MAC Extended Play Lash Mascara Review

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Found: My entire mascara wish list in one little tube

MAC Extended Play Lash Mascaraphotos: we heart this

I am tough on mascara. I have oily lids, so most mascaras just melt on me until I resemble Alice Cooper after an hour. I need something that can go the distance. I need mascara that can last. And curl. And define my lashes. And lift them. And make them thicker. What can I say? I’m demanding.

Apparently MAC has tapped my phones and hacked into my email and social media (possibly even installing cameras in my home and car) because their Extended Play Lash Mascara, is pretty much everything I’ve ever wanted in a mascara. It’s uncanny. Or maybe MAC is just so awesome, they thought they’d finally create a mascara that covers every want/need/demand a girl can come up with. (I’m still leaning towards the covert surveillance thing, though.)

MAC Extended Play Lash Mascara

MAC’s Extended Play Lash Mascara ($16) is offered in Endless Black – the inkiest of blacks – and swears that you can get 16 hours of wear out of it. They also promise it’s not only incredibly tenacious, but is easy to remove (not the case with most extended wear mascara formulas). Just a 20-second soak with some warm water and off it comes. Sounds easy enough, right?

MAC Extended Play Lash Mascara packaging

The sleek navy blue tube with metallic blue lid contains what this tester must say is one of the best mascaras her lashes have ever donned. The mascara applies thinly; I required two coats for my preferred level of drama. As it dried, I noticed the formula managed to pull my lashes up and curl them. Also worth noting, my lashes now had volume while still managing to have definition – all without any clumping.

standard brush top, skinny and long Extended Play bottombrush comparison: standard brush top, skinny and long Extended Play bottom

A quick note on the brush – it is a skinnier style – perfect for getting into each lash and reaching the outer corners of your eyes. While I didn’t test this for a full 16 hours, I did get a solid 8 hours of wear without flaking or melting – pretty much unheard of for me.

When I was ready to remove it, I dampened my fingertips (no 20-second soak required, maybe 5 seconds, tops) and gently slid the dissolving formula away, with not a smidge or a smudge left behind. I think I’m in love.

So, if you’re like me – a demanding mascara wearer- – I think you’ve met your match with MAC’s Extended Play Lash Mascara.

we heartsters – What is the main thing you look for in a mascara?


  • krista

    Lives in the middle of nowhere with her amazing hubby and two codependent dogs that love to hate each other. She enjoys dance parties of one and last minute road trips, prays for Angela Lansbury's immortality and can never own enough blush. She averages one "Silence of the Lambs" quote a week and feels no shame over this. Perhaps she should. skin tone: NW15 skin type: sensitive/oily favorite beauty product: Blush, lots and lots of blush

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  1. Sixteen bucks is a great price for this if it does all it says! I’m willing to try it out! Great review Krista!

    1. @irene – I agree! This stuff has a great price. I want to try this out pronto. I also noticed on the MAC website that they are offering free shipping

  2. Mintgreen says:

    I agree. This stuff is my HG. Love it. Hope they never discontinue it.

  3. I’m not usually a fan of water-removable mascaras because my foundation and other makeup are dissolved by makeup wipes, and it would actually take more time to remove my mascara separately, even if it’s with water. But if it can do all that, and be removed in 5 seconds, I might have to give it a try. MAC’s Zoom Lash kind of underwhelmed me, but their Haute & Naughty Lash mascara is one of my all time favorite mascaras from any brand (my bestie is also hooked on how great it makes her lashes look). It has a regular-ish brush and a big fluffy brush all in one. Not sure how I feel about the skinny brush on the Extended Play mascara, but if it can make my lashes look fuller and longer, not flake/irritate/smudge, and comes off easily, AND curls my lashes, then I guess the brush would be just fine!

  4. I saw this in the store recently and considered trying it, but now I def. will!


    1. Let us know what you think when you do, Emily. Thanks for your comment!

  5. Wow, I am really itching to try this now! The tube makes me think it was a blue mascara at first. Great review..I was just at MAC the other day doing a Back2MAC but I might have to go back :)

    1. @Stef – I got lipsticks in Syrup and Sophisto. Love them both!! I decided not to get eyeshadows because I got some from NARS during Sephora F+F :)

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