Suggestively-named X-Rated Mascara promises to "easily take your lashes from PG to X-Rated in seconds", but in our experience it actually took longer than average build appreciable results via this wet-formula mascara. The overall effect is lengthened, separated lashes with minimal thickening.
The bigger issue is that the hair-like fibers in the formula are prone to flaking. We tested this mascara for a week straight and flaking was an issue every day, whether we only applied one coat of mascara or five.
On the plus side, we didn't experience smudging and this mascara wasn't too difficult to remove, but that's not reason enough to give this a go. You're better off trying an option from our list of Best Mascaras instead!
Note: This mascara contains fragrance in the form of rose-scented phenethyl alcohol.
- Delivers lengthened, separated lashes.
- Doesn't smudge.
- Prone to flaking even if you don't overdo it.
- Fragranced formula can potentially irritate sensitive eyes.
Two interesting things about Smashbox are that its name refers to the early, accordion-style cameras and that Smashbox is first and foremost a Hollywood-based photography studio. The company's creators, Dean and Davis Factor, have their heritage in makeuptheir great-grandfather was the legendary makeup artist Max Factor. The makeup, which debuted in 1996, began as a collection of trendy and fashion-forward colors coupled with a pleasingly neutral palette of foundations, concealers, and powders. Nowadays, there are exceptional options to choose from, but also some color products that fall short due to too sheer formulas or other issues noted in their respective reviews.
Where Smashbox has lived up to their Hollywood makeup pedigree is with a few standout formulas, including impressive lip products as well as excellent foundations, BB and CC cream options. Of course, the brand is also well-known for their range of makeup primerswhether thats a necessary step is up for debatebut nevertheless they do offer a few products in this category that are worth considering.
For more information about Smashbox, now owned by Estee Lauder visit www.smashbox.com.
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