Smashbox X-Rated Mascara Review

Smashbox X-Rated Mascara

The eyes are the window to the soul so I love to dress mine up with flirty falsies and lots of mascara. It’s the Fancie way! My signature look includes a killer winged eyeliner, long lashes and a coat (or two) of mascara on my bottom lashes to make my eyes stand out and give them that girly doll eyed look.¬†One of the latest mascaras to hit my stash is the new Smashbox X-Rated Mascara and although it doesn’t quite live up to its name I’m still feeling it. A lot.

Smashbox X-Rated Mascara

With a name like X-Rated, I was expecting crazy length and volume but the formula actually has a softer more natural approach that I can’t help but love. The Smashbox X-Rated Mascara comes in a rather funky matte black tube with a twisted X shape and small spiky wand that manages to grab and accentuate every one of my tiny bushy lashes.

Smashbox X-Rated Mascara

Although the formula doesn’t make my lashes look all hot and heavy as the name implies it still manages to add a bit of length and curl while separating my clumpy unruly lashes. Which is huge considering how much I love falsies. I usually don’t apply mascara to my top lashes when I wear falsies but I love swiping on a coat of X-Rated to help give my natural lashes a little boost and helps them blend into my falsies much better. I also adore how it brings out my bottom lashes making them look longer and thicker yet still rather natural even after 2-3 coats.

The only major problem I have with X-Rated is that the stopper doesn’t work properly. The X-Rated formula is rather wet (like a YSL mascara) so things can easily get a little messy if I don’t wipe off the excess before application which takes a little more effort than I’d like some mornings. However, the effort turns out to be worth it because X-Rated doesn’t clump easily or make my lashes look too unnatural (think spider legs) even if I decide to layer on coat after coat.

The X-Rated name is definitely a misleading but I can’t knock Smashbox because the formula is actually quite nice. Even though X-Rated isn’t a waterproof formula it still holds up well on my watery eyes. It lasts me over 8 hours without smudging, flaking or smearing all over my hooded lids throughout the day. If you’re looking for a more natural mascara that’ll accentuate your lashes with a little length and curl then I think you’ll enjoy the Smashbox X-Rated Mascara too. However, if you’re expecting lots of length and volume then you can safely pass on this one.

Smashbox X-Rated Mascara

Before (top) and After (bottom) Smashbox X-Rated Mascara