Make Up For Ever’s beloved Smoky Extravagant Mascara has now become waterproof. I had never previously tried the original version, but I was pretty pleased with the Aqua upgrade, especially as I never reach for waterproof formulations–I usually find them to be drying and very hard to remove.

This is a great mascara for creating some volume while maintaining definition and creating length. It is also quite buildable with no clumping whatsoever, and not too much product is dispensed on the brush, so there is quite a bit of control in the application making it easy to manipulate the formula.

The only thing I didn’t find very easy to manipulate was the large Christmas-tree shaped brush–this might just be the largest mascara brush I have ever seen. This mascara would really be 5/5 if it wasn’t for the sheer size of the brush–because it really is a great brush and creates beautiful lashes, but I found the brush would hit my eyelid every now and again and would create little smudges. Maybe MUFE could consider shrinking it down a bit?

As for how well it stands up against water, I would say pretty damn well. I applied this in the morning and it lasted throughout my work day, my humid walk to work, a really difficult yoga class (aka sweat) and a shower. I only saw a tiny bit of smudging on my outer corners after my shower.


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