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kat von d go big or go home volumizing mascara-Worth trying?

With Kat Von being one of my favourite vegan makeup brands out there, there was no way I was going to leave the kat Von d go big or go home volumizing mascara out.

But there’s more to just being my favourite brand, as I’m about to explain.

So my mind was made to pick this kat von d mascara as my current mascara was starting to annoy me, I literally had to coat so many times at so many angles just to get all my lashes covered. Who’s got time for that!

If you have had that problem you’d understand how time-consuming it can be and a mess it can create.kat von d go big or go home volumizing mascara

Okay enough of the problems, I didn’t pick this item randomly, I had a read about it and here’s what they have to say on this mascara:

KVD Go Big or Go Home Mascara is an ‘extreme volume vegan mascara’ that is thankfully formulated from ‘plant-based fats’, so no need to worry! It is said to ‘last all day’ with its ‘smooth texture’ and without smudging!

It’s ‘custom-designed fluff brush’ is built in such a way so it can coat each lash for a ‘fluffy full coverage’.

The main purpose of this mascara is to hit your lashes with a ‘big, blown-out volume’ effect.

Quick overview:


  • No clumping
  • Brush design is quite effective in coating all lashes
  • No visible smudging
  • Adds volume


  • A little flaking towards the end

Now onto my favourite aspects about this mascara.

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How well does it add volume?

Of course I’d have to start off by answering this question first as this mascara practically was made for this effect so I had to test the volumising area first and foremost.

Okay so on the first and second coat I didn’t really get the result I was after, it was just about visible.

But I wasn’t disappointed because my lashes are what is considered a little thick so a little more work is needed for them to pop out. I’d say the single coat is great for a natural look!

The fourth coat is when the magic happened, the lashes then appeared a lot dramatic and bold, all of a sudden which surprised me as I wasn’t expecting the results that quick, judging by the first coat.

In other words, the more coats you add, the more drama it creates. If you have thinner lashes, then expect results on the first few swipes.kat von d go big or go home volumizing mascara


I think the formula is a genius, it gave a beautiful bold look after a few coatings without any major clumping.

Normally you’d expect a mascara to clump evenmore so if it’s main goal is to thicken lashes.

I really liked the way the brush is designed, I think that’s partly why each lash was coated evenly and there were no clumping.

The brush design fits nicely with the tube, what I mean by this is, when I pull out the mascara wand there isn’t so much excess of product clinged to the bristles which means I don’t need to keep swiping extra formula off to the sides, often creating a mess.

The lashes were left nice and fluttery and created a great separation. I can say ‘fluffy full coverage’ can be checked off the list.


Kat Von D states that this mascara will not smudge so I was curious to see the outcome. I wore it for a whole day, by that I mean roughly about 8-9 hrs.

Now some not all mascaras do start to smudge recklessly as the hours pass or when you sweat however this was not the case with this product.

I didn’t experience smudging or flaking but towards the end it just started to leave marks under my eyelid.

I’d like to think there was a reason though, I’d blame the yawning. Other than that it definitely was ‘smudge proof’ and can say it ‘lasts all day’. Well most the day!kat von d go big or go home volumizing mascara

Removal- easy or a chore?

Now some people before buying this had told me that they had a hard time getting it off but some said it was easie peasie lemon squeezy, so who would I believe?

Well this ment I definitely had to try it for myself. I wasn’t sure what to expect, so went in with a neutral feeling.

So basically I used water with one lash and for the other lash, makeup remover.

I found the makeup remover gave the best result but water was still usable, though it did take quite a few swipes.

Another feature which was good about this mascara was it’s ingredients. It’s blended olive and sunflower oil instead of beeswax!

The formula makes my feel comfortable knowing that I’m not just spreading any random mess on my precious lashes and I’m sure you too can relate!

If I had to pick on what I wasn’t too pleased with I’d say it would be the effect of length it adds.

It didn’t add much length to my lashes though it was noticeable, I’m not really complaining, the volume is enough and beside this product is mainly aimed towards volumising lashes which it certainly did achieve!

I’d also love it if another colour was available like a deep blue. Or am I just being to picky?

Overall this is a great product to buy more so if you’re looking for a mascara that adds a significant amount of volume more than length. You can achieve a natural look and easily switch to dramatic with just a few swipes.

So is it worth buying?

Totally! If you aren’t concerned about any of the problems mentioned above!

I would certainly repurchase after I’m finished with the current one!

click here if you have made your mind up of purchasing it!

Want to view more awesome vegan mascaras then tap here!

Or here if you are specifically looking for long lasting mascaras!

Do you have a particular favourite mascara? I’d love to know about it! Let me know in the comment section below!

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  • Bella

    Hello Sariya, it’s beautiful to see an article that gives you opinion about making use of mascara, and I am own of the few thousand of people who just go with a little make up and that’s all until my daughter helped me with a mascara and I saw how beautiful it is. This is one very cool mascara as I would love to try it. My current mascara product make my eyelashes glued to each other and I don’t like it. 

    • Sariyah

      Hiya Bella, thanks for the comment! Sometimes you have to try things to see how amazing they can be. And that is a annoying problem which I guess needs sorting fast!

  • Nelson

    I am not a lady nor a make up artist, but find this article to be very educating and informative. Knowledge is power, so I believe and no knowledge gained will be a loss. So acquiring knowledge from this article will definitely be of help to me someday. Thanks for this article on volumizing mascara.

    • Sariyah

      That’s okay, you don’t have to be a lady or a makeup artist to have interest in makeup, it’s for anyone and everyone that’s the good in it! 

      Knowledge sure is power!

  • Aparna

    Vegan makeup is such a novel idea. The cosmetics industry is infamous for use of literally everything from the animal world. Great idea. 

    Mascara has to be light and non-smudging. I do very light makeup and I dread the heavy look. Kat Von sounds like a great brand, though I haven’t personally used it. I shall try it out, definitely. 

    Thanks for this nice article.



    • Sariyah

      You are totally welcome! True, vegan makeup needs to increase and I mean super fast! 

      Kat Von D in my opinion is a great brand, I like many of their products, you should give them a try maybe you too will become a fan!

  • Lizzyben

    Actually, I’m not really a fan of mascara. I actually do like makeup, I love eye liners, foundation, powder, lip stick, lip gloss and the rest but I’m not really a fan of mascara. My reasons been that the mascaras always leave a stain when I apply and I’ve not seen a really good one. This kat von masacara might just be the best and the solution to my mascara problems. I’ll get this, try it out and come back with feedback. Thanks a lot 

    • Sariyah

      Hi Lizzy, oh I understand your problem, I used to get them a lot and I literally got tired of mascaras for a while but then luckily decided to go on an hunt and that’s when I can across this awesome product! Hopefully it will be the solution to your problem.

      Good luck!

  • Collinsss

    Hey, this article on mascara was really nice, I had to show it with my wife because she loves makeup a lot and stuff like these, and she also loved this a whole lot. I like how the littlest details were paid attention to in this article and thought what made me fall in love with this. I have also learnt a lot about the mascara a lot as a male and I love that as well

  • lioness98

    Hey, thank you for sharing this! My blog is also everything about makeup, reviews and beauty, so this is very helpful for me. I love Kat Von D brand, I will for sure try this mascara. I am a big fan of lashes, and mascara is my favorite thing. Can’t wait to try this one!

    Kind regards!

  • Cynthia

    I love to use mascara but it tends to be more of a chore than it’s worth. It’s hard to put on, hard to get off and I always look like a raccoon by the end of the day!  This sounds like a much better product than the ones I have used!  I like the fact that it doesn’t smug and yet can be removed with water if I needed to. And no clumping?  That’s a miracle all by itself.  I’m going to definitely give it a try.  

    And, no, it’s no being too picky to want a deep blue 😉

  • Aug

    I love everything vegan and it’s so awesome to see that there is a makeup  brands that does something that is actually vegan. I like this and I would really like that I get this Kat von product. It’s a really beautiful thing to see and all I want to say is a big thank you for sharing this information.

  • Zayom

    Interesting review you have given here. How explicit this is in terms of the research it must have taken for you to come up with such a piece as this here with all the details here being intact too. I believe that so much more can be made to focus on this and I will like to participate in this here too. An overview worthy you have given here to us all.Wow this is awesome. As a guy I find this interesting.. Knowledge is power, so I believe and no knowledge gained will be a loss. So acquiring knowledge from this article will definitely be of help to me someday. Thanks for this article on volumizing mascara.

  • Boi


    I have always loved vegan mascara. I have such a sensitive skin an all these other mascara probably have ingredients that do not go well with my skin. However vegan mascara treats me so well.

    All the things you say about KAT VON D Go Big or Go Home Mascara sound like what I would love. I like that you say it lasts all day, it is plant based and it has a smooth texture. Not forgetting that it adds volume. I totally agree with you that it is worth buying. I will definitely give it a try.

    Thank you for an amazing article

  • Anna

    Thank you for this great review of KVD Go Big or Go Home Mascara. I am  vegan so it’s very important to me that my make up products are vegan as well. I have never herd of this brand, but I am so glad that I have come across your article. Not only this product is vegan but also it looks like it has good quality. Thank you for sharing, I will definitely give it a try.

  • Lily

    I’m so pleased that you decided to write a review on this organic mascara. I’ve always had problems with using mascara as most tend to irritate my eyes and don’t really last very long. Kat Von D sounds like it could be the solution to my problems. I’m looking forward to trying some soon and I will let you know if it works for an old duck as well as the young.

    Thanks for this review.

    • Sariyah

      Thanks for the comment! And I’d love to know how it went for you! 

      Sensitive eyes can be irritating, it stops you sometimes from using quite a few products which you would otherwise love to try! Hopefully this was is good for you as it was for me!

  • Agara Ernest

    Thanks for your review i am not a lady nor a make up artist, but find this article to be  good one and informative. Knowledge is power, so I believe and no knowledge gained will be a loss. So acquiring knowledge from this article will definitely be of help to me someday. Thanks once again for this article on volumizing mascara.

  • Jocelyn30

    Wow I never heard of Kat Von D till i come across your website, first that catch my interest is clump free and give you natural look, as like everyone else problems if you wearing mascara they were one thing they are concern smudging and myself also my concern the most is clumping and smudging after a while specially when you start sweating! so l give up on mascara but now it gives me hope to look for this name Kat Von D and want to experience it,  see if really stay clump free.

    My make up is lipstick and mascara but only lipstick now but i will go back to mascara if this will be good like what you say clump free!

    Thanks for sharing this product KAT VON D. . . .


    • Sariyah

      Hey Jocelyn thanks for the comment!

      I suggest you check the kat Von D mascara, I mean I love it. Clumping for me used to be a big issue but I’m glad now that isn’t the case at the moment, fingers crossed.

      Don’t loose hope in mascara you’ll find the one! 

  • Julie McB

    As a vegan for over twenty years, finding good makeup products that are unashamedly vegan has, in the past ben quite difficult to do! I love that this is vegan mascara! 

    As a person who has quite thin eyelashes I am always on the look out for a good volumizing mascara. This product sounds great and I will certainly check it out! 

    Thanks for an honest and helpful review! I would to see a review by you on some winter eye shadows and liners…vegan of course!

    • Sariyah

      Hey thanks for the nice comment! Glad you enjoyed this post!

      And thank you for the suggestion! Definitely will look into that, keep your eyes peeled!

  • Canty

    Your article providing such great detail should be a winner for any makeup wearer. I can appreciate the emphasis that you have placed on the information that you have provided. I will most certainly point some of my friends in your direction as I am sure they would find great value in the information.

  • Ramona

    This Is a good and informative article about vegan mascara. I didn’t tried till now but I think I will.

    Quality is better than quantity, this is in my mind all the time. And from this article is show that this is a qualitative product.

    How you just said, the experience depend of each other. It can be same for everyone. 

    • Sariyah

      Hey Ramona thanks for stopping by!

      Sure quality is better than quantity, that’s if the pricing is explainable!

      True, someone’s experience can be just like mines and other times it can go either better or maybe a not so pleasant ride!

  • Amanda

    I loved this information you shared! I’m always looking for good vegan make-up! I’ve never heard of this mascara so i want to check it out for sure! i hate it when the mascara gets all clumpy. Doesn’t look like this one is like that! Now to just see how much it is! All vegan mascara seems to be so expensive but i know in the long run it’s better ! 

  • pasindu dimanka

    Thanks a lot for this valuable and detailed post about mascara. I actually know a little bit about mascara. Because my girlfriend likes mascara a lot. She recently ordered one online. I think she will like this a lot too. Because it has many advantages. Keep posting like this.I will definitely send this to her.

  • Valerie

    I enjoyed reading about your experience with the kat von d mascara.  I admit that it is quite some time since I used mascara, mainly because whatever brand I tried, I found it difficult to apply.

    Seeing others successfully wearing mascara has made me feel envious at times.   You mention that ‘the fourth coat is when the magic happened, so I’m curious about the length of time it takes to apply four coats of mascara successfully.

    I’m aware that we all function differently in regard to time, but having some idea would be helpful.

    Thank you.

  • Michel Maling

    I usually try and buy mascara with this sort of brush as I hate it when my lashes stick together in a big clump. I would obviously prefer something that made my lashes longer, as over the years they have lost some length. However you can over come that if the mascara is easy to layer and this one seems to do the trick there. 

    • Sariyah

      Hey Michel thanks for stopping by!

      I agree if a mascara does well layering then adding length, volume or boldness to the lash is a easy job!

  • angelce903

    I like vegan makeup! Less animal cruelty, and more natural beauty! I was looking for vegan makeup that is affordable and chic. I think that cat von D would be it and I’ll probably order this mascara one of this day! What is your favorite mascara? Do you use only began makeup or do you also recommend no vegan makeup?

    • Sariyah

      Hey Angelce thanks for your comment!

      That’s right! Ooh that’s a little hard to pick, they all have something cool to bring to the table however since I am currently using the revolution pro mascara, I think I’ll say that is though kvd is awesome too.

      And do you have a favourite one?

      I prefer using only vegan makeup due to me knowing no creatures are hurt, I mean I would recommend using cruelty free products it would be great besides they’re often free from junk too!

      Thanks again!

  • Katt

    I am always looking and trying mascara. I love kat von d long before she has a makeup line. I have tried only her foundation but yet to try this particular mascara. she is the queen of goth dark look so definitely will try it. My only concern is usually I wear mascara for more than 8hrs. Since it doesn’t clump, this still good news for me. Thanks Sariyah for your review on Kat Von D mascara. 

    • Sariyah

      Hey Katy thanks for the comment!

      I definitely suggest you check it out and I think it’ll be alright for that amount of hours, just a little topping up here and there should it fade and then it’ll be as good as new!

      Have a good day!

  • Alberto

    This article is quite informative. I’m looking for possible gifts (makeup related) for a friend and your posts have helped a lot!

    I’m no expert on makeup, but I feel a bit more confident now that I have some information to be able to navigate this world a bit better. 

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Liam Tremblay

    Of course, it is worth trying. I have used this mascara (KVD go big) before. I liked it so much. I recommend it to anyone who wants extra volume. My favourite aspect about this mascara is that it is vegan (plant-based fat) and the price of this product is reasonable too.

  • Herman

    While many people enjoy using mascara as part of their makeup routine, it’s perfectly valid to have personal preferences and not be a fan of it. Makeup is a personal choice, and what works for one person may not work for another.

     It’s great that you still enjoy using other types of makeup like eyeliners, foundation, powder, lipsticks, and lip gloss. Everyone has their own unique preferences when it comes to cosmetics, and it’s important to use products that make you feel comfortable and confident.
    Ultimately, the most important thing is to embrace and enjoy the aspects of makeup that bring you joy and enhance your natural beauty.

  • Michelle

    Great. Thank you. A vegan mascara. No clumping = essential. Very interesting to read your review. I must say, I have always just coated my lashes once or at most twice, it gives a natural look as yous say, but also I think previously when I tried coating them more for more greater effect, the mascara began to clump and leak over my skin. I’ll be interested to try this out.

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