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Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara vs Benefit BAD Gal Lash Mascara

Smashbox full expossure mascara |

Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara


Benefit BAD Gal Lash Mascara

I have been testing out these two mascaras for quite a while. Despite the fact that they are both great, I do prefer one over the other. Mascara is such a personal thing.  I really like when a mascara has a huge brush, (and these mascaras all have a huge brush.)  I like a drier formula that isn’t too heavy that it uncurls my lashes, and I also want it to dry quickly.

To test them out I wore them both at the same time for several weeks.  Always wearing the Smashbox Full Exposure on my left eye and Benefit Bad gal Lash on my right eye.
Here are my findings….

This or That Mascara |
I am wearing shadows from the Lorac Love Lust and Lace Palette on my eyes.

Both of these mascaras are pretty good and I have enjoyed trying them both out at the same time.  A lot of things about them are actually very similar.  Both the Full Exposure Mascara and The BAD gal Lash Mascara have similar big wands.

I noticed that the Full Exposure Mascara took longer to dry so it left little black smudges on my upper eye area if I wasn’t careful about it.  The BAD gal Lash Mascara on the other hand is a much drier mascara that dried more quickly.  Because it is drier, over the course of the day The BAD gal Lash Mascara tended to flake a bit and leave little black spots under my eyes.

The Full Exposure Mascara gave my lashes some really nice length with good volume, while I found that The BAD gal Lash Mascara seemed to create more volume with some lengthening.

bad gal or full exposure mascara |

Both of these mascara remind me of the Neutrogena Healthy Volume Mascara that I talked about in my How ’bout Them Samples post. As I said in that post the formula of the Neutrogena mascara is great for length, but not so much for building volume, which is strange since the name “Healthy Volume” claims volume.  Who knows? Is it my favorite mascara ever? No. Would I recommend it? Yes.

Neutrogena Healthy Volume Mascara |

Look at how similar these three brushes are!

this or that mascara bad gal or full exposure  mascara |

What do the websites have to say about these mascaras?…

Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara $22.00

Size: 0.38 oz

Created on set in our studio to be our most versatile mascara! The oversized tapered brush and fiber formula work overtime to create outrageous volume, serious lift and a high-shine, glossy finish.

• Full, glossy, lifted lashes
• Interlocking, glossy fibers sculpt lashes up and out
• Olive oil complex for silky-soft lashes
• Clump, flake & smudge-free

Get it on:
• Starting at the base of lashes, sweep mascara up and out. Apply a second coat for added fullness and length.”

Bad gal lash vs Full Exposure Mascara |

Benefit BAD Gal Lash Mascara $19.00

“Sexy, dramatic, pure unadulterated black mascara for full, voluminous lashes. Famously big brush coats lashes with our thick black formula.

  • Voluptous
  • Volumious
  • Beyond-black lashes


8.5 g Net wt 0.3 oz


Wiggle the wand at the base of lashes then sweep upward from root to tip. Layer for added drama”


After weeks of comparison, which to I prefer…Drum roll please!

Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara

Smashbox full expossure mascara |

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