What: Benefit's BADgal Mascara, $19
Why: I've been a loyal user of Dior Diorshow black mascara for the past two years, and I rely on this stuff to get my day started right. So you can imagine my anxiety level shot through the roof when I was applying my makeup in the morning and—gasp!—I'm out of mascara!
Last week, that was precisely the horror I was experiencing until I remembered I had backup: Benefit's BADgal rich black mascara. The formula, which is advertised as "a set of sexy black false eyelashes without the glue," proved (nearly) true to its name. Three coats of BADgal later, and my lashes looked just as plump and even as my Diorshow usually makes them. In fact, so good were the results that I still haven't gotten around to picking up a replacement. Backup schmackup.
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