Review: MUFE Smoky Extravagant Mascara

If y’all follow me in Insta {which I know you do, but in case you don’t, click here and make that happen!} you know that I love a good sample.  I especially love a sample when it’s of a high end mascara that I can compare to my BELOVED drugstore fave: Lash Sensational!

I always keep samples – sometimes just to try something new, sometimes ‘cause they’re an old fave and a staple in my purse – in a special place within my collection.  This post that follows is my review of a long touted high-end cult fave from Make Up Forever (MUFE).

This beauty, Makeup Forever Smoky Extravagant, retails {in full size} for $30 CAD at Sephora. While not crazy expensive, it is creeping up towards the top end of my preferred high end mascara budget. I’ve heard people rave for years about the MUFE Smoky mascara, and so when this lil sample of the Smokey Extravagant found its way into my Sephora cart, I knew it would be a must-try.

The website touts the product as a clump-free, volumizing mascara that 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.

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Here’s a close up of the brush – the shape is big at the outer end to give a cat-eye curl, but I’m not sure it works as intended

Let’s focus on that last little bolded part: the brush.  I found it really, really hard to work with.  Perhaps it’s just due to the shortened handle on the sample size, however I think it may be the fact that the shape is odd and the brush is HUGE.  I have eyes on the bigger side and long lashes and this really took some getting used to.  The actual application isn’t clumpy, so that’s a plus.

In terms of the formula, it goes on smooth and is easy to layer without the dreaded spider effect.  Beyond the initial adjustment time to the brush, I found it easy to work with {again, easy is a relative term – I had to get used to the brush first!} and a great mascara for every day.

I think the colour deserves a mention as well: it’s not super black and it’s certainly not far away impact.  In fact, I think that my Lash Sensational is a bolder black, really.  BUT, it’s not terrible.  It’s just a meh sort of a very average black tone.  Nothing special, if you ask me.

The wear time isn’t terrible.  It didn’t seem to clump on me, and only left a few black marks under the eyes following some super humid weather days in Toronto.  Again, if I’m paying the high end price, it shouldn’t smudge.  At. All.   It also doesn’t hold a curl as well as other mascaras.  That may be a function of the aforementioned humidity issue {you think flat lashes are bad, you should see my super curly hair in this humidity}, but I did try it on days when the weather was normal – the curl didn’t stay and it still smudged, for what it’s worth!

 


 

The Verdict:  Don’t buy this unless you want to spend $30 on something that’s just average.  If you get a free sample, go ahead and use it!  The product doesn’t entirely suck, but it’s certainly not worth $30.  The brush is hard to work with, the formula is smudge-y, and it doesn’t dry to a firm curl.  Skip this one and save your hard earned dollars!

 

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