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Friday, July 12, 2013

make up for ever smoky extravagant mascara

*Does new mascara dance*

I know, I say I love a lot of things, but above them all, I might just love mascara the most. Whenever forced to answer which three products I'd choose if I could only use those three- yes, it's a question that has come up- I don't always have the same answer, but mascara is always in the mix. It's one of the first makeup items I ever used and it really is quite magical when you find the perfect one. I always get a bit excited when I crack open a new tube. I've been giving Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant Mascara a try and it's pretty great. Read on!

'This mascara delivers long-lasting wear with no clumping in one stroke. Using 4D technology, an exclusive microdefining wax complex envelopes the lash surface in ultrablack pigments for far-away impact and up-close precision. The dual-purpose, cone-shaped brush has a precision tip that separates lashes as the rounded base creates extravagant volume from any distance.' - Make Up For Ever

The first thing I tend to examine when it comes to a new mascara is the brush. This one is a conical wire type brush. It's larger than other conical brushes (like Lancome Doll Lashes, which has a small cone brush) and is designed to 'easily coat lashes from root to tip' and reach 'even the smallest of lashes' with the fine brush tip. The brush works well with this mascara formula, but I do find because of the smaller tip, the wiper isn't able to remove excess mascara from it so you have to be sure to give it a wipe on the edge of the tube or it can be messy.

Before- lightly curled

After- wearing Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant Mascara*

I'm not impressed with my photos (my lashes looked so long in person!), but this mascara really delivers results! With just one coat ( I needed up using almost two) my lashes were volumized, lengthened and super black. When it comes to mascara I want it all and this formula delivers without the need to really 'play' with it when applying.

I love that this mascara lengthens really well while also providing a good dose of volume. It's easy to find a mascara that does one or the other really well, but one that does both can be tricky. The lashes on my left eye are a bit shorter than the right, and don't has as much of a curl to them. When I apply mascara I usually find myself playing around with mascara on that eye to try and make them look as long and full as their right side counter parts. With this mascara I found that I didn't have to play as much, as it lengthened really well upon first coat. As nice as this does apply, you definitely don't want to play around with it though. Once it starts to set (and it does set relatively quickly) it can get clumpy if you keep toying with it.

The Smoky Extravagant formula uses 'a base of Wax Complex and Abyssinian Oils' which allow it to apply easily and remain smudge free, which it totally is. As hot and humid as it's been lately, I've been able to wear this all day with no flaking or smudging to bee seen any wear. Even better, it removes easily with regular makeup remover.

Overall, this mascara is all around awesome! I love how well it adds length and volume and that it lasts all day on my lashes and not on my face. Available now from Sephora and Make Up For Ever Boutiques. Will you be trying this? What's your go-to mascara for hot weather?

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