MAC In Extreme Dimension 3D Black Lash Mascara: One for the Girls With Natural Lash Curls

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MAC In Extreme Dimension 3D Black Lash

MAC’s new In Extreme Dimension 3D Black Lash mascara ($21)

Is the new MAC In Extreme Dimension 3D Black Lash mascara right for you?

Well, if you happen to be blessed with Zac Efron-like lashes, all super curly and bee-yoo-ti-ful, then perhaps, yes. In Extreme Dimension could be the best thing since pizza-scented Febreze.


(Actually, there’s no such thing as pizza-scented Febreze, but doesn’t it sound great?)

MAC In Extreme Dimension 3D Black Lash Tube

Cute curvy tube

That’s because its one weakness is holding curls, but if you’ve already got ’em, you’re golden.

Other than wimpy curl hold, it delivers lots of bells and whistles for girls/guys who love dramatic black lash looks — no clumps, no flakes or smudges, and you get lots of really lovely length, separation and volume (just shy of the epic Le Volume de Chanel).

Plus, it doesn’t make my lashes feel crunchy or weighed down, and removing it before bed is a snap.

MAC In Extreme Dimension 3D Black Lash Stubby Brush

The stubby brush is a cinch to use

But DAMN! What’s up with the curl? Immediately after I apply the first coat, the curl from my Shu starts relaxing. In no time flat, my naturally straight lashes are back to being straight, sans any curl or lift.

MAC In Extreme Dimension 3D Black Lash

Wearing three coats on the left and two on the right

I know it’s a big no-no…but whenever I wear this mascara, I actually go back and re-curl my lashes after I apply the last coat to get that wide-eyed look I love so much (but I’m careful).

MAC In Extreme Dimension 3D Black Lash Ingredients

The ingredients…in really, really tiny print!

Now, I collect mascaras like a cat lady collects cats, and I get a kick out of combinations. I usually end up combining mascaras in layers, like I’ll start with a layer of one product that excels at holding a curl — Make Up For Ever’s Smoky Extravagant comes to mind — before adding something like In Extreme Dimension 3D on top.

“MAC’s lightweight whipped formula now in an intense blacker than black pigment saturates lashes root to tip, adds volume, extends length and creates curl, while conditioning for softness and flexibility. The final result: extreme dimension that won’t smudge, clump or flake. Exclusive mega brush designed to apply optimal amount of mascara. Ophthalmologist tested.”

Before I forget, doesn’t it seem like the prices of MAC’s mascaras have been creeping up? Remember when you could buy a tube of Zoom Fast Black Lash for $13 just a few years ago? Now it’s $16.

I used to think that MAC mascaras were some of the best bargains at the department store level, but they’re working their way up to Dior. This one clocks in at $21. Hrmpf!

MAC In Extreme Dimension 3D Black Lash Box

Front o’ the box

If you have naturally curly lashes or don’t really care about lash curl, I think this is a good mascara. It delivers big, bold, lush lashes, and I like how dramatic my lashes look when I’m wearing it. I just don’t think I’d ever get into a fistfight to defend its honor on account of its issues with curl hold.


PRICE:$21 for a 0.44-ounce tube
AVAILABILITY:Available now at and at all MAC locations in the permanent line

A little light reading

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Hey, that’s me!

Yup, that’s yours truly with purple hair on Urban Decay’s beauty blog, The Violet Underground. If you feel so inclined (and I hope that you do), check it out, and leave me a comment if you’d like.

So how was your Monday? Mine went by FAST! Now I just want to eat a tuna sandwich and go to bed.

Oh, and be bossed around by Tabs, of course. 🙂 You know, the usual.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Charisma says:

    I must have this! I got naturally curly lashes so I just got lucky not to curl it everyday. Wearing a mascara is like coffee for me, I just can’t live without it.
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  2. angelique says:

    I think this will solve my problem. I’d love to have this. I’ll be buying this maybe next month. 🙂

  3. Gowthami says:

    It coats very well and each lash is defined lovely 🙂
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  4. Love the makeup that you are wearing on these photos 😉

  5. Danielle says:

    I have not tried this newer shade, but the original In Extreme Dimension mascara is one of my favorite MAC products!
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  6. Natalye says:

    I love the packaging and your lashes look great!

  7. Rosie says:

    I have a huge problem finding a mascara that can hold the curl. I also need water resistant because I wear contacts. My favorite from the past was Loreal le grand curl. but that’s been gone for years. What mascara is your fave for holding a curl? cheap or not, I will give it a try

  8. Kay Murphy says:

    I bought this mascara after reading about it in The Sunday Times. The write up stressed the point that no eye lash curler was needed as it produced fabulous curl. That and the fact it was also promoted as completely smudgeproof prompted my purchase as i do have moist eyes and usually require waterproof. Hugely disappointed. It takes ages to dry, which is why i think it doesnt hold any curl, and smudges long after application. I will be giving this away to any friend that wants it and hot foot it straight back to Lancome Hypnose Doll’s Eyes Waterproof Mascara.

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