CoverGirl’s Exhibitionist Waterproof Mascara review with photos

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  • Manufacturer: CoverGirl
  • Availability: available at drugstores, all-in-one stores (Fred Meyer, Kohl's, Target, et cetera), etailers
  • Color Range: black, very black, brown
  • Cost/Amount: USD$8.99 per 13.01 ml / 0.44 oz tube
  • Would you purchase again: no
All of the entries for the year 2020 were completed before March 2020. Most items were bought in, or before, 2019. And so, despite the pandemic where buying makeup is definitely a lower priority, I'm still publishing these posts.
CoverGirl’s Exhibitionist Waterproof Mascara

This is a profoundly okay mascara. It applies without clumping, it doesn’t flake off during the first six hours of the day, it’s not wet enough to get all over my hooded eyelids if I dare to open my eyes before a full minute has passed, and the brush doesn’t poke me in the eye. It also has a waterproof formula, which means that I don’t end up looking raccoon-like after an hour or two, which happens whenever I try to wear almost any washable (non-waterproof) mascara.

Let’s look at those qualifications again.

Doesn’t clump. Lasts as long as a waterproof mascara should last. Cures in about the average time for mascaras that I’ve used. The brush isn’t awkward or painful to use.

I don’t know about you, but for me, that’s the bare minimum for any waterproof mascara.

Photos that show how the product actually performs...! See how I create my swatches

The tube of CoverGirl's Exhibitionist Waterproof Mascara mascara, with the wand across the mouth of the tube. Curled lashes with two coats of CoverGirl's Exhibitionist Waterproof Mascara - viewed directly face-on. The tube of CoverGirl's Exhibitionist Waterproof Mascara with the brush lying crosswise on the mouth of the tube. Close-up detail of the wand for CoverGirl's Exhibitionist Waterproof Mascara.

It doesn’t provide extra length, it doesn’t volumize, it provides minimal definition. This mascara doesn’t have any outstanding drawbacks for me, but there’s nothing about it that makes me want to reach for this tube specifically. (Once I applied it for this initial testing and wore the mascara for a day, this mascara tube went directly into my travel bag, which I haven’t used since February. I’m hoping to get to use it again this November, but probably won’t because Covid + dumbasses = third wave of virusy stuff. Wear a mask, people. I would like to be able to visit my immune-compromised mother and give her a hug without worrying that I’ll be responsible for her death. I know, silly old me. [Bright blue fuck-all, this is such a tangent.])


This is not the worst drugstore mascara I’ve worked with. It isn’t even the worst that I’ve used from CoverGirl. It’s just utterly average.

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