Exhibitionist Mascara Waterproof
CoverGirl’s Exhibitionist Mascara Waterproof is inexpensive, but even with its budget-friendly price, it’s not a product we recommend because of its disappointing performance.
Like its washable version, this comes in a sleek, silver tube with a wand applicator whose brush has a slight hourglass shape. The formula applies a bit wetter than its sister product, but still doesn’t clump during application. It takes a couple of minutes to dry, but once it does it leaves lashes feeling soft, not crunchy.
This mascara delivers a decent amount of length and volume, but (also like its sister product) not the “show-stopping” results mentioned in its claims. It’s more of an everyday low-key mascara look, rather than something dramatic and very noticeable.
Even more disheartening than its less-than-impressive results is that this mascara smudges, even without it coming into contact with water. For a mascara that’s supposed to hold up against wetness, both reviewers who tested it found that it smudged without us even trying, winding up in eye creases and under eyes as well. Interestingly, it does take a waterproof makeup remover to completely get this off at the end of the day – but that tenacity isn’t enough to make it a selling point.
Give this one a pass, because it just doesn’t stack up to the superior options you’ll find on our list of best waterproof mascaras.
- Provides a decent amount of length and volume.
- Leaves lashes feeling soft instead of stiff or crunchy.
- Fragrance free.
- Doesn’t provide impressive length or volume.
- Flakes and smudges noticeably during its wear time.
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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.
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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