First Impressions: MAC False Lashes Extreme Black Mascara…

 Mac Mascara review

Hey Beauty Buddies…

On Wednesday morning a rather chic looking package fell through the door as Mr postman delivered a complimentary tube of False Lashes Extreme Black Mascara courtesy of MAC

Mac mascara

Yes, you can imagine my shrills of excitement at being able to road test one of our most yearned for cosmetic brands much loved mascara.


Is high-end reeeeeeeally worth the spend?

Before application I had already prepped my eyes and donned a full face of makeup so I was hoping my steady hands would hold up to the job! I must admit the teeny tiny little tube didn’t make the application process somewhat easy, in fact it was pretty tricky trying to manoeuvre around those delicate little internal lashes – one wrong move and the smudge would’ve been a biggy.


*Above: Before Application*


*Above: One Coat*

In my opinion there’s a small variety of products you simply DON’T skimp on… foundation being one of them, however as for mascara I’m always pretty open to trying any newbies at (most) price ranges. Yet to be brutally honest, drug stores are so utterly jam packed with tantalising tubes in a variety of colours I never really feel the need to browse high-end alternatives… and anyways, it would take a heck of A LOT to beat my Rimmel Scandaleyes 😉


Let’s talk Formula…


The formula of MAC False Eyes Extreme Black is undoubtedly very creamy, unfortunately though on first application the name somewhat diminished my expectations… I was expecting lashings of length & droves of drama, topped off with a blacker than black appearance. However after studying it from an array of difference angles it simply looked, well… erm… like a normal ‘every day’ mascara. In fact ladies, I have a cheap and cheerful mascara from GOSH that has an incredibly similar finish for less than half the price.


Above: Two coats

Building on the second coat I was (yet again) preparing myself for great things but it just didn’t transpire to what the name suggested… ‘FALSE LASHES’ ‘EXTREME BLACK’… instead I achieved a rather somewhat dainty looking lash that seemed pretty pleasing to the eye but nothing what I would consider ‘false’ looking or otherwise overly excitable. Is it just me? Am I really too picky to please? *sigh*


Final thoughts?

Don’t get me wrong it’s MAC so of course it’s going to be a quality product, but is it really worth the £19 investment compared to an average £7 from a Superdrug shelf? Honestly gals, I’m not sure it is. I know, I know… it paaaains me to say this but MAC False Lashes Extreme Black didn’t give me false looking lashes nor were they any blacker than a standard mascara formula. On this occasion I’m under the impression you’d simply be shelling out your hard earned cash for a renowned name stamped on a chic looking tube as opposed to the suggested claims of what the product can do to benefit your lash requirements!

To sum it all up: if you’re on the lookout for a high-end, comfortable, everyday mascara that doesn’t flake, crumble and gives somewhat of a feathery finish then I’m pretty sure you’ll love this product. However if you’re dreaming of creating a dramatic lash look that has a false-looking effect then I’d say keep hold of your pennies and invest a fraction of the cost on Seventeen’s Falsifeye HD Mascara instead –  it does a fab job of making sure your lashes pack a lengthy punch without the hefty spend.


*Above: Mac False Lashes Extreme Black – final look!*


Have you tried the MAC False Lash Extreme Black? What’s your favourite must-have mascara? Are you a high end spender or drug store devotee? Whatever your thoughts I’d love to read them in the comments below so do pop by and say a quick hello!

 Wishing y’all an awesome weekend 🙂

 Cheerio chums…

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*Product Review: L’Oreal Telescopic Explosion Mascara…

L'Oreal Telescopic Explosion Mascara

Hey Beauty Buddies….

Happy Monday as yet another week begins! Firstly I’d like to say a huuuuuuuge maahooosive ‘thank you’ to each and every one of you for the masses of kind comments, support, encouragement (and just general loveliness) for the launch of my first YouTube video I posted on Friday. Your support really overwhelmed me! The encouragement here on the WordPress community is incredible – without my blog buddies I wouldn’t have had the confidence to get in front of a camera and ramble for almost 11 minutes so THANK YOU. If you missed it and fancy a quick catch up on my YouTube shenanigans then just *click here* to be virtually whisked off for a recap.

So onto today’s post… I’ve decided to declare my reviews Trash or Treasure – sounds a tad harsh I know, but I thought it was a fun and brutally honest way of getting to grips with some of the latest products I’ll be testing for ya’ll to either rush out & buy OR potentially walk on by.

 Today’s product is the L’Oreal Telescopic Explosion Mascara as kindly sent to me by the fabulous folks over at Direct Cosmetics. If you haven’t already checked out their online haven of heavily discounted big name brands then I’d suggest you have a peek asap – you could be saving yourself a mini fortune on a range of awesome beauty goodies.



L’oreal Telescopic Explosion Mascara


Purchase info

This was sent to me for a review by the lovely team over at Direct Cosmetics (thanks guys) where it is available to buy for a mere £5.89 – that’s £5 off the RRP, not bad eh?!



“L’Oreal Telescopic Explosion Mascara will give you lashes that will blow you away. Helps to lengthen, thicken and separate every single lash with a patented Flexi-Globe brush that coats the lashes from every angle.”



Presented in an eye catching red and black tube this neat little product most certainly isn’t hard to miss. Unlike some of the other mascaras I’ve used in the past the wand handle is long and slightly tapered which gives it great grip when getting to work with lengthening those lashes!



Considering L’oreal’s excellent reputation for lining our vanity tables with tip-top products, my expectations where pretty high and I have to admit they weren’t disappointed. Not gonna lie, initially the little ball ended wand with it’s tiny rubber spikes looked a tad suspicious to begin with. In fact I had my doubts it was going to do anything it claimed as it is incredibly compact.

Thankfully though, from the first stroke of application the length and definition was clearly noticable, if you like your eyelashes fanned out and individually pampered then this is most definitely the mascara for you – it really does work a treat at separating and lengthening. Here’s a few piccies after only one coat, which in my humble opinion does the job perfectly…



One coat of mascara…

L'Oreal Telescopic Mascara 2


L'Oreal Telescopic Mascara 3


L'Oreal Telescopic Mascara

I feel this is a great mascara for everyday use, it almost slightly trains your natural lashes to resemble non over-dramatised individual falsies, which for me, is exactly what I’ve been looking for.

As for removal of the product it was an absolute breeze, I’ve tried removing the product with a variety of lotions and potions (micellar water, facial wash & eye makeup remover) and it breaks down easily on first wipe and doesn’t leave your lashes feeling brittle or agitated in any way.



Personally it’s been pretty hard for me to find any major snags in this mascara, however I will say that as a drugstore brand I feel £10.89 is a little overpriced. However if you are thinking of investing I’d suggest you save yourself a fiver and treat yourself to a tube via Direct Cosmetics… at that price it really is worth it.

Another *potential* grumble could be the size of the wand applicator. As shown below (VERY heavily zoomed in I must add) it’s a teeny round headed little device which is indeed great for the smaller lashes however it can make the application time pretty lengthy in comparison to the regular full bristled applicators.


If you’re often in a rush when applying your daily dose of face-fashion then I’m pretty sure this could end up hindering rather that helping the process.



Overall I’m mightily impressed with the results of the mascara, not sure I’d part with the full RRP but I’d certainly invest £5.89. If you’re looking for lengthy, separated and fanned out lashes I’m pretty sure this isn’t something you’d end up batting your lids at ladies. Great product, great results!


Have you tried L’Oreals Telescopic Explosion? What’s your favourite everyday mascara?

As always, thanks so much for stopping by chums… do leave a quick ‘hello’ in the comments below, I’d love to hear your feedback!

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