August 29, 2017

Urban Decay Troublemaker Mascara Review

This was provided to me by a brand for review and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post but all opinions are my own.

Urban Decay Troublemaker Mascara hits the beauty air waves for Fall 2017 with a formula that the brand promises will create super-long, volumized lashes that are sex-proof. I didn’t make that last part up.

I’m actually probably one of the few people that wasn’t excited about Urban Decay Troublemaker Mascara because I haven’t met a mascara from UD yet that I actually like. I remember when Urban Decay Perversion Mascara launched and THAT excited me because as a fan of their Perversion Eyeliner I felt for sure the mascara would knock my socks clean off. It didn’t.

And sadly, neither does Troublemaker Mascara.

Probably one of the most exciting things about Urban Decay Troublemaker Mascara is the brilliant packaging. This comes housed in a gorgeous prismatic barrel that has a color shifting deisgn under certain lights. It actually has a double-wall so the barrel of the mascara is encased in a secondary clear tube that gives it a nice weight and feel. Visually it’s a very appealing piece of makeup and that will likely be on of its key selling points. Because let’s be real, pretty makeup sells fast.

Speaking of marketing they might be trying a little hard with this formula as they apparently “tested it on themselves” and it lasted through saunas, snowboarding, and sex. They also promise it’ll be sex-proof. There’s a lot of sex going on here. I’m no prude but I mentally rolled my eyes at the lasting through sex and sex-proof formula. Ok, we get it, it’s long-wearing but please I don’t want to visual any Urban Decay employees having sex while wearing this mascara. K, thanks, I’m good. It also feels a little too reminiscent of Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara marketing.

Marketing aside here’s the details on the formula….

Apparently this is formulated with two types of black pigment that give lashes a blacker than black appearance as well as silicia and ultralight fibers that add volume to lashes. It also contains polymers that help mascara to adhere to lashes which means no flaking or smearing. I had no problems with flaking, smearing, or smudging and I tested this during some hot, humid days last week. It wore like a champ plus added bonus, it removed easily as well. It also does indeed have excellent pigment that gives lashes a bold, richness.

The applicator is designed is a straight barrel that contains tiny spites which act to separate lashes. The idea is that those little spikes hook into lashes and coat them with mascara. In reality, it actually creates a more wispy, feathered out lash look. There’s no real room for drama or massive amounts of length because the tiny spikes prevent the applicator from every touching your lash line. Only the spokes touch your lashes and they fail dramatically at providing the promised volume and length. It did separate my lashes and created some length but no real curl and not incredible volume. Someone with fuller lashes might experience a bit more drama but not much.

On the upside what it lacked in volume and length it did make up for it lightness. It was incredibly weightless and didn’t leave my lashes stiff or crunchy. So, if you’re looking for a more naturally feathery lash look this might do the job well but if you want drama that might be an issue.

Sadly, Urban Decay Troublemaker Mascara wasn’t exactly the dramatic, bold mascara formula that was promised. It does wear well with a light formula that didn’t weight my lashes down but I wouldn’t say it provided great length, volume, or drama as promised.

Urban Decay Troublemaker Mascara launched early this September at ulta.com and sephora.com.

Are you interested in checking it out?

This was provided to me by a brand for review and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post but all opinions are my own.

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  • Christina D.

    Sex-proof sounds like it can keep the wearer from having sex, not the mascara lasting through sex. In either case, it’s silly and juvenile. I’m too old to giggle when I hear “sex” and amen to that.

    Like you, I’m not a fan of UD mascara either. And where do they come us with these numbers: “13.7 times the lash volume” — not 13 but not quite 14 so it that a selling point? Sheesh.

    Maybe I’m just cranky today (ok, I am cranky) but lately makeup has been more work than fun.

    • Isabella Muse

      lol! yeah, it does sound like it’ll prevent you from having sex! LOL! It’s just such dumb marketing. Like “oooo they said sex in their advertisement! So daring and wicked!” Come on, I’m a grown up.

    • Emily

      So funny. Yeah, that is some of the lamest marketing ever. I never buy mascara anymore, I have too many deluxe samples, but if I ever did run down my stash, I might check this one out, obnoxious claims aside. I do like the light/natural/feathery look for the day to day, and clumping, flaking, and smudging are my sworn enemies. I don’t usually get excited over mascara packaging, but this one sure is pretty! But really I think I have more unopened mascaras than I could ever use in a lifetime, and they seem to keep pouring in.

  • Carol G

    Thanks for the review Muse. I was looking forward to trying this and I still might. It sounds amazing the way they describe it and I was hopeful that it would deliver what it promised. Since everyone’s lashes are different I might give it a whirl but I am cautiously optimistic. And yes, I also rolled my eyes at the “sex-proof” part. Stupid.

    • Isabella Muse

      I’d say yes give it a whirl it might work great for you!!!!!! They do have a small version for $11 bucks you might want to take that route and see how it goes before committing to a full-size! ;-D haha! Sex proof has everyone laughing!

  • A

    I feel like this is going to be really popular. People (myself excluded though) seem to like these lightweight formulas that create a feathery look.

    RE the marketing: I agree, I’m over it too. Make me buy a product because it’s high-performing, pigmented, long-lasting and affordable. I don’t care if there are genitalia involved. I remember the Too Faced BTS mascara commercial of women gawking at men’s crotches and then pulling the mascara out of them. Grow up and sell me a quality product.

    • Isabella Muse

      ITA with you! I think people will love it! LOL wait what?! I don’t remember that commercial!

  • Lorraine. E.R

    I liked Perversion but it’s been getting under my eyes a bit lately with how humid it’s been. I have a sample of this on the way and I’m hoping it’ll hold up better against the weather and sweating under eyes, Lol. It sounds like I may need to switch out the applicator though.

  • Yen

    Haha, I actually laughed at sex-proof because it sounded so ridiculous! We already have makeup with sex-themed names. Now we got sex in the marketing too. That aside, the tube is really pretty and I’m a sucker for packaging. But these Asian lashes NEED waterproof formulas. I lost count of all the times I’ve tried mid to high end brand mascaras that are not waterproof and I just set myself up for disappointment.

  • Chris

    I received the free sample of Troublemaker and when I opened the tube, thought it had been used until I read it contains fibers. Why do companies add fibers to a liquid product? Are the fibers magically supposed to lengthen your lashes? I spent a few minutes with a tweezer removing the fibers from the wand. I’m still on the fence about it. It really didn’t lengthen my lashes at all or give them volume.