Review & Swatches: Bare Escentuals Buxom Lash Mascara


I’m not a HUGE connoisseur of mascaras in general, though I have tried a few in my day. In the past I’ve used (and completely finished) Clinique, Dior, YSL, Chanel, and MAC mascaras (different types and such). Generally I stay away from all drugstore brand makeup (though I like some creams and face wash, etc.), and opt for the higher end stuff – not because I’m stuck up about it or whatever, but it’s just what I prefer.

Anyway, as a Beauty Insider at Sephora, every time you buy you get points, and then those points are redeemable for sample products. So the last time I went to Sephora with my lovely mother-in-law, I got a sample of Bare Escentuals Buxom Lash Mascara. Since I was at the end of my other two favorites, I figured I’d ACTUALLY try one of my samples (I know, what a concept!).

What I like about it most is the applicator wand. It’s shaped somewhat hourglass-like which makes it easier than normal to get to my inner and outermost lashes and made of plastic bristles. The best part though, is that it doesn’t get mascara on my eyelid! It seems that no matter how careful I am with other mascaras, I always seem to get some of it on my lid while I’m swiping (very inconvenient). So this one wins me over in the application department.

The staying power is pretty darn good, IMO. It doesn’t flake or smudge on me at all. My lashes still feel soft and movable, as opposed to stiff and brittle. The color is dark black, and it does elongate my lashes well, but it doesn’t look overdone. It’s a good mascara for everyday, but might not be quite thick enough for a night out when you want your lashes to almost look fake :-)

Would I buy it again? Yeah, I would buy it because I like the applicator brush so much. But it definitely falls second to my Chanel Exceptionnel. Have you used Buxom Lash? What do you think?

See pictures and compare for yourself! My “naked” :-O lashes vs. Buxom vs. Exceptionnel vs. MAC’s Plushlash. Read the rest of this entry »