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Thursday 19 February 2015

Mascaras! Make Up Forever Smoky Extravagant, NYC Big Bold Angel Lash & Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes.

I've been trialing these three out quietly away to myself for a while and have come to some conclusions.

Make up bag from Pamela Barker 

First up is Tarte's Lights, Camera, Lashes. This is a "4-in-1 mascara with a high performance formula, proven to increase lash volume by 330 percent". That 4-in-1 is lengthening, curling, conditioning and protecting by the way. 

I like this one, as I do most things Tarte. The packaging sets it apart from most other mascaras on the market and it gives a natural look that's ideal for daytime. I get no clumping with it, each individual lash gets coated and although it doesn't dry out quickly, it can occasionally leave some flaking, especially after wearing throughout a long day. This is $20, available online HERE.

One coat only in both photos.

Next up is Make Up Forever's Smoky Extravagant mascara*. I only have a sample size of this but have been getting surprisingly good mileage out of it. This is a "precision mascara, using 4D technology to coat the surface of the lashes in ultrablack pigment with a cone shaped brush to separate lashes and create extravagant volume". Phew! That's a lot of fancy cosmetics talk.

I've been using this for events or nights out as a couple of coats gives a more dramatic look than how I'd wear it for work. This has a slightly sticky feel to it when you touch your lashes (even when dry) but I feel like it's that that prevents any flaking- even after a 13 hour shift in work. Two thumbs up for this one. Available in their flagship store on Camden St, Dublin 2.

One coat only in both photos.

Finally, there's this bargainous offering from NYC, Big Bold Angel Lash*:

This is designed to give you "big bold but featherlight volume that visibly adds 11x more volume in two coats". I also really liked this one, it actually looks really similar to the effect of the MUFE, except much cheaper, obviously. In fact I wore one on each eye one day and they really looked the exact same. Available in Penneys and Dunnes stores nationwide.

One coat. The actual state of my eyebrows, I'm growing them atm. Bleurgh.

If I had to buy any of them right now I'd get a full size of the MUFE but that's not to say I wouldn't purchase the others when they run out too.

What do you think? Have you tried any of these?

*Press sample, gratefully received. All opinions my own, as always.


  1. I really like the makeup bag!

    I think I'll give the NYC mascara a try at some point. Their High Definition mascara is one of my faves, so it'd be good to see how others in the range compare

  2. the make up forever one looks amazing! so dramatic!

  3. I like the look of the NYC but I can never find a stand! Very annoying when you want to have a root. Love the bag!

  4. Your lashes look amazing with the Makeup Forever and NYC one. I must head down to an NYC stand as soon as I can :-)

  5. I had the MUFE Smoky Lash (Not the Extravagant version!) once before and it was incredible but I hate splashing out on mascara. It only lasts three months and I have found so many good ones for a few euro. I started using the Essence Lash Princess today and it is UNREAL - although very bold, probably not for work/natural looks. I will give that NYC one a go in the future for sure!