Smashbox’s latest waterproof wunderkind, the brand-spankin’-new Full Exposure Waterproof Mascara ($20), earns the Raging Hormone Stamp of Approval (also known as the R.H.S.A in less formal circles).
In my testing this week, it withstood not one, not two, but THREE spontaneous PMS-fueled crying fits.
One of those fits may have been triggered by sad-looking, slow-motion kittens on YouTube, but that’s a topic I’d rather not analyze right now…
Full Exposure Waterproof Mascara is the waterproof alter ego of Smashbox’s original Full Exposure Mascara, which my BFF Jen happens to be obsessed with. We’ve had a surprising number of text convos that reference that O.G. version (“It’s good work makeup and doesn’t smudge.”), but to be honest, I’ve always felt that the original one is just OK. I like the color but feel like the formula doesn’t hold a curl as well as I’d like.
This waterproof Clark Kent-ian alter ego version, however, does. It lifts curls like Atlas lifts the earth and lasts at least 10-12 hours. It gives good length, volume and separation; plus, it’s even more resistant to smudging and flaking than the non-waterproof version.
As far as the lash look itself, I love it. It’s dramatic but doesn’t go over the top. I’d say it’s about two drag queens, a martini and a pair of Swarovski crystal-encrusted roller skates shy of the MEGA GLAM look I get from Guerlain’s Cils D’Enfer Waterproof, which is my current out-to-THERE waterproof mascara, but I think both are great. Full Exposure Waterproof just happens to be better for a slightly less flashy lash look.
And then there’s the whole bad-@ssery of its waterproof-ness. This stuff is hurricane caliber! — easily able to withstand a deluge of PMS-fueled tears…as long as you don’t rub your eyes. If I do, and only if I’m rubbing with verve (it shouldn’t be a problem if you’re just daintily dabbing the corners of your eyes with a hanky), the formula breaks apart into itty-bitty flakes.
Unsurprisingly, this mascara is also a pain in the wahoozits to remove. Seriously, it takes a village, and it definitely helps to have an oil-based makeup remover around. I’ll gently massage DHC Deep Cleansing Oil into my lashes, rinse and repeat.
Despite that, I’m lovin’ it, yo! Full Exposure Waterproof comes in one shade, Jet Black, and you can find it now at Smashbox counters and online. 🙂
PRICE: $20 for a 0.27-oz. tube
AVAILABILITY: Permanent, and available now at Smashbox counters and online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,