October 11, 2013

CoverGirl Clump Crusher LashBlast Mascara (Very Black) | Review

This mascara by CoverGirl retails for $7-$9 and claims to give your lashes 200% more volume with absolutely no clumps. It actually produces minimal clumps and is a decent lengthening and volumizing mascara, but there's one thing that keeps it from being the best. Read on for a detailed review or skip to the bottom for a list of pros and cons.

Brush: This brush is smaller than the original LashBlast's (the orange tube). I don't own the original, so sorry that I don't have a picture of a size comparison. Anyway, it is made of a ton of rubber bristles (~1-2.5 mm tall) that are responsible for the minimal clumping. They're appropriately spaced apart so that large clumps don't form. I get the occasional clump, but I can just brush through it and it's gone. Even though the bristles are close together, their short height means that the mascara still builds volume instead of strictly producing longer, defined lashes. The level of volume and length this produces is about the same, so it's a good all-around mascara.

The wand's curvature mimics the natural curve of the eye. This allows it to lift the lashes and it makes it easier to coat all the lashes at once, especially the outer lashes. The very tip sometimes has excess product, but the brush itself always has the perfect amount of product. The tip is small enough for the inner lashes though. 

Formula: The consistency of the mascara is dry, but it is initially a little wetter. For about the first week of use for me, the wetness made my lashes feel a little stiff (but not as badly as other mascaras) and made them droop. After that, the consistency becomes ideal. My lashes feel fluttery and don't feel crunchy. The dry texture also means that the mascara dries quicker, so waiting in between layers to build the mascara won't yield the best results. It will result in clumps and lashes sticking together since the wand can't adequately brush through. It also takes awhile to build the lashes. So build one eye at a time. 

The "very black" shade is not the blackest, but it's still very dark (it also comes in brown, black/brown, and black). The mascara flakes a little bit and but it doesn't smudge, so it's ok for the lower lashes. It's also easy to remove. But the one thing that is wrong with this mascara is that it is not the best at holding a curl. My curl droops about halfway between my original lashes and curled lashes within minutes. The droop occurs the worst at the outer corners though. Sometimes my outer lashes intertwine with my outer bottom lashes and it's pretty annoying and weird. It holds a curl well when the formula becomes quite dry, but by that time it starts flaking and irritating my eyes. I still like this mascara enough to repurchase it. I haven't been intrigued by any other mascaras yet so yeah. 

uncurled - curled
 1 coat on top lashes - applied on lower lashes
  • Lengthening
  • Volumizing
  • Minimal clumping
  • Dry consistency
  • Ideally-sized brush
  • Doesn't smudge
  • Minimal flaking
  • Affordable
  • Easy to remove
  • Doesn't make lashes feel crunchy/stiff
  • Takes awhile to build
  • Doesn't completely hold curl

I recommend this mascara to anyone except those who are looking for really dramatic lashes or those who have stubborn down-turned lashes.

Available at any drugstore (CVSTarget, WalgreensWalmart) and Ulta.

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