Benefit BAD gal BANG! Mascara – Clumpy Lashes? Worth The Hype?

What is the Benefit BAD gal BANG! Mascara?

If you haven’t heard all of the hype around the Benefit BAD gal BANG! Mascara, you’ve probably been living in a cave for the past month or two. There were bloggers from everywhere tweeting about big influencers and bloggers who got flown to the Maldives to hype up the launch of this mascara.

“Lets be honest, if you were contacted by a brand and asked if you wanted to be flown to the Maldives…would you really say no?!”

Benefit Bad Gal Bang review from The Confessions of an Online Shopaholic

How much does the Benefit BAD gal BANG! Mascara retail for?

It retails for £21.50 in places like Boots and FeelUnique. It is on the pricier side for a mascara, but if you’re up for splurging then why not! [Enters shrug emoji]

Before Benefit BAD gal BANG! Mascara. Review by Jennifer Lam of The Confessions of an Online Shopaholic

Before applying the mascara

Was the Benefit BAD gal BANG! Mascara worth the hype?

I don’t believe that it was necessary to splash a huge budget on the launch of the mascara. But, the mascara was better than I thought. I had read lots of mixed reviews so I figured I’d give it a go. I’ve had this product for over two weeks to trial and test before making this review. There were lots of images of the finish eyelash look that bloggers were slating the product for being clumpy. So, it made me even more curious.

I’ve always been a subtle gal when it comes to makeup. So, I wanted to test whether this mascara really does what it says. They advertised the mascara as a…

“36-HOUR* FULL-BLAST volumising mascara creates MASSIVE volume without weighing down lashes. The gravity-defying formula 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, volumising mascara

90% saw dramatic volume**

94% said it instantly lifted lashes**

92% said it lengthened lashes**

ProVitamin B5 known to fuel thickness & strength” – Benefit website

The new Benefit Bad Gal Bang Mascara review by Jennifer Lam of The Confessions of an Online Shopaholic

When it comes to mascara, I normally apply one to two thin coats of it. Eyelash curlers are essential for me, as my Asian lashes are so stick straight. I tried on 5 days to put the mascara on at around 8am. Later in the evening, I took it off between 8pm-10pm. I checked for smudging throughout the day, and surprisingly I didn’t get any panda eyes. I definitely noticed the bigger volume and length it gave my lashes. Although, I can’t comment on the lifting of my lashes, as mine don’t lift without the help of an eyelash curler.

Before and after using Benefit BAD gal BANG! Mascara by Jennifer Lam of The Confessions of an Online Shopaholic

Before lashes on the left and after on the right using Benefit BAD gal BANG! Mascara

After using Benefit BAD gal BANG! Mascara by Jennifer Lam of The Confessions of an Online Shopaholic

After using Benefit BAD gal BANG! Mascara

What didn’t I like about the mascara?

I didn’t like how long it took to dry up. With the formula so thin, I would have expected that it’d dry quicker. But, it took longer than other mascaras I use. I know the brush is meant to be ‘slimpact’, but I felt it was a little too long. It made it quite awkward to apply without getting it all over my eyes.

So…what are my honest thoughts on the Benefit BAD gal BANG! Mascara?

I actually quite like the mascara. If it was faster-drying, I would love the mascara even more. I’ve managed to lengthen my lashes and give it some volume, whilst also keeping it natural. After all, there’s nothing worse than clumpy eyelashes. I don’t think the mascara is clumpy, contrary to other reviews. But, maybe that’s because I don’t go over my lashes many times with the brush. My eyelashes don’t feel heavy as well, so the formula really is as light as they suggest. I didn’t find the mascara flaky, which is always a positive! I do believe it is a little on the pricier side and you can probably find drugstore equivalents like the L’Oreal Paris Paradise Mascara.

Jennifer Lam of The Confessions of an Online Shopaholic reviewing the Bad Gal Bang Mascara


Have you tried this mascara yet? If you have, what did you think of it? If you haven’t, do you think you’ll try it?




  1. March 4, 2018 / 7:53 pm

    I haven’t heard of Benefit Badgal Bang before but glad you enjoyed using the mascara! I like that it doesn’t cost a fortune either. You look great with the mascara!

    • March 4, 2018 / 8:40 pm

      Aww, now you’ve heard of it, I’d definitely recommend it! You get your money’s worth at least ☺️ thank you so much and thank you for taking the time to read my review as well!

  2. March 4, 2018 / 8:22 pm

    Ohhh I was so excited to read this! I’ve never seen a beauty product with so many different reviews! Some people love it and some people hate it. I must say that your eyes look beautiful. 🙂

    Madison | Breakfast at Madison’s

    • March 4, 2018 / 8:49 pm

      Aww thank you Madison! Yeah I was exactly the same, I couldn’t tell whether it was worth spending so much money on it or not due to peoples very mixed opinions. I think I was put-off initially with how many layers people were actually putting on. But, the mascara itself is only very thin, so it shouldn’t clump that easy! Must be a marmite thing ???? thank you! ☺️

  3. March 5, 2018 / 11:52 am

    Have you tried Benefit’s Rollerlash? It’s much better for straight lashes as it hooks and curls. I’m no my sure if I’ll try this one. I don’t have time to be waiting for it to dry!

    • March 6, 2018 / 3:24 pm

      I haven’t actually, although I’ve heard good things about it! I’ll definitely look into it after your recommendation though, so thank you for sharing that! Yeah that’s the massive negative about this product, because others I’ve tried have dried so much quicker. Thank you for taking the time to read the post!

  4. March 7, 2018 / 7:11 pm

    Aw amazing review Jenny! I love that your reviews are so thorough, I know what to expect and I love that, especially when it comes to the pricier mascaras!! You capture it beautifully and that makeup look is so subtle and pretty, you look beautiful! I’ve never tried many Benefit products so I found this so interesting and helpful 😀 xx

    elizabeth ♡ ”Ice Cream” whispers Clara

    • March 8, 2018 / 8:29 pm

      Thank you so much Elizabeth! That’s so kind of you ???? I think for the price people pay for it, it’s only fair to make it as honest as possible, because you could get just as good of a mascara for half the price you pay for this one ???? thank you, I hope it helps you to decide if this one is worth trying in the future!xx

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