I received a sample sized tube of Smashbox Hyperlash in a “minis” set I purchased during one of their sales. With the exception of my treasured Smashbox Bionic Mascara in Indigo Ink, I rarely buy mid-end or high-end mascaras, because Almay mascaras work well for me and I don’t want to drop serious cash on a product that I have to toss after four months of use. I sometimes buy Stila or Clinique mascara from the Cosmetics Market, but Almay & I are mascara buddies, and she’d be hurt if I totally abandoned her.

So, I ended up with Hyperlash because it was in my pencil pouch bag of minis, and I used it for three months. Wanna know how it worked out for me?

Smashbox Hyperlash Mascara

From the website: ” Rev up your lashes with this high intensity all-in-one mascara that lifts, lengthens, volumizes and defines. The unique dual applicator has a brush on one side and a comb on the other for beautifully full, amazingly long, clump-free lashes in seconds. Naturally derived peptides and antioxidants help protect and repair, while rich pigments bind to lashes for an ultra-dramatic look.” 

 Ultra-dramatic? It did lengthen and define my lashes, but the strange, spiky brush gave me the dreaded spider leg lashes if I wasn’t careful. Take a look at the wand:

Hyperlash Mascara Wand

 

Pretty scary looking, huh? It’s like a torture device from the Middle Ages. Whenever a company develops a mascara brush that looks like a hair comb, I always think, “Is that for the hair on the head?”. The idea of “combing hair” works best for dense hair on a person’s head. Eyelashes are not so dense, so the brush needs to have a different design. Clustered bristles would work better for a mascara wand.

Pros: Good formula, decent black color, lengthens and defines adequately.
Cons: weird (scary) brush, not much volume or lift. The only lift I experienced came from my eyelash curler.

Grade: B

 

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