So, in an attempt to mix things up a bit from my usual Body Shop Big and Curvy which I've mentioned in previous posts as being my favourite mascara ever, I thought I'd try a classic. Benefit's Bad Gal is well known, and I've come across it many times over the years but never took the leap in trying it out myself. So I decided to treat myself.
The mascara comes in at £16.50, but I'm sure you can find it online for less. The brush is large, intended to create voluminous lashes. It's definitely one of the biggest wands I've ever come across when using mascara, and although it does create length quite well, I find the brush hard to control. I'm pretty used to the thin, rubbery wand that comes with the Big and Curvy which is really easy to manoeuvre, and I feel like I can reach all my lashes, top and bottom, with ease. With Bad Gal, I find it harder to reach into the inner corners of my eyes. However, the large brush does work well on the outer lashes.
The formulation of the actual mascara is not as waxy, and well, clumpy as I usually like it. I realise that maybe I don't look for what most normal people may look for in a good mascara, but I enjoy heavier mascaras that instantly define your lashes. Nevertheless, I would definitely use Bad Gal as a day time mascara, when I wasn't going for too heavy a look. Saying that though, I have found using Bad Gal as a base coat, then building upon it with my new Collection 2000 Pump Up The Volume creates the much darker, defined look that I'm looking for. For most girls, this is the usual trick to lengthening and adding volume to your lashes; using multiply mascaras.
Overall, I do like this mascara, but it's not everything I thought it would be. I don't know if I have silly expectations, or if I'm just far too in love with Big and Curvy. If you're simply looking to add a little length then this mascara will really suit you. However, I do not doubt you can find similar mascaras, if not better for much less money. I do feel like Pump Up The Volume that I mentioned before is just as good if not better, with the same kind of large wand. At the end of the day, I don't think I'll be repurchasing when this one dries out.