12.30.2014
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LashBlast Clump Crusher Mascara
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$6.99
Category:Makeup > Mascaras (regular) > Regular Mascara
Last Updated:12.30.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This mascara takes successive coats to build thickness and length, but, true to its name, it resists clumping, which is a much nicer description than "clump crusher"—who really knows what that means?

The densely spaced rubber-bristle brush is easy to use and allows you to apply mascara very close to the lashline without making a mess. However, unlike many other Cover Girl mascaras, this one is a disappointment because it tends to flake throughout the day. So close Cover Girl, yet so far!

Pros:
  • Builds clump-free thickness and length.
  • Brush allows you to apply close to the lashline.
Cons:
  • Flakes throughout the day.
Claims

A breakthrough in no-clump mascara. Get 200% more volume and zero clumps. Features an innovative double-sided brush with lash-loading and clump-combing zones to crush clumps.

Ingredients
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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04.03.2014
Clump crusher

This is the best mascara I have tried. True to it's name you get no clumps. The result is soft, fanned out, well defined lashes that don't smudge or flake.

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Alyssa G
01.05.2014
Like it!

Very natural looking mascara, goes on easy, no clumps. I haven't had any trouble with flaking. Easy to add a coat for a more dramatic look, no clumping. I prefer this to lash blast volume for ease of use and natural look.

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Anonymous
06.25.2013
My current favorite

I'm not sure why Paula has had problems with this mascara flaking, but I know I haven't had any such problem with it at all. It stays in place and lasts all day. This is a natural looking mascara, so if you are expecting the thick lashes Pink has in the adds for this mascara, forget it (but then, we all know she's wearing false lashes in the ads anyway, right?). If you want dramatic lashes, this mascara is not what you are looking for. but for natural, soft lashes that don't clump, this is great

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Jenny A.
06.08.2013
High Hopes Crusher

Lash Exact and all the Lash Blast formulas work great for me, so I was anxious to try Clump Crusher. I found it to be thick and sticky and had to comb through , then brush my lashes to keep them from being one big clump. I tried it two more times, then into the trash it went!

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