I've been a fan of the original Estee Lauder Sumptuous mascara ever since it was recommended to me on an old beauty forum I used to frequent a few years ago, so I pretty excited to be given a sample of the new Sumptuous Extreme pre-launch back in November.
I reach for this most days at the moment (I can't quite let go of Lancome Hypnose Drama just yet) and I LOVE it. The brush is larger than the original, yet still has that familiar triangular shape that the mousse-like formula works so well with, enabling it to reach all your lashes easily, despite its size.
Lauder have named it the Extreme Backcomber and it has two types of bristles - flexible ones which allow the brush to pick up more product and solid fibres which comb the lashes, allowing them to separate and give clump-free definition. To look at the brush you'd never know it, but hey, it works!
What I love so much about Sumptuous Extreme is that you can take your time to perfect your lashes. Two coats in and you're left with well separated, voluminous, flirty looking lashes using a lightweight formula that won't leave you struggling to apply a second coat or leave you with clumpy lashes after five seconds!
It comes in four shades:
Extreme Black (what I have)
Extrem VioletExtreme Indigo
After - wearing two coats of Sumptuous Extreme
This mascara really frames my eyes, widening them and making them a focal point of my face. I love the effect it has on my lashes - it dramatises them, yet still makes them wearable for daytime make up looks. I don't suffer from 'raccoon eyes' halfway through the day either. The formula is also enriched in Panthenol (Vitamin B5) to condition lashes, which perobably explains why they don't feel hard and crunchy when I touch them. Finally, it's fragrance free and suitable for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers.
If you're looking for volume, length and a little luxury for your eyelashes ..step forward Sumptuous Extreme.
How much it it? £22Where can I get it from? Estee Lauder counters, Estee Lauder online and larger Boots stores