Waterproof mascara isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but I do like it for many reasons. A good waterproof mascara should be able to withstand rain, swimming, sweat and a cry-fest (most likely brought upon by a rainy night inside spent watching The Notebook). When Smashbox took their favourite mascara, Full Exposure, and made a waterproof formula they should have known I would put it through some serious tests.
I’ve worn this mascara through a multitude of climates and conditions. My review reveals how well it performed under pressure.
- The Full Exposure Mascara packaging is mirrored in the design of the waterproof version, but this one features a gorgeous gun metal finish. I think it looks sexy.
- It’s marketed as a volumizing, lengthening mascara and I definitely see that occur with my lashes just after 1 swipe. Technique will always make a difference to the results but when I apply it at the base of my lashes, wiggle and rotate upwards I get longer, separated lashes. I find it’s a great result considering I do not pre-comb my lashes.
- The brush itself is on the bigger side, and the wand is nice and long so you can get some good angles to apply it.
- I don’t curl my lashes unless I have a long time to do my makeup (which I never do because I’m always running late for something) but I found with this mascara I could get away with not curling them as it seemed to curl them at least half the amount a curler does.
- Currently it’s only available in Jet Black, which is indeed very black. I would personally only where it in the evening but it’s definitely suitable for daytime if you like a blackest black hue. The finish is shiny, not matte.
- After 12 hours of wear in both hot, cold and average temperatures there was no instances of melting or smudging mascara. It didn’t run or transfer on to skin.
- I’m notorious for rubbing my eyes when I have makeup on (I always forget!) but this one didn’t smudge nor did it flake when I did so. It’s actually rather comfortable to wear which meant I didn’t remember that I had mascara on until after a fair amount of time had elapsed. Most mascaras are so hard and crunchy I feel it almost instantly.
- Allergies cause my eyes to water but still, it did not fault the mascara. No budging, no smudging. Notably, this mascara didn’t cause my eyes to itch or become irritated.
- Removing the mascara was easy with waterproof makeup remover. Simply using a cotton pad with remover I hold it on my eye which turns the mascara to a cream consistency and simply transfers to the cotton pad. A slow, careful wipe downwards and then underneath my lash line removes the majority of mascara. I also had success removing it with makeup removing towelettes but I found I needed to hold the towelette on my eye a little longer than with regular mascara, although this was dependant on the towelette I was using. It never flaked off.
What Smashbox says ….
Inspired by the on-set technique of layering lengthening fiber mascara over a volumizing formula, our new waterproof mascara exposes your longest, fullest lashes. No clumps, no flakes. Just maximum-impact, scene-stealing lashes.
- Stays put for up to 10 hours
- 107% increase in curl
- 96% increase in volume
- Sweat- and humidity-resistant
- Safe for contact lenses/ophthalmologist-tested
Australia $28.95 from Kit Cosmetics and Mecca Maxima
UK £19 from Boots
Do you use waterproof mascara? Does the mascara brush matter more than the formula? Let me know by commenting below!
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