Smoky Extravagant Mascara
Last Updated:03.25.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

When it comes to Smoky Extravagant Mascara, the only real "Extravagant" parts are the claims! The company says Smoky Extravagant uses "4D technology" (because 3D is so 2012, right?) and has an "exclusive microdefining wax complex that envelops the lash surface in ultrablack pigments." That's impressive sounding, right? In reality, that's what all mascaras do, but we have to agree that that's great marketing spin.

Extravagant claims aside, this is a good mascara that adds significant length and moderate volume to lashes. It doesn't flake or smudge throughout the day, and it comes off easily with cleanser and water. It also doesn't feel heavy or stiff, which means all-day wear is comfortable.

The only problem is that this does have a tendency to clump after you put a couple of coats on, although it's relatively easy to comb these clumps out. But, given that there are mascaras that don't clump, why bother with this one?

  • Adds significant length and moderate volume to lashes.
  • Doesn't smudge or flake throughout the day.
  • Lightweight and doesn't make lashes feel stiff.
  • Comes off easily with a water-soluble cleanser.
  • Tends to clump after a couple of coats, although the clumps can be easily brushed out.
Brand Overview

Make Up For Ever At-A-Glance

Strengths: Wonderful foundations; impressive options (and shade ranges) for powders, powder blush, and powder eyeshadow; some extraordinary lip glosses and lipstick/lip color options (and again, the shade ranges are remarkable); a few formidable mascaras; good shimmer options.

Weaknesses:Can be expensive; a few formulas contain needlessly high amounts of fragrance.

This Paris-based makeup collection traces its roots to theatrical and fashion makeup, building on the concept that a professional makeup artist not only desires, but also needs, every conceivable color and texture to create the broadest range of looks. Since 1984, Make Up For Ever creators Dany Sanz and Jacques Waneph have been doing their best to meet these criteria. Through the years, this line has gone from offering a tremendous array of colors in their own European boutiques to a more streamlined, "everyday" collection of products in select department stores and (primarily) Sephora, whose parent company, LVMH, has owned Make Up For Ever since 1999.

The color line presents an intriguing blend of classic, workable shades positioned next to some truly unique hues and finishes that only those involved with theater or the most flamboyant "anything goes" makeup artist (or diva) would covet. A major plus for this line is that many of the colors are densely pigmented, working beautifully on medium to deep skin tones. The drawback is that fair and lighter skin tones may find their choices more limited in a few areas of the brands’ ranges. However, for those who want it all when it comes to possible shades, this line more than delivers what it takes to please.

An interesting aspect of this line is that, category to category, there are mostly exceptional choices, with products that we found to be average—certainly falling short of what we know Make Up For Ever to be capable of. However, if you are cautious of those few pitfalls (fortunately, there are an abundance of testers to experiment with at Sephora or the brand’s standalone boutiques) you will undoubtedly be pleased with those products that Make Up For Ever does best.

For more information on Make Up For Ever, call (877) 757-5175 or visit www.makeupforever.com.

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Crazy Good.

You know I love you guys, but for once in my life I have to disagree. This is the best mascara I've ever tried! Best of the best! Maybe not for days when I want really natural, subtle lashes, but I hardly ever want that. :) This is the one I reach for when I want it all—lots of length and volume without clumps. Easy to use, doesn't flake or smudge, looks amazing and washes off easily with nothing but my have PC Earth Sourced cleanser.

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Excellent mascara

Received a sample at my last visit to Sephora and have to say it is the best mascara I have tried in years. Could never wear mascara on my lower lashes because most mascaras smudge and I would end up with raccoon eyes. I can now wear mascara on upper and lower lashes! Will certainly buy this product once I have used up the sample.

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This product was comfortable and looked good but only for the first 4 hours after applying. By noon, I find traces of it fallen on cheeks, on my lower lids and even on my brows. The brush is ridiculous; so awkward to use with that big cone shape brush for my small eyes. For the price, I expected better.

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Fantastic mascara

I've tried a lot mascara's recently (both drugstore and department store brands) and this is the clear winner! I find the shape of this mascara wand helps to create some volume and lots of length where I need and want it and allows me to get to the finer lashes in the corners. And as a contact lens wearer, I love that the formula lasts all day (12 hours) without flaking.

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