CoverGirl's The Super Sizer by LashBlast Waterproof Mascara adds to the already impressive lineup of mascaras offered by the brand. While it doesn't live up to its primary claim of boosting lash volume, this mascara still has enough positive attributes that it earns a good rating on Beautypedia (we'll get to those in a moment).
The Super Sizer by LashBlast Waterproof 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 design didn't have a huge impact on reaching small lashes, since the curve is so slight.
The mascara itself is a slightly wet formula that goes on initially with no clumping. There can be some clumps with additional coats, but those are easily brushed out. We found this was great at separating lashes; it really made each lash stand out and even added some curl and length. It did not, however, create "full, fanned out" lashes as claimed. As far as volume goes, this simply doesn't add much, though again it does a beautiful job of separating lashes.
Adding to the positives is the fact that The Super Sizer by LashBlast Waterproof Mascara doesn't smudge or fade throughout the day, and is waterproof as claimed. In fact, you'll need a waterproof makeup remover to get this off your lashes at the end of the day!
Were it not for the fact that it just doesn't add volume to lashes the way it claims to, this easily would have earned our highest rating. As it stands though, it's a good mascara, and one worth consideration given its cost and overall performance.
The Super Sizer by LashBlast Mascara gives you 400% more corner-to-corner volume for full, fanned out lashes. Our amazing Lash Styler transforms even small lashes— just twirl as you apply it to your lashes for an instantly Super Sized lash look.
Petroleum Distillates, Polyethylene, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Trihydroxystearin, Propylene Carbonate, Tall Oil Acid, Pentaerythrityl Hydrogenated Rosinate, Phenoxyethanol, Propylparaben, Tocopheryl Acetate, Panthenol. May Contain: Iron Oxides.
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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