Over-hyped? Worth the buck? Or just plain awesome?
Mascara, foundation and skincare have always been my thing! I’m a firm believer in that if you have great skin, a lightweight foundation paired with long, jet black lashes and a pretty nude lip pretty much sets you up for the day.
I have been using YSL’s Babydoll and Benefit’s Rollerlash on rotation for a long as I can remember. Both give separated, long black lashes and are fuss free to remove at the end of the day.
I have not been wowed by a mascara in a long time. After seeing a tonne of ‘influencers’ (hate that word) jet off to the Maldives for a lavish trip and the launch of benefit’s Bad Gal Bang, I must admit I was intrigued and wondered if this was the next mascara to impress me.
Every single review has raved about this mascara, so much so you could believe it was a scam. Can a mascara really be life-changing? And Vloggers are your reviews soo good and favourable because you’ve been sent on a swanky trip to a tropical island and been plied with all-you-can-drink exotic cocktails?
Once a mini Bang landed on my door mat, I headed off to my paradise; the Norfolk Coast to take my pictures. No fancy plane ride here, nor inflatables or picture perfect food. Instead a bumpy ride in a VW Golf and a cup of tea from the beach cafe accompanied by an expensive, dry piece of shortbread. Intro done, let’s talk Bad Gal Bang.
Bad Gal Bang is marketed as a ’36 hour volumising mascara’, which ‘creates MASSIVE volume without weighing down lashes’. With aero-space technology to transform lashes.
It’s long and slender and the brush is the perfect size to coat all lashes. The small bristles make applying this a breeze. I am a fan of plastic/silicone brushes more than a conventional mascara wand and was hopeful when it came to application. The wand is ideal to reach every single lash and in theory sounds fabulous.
I was dubious before applying Bad Gal Bang. Was it really as great as everyone made out? Revolutionary? Innovative? It ‘contains aero-particles, one of the lightest known materials derived from space technology’. So it’s gotta to be good, right? No…
Bad Gal Bang did nothing for my lashes. There were no clumps, but that’s because my usually fairly curled lashes (even without a lash curler) stuck together so my thick natural lashes became 3 and somehow they were poker straight. The promise of long, jet black voluminous lashes failed on every count.
I couldn’t wait to get started with Bad Gal Bang. I had used benefit’s original Bad Gal many moons ago and just couldn’t get on with it. It left me with panda eyes, dark smudges and disappointing lashes. It seems Bad Gal Bang gave exactly the same results. And then it was a b**** to remove!
Having been a big fan of Rollerlash for many years I was hoping that I could also fall in love with their latest and much raved about release.
Alas, it just wasn’t meant to be. I will continue to repurchase Rollerlash for as long as they continue to make it, however I don’t know what it is about the Bad Gal line which I just cannot get on with.
Really sorry benefit but even if I was ever given a free pass to paradise, I still couldn’t give BGB a positive review. It just doesn’t work for me, if you too find this mascara completely over-hyped and would rather spend your bucks on pizza and wine please do let me know.
As far as I’m concerned Roller lash rules and still reigns supreme.