When you think about mascaras, how would you want it to be? Mascara that gives volume, buildable and also not get clumpy… That’s how I want my mascara to be. Drugstore to high street, there are so many mascaras out in the market. Smashbox X-Rated Mascara is one of these mascaras that take attention with catchy packaging.

I mostly use drugstore mascaras, there are quite a few that I love and good things is I don’t need to spend so much on them. If you are looking for good drugstore mascaras then I would highly recommend Maybelline, Max Factor and L’Oreal mascaras. Maybelline Lash Sensational is one of my favourite and after using good drugstore mascaras then I have high expectations for high street ones, understandable isn’t it? Smashbox X-Rated mascara is the latest mascara addition to my makeup bag, does it live up to its claims?

Smashbox X-Rated mascara’s unique packaging is catchy. Have you seen anything similar before? Except the packaging, the wand is different as well. It has triple threat brush that aims to mega coat and gives extra volume. If you are used to silicon wands, it might take awhile to get used to it.

Smashbox X-Rated mascara promises to give extra coated mega volumised lashes with triple threat wand. Smashbox X-Rated Mascara review

Let’s start with the good… When you use this mascara, your lashes will stand out! It will give you volume and makes your lashes look thick. One coat will give you natural looking lashes, whereas two coats will give the volume you are looking for. If you’re brave enough to apply three coats then you can have dramatic volumised lashes. Volumised lashes is what you would expect from as mascara and it gives you that, but what’s the bad?

There’s only one problem that causes other problems, like a domino effect. Formula of Smahbox X-Rated mascara is too wet for my liking, because of it, it takes awhile to set down. If you want to apply the second coat, you should wait over a minute, otherwise you might end up making a mess. If you are into spider lashes trend then you don’t need to wait so long! When the formula is wet, you end up having too much product on the wand, then your lashes will get clumpy.

I have had this mascara since February and even after 5 months of waiting, I feel like the formula needs to dry out a bit more. If you used Maybelline Lash Sensational then you might be aware of the wet formula that made so many dislike it. However once the formula dries out a bit then it gives a great result. I will be waiting for it to dry out a little bit longer, I hope it will give what it claims and will be one of my favourite mascaras like Lash Sensational.

If you want to try a new mascara and you’re into fancy packaging, just give it a try in the store. I believe there are better mascaras in the market and at the moment I can’t really say much about it.

What’s your favourite high street mascara? Have you tried Smashbox X-Rated mascara or any other mascara from Smashbox?


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  • Sheridan Grady

    The packaging is so funky, I love it! Shame about it being too wet though, clumpy eyelashes are my worst nightmare!! x


    • I love the packaging but I am not happy with the formula! x

  • Hayley Rubery

    I love the packaging of this – I have to say I’d probably buy it on that alone! It’s good to hear your thoughts though love, I quite like Smashbox mascaras so will have to give this one a whirl for myself!

    Hayley xo

    • I love the packaging too and I hope the formula gets a little bit dryer, otherwise it would be just waste of money! x

  • That doesn’t sound like a product I´d love.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  • Shwetali

    i have not tried this mascara yet… love the packaging and this sounds great 🙂 Nice review Ela

  • I don’t like it when the wand picks up too much product!
    My favorite mascaras are the Too Faced Better Than Sex and the PUPA Vamp Mascara (Italian brand), which are very similar.

    • Better than sex mascara is on my wishlist, I need to finish mascaras to get new ones 🙂

  • I like the packaging but I wouldn’t have the patience to wait until it dries

  • I like a wet formulation, but it has to dry down quite quickly indeed, otherwise it becomes too messy! But I like the packaging as well 🙂


    • Wet formula wouldn’t be a problem, if it dried quickly 🙂 It is one of my favourite packaging ha ha 🙂

  • Kay (shoesandglitter)

    The packaging looks so awesome! x x I’ve never tried any of the Smashbox mascaras, but this one sounds pretty good although I don’t like it when mascaras take ages to try. My personal holy graal mascara is Chanel’s Le Volume, it’s the only high-end mascara that I think is worth the money! 🙂 <3


    • Packaging is different and so catchy! I hate it when mascaras take long time to dry out, especially when I am in hurry! I have only tried two high end mascaras and I would love to try Chanel and Lancome ones 🙂 x

  • Love the look of the packaging. I might just pick this one up x

    Tiffany Tales – A British Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

  • This sounds so interesting, thank you so much for the review <3

    Xx, Fanny

    // Fannael.com

  • The packaging looks sooo cool!! <3

    Amelia | Amelia Grace

  • Katie

    I have a sample of this and I’m not a big fan, but I do agree that those who like clumpier looking lashes will love it! I hope mine dries soon, I’ve only had it for a month or two.


    • I thought it would be my holy grail mascara but I was so wrong, I will still hit it to dry a little bit then maybe it will change my mind 🙂

  • Also have a long list of things I want a mascara to do, like, not falling down during the day! Like my mascaras best when they’ve dried out a bit too, makes them easier to handle and the result becomes so much better than all the smudge new mascaras comes with! Xx


    • It is really hard to find a good mascara which ticks all the boxes. I think this might be a good one if it dries out, it gives nice volume! x

  • I gave this a miss because many have complained about the formula being too wet. I know my lashes don’t stand a chance against it.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    • Definitely give it a miss! I believe you would hate the wet formula.

  • Corinne C

    Ah, sorry this wasn’t that great! I prefer wet formulas so I wonder if I would like it.

    Corinne x

    • Some wet formulas work well but it didn’t work for me! x

  • That’s too bad you didn’t love this one!

    xo, Liz

  • Laura Macij
  • Wow such a great review! I need to check this mascara out!

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  • Carina Vardie

    The packaging is so pretty! I also prefer drier formulas. Nice review!


  • I like the sound of the volume but the wet formula not so much! You would have expected it to have dried out at this stage! xx

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  • This mascara sounds amazing! I am familiar with wet ones and after a bit of drying out, they usually work wonders 🙂

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

    • I am waiting it to dry out a little bit more, I love the volume it gives so I hope it will actually be a good one 🙂

  • Molly Hogan

    Great review! I’m always looking for a good new mascara.




  • Haven’t tried this before but I love the packaging! I usually prefer a drier formula too!

    Danielle’s Beauty Blog

  • I hate it when a formula is too wet. It makes it so hard to apply. I love it when my mascara drys out just a tad. The packaging is so unique!


    • I really like the packaging, I just wish the formula wasn’t that wet!

  • Becky Hughff

    I’ve never tried any products from Smashbox but I feel like this one wouldn’t be up my street, like you, I prefer a drier mascara!


    • I tried a few products from them and the quality of them is good!

  • I’m not a big fan of wet formulas when it comes to mascara. Great honest review xx


    • I prefer drier formulas more, I hope it dries out a little bit x

  • Abby Evans

    I find the packaging really interesting, but since I don’t like wet formulas I think I’m going to pass on this one.


    • Packaging is different, that’s one of the things I love about it!

  • I really don’t love this packaging but hats off to them for trying something a little different. I’ve never used a Smashbox mascara. I’m the same as you, I’m all about a drugstore mascara and I also love the Maybelline Lash Sensational. It’s such a great product!

    Kirsty – http://www.lifeinexcess.con

    • Companies try different packaging to take attention and stand out, I must admit this is a different packaging! Lash sensational is one of my favourite mascara, it is good!

  • Interesting packaging, love the look of the brush too! Too bad that the formula is still so wet after so many months, that’s so strange! I definitely prefer dryer formulas, too.

    Thirteen Thoughts

    • Packaging it different and also the brush too. I wish the formula was a little bit on dryer side.

  • Right now my fav is the L’oréal Volume Million Lashes So Couture mascara, however it needs a few weeks until it has the perfect consistency but after that it’s amazing in my opinion. 🙂

    • I want to try that mascara too, but first I have to finish some of the mascaras before they expire 🙂

  • I hate formulas like these that are too wet and can’t believe you’ve had it opened for 5 months but still need to wait more! The packaging is pretty funky but shame it clumps lashes x

    Beauty with charm

    • I really don’t like wet formulas, I hope it will get better in time! x

  • Nina

    I haven’t tried this mascara. I use and love Lancome mascara.

  • I haven’t tried this mascara, but I do agree that Maybelline and L’Oreal mascaras are amazing… I don’t mind wet formulas, because I usually need just one coat… I loved your review xx


    • I think you can find good and more affordable mascaras in drugstore which gives a good result! x

  • Erin Russell

    Mascara isn’t something that excites me anymore, now I have found Lash Sensational I don’t mind about anything else, not fussed lol. But this packaging does look so cool, makes me want it lol

    Erin || MakeErinOver

    • Even though I have a few favourite mascaras, I still can’t resist to new releases and try some of them!

  • Karina Guimarães Ribeiro

    I like the packaging, but i love my favorite The Falsies from Maybelline! xx


  • thisgirlloveschic

    love the design but i do find cheaper mascaras are just as good sometimes

    This Girl Loves Chic xx

  • I’ve never tried a high street mascara to be honest because drug store mascaras are brilliant. Plus the expiry date of mascara comes so quickly. My favourite Mascara’s are Maybelline Lash Sensation and L’Oreal telescopic!

    Sally – DiagonSally

    • I agree that drugstore mascaras as good as the high street ones, so there’s no point to spend so much on them! Lash sensational is one of my favourite too, it is a really good mascara!

  • It sounds like it gives impressive results but shame it’s so wet, I’ve really come to the conclusion that I don’t like wet mascaras as I’m just too impatient!

    The Makeup Directory

    • Just because of the wet formula, it gets clumpy if you don’t wait enough so it is not something I like!

  • Lizzie

    Great review, not sure how I feel about the wet formula! I love Benefit They’re Real mascara!


    • They’re real is a good mascara, it is one of my favourite!

  • Carmen Jny (carmitive)

    Thank you so much for sharing this review, I love to read through it.
    xx, Carmen – http://www.carmitive.com

  • The volume sounds great, though clumpy lashes can be such a pain, I agree. Sorry to hear this wasn’t a miracle mascara for you – I felt that way about one by YSL I had been super excited to try. Have you tried Lancôme’s Doll Eyes Mascara? I’ve totally stopped my mascara-search since finding it! Have a lovely week Ela…

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice | Lancome and Elizabeth Arden Beauty Giveaway!x

    • Volume is good but clumpy lashes is no-go, I hope the formula will get better in time. I haven’t tried that Lancome mascara, it is on my wishlist but I want to test it first before purchasing it 🙂 Have a lovely week! x

  • Thanks for sharing doll. I really like the packaging


  • I’ve recently tried Smashbox Indecent mascara, and first i really loved it. but it got dry and flakey very quick :(((
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  • Damn that sucks that it didnt live up to the hype. Thats why I’m always wearing of awesome packaging! Lol They products always come out lack luster.

    Lipstick Villain

    • I hope the formula will get drier in time, then I am sure it will be one of my favourite!

  • Indeed the packaging has been designed beautifully, I would love my mascara to deliver more volume even with double coats so I don’t mind wait a minute or two for it to dry so I can coat it again. It does look nice so i’ll see how it goes when next o visit Sephora and find out if they have any in stock. Thanks for the review.


    • When I have time, I don’t mind waiting for a few minutes after the first coat but when I am in hurry, I want my mascara to dry out quickly.

  • the packaging is indeed unique 😀

    Oh Dear Bumblebees

  • I had no idea that the spider lash was caused by not waiting for it to dry! Thanks that’s really helpful. This mascara sounds really interesting. Gemma x

    • When you layer mascara without letting it dry then your lashes will get that way! x

  • Ahhhh I am not a fan of spider lashes haha. But often I am too impatient to wait. Thanks for letting us know!

    -Emily http://www.coatandcoffee.com

  • Alya Mooro

    Interesting read! xx


  • The packaging of this mascara looks amazing. I tend to use Maybelline Colossal Volume Express. It’s cheap and works quite well.


    • Packaging is so catchy! Maybelline mascaras are good, I like them.

  • Aelin

    Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara is small hell for me but Loreal mascaras are awesome

    • Some really likes Lash sensational and some hates it, it is weird!

  • Oh, this mascara doesn’t sound great to me, I don’t like too wet formulas. Thank you for sharing your opinion. x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

    • I don’t like wet formulas as well, they are hard to work with. x

  • I barely wear mascara – love how it looks but hate taking it off afterward 😛 i lose quite a bit of lashes.

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    • I make such a big mess when I try to take it off 🙂

  • I like the packaging, but I’ll pass on spider lashes 🙂

  • Love the look of the wand – it’s a tricky thing to find a good formula. Either they’re too wet or too dry! Hopefully this one becomes a little bit more manageable for you soon. What is with the spider lashes trend!? I swear we’re going WAYY back in time haha


    • I don’t really like wet formulas, they are so hard to work with. I am not a fan of spider lashes trend, I wish it will disappear soon 🙂

  • Ivona Iwarra Josipovic

    You are right, the packaging is really cool and different. I am looking for a new mascara, but this one sounds a bit to ‘dramatic’ for me. Anyways, thank for sharing your experience.

    Ivona from http://www.thesmokedetector.net

    • Packaging is definitely catchy but if you’re not looking for dramatic result then it is not what you are looking for! x