Lovely lashes after just one coat? Like, when does that happen? Mascaras that only need one layer to work well are even rarer than hit movies starring J. Lo (still lovin’ ya, Jenny!).
Maybe that’s why I like Smashbox Hyperlash Mascara ($21, available in a single shade called Blackest Black). A single coat makes lashes look visibly thicker, darker, smoother and uber-glossy. The tips of my lashes fan out at the corners, too, for that doe-eyed lash look I really love.
Straight up, I can’t remember the last time I thought the first coat of a mascara looked this good.
The first time I applied a layer of it I liked the results so much that I was sure I was seeing a new must-have mascara for spring, something able to hold its own against MAC Opulash, and I was prepared to wager my favorite pair of platform sandals on it.
Above average thickening and respectable length and lift from a single layer of mascara? — Yes, please!
How does it handle additional coats?
Since I can’t resist the siren song of bigger, badder, flashier lashes, I had to see how Hyperlash would layer. The answer? Not great. Bumps appear with the second layer of Hyperlash, despite the thin, smooth formula, and it makes my lashes stick together. After a third layer, the bumps and clumping get even worse.
Did you brush?
Despite the fact that Hyperlash seems to peak at the first layer, I really like what Smashbox did with the brush. They added short, stubby knobs to one side (similar to the brush for LashBlast); on the other side, they placed long thin bristles. I think the combination of knobby and longer bristles help the product a lot.
Sometimes I find knobby brushes like these awkward, but here it works.
More pros and cons
Hyperlash may not be able to layer for squat, but I still give it props. It stays put all day long, comes off easily and doesn’t flake or smudge. A few swipes from a cotton ball soaked with Benefit Geeâ€¦ That Was Quick and it’s completely gone.
Ultimately, I wish I could wear more than one layer of Hyperlash for more dramatic looks, but it wins for delivering a lovely natural lash look in a flash. Makeup and Beauty Rating: B+
You might like Smashbox Hyperlash Mascara ifâ€¦
- You like lashes that look natural (with some extra oomph!)
- You like the idea of only having to wear a single layer
- You’re not really concerned about holding a lash curl
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,