Urban Decay Troublemaker Mascara Review

*Products mentioned were sent for review, opinions are my own* Urban Decay recently released a brand new mascara called Troublemaker. I...

*Products mentioned were sent for review, opinions are my own*

Urban Decay recently released a brand new mascara called Troublemaker. It has a few claims we need to discuss and we will also talk about the packaging, in case that's important to you.

Mascara is a product I tend to have trouble reviewing. Sometimes it takes a few applications before I can decide if I like a mascara or not. This mascara is one that I've used quite a few times and really thought about, because does only does it have to perform well but it has to be worth the price.

Troublemaker claims to give 13.7x the lash volume. It claims to make your lashes look longer and thicker, and it claims to be sex proof, which is an interesting claim. It also claims to be extremely black and to never clump.

The packaging is gorgeous. The mascara tube looks like an oil slick and I love that. It does pick up finger prints easily, but they wipe right off. It's also quite a heavy tube. The packaging is on point.

The wand is strange. I typically don't love these types of wands, I prefer the ones like Too Faced Better Than Sex with the fat brush with a ton of bristles. The wand is specially designed with precision hooks to separate lashes, curl lashes, and apply the perfect amount of product. It's also designed to get even the tiniest lashes on the inner corner.

As I mentioned above, the formula is meant to lengthen and thicken lashes without clumping. It's also "sex-proof" which I can only assume means it's sweat proof or water resistant. This contains hollow silica and ultralight fibers to volumize your lashes as well as Vitamin E and Panthenol to condition.

I've been using this for a little over a week and I've come to a few conclusions:

  • The packaging is amazing. Seriously, love the design.
  • The wand is questionable. It's not my favorite wand BUT it does separate and curl my lashes, so I can't be mad at it. At the same time, if you accidentally poke yourself with it, it hurts.
  • The formula is super black and pigmented.
  • It does not flake or smudge, even in over 100 degree F heat. Even if I don't set my under eye concealer, it won't smudge onto it. It also doesn't run.
  • It comes off easily with makeup remover.
  • The fibers are so light, you don't feel them. They also don't fall off onto your face or in your eyes.
  • It does not clump. I've put on 3 coats and it didn't clump. 
  • It doesn't build up super well.
  • You have to work at it. It takes a little finesse to get really good results, but that's not a deal-breaker.
  • It volumizes and lengthens, but it's nothing crazy.
The Troublemaker mascara released yesterday and it's $24. Every review that I've read has praised it and I'm kind of doing the same. Here's why: I really do like the mascara. It's pigmented, curls my lashes and volumizes well. It doesn't clump, flake or smudge and it gives a little length. It does everything it claims to. The fact that it curls my lashes and keeps them that way all day and refuses to clump makes it a winner in my eyes. Are there more dramatic mascaras? Yes. Normally, I prefer something closer to Too Faced Better than Sex or Pur Cosmetics Fully Charged and Troublemaker is very different but I still like it.

The only thing I personally dislike about this mascara is the wand but I think the wand is significant in making the mascara perform as it does. The wand is obviously personal preference. The formula and performance is undeniably good. I wish it were a little more lengthening but it's still nice.

Would I pay $24 for this mascara? Yes!

What's your favorite mascara?

Thanks for reading!


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17 comments

  1. This looks like a really interesting mascara! Loving the packaging too:)

    Emily xo
    www.emilynewstead.blogspot.co.uk

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  2. The packaging is so pretty and I like the sound of the formula. I will likely pick it up to try, one day.

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  3. I love the packaging and wouldn't mind the wand. I had a lot of smudging with UD Perversion and seemed like I was the only one. I'm interested in trying this but I would wait for a sale.

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    1. I love the Perversion Mascara but it has smudged on me in the past, too. If I don't set my concealer really well, it gets everywhere!

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  4. Stunning packaging! I'm loving that part right off the bat. The applicator does look tricky. You need to create some GRWM videos! I'd love to see you create your looks (your IG always amazes me!).

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  5. I would love to try his mascara. I hope it won't smudge on me

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  6. It's a little spendy for me but... I love the packaging and your review makes me want to try it anyway.

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  7. oooooh, it doesn't smudge or flake at 100 degrees! Exactly what I've been looking for.

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  8. LOL. I always poke myself in the eye with wands like this (Givenchy's Phenomen'Eyes is pure torture).

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    1. I do it every time. I never learn, haha!

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  9. This packaging is great! I just use Lash Blast mascara. Nothing fancy here. But I really only use it maybe 3-4 times a year so I don't need anything expensive.

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    1. I used to use that mascara. It was surprisingly good!

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  10. The wand really looks like it would be great at separating your lashes. I am really curious to try this -- maybe I can snag a deluxe size sample soon -- as it sounds like something I would like! <3 Thanks for your review, Nikki! <3

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  11. OMG, the multichrome packaging is to die for!

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  12. I'd probably buy this for the packaging alone!

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  13. That claim is hilarious! Love the packaging

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