Wednesday, April 15, 2015

MAC Extended Play Gigablack Lash mascara review, before & after photos

Of all the things that a brand can send me, mascara is always one of my favourites because I need to look like I have lashes or else my eyes look like dots.  When MAC sent over some of their mascaras to try out, I'm not going to lie, I did a happy dance because I love writing these posts!  The photos do the talking but I'll do a bit of talking today too.

MAC Extended Play Gigablack Lash mascara is one I've been wanting to try for ages after seeing Jaclyn Hill using it on her bottom lashes in most of her videos.  Well, I've been using it on both top and bottom lashes and can safely say that no other mascara has gotten a look in since I started using it.

The long and slender wand makes sure I can reach every single solitary lash without poking myself in the eyeball which is always a good thing.  I'm not going to lie, I found lashes I didn't know I had (and maybe found a hair the length of an eyelash on my actual eyelid, but shhh or I'll sound like a hairy molly).  The bristles on the wand grab on to each lash and as I comb through the lashes, it packs on the product without any clumping.

You know those mascaras that gives you the feels when the formula is perfect - not too wet and not too dry?  This is one of those and despite only having one coat here in the photos as is the norm with my mascara posts, two coats of this and there's still no sight of clumping.

What it gives me is lift, curl, separation, volume and length.  Pretty much all I want in a mascara.  And best of all is I can really get into the roots on both top and bottom to give the illusion of thicker lashes.  I used to love Clinique's bottom lash mascara for, well, the bottom lashes because the wand was so dinky and this gives me the same effect as that.  But rather than having to use different mascaras for top and bottom lashes, I can do them all in one go with this baby.

With the formula being so lightweight on the lashes, it holds the curl for the day, doesn't flake or smudge on me unless I cry tears of laughter, then we have a situation!  I love how it makes my lashes look wispy and fluttery, while still packing a punch in the drama department and it's the mascara I've been reaching for pretty much every day.

Apparently it can be removed with warm water and I can attest it removes with warm tears!  But I've been using my usual Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water which makes fast work of getting rid of it.

It'll set you back €18.50 and I know I'll be purchasing this myself when it runs out.  I'm thinking a backup might need to be bought in the airport and I'll make Joanne buy it too.  Yes, am loving this beaut!

Have you tried this one yet?  What's your favourite MAC mascara?


  1. Looks great on you - makes you look like you have very full lashes! xx

  2. It looks brilliant, I never think of MAC for mascara! Really nice on you, Karen.

  3. Wand looks great - I love a slender one (*insert inappropriate joke here) x
    Becca | theBeautyInbox

  4. Karen (lovelygirliebits)April 15, 2015 at 8:51 PM

    This is why I love you, mascara wand innuendo is my favourite ;)

  5. Karen (lovelygirliebits)April 15, 2015 at 8:51 PM

    Same here Sharon, this one has now piqued my interest sommat fierce, bye bye money...

  6. Karen (lovelygirliebits)April 15, 2015 at 8:52 PM

    I'm allllll about the lashes I tell you! I love this one so much and feel bad for the other mascaras in my stash!

  7. I love Jaclyn Hill and she's made me want this too! It looks bloody amazing on your lashes, I definitely neeeed it haha xx

  8. Karen recently just got my first mac mascara as a gift the false lash and I flippin love it. I think I'm converted. this will have to be next on the list looks great!


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