spectacular false lash effect of Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir.

However, for me, the best thing about this product is the fact that it delivers on its gravity defying claims. My lashes hold their curl for much longer with this mascara than with any other I have tried (and I've tried a lot!) They do drop a little by the end of the day, but still, the difference is noticeable and very impressive. Add to that the fact that it's as richly black and smudge free as promised, and you won't be surprised to hear that Bad Gal Bang has quickly earned a permanent place in my makeup drawer. It's my new go-to for those days when I need my makeup to last the distance.

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Have you tried Benefit Bad Gal Bang mascara? What are your thoughts on it?

Kate x

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24 comments

  1. Am not a fan of makeup but I love mascara's a lot.. This product looks good

    Glowyshoes's blog

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    1. Mascara is often a must have even for those who don't wear a lot of makeup! This really is a good one. x

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  2. Have you ever considered getting a lash lift? I had them reguarly before I had kds (read: when I still had time and money) and they made such a difference!

    Anne|Linda, Libra, Loca

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    1. Yes, I would love too, but my fear is that I'll be allergic as my eyes are so sensitive. I ought to at least look into it though! x

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  3. I haven't used Benefit mascara since the original Bad Gal version, I'm not sure I would get on with this one because of the brush! It also has to be waterproof otherwise my lashes just drop and doesn't hold a curl!

    Hanh | hanhabelle

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    1. I used to always wear waterproof mascara too, also because I tend to rub my eyes! But a shop assistant once told me that we shouldn't wear it all the time because it dries the lashes out. I've never had any problems with it, but I must admit that she put me off wearing waterproof on a daily basis! x

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  4. KAre that’s a nice review.thanks for sharing. Have a nice day.

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  5. I have been hearing a ton of mixed reviews about this mascara.

    Candice | beautycandyloves.co.za

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    1. Mascaras often seem to divide opinion! x

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  6. I'm glad you are enjoying wearing it. This mascara looks lovely on you.

    Nina's Style Blog

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  7. I really like this mascara - I agree that it isn't as voluminous as Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir but its still very good! xx

    Beautylymin

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    1. Yes! There’s definitely a place for it in my rotation! X

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  8. This mascara is in my list to try because many seems to love it. Your lashes look amazing with it!

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

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    1. Thank you Shireen! Hope you enjoy it too. x

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  9. Thank you for the review! I have heard a lot of mixed opinions about this mascara but it looks good on you

    xx Freja
    http://whatmakesmesmileblog.com/

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    1. Thanks Freja! Mascara is such a personal thing - I find a lot of them get mixed reviews x

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  10. I've been considering getting this mascara but just haven't had the funds, I'm even more tempted after reading this review! Thank you xxx
    Andie | apotx

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    1. It is pricey! Hope you like it if you do give it a try. X

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  11. Thanks for sharing about this mascara. A good mascara is so important. I don't think this one is for me but you look great! <3 /Madison
    FASHION TALES

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  12. Great review! Will be popping out the weekend to buy one myself! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ X

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  13. Thanks for the review.
    www.rsrue.blogspot.com

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  14. I love a thin wand as well, when it comes to mascara's glad to see it has worked Kate, I love the length it has given you :) <3!!!

    Serene xoxo

    http://www.iamserenel.com

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