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Mascara - Cover Girl - Bombshell Volume

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rated 2.5(152 reviews)

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  • 32% would buy again
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rated 2 of 5 on 8/28/2014 12:56:00 PM More reviews by crazyjlyn

Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral Hair: Black, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Grey

{The Packaging}
I'm a sucker for pretty packaging. The big, fat, bright pink tube beckoned me from across the Wal-Mart make-up section while I was innocently picking up another package of makeup removal wipes.

With its 'come hither' packaging, I didn't even stop to check my phone for reviews like I normally would. I just dropped it in my cart, and walked away.


Honestly, this mascara a pain in the ass to apply. It was really difficult to maneuver and it felt quite unnatural in my hand. Due to the short wands because of the double packaging, I was unable to reach the inner corner of my lashes very well and it did not leave me with any sense of wow.

I definitely prefer a thick, voluminous lash. I dont care much for the long, separated look.

I had no, "wow!" with this one. It was okay at best, basically mediocre. I have many other mascaras that I would definitely reach for first.

It doesn't come off. Simple as that.

The website says, "COVERGIRL's Bombshell mascara wears like a waterproof mascara and as such, should be removed with an oil-based makeup remover product for best results"

So, I tried my favorite eye makeup remover first. Avons Moisture Effective Eye Makeup Remover. Nothing. It smudged... slightly.

Then I tried my Lancome Bi Facil Double Action remover.

Still nothing.

I then got creative.

I grabbed my coconut oil from my kitchen cupboard!

Well, it did a little more, mostly clumped all my lashes together into a couple big spider lashes la 1980's Twiggy.

I was getting desperate. Will this ever come off? Am I going to have to use my finger nails to gently peel the formula off my lashes? What if I accidently pull off my actual lashes? Will I have to wear falsies? Whats going to happen? NO NO NO NOOOOOOOOO this was turning into a nightmare!

I grabbed my EVOO, and took a Q-Tip and dropped big fat splashes of it all over my lashes and let it sit. My eyes burned, they were red, I had oil running down my cheeks, I was scared, and alone and didnt know what the future held.

After about 5 minutes of letting the EVOO sit on my lashes. to amp up the effectiveness, instead of a usual cotton pad, I used one of my make up removal wipes. I slowly places the wipe against my eye and swiped gently downward.

I checked the wipe. OMG there was mascara on it. I checked the mirror, it was starting to come off! I didnt want to get too excited. I was still scared, so I was extra cautious. Little by little, gentle swipe by gentle swipe, Bombshell started lifting and after about 30 minutes was finally fully off my lashes.

I havent used it since.

$10.99 at Wal-Mart. Completely reasonable and in line with other drugstore mascaras.

{Final Thoughts}
Mascaras my thing, if the world was taking away my make up... wait. I cant even finish that sentence. Nope. Nuh-uh.

This mascara was mediocre to start with. No wow factor, no thick, luscious lashes and the horrible removal nightmare dropped it even further. It will probably sit in my mascara drawer, untouched, until its time to finally give up the pretty packaging and send it to the garbage.

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rated 5 of 5 on 8/27/2014 1:31:00 PM More reviews by schroeder

Age: 56 & Over Skin: Dry, Other, Not Sure Hair: Brown, Other, Other Eyes: Hazel

I love this mascara! Finally, my lashes look thick and long. As for people complaining that its hard to come off......I love that it stays on all day. Yes, you do need to use an eye maye-up remover to remove it but what's the point of a mascara that comes off easily.

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rated 1 of 5 on 8/26/2014 9:23:00 AM More reviews by bodmin

Age: 44-55 Skin: Dry, Fair, Not Sure Hair: Brown, Other, Other Eyes: Blue

The worst mascara I have ever used! Like others, I could not get this stuff off, even with make up remover! I am still trying to get it off the next day. The packaging is pretty good but that's the only positive thing I can say. I won't be buying this again.

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rated 4 of 5 on 8/25/2014 10:54:00 PM More reviews by veronicafrench

Age: 36-43 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Curly, Medium Eyes: Hazel

I think this mascara delivers what it promises. It definitely gives more volume and length. I have not had a problem removing it at all and don't know why there are so many reviews saying that it won't come off. Also, it does stay on all day with no smudging or flaking.

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rated 5 of 5 on 8/21/2014 5:57:00 PM More reviews by CrystalJean

Age: 30-35 Skin: Normal, Medium, Not Sure Hair: Brunette, Other, Other Eyes: Blue

Above video tells you how to put it on and take it off. Easy, peasy :)

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rated 5 of 5 on 8/19/2014 11:46:00 PM More reviews by lynsaa

Age: 18 & Under Skin: Acne-prone, Tan, Not Sure Hair: Blond, Other, Other Eyes: Green

Amazing mascara, it really added volume and length to my eye lashes. Yes, it is a little bit hard to take off but that does not change my overall rating because it still works really well and stays on all day.

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rated 5 of 5 top reviewer on 8/19/2014 12:35:00 PM More reviews by eq2008

Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Medium, Not Sure Hair: Brown, Other, Other Eyes: Brown

I don't think it's fair to give bad ratings for product because it's harder to remove than most mascaras out there. I am going to base my review solely on the performance of this product.

The first step is for separation of lashes and tint it a bit. What's so amazing about this mascara is the second step. It's makes my lashes so dark and long and shiny. It's a bit tacky at first application and you can sort of feel it when you blink your eyes but after a minute, it dries and it stays on for the day. I remove this with eyemakeup remover at the night without trouble. I used to buy two mascaras to get this look, but now I won't have to. It's a big more pricey than usual but you get two in one tube. I bought mine at stop and shop for $11.99

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rated 1 of 5 on 8/13/2014 10:15:00 PM More reviews by Rainey1

Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure Hair: Blond, Other, Other Eyes: Blue

I HATE this mascara!!!! It will not come off!!!

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rated 5 of 5 top reviewer on 8/11/2014 8:58:00 PM More reviews by andToto2

Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination, Fair, Warm Hair: Brown, Straight, Fine Eyes: Grey

To start, what gets me the most about the low rating and the bad reviews is that they seem to be mostly based on people not being able to remove it. Why? The directions on the back of the package say to use eye makeup remover. It does say Cover Girl remover, but the basis of the instruction is that you need to make eye makeup remover. I use cheap old Avon eye makeup remover, which I pay .99 cents for, and it comes right off. No rubbing, no losing eyelashes, no problem. So maybe try that.

As for the performance of the mascara itself, I am very happy with it. I used to have thick, wonderful eyelashes. As I have gotten older, they have thinned out considerably. This mascara makes them look amazingly thick. I have actually received compliments on how great my lashes look while using this, and it has been years since anyone told me I have nice lashes.

So I am pretty darn happy with it.

If you are going to be put off by the bad reviews, just keep in mind that most of them are about difficulty with removal, and if you use an actual eye makeup remover, you should be fine.

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rated 1 of 5 on 8/6/2014 2:35:00 PM More reviews by cstrickland121

Age: 44-55 Skin: Other, Fair-Medium, Not Sure Hair: Blond, Other, Other Eyes: Blue

This product is TERRIBLE! Not only is it so hard to remove (including loss of lashes), it is sticky! It's like it never dried. Every time I blink my lashes stick together. What a waste of my money.

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