Review: Smashbox Hyperlash Mascara

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



About themakeuptrain

Beauty/product junkie hiding behind the title of certified makeup artist (that's the excuse I use for my makeup addiction). I am a human pet to two cats, a full time college student majoring in Cultural Anthropology and an organic food enthusiast (read: organic food freak) who cooks, bakes, and has not burned down the kitchen (I'm waiting for it). New York has put up with all of this thus far, so here is where I reside. I can be reached for comments, questions, complaints, and incoherent babbling at:
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