Flamed Out Mascara
Last Updated:11.26.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

For a mascara with a name like this, CoverGirl's Flamed Out is pretty tame! As one of the latest in a huge lineup of mascaras for the company, you may be wondering how this is different. The only real difference is that it isn't as well done as other CoverGirl mascaras. This is supposed to build instant maximum volume and create a "bold, winged-out" look. Instead of all that fiery boldness, the results are closer to a spark than a flame!

Flamed Out adds some volume, but no curl, and doesn't lengthen much, either. On the positive side, it doesn't clump or flake and it leaves lashes soft instead of stiff. However, those looking to make a dramatic statement with their mascara will have to fuel that fire elsewhere! CoverGirl's original Lash Blast Mascara (the one in the orange tube) is much better for instant lash oomph.

  • Doesn't clump or flake.
  • Leaves lashes soft.
  • Doesn't add curl to lashes.
  • Only adds minimal volume and length.

Make a bold statement with winged lashes that curve up and out. The unique wire brush coats your lashes for an instant volume boost.

Brand Overview

CoverGirl At-A-Glance

Strengths: Inexpensive and widely available; a hugely improved selection of foundations, several with reliable sunscreen; good concealers; enviable pressed powders; some fantastic Lash Blast mascaras; mostly great eyelining options; a vast selection of lip color options, from the long-wearing Outlast to sheer lip glosses to the wholly impressive Lip Perfection lipstick; several great options in the Queen Collection.

Weaknesses: The older foundations are seriously lacking; the newer Advanced Radiance foundation has great texture but disappointing SPF rating; powder blush and eyeshadows; terrible makeup brushes; all of the "Clean" products contain irritating ingredients.

Since 1961, CoverGirl has been slowly building a portfolio of cosmetics that today is about as all-encompassing as a makeup line can be. Originating from the same "medicated" ingredients found in Noxzema Skin Cream (which was never medicated in the least, but seriously irritating for skin), the debut products are still available, albeit with slight modifications. The good news is that for the past several years CoverGirl has consistently updated their line with some very impressive products, especially their foundations, concealers, and vastly improved pressed powders. They also offer some excellent eye and lip pencils, lipsticks and lip gloss, and one of the all-time best long-wearing lip paints, Outlast.

What's puzzling is that although many of CoverGirl's latest products are progressive, they tend to hang on to the lackluster-to-poor options, including abysmal powder blush and eyeshadows and their long-standing, very irritating Clean Makeup. These items may be part of CoverGirl's humble beginnings, but you certainly don't see parent company Proctor & Gamble adding eucalyptus oil and menthol to their Olay products or to products of any of the other cosmetics companies they own. If those ingredients were so important, why not use them everywhere? Needless to say, the great products outnumber the disappointments, and the prices make it easy for those on a budget to be beautiful and enjoy some state-of-the-art products, provided they shop wisely.

CoverGirl's Web site is extremely easy to navigate, and presents a wealth of product information, along with practical (if somewhat cutesy) tips and tricks for successful makeup application and for finding the shades that work best for you. CoverGirl's consumer relations department is consistently helpful if you have any questions or concerns. For example, if one of your favorite items was discontinued, you might want to know what replaced it, and they will let you know. Such service and customer concern is yet another powerful reason to believe CoverGirl really has its (class) act together.

For more information about CoverGirl, owned by Procter & Gamble, call (800) 426-8374 or visit the Web site at www.covergirl.com.

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Happily surprised

Gorgeous volume and length, great price with coup.

Reviewed by
julie b
Not Very Exciting Mascara

Cover Girl's Flamed Out mascara isn't bad but it's not very exciting. Contrary to the name and advertising, it's a soft, natural mascara. It doesn't flake or clump but it also doesn't build length or thickness. And I don't know why the brush has shorter bristles in the middle. I see no advantage to that and in fact I think it does the opposite of maximizing the application. Nothing wrong with it but I wouldn't recommend or purchase this mascara again.

Reviewed by
Shekinah S
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