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MAKE UP FOR EVER Smoky Extravagant Mascara Review


•  Extravagant Volume, Up Close Precision  •

MAKE UP FOR EVER Professional released the new Smoky Extravagant mascara earlier this year – a mascara said to deliver volume, length, curl and precision utilizing ultra-black natural mineral pigments.  Regardless of your “stage” – a movie set, the runway, or the office, this mascara is said to be a must-have for every woman.


Smoky Extravagant Mascara


•  The Brush  •


The Smoky Extravagant brush utilizes Tynex Fiber on all 580 bristles on the brush which combs, lifts and elongates the lashes.  The unique conic shape really helps with coating every lash – I actually saw lashes appear that I forgot about!  Here are some before and after shots:


•  review  •

Smoky Extravagant Mascara is a very pigmented black mascara containing Natural Mineral Pigments made of Micronized Iron Oxide.  The formula is designed to coat each lash with opaque color, and is safe for sensitive eyes or contact wearers.  The formula contains Panthenol Pro-Vitamin B5 which is nourishing to the lashes.

The formula is a nice consistency, not to thick or thin, and not overly wet.  My preference is to wear one coat on my lashes.  I find it separates the lashes well and really does coat every last one.  While I had a little bit of a learning curve when working with the conical shape of the mascara brush, I caught on quickly and found it easy to work with.  I like the more precise tip on the end of the brush to get every last lash, and the thicker end of the brush works well on the outer lashes.  I do find I have to wipe off the tip of the brush after pulling it from the bottle so there is not excess product on the tip.  When going in for a second coat on the lashes I do have to separate them with a lash comb so my lashes do not stick together.  My lashes have a hard time holding a curl without the use of a waterproof or very light mascara, and I do find with the Smoky Extravagant that my lashes do need additional assistance from a coat of waterproof mascara first, or (carefully) curling the lashes after application of Smoky Lash – something I do not do on a regular basis.

The result I get from using this mascara on my lashes is one of lengthening and separating, but I do not see much volume.  My lashes are a little thin and not very full on their own, and when going in for another coat they tend to stick together rather than build up in volume.  I do find the mascara nourishing, and it leaves my lashes feeling conditioned.  It is easy to remove with an eye makeup remover.


Overall I like the ultra-black and nourishing formula of Smoky Extravagant mascara, and although I do not get the volume or curl on my lashes with this mascara alone, I do like to pair it with a waterproof mascara to achieve the lashes I am looking for.  If you need length and separation in an intensely black mascara, look into Smoky Extravagant to see what you think!


88%, B+
Formula 8/10  |  Pigmentation 10/10  |  Application 8/10  |  Longevity 10/10  |  Overall Product Rating 8/10


MAKE UP FOR EVER Smoky Extravagant Mascara $24 US, 0.23 oz.  Available at MAKE UP FOR EVER Boutiques and Sephora.

Also available at Sephora as part of these Limited Edition sets:

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  1. Arielle says:

    It’s so funny you posted this today because I added it to my list of “products that flopped” this morning. I was excited to try it but it ended up not fulfilling my needs. I had a similar experience. I love the smoky lash so I was surprised this wasn’t similar.
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    • Angie says:

      I actually have yet to try the Smoky Lash – I think I definitely need to give it a try then! :) Yes, that is very surprising it isn’t similar then!

  2. Olivia says:

    Just reviewed this too! Looks really nice on you.
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