You may or may not know I have a lot of love for MAC makeup products. I only have a small collection of their products, mainly made up of their lipsticks and lip liners, but their mascaras were something I just hadn’t ever tried. It’s pretty obvious that I have now tried one of their mascaras, otherwise I wouldn’t be writing this post. The mascara I now have my hands on is the False Lashes Extreme Black mascara, and I’ve certainly taken quite a liking to it.
MAC describes the formula of this mascara as ‘inky, lightweight and mousse-like’. It does live up to its claims as the formula is definitely very inky in terms of its colour, extreme black as the name claims, which I love as it really makes my lashes pop. There really is no other way to describe the formula of this mascara other than mousse-like, as MAC have stated. It’s not overly wet, but it’s certainly not dry. You’re probably familiar with the overly wet and runny formulas of certain mascaras, but this one is placed nicely in the middle of the spectrum, however slightly more on the wet side. Now you’re probably thinking, ah a fairly wet mascara, surely it’s going to clump, right? Well you’re wrong. The shape of the brush and the tightly compacted bristles ensure that the lashes are evenly coated and defined with product, so there’s no clumpy mess in sight.
This mascara does a fantastic job at lengthening the lashes, which is of course what every girl wants in a mascara, surely? MAC claims that it ‘creates the illusion of lash extensions’, but I personally have never had lash extensions or worn fake eyelashes for that matter so I can’t compare the mascara to either of them unfortunately. However I’d say it’s probably not far off! With this mascara, it doesn’t take much to create dramatic length and this is something I really look for when purchasing a new mascara. In my opinion, mascara is one of the things that really ties together a makeup look, so I want my mascara to make my lashes really stand out, and this one fails to disappoint. In terms of volume, this mascara gives me just the right amount of volume that works well with the lengthening properties it has too. I’ve read some existing reviews of this product and some bloggers say that it doesn’t give their lashes enough volume, however personally I have to disagree on this one – I think it does a fab job!
Whilst this gem from MAC does seem like what every girl could ever want in a mascara, there is one thing that does let it down. Now I have to put it out there that this mascara does last really well on my lashes, however this is only if my eyes stay dry all day. What I mean by that is, if you feel like you’re going to have a day where you cry, or if you suffer with hay fever, or even if you’re going swimming (and so on) then do not wear this mascara. It will smudge quite easily if exposed to water and leave you with panda eyes – not a good look! I guess it’s what is to be expected from such an inky black formula. Also, as it is a MAC mascara, the price is a little steep at £19, but I definitely think this mascara is worth the money if you’re after something a little more luxurious that will give you amazingly long and super black lashes. But of course, there are some drugstore alternatives if you’re looking for a cheaper option (I think Maybelline Great Lash is a pretty good dupe – just a little hint).
Overall, panda eyes and price aside, I really do love this mascara and am so glad I have it in my collection of MAC products. I think a repurchase is almost definite!
Have you tried the MAC False Lashes Extreme Black mascara or any other MAC mascaras? What mascara are you loving right now?