Unsung Makeup Heroes: Makeup Forever Smoky Extravagant Mascara and Rimmel Stay Matte Long Lasting Pressed Powder

Published in: Drugstore Beauty Finds, Guest Post, Make Up For Ever, Makeup, Rimmel, Unsung Heroes

Makeup Forever Smoky Extravagant Mascara in Black

Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant Mascara in Black ($12)

The long-running Unsung Heroes series here on Makeup and Beauty Blog features some of our all-time favorite permanent collection products.

Price and ease of use: two of the main, biggest things I factor into my makeup buying decisions. If something is way too complicated or doesn’t apply well, I’m not going to use it. And if it’s overly pricey or not worth investing in, I’m not going to buy it, which is why I love both of the two products I’m showing you here.

I first encountered Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant Mascara a year (maybe two?) ago when it was the birthday gift at Sephora. It came in a mini version with a nude lipstick, the shade of which I can’t remember now, unfortunately. I’ve since finished the lipstick, and I’m almost done with that particular mascara, but I also have a second one that I keep in my purse.

Advertisement
Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant Mascara

So tiny and convenient

This mascara has served me SO well. The mini one has been perfect for my purse (and, let’s be honest, I kind of love the mini versions of most things). It’s great daytime and nighttime looks.

The wand is also a perfect shape, in my opinion. Wider at one end, it tapers down to a really nice point that gives me lovely, fanned out lashes every time. It also deposits just the right amount of product.

And the color is another factor for me. It’s a gorgeous inky black. If you like brown mascaras, you’re out of luck, because this one only comes in black, but I wouldn’t mind seeing it released some other colors.

Bonus: It doesn't make my lashes push up against my glasses!

Bonus: It doesn’t make my lashes push up against my glasses!

One of my other favorite products is Rimmel London Stay Matte Pressed Powder in Translucent, which I’m wearing in the pic below. I saw someone write about it a few years ago and scoured drugstores for it. I’ve been using it ever since as my everyday matte finishing powder.

Rimmel Stay Matte Long Lasting Pressed Powder

Rimmel Stay Matte Long Lasting Pressed Powder in Translucent ($4.99)

It’s not cakey, doesn’t break me out, and I often use it on its own atop my moisturizer to make sure that I’m not oily.

Advertisement

I feel like Rimmel London doesn’t always get a lot of praise online, and I’m not exactly sure why. I’ve been loving this powder for a few years now, and as you can see, this one has lasted me a LONG time. I’ve only recently started to wear away at the fleur de lis imprint.

I've definitely gotten a lot of mileage out of this little pan.

I’ve definitely gotten a lot of mileage out of this little pan…

Rimmel Stay Matte Long Lasting Pressed Powder in Translucent and Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant Mascara in Black are crucial to my everyday face. Unless I’m just bumming around the house for the day, you can bet I have at least one, if not both, of them on.

Wearing smoky extravagant on my eyes, and stay matte pressed powder all over my face.

Wearing smoky extravagant on my eyes and stay matte pressed powder all over my face

In case you’re wondering, I’m also wearing Estee Lauder New Dimension Plump+Fill Expert Lip Treatment on my lips, iT Costmetics bye bye undereye concealer in medium, Becca Shadow and Light Contour Mousse in Cocoa, and a touch of MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Warm Rose.

Did you also get Smoky Extravagant when it was the Sephora birthday gift? Do you like it? And do you happen to remember the name of the matching lipstick it came with so that I might finally be able to repurchase another?


Marcella Yakalis


Marcella Yakalis is a freelance writer living and working in Brooklyn, New York, with two cats, one snake, and one very patient boyfriend. She writes about family, relationships, and oppressive retail culture. She can also be found on Twitter and Instagram.

10 Comments

Like this post? Tell your friends!

So far, 10 people have commented on this article. How cool is that?

  1. Nancy says:

    I got the sample of mascara and it did absolutely nothing for me. I like big, thick voluminous lashes and it was way too natural. The stay matte powder is good with a light hand!

  2. Teresa Luong says:

    The lipstick was Rouge Artist Natural lipstick in N9.

  3. Becky says:

    I’m totally with you on the Rimmel Stay Matte. It’s so underrated! It’s relatively inexpensive and holds up really well on my skin, a lot better than some very expensive pressed powders!

    Beekeyper – Latest post – Laura Mercier Verbena Infusion Crème Body Cleanse

  4. I have heard many people talk about that Rimmel powder before, but sadly we don’t get it here in Germany.
    LindaLibraLoca recently posted … Inspired by … Jill Stuart Summer 2016

  5. Erin says:

    Your skin is looking sooo good!
    Erin recently posted … Derek Lam 10 Crosby 2am Kiss

    • Marcella Yakalis says:

      Thank you! That’s so good to hear! Unfortunately right now hormone related things have reared their heads and I have a breakout 🙁

  6. That Rimmel powder never worked for me. I really need something VERY mattifying, and I also prefer translucent formulas.
    Kiss & Make-up recently posted … New in | USA make-up haul with Makeup Geek, ColourPop, LORAC, Coastal Scents and more!

  7. hanna says:

    I need to check out that powder
    hanna recently posted … Caturday: Apartment Cats

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge

css.php