I’ve been trying out Smashbox products in pursuit of decreasing the amount of animal-tested products in my makeup collection. In need of a new mascara, I went on a mission to find the perfect Smashbox Mascara. If you missed my previous reviews on other Smashbox products, you can find a blog here on which Smashbox products to buy first and a video on how to contour with the Smashbox Step-By-Step Contour Sticks here.

Smashbox Mascara: Full Exposure

This was my first purchase. I bought the Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara based on the advice of the Woollies consultant and a promising testament on the website which states: “increases lash volume by 104% with every swipe”. I explained to the consultant that I was looking for something that would give me a whole lot of volume and make my lashes pop.smashbox mascara

There were no testers so I couldn’t try the product out, but I was comfortable with the consultant’s judgement and my research capabilities. The mascara cost me R310 at Woolworths. I should have known that the testament’s key phrase ‘every swipe’ would mean that to achieve a voluptuous look I would need to use a lot of product at a time.

That day I was actually rushing to get ready for so I was
super excited to use my new Smashbox mascara. I hurried home, anxious to try out the product and was unfortunately really disappointed… The mascara coated each lash with a very fine layer of mascara that definitely did not ‘make my lashes pop’. It also took a lot of effort and product to build onto the mascara to try to achieve a fuller look. You would probably need 3-4 layers of the Full Exposure mascara to actually get maximum volume. I ended up using my almost empty, dried-up mascara and headed off to my party.

Smashbox Mascara: X-Rated

The following week I took the Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara back. Smashbox MascaraAfter a little bit of a fight, I managed to exchange it for the Smashbox X-Rated mascara. Let me just say this – it was well worth the fight! It was a little more expensive, costing me R340 at Woolworths. I figured that it would last longer than the Full Exposure mascara anyway.

The X-Rated Mascara has a magnificent brush that picks up quite a decent amount of product. Each lash is coated in a think (but not heavy) coat of mascara, leaving you with instant volume. The product gives you exactly what Smashbox promises on their site: “thick voluptuous lashes that photograph flawlessly in any close-up. No double-dipping required”.

I absolutely love the volume this Smashbox mascara gives! You don’t actually need to build on it at all (although you most certainly can).

The only problem I have with the brush is that because it picks up so much product, there are sometimes clumps of product on the lashes. To avoid clumping with this mascara I would recommend gently scraping the excess off inside the mascara bottle before application.

Testing Mascara

As I mentioned, I was unable to test the mascaras when I made my purchases. This was because there were no testers available in the Smashbox Full Exposure and when I went to buy the X-Rated mascara, there were no tester brushers.

Please take extra precaution when testing products in-store. Especially eye and lip products.

Remember the following:

  1. You could risk picking up infections transmitted via the products.
  2. Don’t test the products directly. Instead, ask for a cotton bud or test brush that you can apply product with.
  3. If you are taking a tester home (like liquid foundation, loose powder, lip-gloss etc.) that has been decanted into a separate container, ask the consultant to write the product name on the container for you.
  4. Be considerate of the next person that will test the product. If you have a serious fever blister and don’t care about picking up infections, consider the fact that the next person could still pick up your infection, even if they use a tester brush.

What mascaras are you loving at the moment and why?

Danielle Combrink