I received this sample mascara a little while ago and was excited to try it out. I have used a few bareMinerals products in the past but I’ve never tried one of their mascara’s before. To be completely honest, I never willingly buy mascara that isn’t “drugstore.” I just don’t think it’s necessary, but I’m willing to give a sample a try because you never know when a product will surprise you and turn out to be better than expected. I personally love volumizing mascara’s so I’m always interested in trying new ones out to see how they all compare. So, how does this mascara compare? Click inside to find out!
Here’s a description of the mascara from the bareMinerals website:
“Volume you can see. Power you can feel. The be-all, end-all, 10-in-1 volumizing, lengthening, thickening, separating, long-wearing mascara now with superior smudge resistance. Our exclusive ProTwist180 Wand is spiraled 180 to curve around lashes and coat ALL angles with intense black color. Powered by nourishing minerals and quinoa protein complex for outrageous, super-sized volume.”
Firstly, I do like the packaging, but I’m not too crazy about the wand. When I first opened the product I noticed how big and bulky the wand looked. However, I thought that maybe it wouldn’t be as cumbersome as it appears and I should give it a chance. The first few times I applied the mascara the wand wasn’t as bad as I thought. I feel like the shape of the wand, and how the “spikes” curve, really does help to coat all the lashes and didn’t seem to cause as much of a mess as I originally thought it would. However, the more I used it the more I’ve come to realize that it can indeed become quite messy, especially if you are in a hurry. It can be hard to keep the lash line clean because when you try and get close to the root, or even on the outer and inner corners, the wand is just too big to not get product onto the skin. Now, as long as you take your time and are careful when applying the mascara, it won’t look as messy; but let’s be real, not many of us can actually take the time on a regular basis to apply mascara that carefully.
Looking past the wand itself, the actual formula is pretty nice. I love how pigmented the color is so it really helps to make my lashes stand out, even with just one coat. I do feel like this helps to lengthen, lift and curl my lashes. Since the wand does coat all the lashes it does a pretty good job at separating the lashes which help to add volume and fullness. However, if you have too much product on the wand, it can actually stick lashes together and make them look clumpy. So you need to make sure that there isn’t a lot of product on the wand when you apply the mascara. I do agree that the formula is long-wearing and smudge-resistant because it keeps my lashes looking the same all day long without flaking but it’s not transfer-proof. If my eyes water, the color can transfer onto my skin a little bit. It’s not as bad as some mascaras but it can indeed happen. I also want to mention that the formula doesn’t completely dry but can still feel a little tacky to the touch which, personally, I’m not a huge fan of. I do like that this mascara is easy to remove though. Sometimes with non-waterproof formulas they just get messy when you remove them but this mascara comes off pretty easily without the mess.
Overall, I feel like this is a pretty decent mascara. It has some really nice qualities but it also has some qualities that I’m not particularly fond of. I guess when it comes right down to it…do I feel like this $19 mascara offers better results than a mascara that cost less money? Not really. I feel like there are other mascaras that can give very similar, if not the exact same, results for less money. Honestly, my biggest issue with this mascara and why I wouldn’t purchase it, other than the price, is the size of the wand. It’s just unnecessarily bulky which makes it frustratingly messy more often then not.