If you and I were cubicle buddies on break and only had five minutes to catch up, grab Starbucks (soy chai latte for me, no foam, please) AND talk makeup shop, I would probably 1) ask you what you were wearing on your lips, because I’m always looking for cool new combos to try, and 2) mention how much I’m digging the new $24 Make Up For Ever Smokey Extravagant Mascara, because whenever I wear it, my lashes enter a room before I do.
Two coats of this volume-growing, curl-maximizing mascara make my naturally uninspiring lashes so glossy, full and pitch black that I can see them in a mirror from across the room.
Yeah, me and Smoky Extravagant? We coo’.
All about performance and precision, it launched earlier this month with a lofty gaol at Sephora stores and Make Up For Ever Boutiques.
According to MUFE, Make Up For Ever Creator and Artistic Director Dany Sanz was trying to create the darkest, most dramatic black mascara she could for stage, backstage and real life.
What sets Smoky Extravagant Mascara apart?
- MUFE used the darkest pigments they could find. They formulating them to envelop each eyelash in an opaque cocoon of light-absorbing product, making the inky blackness even more intense.
- They used a smooth base of wax and Abyssinian Oil (often used in hair products) to help the formula glide on and off lashes, making it a snap to remove and apply.
- They included a cone-shaped brush head with 580 bristles (!). The tapered tip latches onto even the daintiest lashes while the fuller end pumps up the volume.
My experience with Smoky Extravagant has been nothing short of great! It may not be a good fit if you like it when the tips of your lashes flirt with your brows (it’s not the greatest for length), but for the darkest black, smooth, glossy lashes with separation and curl, it lives up to its name.
Two coats on my upper and lower lashes remain free of smudges and flakes all day long, as long as I remember not to rub my eyes.
And the brush? Amazering. It picks up just the right amount of product every time, so no need to swipe it across a paper towel first, and a single swipe really does coat every lash. It even gets those teeny, tiny hairs that hang out in the corners.
If you like the look of inky black, defined lashes, a little plumped up and curled (think natural-looking falsies), don’t pass up Smoky Extravagant.
But if you want some cray-cray long lashes that drag queens will take their hoop earrings off and fight you for, you’ll probably want to start with a layer of a better lengthening mascara first.
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Sephora stores, Make Up For Ever Boutiques and online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A-
Had to share!
Dude, why is it so hard NOT to wear hole-riddled gym clothes to sleep? Half the time I look like I’m going paintballing when I climb into bed.
I gotta step up my sleepwear game… I’ve been eyeing these Lovebirds Pajamas by Honeydew Intimates this month, and they’re finally on sale at nordstrom.com for $25 (originally $38).
What do you usually wear to bed, and where do you usually get your jammies/sleepwear?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,