Big Fatty Waterproof (Discontinued)

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Makeup > Mascaras (waterproof) > Waterproof Mascara
Last Updated:
5/14/2012
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No
This aptly named mascara indeed boasts a huge brush with long, dense bristles. While Urban Decay’s Big Fatty Waterproof does adequately thicken and elongate lashes, the huge brush poses serious logistical problems too big to ignore—problems only made worse by the mascara’s tenacious waterproofing. Available only in black (called Gotham), when wet, the mascara’s color intensifies beautifully; however, because the big, fat brush is hard to control, it is quite likely a lot of the mascara will end up on your lids, and then it doesn’t budge or run until doused with cleanser. So, while it certainly lives up to its waterproof claim, the gigantic brush and quick-setting color is a hazard to any other makeup on or around the eye. For more fool-proof waterproof options consider those from Dior or Maybelline.

From its unconventional beginnings in 1996 with the debut tagline of "Does Pink Make You Puke?" Urban Decay has been at the forefront of the ongoing trend toward unconventional colors. Their approach to beauty is still rooted in steering clear of the norm, but for those creative, unconventional folks who want the opportunity to express themselves with well-formulated, edgy products, this is the line to look to.

Now representing itself by the decidedly tamer "Beauty with an Edge" slogan, the line still offers several shiny options (which excel by virtue of how well they cling to skin), but the items that really deserve your attention include some of their mascaras, bronzing powder, blush, and brow products. The brush collection is highly recommended and priced on the low end when compared to other department-store lines, and Urban Decay counters (as opposed to Sephora stores, where the line is typically sold) offer helpful literature about how to design a complete makeup look. The colors may be unconventional and more clownish than classy, but their placement advice is right-on.

Shortcomings of this edgy line include the lack of lipsticks and some glittery products that apply terribly. Those who appreciate products that make a statement (though it may not always be one that puts you in your most flattering light) should explore the best of what is offered here, as should those whose makeup concepts occasionally lean toward the adventurous side.

For more information about Urban Decay, call (800) 784-URBAN or visit www.urbandecay.com.

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