Review: Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant Mascara

Some years ago, I signed up as a Sephora Beauty Insider. Although I only purchase from Sephora when I am in the US, I decided it was a good idea since their points do not expire.  As a Beauty Insider, I can receive a free birthday gift from Sephora, and last year I was lucky enough to be in New York to receive it.  This is a review of the Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant Mascara, which was a deluxe sample included in the birthday gift.

What it does: (from the Sephora website)

This clump-free mascara delivers long-lasting wear 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.


Price: $24

Availability: This and other Make Up For Ever products are available in the US at Sephora, Make Up For Ever boutiques, and their respective websites.

Brush: The brush on this mascara is very large, and is probably the largest brush I have ever used! It is also cone shaped, with a very small tip which was useful to get into small areas. 




  • This mascara really gave me great length!
  • This product did not leave residue under my eyes, even after a full day of wearing it



  • The brush is huge, and felt very awkward.
  • The price.


Would I repurchase?  No.  This is a good mascara, and I am glad I got to try it.  If you have $24 to spare, or have a chance to buy this at a lower price, I recommend it.  However, it just wasn’t mindblowing compared to other drugstore brands.


I know, I know… I am very biased against expensive mascaras! Since I religiously throw out my mascaras after 3 months, I can’t justify spending >$20 on something which is not amazing!


Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

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