Review: The Balm Cheater Mascara

5 years ago

Its review time! Okay, so a while back I hauled a 2 sets by The Balm from Tj Maxx, each came with a <strong>Cheater Mascara</strong>! By the way I love the name, and totally don`t mind cheating to get lashes I wish I had. Haha. Anyways, I believe it`s time to review this since I`ve been using it for about a month or two frequently.

Use The Balm "Cheater" mascara and he`ll be all yours! This jet black mascara has a volumizing spiral brush to get that faux lash look without all the extra work!
This comes in a yellow box with a cute Pin Up era picture with a lady and a guy. Cute thing is the side they have 4 different photos of guys and it says "Vince Volume, Donnie Dark Coat, Thomas Thick, Lance Long Lashes" Apparently all the guys the lady cheated on with among each other and mascara claims. The tube of mascara it self has the same pictures around it, AND ITS a simple black tube nothing special.
<strong>My Thoughts/Experiences</strong>
I`ve always stuck to drugstore mascaras considering mascara doesn`t have a long shelf life and I chuck it after 3 months even if its not dried out for hygienic purposes, if I had the choice I would have never bought this on its own because it costs $18 a tube. The only high end one I own is They`re Real by Benefit which I love and would pay $22 for, but other than that one I stick to Maybelline and Rimmel mascaras. I had high hopes for this one considering the price even though I got it for a good deal in a set. And this mascara got really good reviews online!
The wand on this mascara is a round cone wand, its not too big so its really easy to use. It doesn`t pick up too much product at all, which is awesome! I hate getting excess product off all over the tube. As far as claims goes, volume wise I do believe this gave me great volume considering I have that much lashes and its pretty straight. Gave wonderful length I love that, and how dark and black this mascara is, that`s a plus for me. I love true black like the darkest black mascara, and this is it. Very simple basic mascara, that does volume, and length in one, never again will I have to use 2 different mascaras to achieve a look. My lashes look so full, and gorgeous, totally build able from natural volumized long lashes to a more dramatic look without clumping.
Lasting power? This is NOT a water proof mascara at all, nor does it claim to be one. The formula is really light, and its not a wet formula which is nice so it dries pretty fast. The thing with this is it will not hold a curl. I`m not sure if it`s just my lashes but I always use waterproof mascara to hold my curl in place. Other`s claimed it to, but mine won`t stay there I have to recurl my lashes after applying this which I hate to do, after that it will stay perfectly in place for my 10 hr day ahead. But its worth it considering the great results I get from this. This will not smudge through out the day though, or flake. The thing with me is I forget I have makeup on I always rub my eye this stuff doesn`t smear off at all! But once you go in the shower or wash it off it easily comes off.
<strong>Bottom Line</strong>
I truly love this mascara, its great, but $18.00 I`m not sure I want to cash out, but since The Balm products can easily be found at Tj MAxx and this comes in so many of the sets for $9.99 I would buy again and it comes with eye shadows too great great deal! I got two, its one of my new fave mascaras I use everyday. I would recommend to anyone with sparsh short lashes because this will make your lashes look so amazing without falsies (:

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