Monday, 16 January 2012

Smashbox Bionic Mascara

I've been using the Smashbox Bionic mascara for a couple of weeks now, occasionally using one of my other mascaras to provide a reference point. I was all set to write it off until I tried it again this morning.



With a name like Bionic, I was expecting something dramatic. On initially trying it I was confused about the choice of the adjective as this added colour and some definition but little else. The wand has an almost retro feel; the brush is quite long and narrow with no shaping apart from at the very tip. When I first opened the tube the mascara was soft and fluid but not runny. It layered without clumping but didn't add length or volume no matter how much I apply. Now that it has dried a little, 'bionic' is a more appropriate. The formula is still soft but the fibres are more obvious and it does provide a more dramatic look, adding volume and a little length, although I also encountered some clumping.


Initial use

Use after several weeks of opening

I'm still not sure that I'm a fan of this mascara. I suspect it will work better for those more blessed in the lashes department than myself. The improvement in the formula after a couple of weeks is something I have encountered before (I think my MUFE Smoky Lash mascara was the same) but it can be a nuisance in terms of deciding whether or not you like the mascara. Certainly Smashbox Bionic hasn't knocked my favourites, Hourglass Film Noir and Max Factor Xperience mascara, off their top spots.

Smashbox Bionic mascara is available from and costs £12.95

Disclosure: PR Sample


  1. That actually looks like a really good mascara :) xo

  2. Gosh I'd be gutted at the results with a name like Bionic! To me that's much more of a natural look mascara, which is fine if that's what you're looking for. How confusing...

    Nic x

  3. If at first I don't succeed with a mascara, I try try again. Sometimes they just need to age. Unfortunately I haven't had success with Smashbox Bionic but I tried it before I had enhanced my lashes with RapidLash and Revitalash.

  4. As you said, with a name like "Bionic" one could be forgiven to expect fabulous results from the beginning.
    If I buy a mascara I want it to deliver straight away. There is indeed a dramatic difference between the first and last picture, but the fact I won't get great lashes from Day 1 is reason enough for me not to buy (too bad though, I quite like Smashbox as a brand)

  5. The best mascara I've tried lately is a cheapie from Korea, Missha 3D. It costs about £5 but it really delivers £20 results!


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