The Super Sizer by LashBlast adds to CoverGirl's already-impressive lineup of mascaras with the claim that it can turn your eyelashes into a full-on "volumized fringe." While it can't quite do that (we'll explain why in a bit), it does have enough positive things going for it to earn a good rating on Beautypedia.
The Super Sizer by LashBlast comes in a standard mascara tube, with a wand with small rubber bristles. The end of the wand is slightly curved, which CoverGirl says is supposed to help the bristles reach even the smallest lashes by twirling as you apply. It's a good brush, but we found this angled design didn't have a huge impact on reaching small lashes, since the curve is so slight.
The formula applies smoothly, going on initially without clumping. There can be some clumps with additional coats, but those are easily brushed out. It can also be reapplied later in the day, as the formula doesn't harden when it dries. This mascara does a great job emphasizing lashes, adding length and curl and providing lash separation. It does not, however, add the volume it claims. Those looking for a volumizing mascara that will give a thickened, fan-like effect to lashes will have to look elsewhere.
As for wear, The Super Sizer by LashBlast by CoverGirl performs very well. We found it didn't flake or smudge throughout the day. Though it isn't billed as being waterproof, it stood up to moisture and humidity admirably, but came off easily at the end of the day with a standard face cleanser.
As long as you're not expecting extra volume for your lashes, The Super Sizer by LashBlast is a good option for a great price, and one we definitely recommend!
Strengths: Inexpensive and widely available; a hugely improved selection of foundations, several with reliable sunscreen; good concealers; enviable pressed powders; some fantastic Lash Blast mascaras; mostly great eyelining options; a vast selection of lip color options, from the long-wearing Outlast to sheer lip glosses to the wholly impressive Lip Perfection lipstick; several great options in the Queen Collection.
Weaknesses: The older foundations are seriously lacking; the newer Advanced Radiance foundation has great texture but disappointing SPF rating; powder blush and eyeshadows; terrible makeup brushes; all of the "Clean" products contain irritating ingredients.
Since 1961, CoverGirl has been slowly building a portfolio of cosmetics that today is about as all-encompassing as a makeup line can be. Originating from the same "medicated" ingredients found in Noxzema Skin Cream (which was never medicated in the least, but seriously irritating for skin), the debut products are still available, albeit with slight modifications. The good news is that for the past several years CoverGirl has consistently updated their line with some very impressive products, especially their foundations, concealers, and vastly improved pressed powders. They also offer some excellent eye and lip pencils, lipsticks and lip gloss, and one of the all-time best long-wearing lip paints, Outlast.
What's puzzling is that although many of CoverGirl's latest products are progressive, they tend to hang on to the lackluster-to-poor options, including abysmal powder blush and eyeshadows and their long-standing, very irritating Clean Makeup. These items may be part of CoverGirl's humble beginnings, but you certainly don't see parent company Proctor & Gamble adding eucalyptus oil and menthol to their Olay products or to products of any of the other cosmetics companies they own. If those ingredients were so important, why not use them everywhere? Needless to say, the great products outnumber the disappointments, and the prices make it easy for those on a budget to be beautiful and enjoy some state-of-the-art products, provided they shop wisely.
CoverGirl's Web site is extremely easy to navigate, and presents a wealth of product information, along with practical (if somewhat cutesy) tips and tricks for successful makeup application and for finding the shades that work best for you. CoverGirl's consumer relations department is consistently helpful if you have any questions or concerns. For example, if one of your favorite items was discontinued, you might want to know what replaced it, and they will let you know. Such service and customer concern is yet another powerful reason to believe CoverGirl really has its (class) act together.
For more information about CoverGirl, owned by Coty, call (800) 426-8374 or visit the Web site at www.covergirl.com.
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