Benefit BADGal Bang! Review

Hey lovelies! Today I’m going to be reviewing one of the most controversial beauty products of the year so far! I’d never tried a Benefit product before but I’d always heard great reviews about them especially some of their mascaras. I probably wouldn’t have bought this product full price as I’m much more a drugstore makeup girl but a lovely girl I know was selling a brand new one for £11 so I thought why not test it out?

The Claims:

Lashes out of this world! 

BADgal BANG! 36-HOUR* FULL-BLAST volumising mascara creates MASSIVE volume without weighing down lashes. This innovative intense pitch-black mascara layers easily for bigger & BIGGER impact. Its custom big Slimpact! brush is streamlined to reach root-to-tip, corner-to-corner, upper & lower lashes for BIG VOLUME WITH 360° REACH!

  • Smudge-proof, water-resistant, volumising mascara
  • 90% saw dramatic volume**
  • 94% said it instantly lifted lashes**  
  • 92% said it lengthened lashes**
  • ProVitamin B5 known to fuel thickness & strength

First Impressions:

I loved the sleek black packaging of this product and I liked how small the mascara wand was, I thought this meant I would be able to reach my bottom lashes easily without transferring the product onto my under eyes. However…


The first time I used this mascara it was so wet it felt like it took a lifetime to dry (which in reality was probably about 10 minutes which is still ages for a mascara!) It was also so bad that it transferred onto my eyelids and under eyes A LOT!

I didn’t want to dismiss the product straight away as I know a lot of mascaras work better when they’ve been open for a while so they can dry out a little! So I left it a few weeks and then tried it again but unfortunately I had the same issue.

Since then I have tried the mascara a number of times and it’s not as bad as it was when I first opened it but it is still way too wet for my liking and I’ve probably had it for well over two months now if not three!

Dramatic Volume? Instantly Lifted Lashes? Really?

So I’ve already said the product is super wet but if that was the only issue I could probably let it go if it lived up to the rest of these bold claims but did I see dramatic volume and an instant lift in my lashes? NO!

The only thing this product did for my lashes was lengthened them a lot, it didn’t give me any volume or much lift. I have a little bit of curl to my lashes naturally but this mascara seemed to straighten my lashes out and just leave them looking like long, thin, spiders legs… not a good look let me tell you!

Benefit also claims that this mascara has 36 hour wear, now this sounds great until you think about it logically… who needs their mascara to last 36 hours? Maybe if you’re applying before work in a morning and have a night out straight from work you may need it for a good 12-15 hours but 36 is a little excessive!

The problem I found with this is that when you do come to remove your makeup at the end of the day, yes the product does still look like it did when I first applied (which I wasn’t happy with anyway) but it makes it super hard to remove! By the time I’d finished scrubbing to try to get the product off, my eyes were so red, puffy and sore and it still hadn’t all been removed!

The final time I tested this I applied BADGal Bang! to one eye and my Maybelline Colossal Big Shot mascara to the other eye. I was much more satisfied with the look the drugstore mascara gave me at £7.99 a tube compared to the Benefit product at £21.50! The Maybelline one gave my lashes much more volume, curl and lift than the Benefit mascara did!

Overall Verdict:

Can you tell from my review I’m super disappointed with this product? When it was first released some influencers thought it was the best thing since sliced bread whilst others thought it was rubbish, I’m definitely with the latter and I wish I never spent money on it!

Considering this is the first product from Benefit I’ve tried it has made me dubious to go back and try more, I won’t write them off completely as I know all brands have good and bad products but they hyped this up so bad and it’s so pricey compared to other brands and it really doesn’t do any good!

I’d give this mascara 2/10 at the most! Don’t waste your money folks! I’ll definitely be sticking to my drugstore mascaras from now on! I recommend Maybelline Colossal Big Shot or L’Oreal Miss Baby Roll!

Have you tried this mascara? Let me know if it worked for you if you have I’d love to hear other people’s opinions!


49 thoughts on “Benefit BADGal Bang! Review

  1. I got this purely because of the hype around it and i agree with this review. It was very wet but again thats something i can look past, the wand was SO flimsey and felt so cheap and it did give a lot of length but hardly any volume and i just found that if i kept applying it’d clump up so bad. I like to use the benefit they’re real as a base and use this bad gal one over the top to just give a tiny bit more length purely becuase i dont wanna waste it when i spent so much on it. But there are much better products out there at a fraction of the cost!

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  2. I’ve heard so many amazing things about this mascara so its such a shame you didn’t like it! I’ve been toying with trying it for myself but wear falsies most days so have been struggling to justify buying yet another mascara that I won’t use! Thanks for such an honest review girl!
    Sophie – x


    1. No problem lovely! Honestly I wouldn’t bother getting it I’ve seen a lot of people say now that it didn’t work for them so I don’t think it’s worth the risk especially when there are decent mascaras out there for the same price or cheaper!x

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  3. I’ve heard so many raving review’s for this mascara and the packaging really is just gorgeous, but it’s a shame that it’s such a wet formula. I really don’t like wet mascara’s I end up making a huge mess, thanks for sharing your honest experience and review on such a hyped up product.

    Emma x


  4. Such a shame that you didn’t find this to be a good product. I’d heard raving reviews about it but after reading this, I think I’ll stick to Benefit roller lash.

    Faye Jessica |


    1. I know a lot of Youtubers raved about it after the launch but all the blog posts I’ve seen seem to be pretty united in how much they dislike it! I definitely think Roller Lash is a better option for you from what I’ve heard! Thanks for reading x

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  5. I have never tried anything from Benefit before I don’t think. I’m glad to see an honest review on this mascara because like you said it was getting hyped up so much. Who wants a wet mascara that transfers!? Glad I read this, i won’t waste my money on it xxx


  6. Such a shame that you didn’t like it! I’m all about volume when it comes to mascara, I don’t really care about length so I’m quite glad I didn’t invest in this. I hate wet mascaras too. I’m definitely an open it and put it back in the drawer for a week or two kind of girl. I’ve tried They’re Real and I absolutely hate it and Roller Lash is only okay in my opinion. I think their mascaras are way over-hyped. Great review lovely! x



  7. Wow, that’s a contradiction: it’s wet and transfers but lasts 36 hours? Aren’t you supposed to remove your makeup so germs don’t creep in while you sleep? I’ll give this a pass. Thanks for the review!

    Hannah the Mad Dog

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  8. I used a mini version of this and actually really liked the way the product looked! It wasn’t anything special so I wouldn’t have spent the £21.50 on it but it also wasn’t bad for me. This is such an informative review, I love reading honest reviews like this! Great post xx


  9. I’ve heard a lot about Bad Gal BANG! Before and it’s great that this is a longer-lasting mascara. It’s nice to hear that the quality is really nice and you don’t need to worry about redoing it a few hours later. For the price you paid, you got a great deal! 🙂

    Nancy ♥


  10. Aw it’s a shame this didn’t live up to expectations! The black and pink packaging is really cool and it’s affordable so it’s a shame the product isn’t very good. I hardly wear mascara but having to wait ages for one to dry sounds like a nightmare to me 🙈. Thanks for the honest and helpful review Jess! 💖 xx

    Bexa |

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  11. I’ve seen quite a few negative reviews on this mascara and already know it won’t work for me as I am quite choosy when it comes to mascaras! Spidery lashes is something I try to stay away from haha! Great review! 💗💗

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