Can’t Say I Liked It: Bare Escentuals Buxom Lash Mascara Review

As a makeup artist and makeup blogger, I feel that it is my duty to constantly try new products. I have my favorites–Make Up For Ever HD Foundation, MAC eyeshadows, Benefit Hoola–but I continue to try new foundations, eyeshadows and bronzers, because there could be better versions out there. And what kind of artist/blogger would I be if I settled?

I have yet to find anything that can beat my Dior Diorshow/Make Up For Ever Smokey Lash mascara combo, but I try. Mascara is one of my two I-won’t-leave-the-house-without-wearing it products (my other is undereye concealer), so I take it very seriously.

I have heard great things about the Bare Escentuals Buxom Lips glosses/plumpers, so when I had a chance to try the Buxom Lash mascara in Blackest Black, I had to.

Let’s start with the good…

Cute packaging! I know that is no indication of how well a product works, but I like having pretty, cute or different looking products in my kit. The tube is black with what I can best describe as “retro” font and the top is silver. The cap/brush stays on tight, which is important so that it doesn’t stay half open and dry out before its time.

The mascara stays on all day, with absolutely no smudging or flaking. I even wore it to the beach–no signs of product meltdown. It is so stubborn that it’s actually a little tough to remove, but those of you who have issues with migrating mascara would appreciate this.

And now the bad…

The Buxom Lash mascara has one of those short, rubbery wands, which I despise. I used the wand the first day and found the results to be lackluster, so I tried it with a standard disposable mascara wand the next day. Still no luck. It seems the wand makes no difference, but I still find the spikey ones uncomfortable to use.

This mascara did little to lengthen my lashes and nothing to volumize them. Post application analyzing brought me to this one word conclusion: wimpy. Not buxom at all! I like thick, full lashes. They don’t have to be especially long, but I do need some length. A mascara that gives neither is like most of the guys I’ve dated–not worth my time.

I had high hopes for this mascara. After I used it, another makeup artist told me that she loves the stuff. I trust her opinion so much that I thought “Did I get a fluke tube or something?” So if anyone else has had an experience with this mascara, please chime in. I want to like it, I really do. But until then, it’s Diorshow and Smokey Lash.

Have a beautiful day 🙂

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