Black Box Week | Annabelle Le Big Show Mascara review, photos, swatches

Friday, August 26, 2011

The product: Annabelle Le BIG Show mascara

The lash: When there’s a caps-lock B-I-G in the name, you have to go in expecting wonders from a mascara. This one definitely delivers on the claims of lashy grandeur, but it’s not without its faults. I’ll start with the good stuff, though! Le Big Show is deliciously black, and it dries to a gorgeous, glossy finish. Because it’s fairly wet, it does feel a bit heavy going on, but it’s once dry, it’s both lightweight and (semi-)soft to the touch. (Crispier than Marcelle Ultimate Lash, Fresh mascaras, and 100% Pure; softer than Imju Fiberwig or L’Oreal Beauty Tubes.)

If you’re looking for a lot of volume, this is one mascara you won’t want to miss out on – but if you’re looking for a lengthening or curling mascara, it might not be for you.

The tube: Le BIG Show is packaged in a pretty standard tube; a no-frills wand and fairly thick tube. It’s easy to open, easy to close, and easy to apply – not too finicky at all.

If I want a almost-bare, really natural lash, I do find that I either have to wipe off the wand first or comb through my lashes with a lash comb, but it’s not a huge deal. The brush does its job, and it is great for creating a lot of volume!

Annabelle Le BIG Show mascara – one coat

The wear: It’s very rare that I find a mascara that wears for more than 3-4 hours on me (unless it’s a tubing mascara), but the products in the Black Box collection have surprised me thus far – and really, why should this one be any different?

I find that I can get about five hours of flawless wear from Le BIG Show, and ten hours with extremely minimal flaking and smudging. (Erm, and then I had to go to sleep. But still, ten hours; that’s pretty darn impressive!) This has the best wear I’ve found so far in a non-tubing mascara, so even if it wasn’t deliciously glossy and gorgeously black, it would have my attention.

But it is. So I guess the wear time’s just the cherry on top :P

The ingredients:

Water, beeswax, glyceryl stearate, acacia senegal gum, carnauba wax, acrylates copolymer, c18-36 acid triglyceride, stearic acid, triethanolamine, palmitic acid, butylene glycol, kaolin, phenoxyethanol, hydroxyethylcellulose, methylparaben, propylparaben, potassium sorbate edta. +/- iron oxides

Annabelle Le BIG Show mascara – two coats

The verdict?

I really like how well this mascara wears, and I love how glossy and black it is, but I wish it held a curl better. I honestly do think it’s a great mascara, but it’s not really “for me,” you know? I look for four things in a mascara (glossiness, a super-black formula, the ability to hold a curl, and awesome wear time), and this hits three of those things right on the nose – but I still find myself frustrated at the way it takes the curl out of my lash.

For under $10, though, Le BIG Show is definitely worth paying attention to if you’re looking for a super-black, voluminous, glossy lash. And I’m definitely keeping it around – it may not be my holy grail of mascaras, but I still really, really like it!

P.S. Before-and-after photos

bare lashes

one coat

two coats

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18 Responses to “Black Box Week | Annabelle Le Big Show Mascara review, photos, swatches”

  1. Jamilla, on August 26th, 2011 at 7:31 am said:

    Very natural looking!

  2. love the volumizing factor, but i'll have to give it a pass because holding a curl is VERY important to me! i have asian lashes, after all :p.
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  3. Honestly? I kind of love this. My lashes gain enough length with mascara so it's definitely volume i'm after. And I do love that price tag.
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  4. Jilliterate, on August 26th, 2011 at 1:55 pm said:

    Is this mascara gonna be part of Annabelle's permanent line or it is LE? I'm definitely interested (I'm a volume-over-length person), but I'm in the process of working through They're Real, and I don't like to juggle too many mascara tubes at a time. If it's LE, though, I'd make an exception!

  5. Great review, Rae! This makes your lashes super pretty. I quite like this one too, and full testing will commence when I get these lash extensions off. :)
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  6. Haha, same here! Stick-straight and rather sparse.

    I've been "pushing" the curl into my lash as it dries – finicky and definitely not optimal, but for the glossiness, it may actually be worth it if I have the time :P

  7. Lucky girl! You do have pretty lashes to begin with, if I may say so ;)

  8. Haha, I actually had the opposite impression from it – it gives a really clean lash, but it's *more* dramatic than I'd usually go for! :P

  9. I think it's permanent – so you have time :) How are you liking They're Real?

  10. Thanks, Arianne! : )

    Your lash extensions are absolutely gorgeous – I mean, Le BIG Show is lovely and all, but nothing's quite as pretty on lashes as… well, more lashes :P

  11. Two coats really make your lashes stand out! And that packaging is unabashedly loud, I kind of like it :P
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  13. Jilliterate, on August 28th, 2011 at 9:44 pm said:

    Nice length and curl, but too clumpy for me. :)

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  15. GAH, okay, so I hadn't realized you replied until today. (Sorry!) Thanks for letting me know – I think I'll give that one a pass, then! I absolutely cannot deal with clumpy mascaras :P

  16. BooBooNinja, on September 19th, 2011 at 7:34 pm said:

    Rae, are there any drugstore mascaras that hit all four of your mascara "musts"?

  17. Not that I know of, yet :( Sorry! I'm still keeping an eye out, but this one's the best I've tried so far from the drugstore. Aside from the application being a little finicky, it really is quite good!

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