The 8th, and final mascara up in my review on the mascaras/brow product in the Shoppers Drug Mart - Eye Studio Sampler is the Smashbox - X-Rated Mascara. As I had said in my previous posts, I am not sure if there is an expiry date on the coupon for the free mascara of my choice or not. If you want to see my thoughts on all the previous ones they are Artdeco - All In one Mascara, you can find it here, Benefit - Gimme Brow is here, Benefit - Roller Lash here, Clarins - Mascara Supra Volume here, Clinique - Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara here, Lancome - Hypnose Drama Instant Full Body Volume Mascara here, and Smashbox - Full Exposure Mascara is here. There is a new Eye Studio Sampler for 2017, this set contains 7 mascaras as well, but instead of the Benefit - Gimme Brow it has a Stila Eye liner, another great product! If you are interested in seeing what is in the Eye Studio Sampler for 2017, you can check out Stash Matters Epic SDM Haul! It is out of stock online, but if you are interested, try your local SDM!
As I have said in previous posts, inside the box you get 7 mascaras, and 1 Benefit - Gimme Brow, all in deluxe sample size. I love mini mascaras though, I am not the best at remembering when I opened a mascara, so I am sure that I have used full size mascaras past the recommended 3 month period. The deluxe sample sizes last me, if I like it a couple months. Which for me, who seems to have some-timers, (I forgot things sometimes!) is great! That way I am not using an old mascara. You are getting well known brands, Clarins, Lancome, Smashbox, Clinique, Benefit and, for me at least, a lesser known brand in Artdeco.
And finally we have Smashbox - X-Rated Mascara.
Created on set in Smashbox'x LA photo studio to be their most buildable mascara, X-Rated puts you in charge of your lash look. Go from dramatic and defined to over-the-top obscene volume-layer by layer. The breakthrough triple threat brush isolates, magnifies, and mega-coats each lash with an interlocking fibre-loaded formula that never clumps, flakes or smudges. The effect? Hyper thick, voluptuous lashes that photograph flawlessly in any close-up.
WHY IT'S UNIQUE: The Triple Threat brush features three deep channels for mega-coating lashes and three rows of bristles that isolate, amplify, and extend each lash. Tripod fibres twist and wrap around each lash, creating insane volume.
BRAGGING RIGHTS: Extremely long-wearing formula for luscious lashes, day to night. Brush isolates, magnifies & mega-coats each lash. Tripod fibres stack on lashes for endless volume. Amplifies & lifts with each layer. Clump, flake & smudge-free. (Description taken from the booklet)
The Smashbox X-Rated Mascara was another natural bristle brush, but with this one the bristles are in 3 rows down the wand instead of all around, a little different. I think that was why the mascara was a little clumpy, I had to wipe quite a bit of excess off the bristles otherwise I ended up with clumpy lashes, not a good look at 7am! Surprisingly for me the formula didn't smudge at all with this one, especially compared to the Full Exposure Mascara. The formula was kind of thin to me as well, which is weird that I would get clumping if I didn't wipe the brush! Even though it lasted throughout the day it was still easy to remove at the end of the day, which was nice, not a lot of rubbing to get it off.
I didn't have high hopes for the Smashbox X-Rated Mascara but it surprised me and I would give this one a 4 out 5. The only reason it didn't get a 5 was I wasn't the biggest fan of the brush, if it had of been a more traditional shaped brush, or it didn't pick up so much product I would have been happier. Have you tried the Smashbox X-Rated Mascara? Did you have the same issue with the brush?
I will be heading to SDM to see if my coupon still works next weekend, wish me luck! I'll be sure to let you know if it did in fact expire or if I was able to use it to pick up a new mascara!