False Lashes Extreme Black Mascara
Last Updated:11.25.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This is among M.A.C.’s most expensive mascaras but does the extra cost pay you back with extra benefits? It depends. This mascara is excellent for quick, clean length with near-perfect definition, even for hard-to-reach inner corner lashes. It builds well but doesn’t offer much thickness, even with successive coats. M.A.C.’s original False Lashes Mascara Volume is the one to go for if you want thicker lashes, but if your primary goal is notably longer, beautifully defined lashes this is a smart investment! And, true to its name, this goes on inky-black for enhanced drama.

Brand Overview

M.A.C. Cosmetics At-A-Glance

What more can one say for this long-standing makeup line whose products have spoken eloquently for themselves for years? In many ways, M.A.C. Cosmetics is a pivotal line not only for makeup artists but also for any in-the-know cosmetics consumer. Although M.A.C. has several singularly outstanding products, they generally excel by virtue of the range of choices offered. The color selection for everything from lipsticks to foundations is exceptional. Most of the makeup brushes are beautiful, full, and soft, as well as properly sized to fit the contours of the face and eyes.

When it comes to skincare you may be tempted to dismiss the small assortment M.A.C. offers and skip right to their makeup with its well-earned positive reputation. But doing so would mean missing a handful of beautifully formulated products that are worth trying. By no means is M.A.C.'s skin-care line one-stop shopping (at least not if you have blemishes, skin discolorations, or require more than a couple options per category), but you'll find more than just the color products impressive here, and the prices aren't unreasonable either!

M.A.C.'s salespeople are often trained makeup artists, too. This is especially true in the freestanding M.A.C. boutiques, where the staff tends to be true makeup artists.

Note: M.A.C. sets itself apart from other beauty brands by staying ahead of the curve by launching a seemingly-constant rotation of impressive limited edition products, usually with fashion-forward themes. Though it's impossible to review every limited edition product, many of M.A.C.'s are as impressive as those in their permanent collection.

Strengths: Some impressive moisturizers; praiseworthy foundations in a mostly gorgeous range of shades; good concealers; several great powder-based products including blush, bronzer, and eyeshadow in various finishes; dizzying array of lipstick shades in mostly sumptuous formulas; several very good mascaras (regular and waterproof); top-notch makeup brushes; many of the Prep + Prime products work as claimed.

Weaknesses:A few products with high levels of potential skin irritants.

For more information about M.A.C. Cosmetics call (800) 588-0070 or visit www.maccosmetics.com.

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beautiful long lashes

I received a sample of this in a Norstrom Order and have been using for a week. This makes my lashes long and defined without clumping them. I normally don't use mascara on my bottom lashes, especially with a volume mascara, but this works perfect, I didn't see the price of it, but may pick this up. As the review says, the brush gets in to really lengthen. Beautiful long lash.

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cheryl, Z

I bought a travel size of this to try out and I was not impressed. No volume and only a tiny bit of length. The real downfall of this mascara was that by the time I got to work about 40 min after applying, my under eye skin was covered in black. I hadn`t touched my face and my face did not get wet. I do have oily skin and some mascaras do smudge a little bit by the end of the day but this was ridiculous. I will use this up when I do a smoky eye but that will be it.

Reviewed by
KoKo C.
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