September 10, 2009

Smashbox Lash DNA Mascara Review


Dude, remember that kid from A Christmas Story? Come on, who doesn’t traditionally (and compulsively) watch A Christmas Story every year. I mean it wouldn’t be Christmas without it right?

But anyway…..remember the catch line? Of course you do.

“You’ll shoot your eye out!”

This is so the problem with Smashbox Lash DNA Mascara. In this case I’m not going to shoot my eye out but I’m going to poke my eye out if I’m not careful.

Smashbox Lash DNA Mascara 1

Jump for the review.

Ok, so while I’m busy poking my bloody eye with this applicator I’ll go ahead and say it reminds me of a toilet cleaner brush. The brush is pretty unique as it has this twisted up figure eight thing going on, you know, like a toilet cleaner brush….

If you get the knack for using this you’re golden as it does actually lengthen incredibly well and gives great full lashes. Amazing. I really love it. Good solid, ink black formula that doesn’t flake or smudge plus makes my lashes look all fat and juicy!

The problem?

Well, you have to be a rocket scientist to use the applicator correctly because no way are you getting this on without poking an eye out or creating a gooey, gloppy mess of your lashes. After the initial learning curve, which was steep, I finally got the hang of it. You basically have to twirl the brush as you stroke it on….so the people who can’t chew gum and walk at the same probably should avoid this….those of us who multitask well can take full advantage. After learning the proper way to use the applicator I was pretty impressed with the length and volume it gave my lashes. It gave me noticeably thicker, fuller lashes with a bit of a dramatic flair, exactly how I like my mascara.

Smashbox Lash DNA Mascara 2

Smashbox Lash DNA Mascara 3

Smashbox Lash DNA Mascara 4

The bad news is that 1 out of 2 times you use it, it’ll you end up with a spidery, wet glob and create yourself a uni-lash. The formula being so thick and rich combined with the twisting applicator does make it a chore to perfect. If you slowly comb through with a little twist you end up with killer lashes. If you go fast and forget to make that twist you’ll end up with lashes all clumped together into a single uni-lash…not pretty.

Smashbox Lash DNA Mascara Before After 2

Smashbox Lash DNA Mascara Before After 1

Overall, I actually really liked it even though it had it’s pit falls. I’d probably even go so far as the Muse Approve it as it does create pretty dramatic lashes but…..some may find it a bit too cumbersome to use particularly if you’re clumsy so try not to poke an eye out if you do buy it.

Anyone try Smashbox Lash DNA Mascara yet?

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About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment.

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  • Linn

    OMG, that wand looks insane, I’m never going near it XD I’think I’m better off sticking to my drugstore mascaras, that wand just scares me XD

    • the Muse

      LOL Linn! it’s actually REALLY good but you have to be super careful you don’t poke an eye out with it!

  • jill

    I didnt like it at all i thought the formula was too wet , I used it twice and both time ended up with a mess

    • the Muse

      hey jill

      same probs fr me messy and wet. After I learned how to use the brush a bit better I was liking it way more 😀 do you still have it? If so keep trying!

  • Kimberly

    I picked this up today for $9 at Sephora. I’m a sucker for a deal and I guess you could call me a mascara junkie.
    I don’t love this one. Although I do like it. It did a good job of lengthening my lashes. The trick is to forget everything you have learned about applying mascara. Do NOT move the wand back and forth! Just sweep up and out slowly.
    Not sure if I will purchase this one again. I will have to use it a few more times before I decide. I think I will be sticking to my tried and true Diorshow or my newer discovery, Anastasia Lash Lifting Mascara

    • the Muse

      kimberly same here not a love but def a like 😀 I had to use it very slowly to get it to work best 😀 I’ll have to try out the Anastasia Lash lift…never tried that one!