Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

Benefit BADgal Liner (Waterproof) ($20.00) is a medium black pencil liner designed to be smudgeproof and waterproof. It’s a follow-up release to the original BADgal liner, which many had trouble getting to really stick on the lash line.

While the newer Waterproof version is longer lasting in comparison to the original formula, it’s not quite waterproof enough. I guess, in that sense, it sort of fails to live up to its name, because I do find that it can be smudged a bit with watery eyes. I think the average person may find this to be long-wearing and smudge and water resistant, but it’s certainly not going to pass the cry test. It’s also not something that lasts well on my waterline (but so little does, and most liners are never touted as waterline safe…).

Personally, it lasts for hours on my lower lash line with little smudging and definitely no creasing or serious migration. My eyes aren’t, though, watery on a regular basis, but I happened to wear this while suffering some seasonal allergies (pollen, dust, and the like) and found it just didn’t hold up well. When it gets hit by tears/water, it has a tendency to smudge a bit. Now, don’t get me wrong, it doesn’t start cascading down your face or anything! It does stay within a tolerable distance from where I originally put it, but for something called Waterproof, I expect just that.

I do like that the liner itself is double-ended; it has the liner on one side and a sponge smudger on the other, so it can really give you a quick and dirty sultry eye on a whim. (Really, just smoking out the lower and upper lash lines can add drama to eyes–even if you don’t wear any eyeshadow!) It’s slim and portable, and the formula itself is very creamy and easy to apply… but I just wish it was truly waterproof — I’d describe it more as a water-resistant formula, so it’s like 80% there.

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  • Product: 22/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation: If you don’t have watery eyes and like a soft, medium black, BADgal liner (Waterproof) might be a match for you.

Availability: BenefitCosmetics.com

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10 thoughts on “Benefit BADgal Liner (Waterproof) Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. it actually looks like a very nice black…

  2. I’m not a crier everyday, but I get a lot of rain in my area. I think I’d have to pass on this.

  3. Lorna

    i have not been overly impressed with benefit and this product doesn’t stand out to me in any way.

  4. amy

    I like the original Bad Gal Liner because it is quite dark and I can smudge it out, but it sucks that this “waterproof” mascara is no really truly “waterproof.” My eyes are prone to watering during seasonal allergies and cold weather with high winds and it rains a lot in the west coast. So this is not really the product for me. I love my UD 24/7 liners though, and those are truly waterproof for me.

  5. Anna

    For people with access to Canadian cosmetics, the Annabelle Smudgeliners are identical, with a slightly better formula – even the pencil/smudger are exactly the same (except Annabelle’s is longer!).