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My Love-Hate Relationship with Benefit’s BADgal BANG Mascara!

Gone are the days I sleep with my makeup on so before you keep scrolling, do know that I just can’t test their 36-hour claim. Wore a mascara to bed before to test a 24-hour claim and it just hurt my eyes big time the next morning. So, no! Not doing that again. And can somebody tell me why you would need to wear mascara for 36 consecutive hours? Seriously?! Please give me a good reason and maybe, I’ll reconsider.

Anyways, Benefit recently launched this “OUT OF THIS WORLD” mascara called BADgal BANG that is said to give you “Bigger, Badder and Out of this world lashes”. Beauty Gurus from all over the world travelled to several beautiful places to witness this launch.

Now that it has landed, the BIG question is, IS IT WORTH THE HYPE?

Let’s talk about their claims first.

BADgal BANG! 36 HOUR* FULL-BLAST volumizing mascara creates MASSIVE volume without weighing down lashes. The gravity-defying formula builds volume the more you layer, and contains aero-particles, one of the lightest known materials, derived from space technology. This innovative intense pitch black mascara layers easily for bigger & BIGGER impact. Its custom big Slimpact! brush is streamlined to reach root-to-tip, corner-to-corner, upper & lower lashes for BIG VOLUME WITH 360° REACH!

Smudge-proof, water-resistant, volumizing mascara
90% saw dramatic volume**
94% said it instantly lifted lashes**  
92% said it lengthened lashes**
ProVitamin B5 known to fuel thickness & strength
**self-evaluation by 102 women after 1 week  

PRICE  – The mini is sold at $12 (4g) while the full size that weighs 8.5 grams cost $24. Typical Benefit mascara pricing.      

I have always been a fan of Benefit Cosmetics mascaras. Their They’re Real mascara has been a go-to for months.

I was having a long day when I went to Ulta and saw this on a shelf. I was hesitant to buy it but as you may have figured out, I eventually gave in. I decided to buy the mini just so I can check it out first and see if this would be worth throwing my They’re Real mascara away. But, IS IT?

I have been using this mascara for almost a month now so I felt ready to share my thoughts.

I was so in love with it the 1st time I used it but after using it for weeks, I kind of developed a LOVE – HATE relationship with this mascara. So here are a few things I have to say about this BADgal!

I AM OBSESSED WITH THE PACKAGING! By far, my favorite from the brand. I love the Black and Hot Pink combo and I am digging the edgy, spatial look. 

I also love the cone-shaped wand. It just makes it so much easier to reach all your lashes including tiny ones in the inner corners.

A lot of people say that it’s a unique shape for a mascara wand. Sure! I haven’t really seen a wand like this from other international brands but if you are from the Philippines, this wand looks very similar to the Fashion 21 Cosmetics Double Up Mascara’s wand.

BADgal BANG’s wand is just a little bit chubbier and flimsier than Fashion 21’s. Quite frankly, I love the shape of Fashion 21’s but I’m liking the flexibility of BADgal BANG’s wand.

This has a slightly wetter formula than They’re Real mascara so you will have to give it a little more time to completely dry or else, Hello Panda Eyes! You don’t want this all over your lids or under your eyes! It’s not easy to take off!


The product glides smoothly on your lashes but make sure you check the wand after you dip it in the tube. I always notice extra pigment packed on at the tip of the wand after every dip. Trust me! That can instantly get messy on your lids and will give you clumpy lashes!

This mascara contains aero particles!  


I don’t know about you but never heard of it before.

I barely made it through my science classes so I had to phone a friend. I Googled it! When I typed in “what are aero-particles?”, it’s interesting to see reviews about this mascara instead of the actual definition of aero-particles. I bumped into this review by Sara Tan from Bustle. She said,

“ The “gravity-defying” formula is made with aero-particles, one of the lightest known materials used to create things like spaceships, satellites, and spacesuits. “

Read her full review HERE . Her article is very informative. 

Basically, because this mascara has AERO-PARTICLES, it will give you the volume that most of us, if not all of us are obsessed with but without clumping or weighing down your lashes.

It sure does give volume and length. In fact, you only need a coat or two to get your lashes to where you want them to be. I love how my lower lashes look darker and longer with a coat of this mascara.

I love how dark my lashes look after one coat of this mascara! It’s the blackest mascara I’ve ever used. It has also infused my lashes with that much needed life. My eyes looked bigger, more awake and less tired. Also, my lashes stayed dark all day! So, if you are in the lookout for a mascara that will give you darker lashes with just one coat, this may be an instant fave for you!

I have short, straight, barely there, asian lashes so I love mascaras that will help me lift my lashes up to the heavens. This doesn’t weigh down my lashes but not exactly the best curling mascara in the market. If I don’t curl my lashes, they will just stay as straight as they naturally are. If I do curl my lashes, I find myself needing to push my lashes up using my fingers to achieve the curl that I want. This doesn’t enhance my curl at all! This probably won’t be a problem if you have longer lashes. Again, I was napping when God was giving away longer, fuller lashes.

One of the things I hate about this mascara is, it flakes off. In the middle of the day, I would see mascara flakes on my cheeks and/ or under my eyes. I don’t know if I unconsciously scratch my lashes or if I push my lashes up too much to cause this but it happens everytime I wear this mascara.

Also, I tried curling my lashes after I applied two coats and I noticed the mascara flaking off big time. I had to apply another coat for my lashes to look decent again! I was using a Tweezerman Lash Curler and I have done the same thing to my lashes using other mascaras but never experienced anything like that.So you may wanna do all the curling before you apply the mascara. 

It could get CLUMPY! Since my lashes are naturally short and thin, I love mascaras that will give drama to my lashes. So, I usually apply 3-4 coats. I couldn’t do that with this one because it gets clumpy after the 2nd coat. I had to use a clean spoolie to separate my lashes. If spidery lashes is your thing, you have found the perfect mascara for you.

Not made for the oily lids! I have hooded eyes and my lids can get a bit oily. This mascara will smudge if you have oily lids. I wore it with bare lids one day and I noticed a little bit of smudging. It was not crazy! I’m just not a huge fan of smudging mascaras especially if it asks $24 for a full size. I have friends whose lids can get super kaduper oily so I can only imagine what a mess this would make on their lids.

I didn’t have to worry about this when I wore it with primed lids. I guess, you just gotta keep it away from your natural oil!

I HATE taking it off! It is an absolute pain in the behind! This just added at least 3 minutes to my night time routine. I literally check each lash to make sure I removed every bit of mascara! I have used my Clinique Take The Day Off Balm, my Neutrogena Eye Makeup Remover, several makeup remover towelettes but none of them can easily take it all off.

I mean, they do the job eventually but OMG! It’s the most lash-hugging mascara ever! It just won’t easily come off! It just shows how long wearing this is! I do find the Clinique Balm to work best among all the products I mentioned. Although I’m still looking for a better option. So, if you know a trick that won’t break the bank, drop them all in below in the comments section!

I know some of us are suckers for waterproof or at least water-resistant mascaras. About two weeks ago, it was raining hard here in Dallas. It actually is raining outside as I finish this up. Anyways, I was at a supermarket when it started raining. Didn’t expect it to rain so I had no jacket and no umbrella with me. I had to run to our car and the only things I had in mind were, I hope the running doesn’t break the eggs in the bag and I wish my mascara doesn’t run with me! My sweater was wet and so were my lashes and brows. It was a nightmare for me! LOL Some spots of my brows faded but my lashes looked perfect! It’s for sure water-resistant, at least!

If there’s one thing that’s OUT OF THIS WORLD about this mascara, it’s how lightweight it is. I’d recommend it any day if that’s what you want from a mascara!

By far, the most lightweight mascara I have ever used! This is the reason why I instantly loved it the day I wore this for the very first time. It just doesn’t feel heavy at all! I sometimes forget that I have mascara on! 

I don’t wear falsies everyday and that’s because I find them heavy! The falsies plus a volumizing and/or lengthening mascara on my lashes is just too much for me to handle. My eyes get tired wearing them everyday. So, when I realized that this mascara is very lightweight, I immediately thought of wearing my falsies with this mascara to see if it will change my mind about wearing falsies.


Falsies have never been this comfortable! I was blown away! This is the perfect mascara for falsies lover. I’ve been wearing my falsies a lot lately because of its incredibly lightweight formula. One coat, then, my falsies and I’m good to go! I’m telling you! You have to try this with your falsies!


I don’t think other brands have included aero-particles in their mascaras so kudos to Benefit Cosmetics for introducing something new! If that’s the reason why this mascara is so lightweight, then this is, without a doubt, a breakthrough! Not a one-size-fits-all kind of breakthrough because I don’t see this being everyone’s new HG mascara!

If budget is a higher priority and all you want is volume and length in one mascara, I’m sure there are cheaper alternatives from the drugstores. L’Oreal and Maybelline mascaras have exceeded my expectations many times in the past. If you are in the Philippines, Fashion 21’s Double Up and Ever Bilena’s Lash Define mascaras are my top recommendations!

Personally, I am not extremely impressed by the volume and length it gives. I am pretty sure I can get the same results from cheaper alternatives. I am, however, WOWed by how dark this makes my lashes look and how lightweight it is!

IS IT WORTH THE HYPE? I don’t know! I expected a perfect mascara after seeing beauty gurus rave about it but it wasn’t even close to perfection.


WOULD I REPURCHASE? Absolutely! But I’ll probably only use it on days I’m wearing falsies. Definitely, won’t be my everyday mascara.

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