The Mascara Series: Points System and MUFE Smoky Extravagant

Hi, Guys! (Well, you know, “guys”: meaning slang for mostly gals haha)

I’m starting a series of mascara reviews, and I wanted to do a post sharing my points system. I did a video recently, asking you guys what is important to you when it comes to mascaras–and you guys gave me some REALLY good suggestions. Thank you so much! I decided on a 100 point system to base my reviews on, with each category ranging from 5 to 10 points–with categories for everything from the packaging to the pigmentation to how easy it is to get it off at the end of the day.

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“The List”

So, here are the categories and the points I assigned to each one:

1. Price/How easy is it to get our hands on this mascara?  0-10 possible points

2. Packaging/Brush: 0-10 possible points

3. Formula/Bonus Features/Claims made by the company about this mascara: 0-5 possible points

4. Color Pigmentation/Variety of Colors Offered: 0-5 possible points

5. Application/Ease of Use/Gets into Base of Lashes: 0-10 possible points

6. Smudging/Transfer/Wear/Clumpiness/Spiderlash (good or bad)/Irritates Eyes: 0-10 possible points

7. Separation: 0-10 possible points

8. Volumizing: 0-10 possible points

9. Lengthening: 0-10 possible points

10. Curling/Holds a Curl: 0-10 possible points

11. Easy to Get Off (at the end of the day): 0-10 possible points

All of these add up (of course) to a total of 100 points. So, from there I came up with a grading system from A-F

A+= 100 – 91 points

A= 90 – 80 points

B= 79 – 70 points

C= 69 – 60 points

D= 59 – 50 points

F= 49 – 0 points

I think it’s pretty fair–there’s no way that a mascara is going to get below 50 points! No “F’s” in this bunch (I hope!) But yeah, I wanted to start with that. Now, let’s get to the fun part!!! The first mascara I reviewed for this series was the Smoky Extravagant Mascara from Make Up Forever

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Wow, I look REALLY greasy here!

Smoky Extravagant Mascara (Make Up Forever)

1. Price/Ease of Purchase: 6/10

2. Packaging/Wand: 7/10

3. Formula/Claims/Bonus Features/Serums: 4/5

4. Color Pigmentation & Variety: 4/5

5. Application/Easy to Apply/Gets in Base: 5/10

6. Transfer/Smudge/Clump/Spiderlash/Irritation: 8/10

7. Separation: 2/10

8. Volumizing: 10/10

9. Lengthening: 5/10

10. Curling/Holds Curl: 0/10

11. Easy to Get Off (at the end of the day): 10/10

Total Points: 61/100  “C”

If you would like to see why this mascara scored how it did, please feel free to check out the video I posted to YouTube about it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmV1HxYPo8E

All in all, Smoky Extravagant is a decent-ish mascara. The reason it scored poorly was really about the claims that MUFE makes about how it performs–I was expecting Volume, Length, and Curl out of this. It does provide quite a bit of volume–but it is by no means the most lengthening or curling mascara I have ever used. It does not separate my lashes at all–but it doesn’t claim to–so I don’t expect it.

The other main issue I have with this mascara is the price. It is expensive, no doubt. I don’t mind paying for a higher-end mascara ( I gladly pay more for mascaras like YSL Babydoll and Armani Eyes to Kill), but this one just doesn’t seem to warrant the higher price tag. Now, I did get this as a free sample from Sephora–I’m going to use it up. I actually like using as the third step in my typical daily mascara routine (primer, then separating mascara, finished with a volumizing formula). So, it’s all good to me!

As with everything like this, these reviews are based solely on my opinion. I have really short, stumpy lashes that need a lot of help. A lot of other people really seem to like this mascara–when I was doing my research for the formula/claims portion of this review I saw that it had a 4.5 out of 5 stars on Sephora’s website. I’m not trying to dissuade you from buying it, I’m just giving those who are looking for it my opinion. If you have this mascara, I would love to hear your thoughts on it!

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Lots of good stuff in the Think Tank for the Week…

My next review will be on a really popular (and double-ended) drugstore mascara…

As always, hope you’re having a yummy day or night!

–Cookie

L’oreal Voluminous False Fiber Lashes

Ad for Voluminous False Fiber Lashes

Hello, Lovelies!

 
I am obsessed with this mascara. As a makeup junkie, there are certain products that really get my juices flowing (um, sorry if that sounded really gross…)–none more so than mascara. Its unbelieveable how many I’ve tried.
 
I was standing in Walgreens the other night when I saw this beautiful ad for the new L’oreal Voluminous False Fiber Lashes. Oh. Another “false fiber” mascara…great. I have tried many, Fiberwiig and the other L’oreal one (the one with two steps, can’t for the life of me remember the name right now)–all with mediocre results. I have a product by Phillipe Chansel, his line is called Ready to Wear and it sells on HSN, that is basically the fiber part–and I like it for the effect it gives. The only problem is that I wind up with thousands of tiny little fibers all over my face: think eyeshadow fallout to the umpth degree. No good. So, my expectations weren’t really all that high for this mascara.
 
I have to tell you, I am impressed! I have really short, squatty lashes. Here is a photo of them, no mascara.

 And here I am with ONE COAT of the Voluminous False Fiber

Do they look like false lashes? Nah. But they look sooooo much better with this mascara on! Here is another view, first with nothing on.
 

Again, no mascara

I apologize for the picture quality, I look like a deer caught in the headlights, I know! haha Ok, back to the before and afters. Here is me with ONE COAT of this mascara again.

ONE COAT!

PFI. Pretty…incredible. Just for fun, I compared it with my new Benefit “They’re Real” Mascara…
 
It took two coats to get Benefit to look like this…
And again, ONE COAT of the Voluminous

PFI. Seriously, PFI. I cannot imagine being without this mascara now.

 
I was posting this on Beautylish, and a girl said “Well, that’s false advertising because they don’t look fake…”. She’s right, these are clearly my own lashes. In the ad, they claim that it will give you a false lash look, and it does not do that at all. Its a shame that cosmetics companies feel they need to say these things, false lash mascaras are the new “thing” and so I guess they feel that they need to say that. Silly. All they need to say was “this is a PFI mascara”. Why not just call it PFI? I don’t mind it. That would be an honest ad. Do you wonder if Gwen Stefani felt bad as her makeup artist for the shoot applied those lovely FAKE lashes? Don’t we mind that we are deceiving the public anymore?
 
Anyway, here’s the rub. This is a great mascara that unfortuneately a lot of people will be disappointed with because they chose to lie about their marketing. Anybody in their right mind should know that NO mascara is going to make you look like your real lashes are false lashes. If you want that look, you are going to need to put on false lashes. But, this is an amazing mascara. I don’t need to go through any scoring system to let you know that this is a perfect 20 in my book. The only other mascaras to ever get this from me are CoverGirl Volume Exact, CoverGirl Lash Perfection, MAC Haute & Naughty and Maybelline Full N Soft. This mascara holds its own with those, if not surpassing every single one of them. No, wait, that’s not fair. Haute & Naughty has two wands, so it may be a little bit better. I am not sure, now that I really think about it. Ugh.
 
I mean to say that what this mascara does, it does pretty …incredibly well.
 
–Cookie
 

Nuance by Salma Hayek Review and Tutorial Video

Third Look, Nuance Smokey Quad

Hello, Lovelies!

 
This morning, I uploaded a triple tutorial using the Smokey Quad from Salma Hayek’s new Nuance line that’s in CVS. In the video, I mistakenly alluded to the fact that other drugstores may have her line, but you can only find it in CVS. Now that I have corrected that mistake, I have to tell you, this was the most challenging video I have created to date–it was such a bear to make! Along with my usual challenges (lighting, saying “ooookay, ummm, and absolutely!” entirely too often), I had FOUR children running around at the time! Ack! On top of all that, my cat just had a litter of kittens. Wow. What a day yesterday was! But, all in all, I am really proud of this tutorial. More than anything, I am (slowly) getting more comfortable in front of the camera. My nervousness is going away. Michelle Phan I am not, but with each attempt I come more into my own.
 
Such Cute Packaging!

 Okay, so enough about me–let’s move on to the Smokey Quad. Since this is my first formal review, I want to establish the rating system I will use from now on. I first thought of doing something cutesy, like rating in terms of Chocolate Chips since my nickname is Cookie, but I decided against it because it might be confusing. So, I will just use a 0-20 scale (but you can consider it up to 20 Chocolate Chips if you prefer). For eyeshadows, I will rate them in the following terms:

1. Consistency/Pigmentation: Up to 6 points. This, for me, is the most important factor when rating an eyeshadow–therefore, I wanted to give it the highest overall weight. Does this eyeshadow fall apart before I even get to use it? Does it have good color payoff? These sorts of things will fall into this category.

2. Blendability: Up to 4 points. Does this eyeshadow play well with others? Does it take forever to blend out? Does it blend away as soon as I put it on? All of these properties fall into this category, and it is an important one in judging the overall quality of a shadow!

3. Range of Colors: Up to 3 points. This is extremely important in terms of rating a palette or quad. Are all the shadows needed in the palette? What have they chosen for a highlight color? Are there any matte colors? These are the things I consider when determining Range of Color points.

4. Packaging/Delivery System: Up to 3 points. For an eyeshadow, this includes things such as durability of the case, whether or not it comes with a brush, is the brush/applicator appropriate to apply the shadow(s) inside, etc.

5. Staying Power: Up to 4 points–and another extremely important category! What does this eyeshadow look like after a long day at work? Plain and simple, it could be the most beautiful looking eyeshadow in the world, but if it doesn’t stay on then its still a dud in my book.

Smokey Quad Show N Tell

Nuance by Salma Hayek, Swatches

Don't Know Why The Grey Is Here?

Nuance by Salma Hayek Smokey Quad Review

17/20
 
1. Consistency/Pigmentation: 4 out of 6 Total Points
2. Blendability: 4 out of 4 Total Points
3. Range of Colors: 2 out of 3 Total Points
4. Packaging/Delivery System: 3 out of 3 Total Points
5. Staying Power: 4 out of 4 Total Points
 
Okay, so 17 out of 20 isn’t too bad. I took off points for the first category because the darkest colors looked very similar when on my eyes. Also, the pigmentation was lacking in the pinky duochrome color. The product blended well on my eyes, but I would have liked to have seen a matte color or at least a better highlight option. The packaging is what really saved this quad, in terms of how I rated it–I am a sucker for great packaging! These colors also really stayed on my eyes! In fact, I really had to work to get the product off in between tutorials…

Tutoral Look #2

 
So, overall, I would recommend this quad if you need some unique options for smokey eyes. If you already have a good range of eyeshadows, then this may not be the perfect product for you. I have seen a lot of beauty bloggers and YouTubers say that they were disappointed in this quad, and really in the overall line, but I am not someone who has a ton of smokey shades so it was a good fit for me. I had no trouble at all finding ways to use this quad, either. That is always a plus, since I hate having to find other coordinating eyeshadows to make something work. If I were to use this quad for my everyday makeup, I would probably grab one of my matte white or flesh-toned eyeshadows for a brow highlight and be all set.
 
If you have this quad, I would love to hear what your thoughts are. How would you rate this eyeshadow? Do you like any other products from Nuance?
 
Per Request, I am listing the products used in all three looks…
 
Look 1:
Nuance Smokey Quad *pink, darker green, emerald green*
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencil in Milk
MAC 217, 239 Brushes
Sonia Kashuk Black Handle Blending Brush
Angled Brush *got mine at Michael’s Craft Store*
CoverGirl LiquilineBlast Gray Eyeliner
L’oreal Double Extend for All Eyes Mascara
MAC Reflects Pearl Glitter Pigment
Coastal Scents Small Crease/Pencil Brush
 
Look 2:
Nuance Smokey Quad *darker green, emerald green, pink and purple*
MAC 226, 239 Brushes
Angled Eyeliner Brush *same one as in first look*
Fluffy Blending Brush *MAC 224 here*
Small Detail Brush *Eco Tools used here*
Small Crease Brush *Posh Brush from Drugstore*
Physician’s Formula Eye Booster Liquid Eyeliner in Ultra Black
Milani Liquifeye Pencil in Black
Kiss #04 Lashes
Duo Lash Adhesive
MAC Reflects Pearl Glitter Pigment
L’oreal Double Extend for All Eyes Mascara
 
Look #3
Nuance Smokey Palette *purple, pink, darker green*
CoverGirl Liquiline Blast in Grey Pencil
Angled Eyeliner Brush *same as in other tutorials*
Sonia Kashuk Blending Brush and Flat Shader Brush
Small Detail Brush *Eco Tools*
L’oreal Double Extend for All Eyes Mascara
 
 
 
 As always, I hope that this was helpful to you…
 
–Cookie
 

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