Bat For Lashes

I’ve been using the same mascara since eighth grade. I copied a girl in my class who had the prettiest eyelashes I’d ever seen, and once I bought my own tube of the mystical lash shellac, I was hooked.

It was almost like a point of pride. “We’ve been together for about 9 years now,” I’d coo when someone asked what brand I used. I’ve never been so loyal to a product in my entire life (ask me what type of toothpaste I prefer and I’ll stare at you blankly), and frankly I saw no reason to fix what wasn’t broken.

Until, that is, this past summer. The beauty editor at my old job was re-organizing her closet. I forgot to put on mascara that morning and had to run out to an important press appointment. I’m fine not wearing makeup in public, but on this particular day I decided my naked face had rendered me unfit for the public eye. Death looked better than me.

And then, my magazine fairy godmother handed me her magic wand. “Do you want this,” she asked while handing me sample of Estée Lauder’s ‘Sumptuous Extreme’ mascara. It wasn’t my brand, but it was free, and I was in no position to turn down anything that could potentially help my face. One flawless swipe of the jet black ink and my lashes turned into long, separated spindles.

They’d never looked like this before, and the craziest part was that it also appeared totally natural. “Oh no, silly, I’m not related to Elizabeth Taylor,” I’d surely have to tell everyone I encountered. “These are my real lashes, swear,” I would also probably have to say.

Since making the official switch to my new miracle mascara, I’ve only had to use the “real lash” line once. I’ve not, however, corrected people when they mistake me for a young Elizabeth Taylor. I just bat my eyes instead.

[Estée Lauder ‘Sumptuous Extreme’ Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara]

  • Ellie

    Thanks Amelia! I have been using Dior mascara for a while now and it sometimes dries a little bit too sticky, though so many people love it. I will definitely take your suggestion on this one and give it a try!

  • SarEve

    I had never ventured away from my tried and true drug store brands of mascara and having been born with very long lashes, they always suited me fine…UNTIL I got that free sample of “They’re Real!” from Sephora. Every single lash, perfectly coated from root to tip. I love it so much that I can’t resist shouting about it!


    worth a try, their foundation is superb for sure ! 🙂

  • Mascara is my staple and I cannot imagine changing, unless of course you totally convince me to…which you did!

    Your Friend, Jess

  • Aurélie Van Houte – lovelifelo

    Love to see a picture of your eyes with this wonder product! ^^ Maybe I should try it out myself. I’ve been using the same one for about 9 years too.. 🙂 x

  • Nenuphare24

    I have zero loyalty when it comes to mascara. I have about 7 tubes right now (at one point I was actually layering about 4 different brands one on top of the other). I can’t help it, I fall for literally every single commercial (if I can afford it). But what is it about free mascara that makes it infinitely better?! After splurging on Maybelline’s (I think? They’re all interchangable at this point) Baby Doll Lash (or wtv), a friend of mine got me some samples of Benefits, “They’re Real” and OMAGAW my lashes looked amazing…that is until I got a free tube of Maybelline’s (again, I THINK) Shadow Lash (or something) mascara and HOLY CRAP! The Benefit one is really good for seperating and lengthening and the Shadow Lash is great for volume.
    Anyways, I’m determined to only stick with those two tubes for now because my lashes have truly never looked better…that is unless I get any other free samples lol.

  • Chloe

    I’ve been looking for a new mascara — might have to try, thanks for sharing!
    xx Chloe

  • Pualani@TheRustedKey

    Now if only there was something to keep eyelashes curled. THAT would be a true miracle. My eyelashes start the day curled to the sky, but gradually end up sticking straight out away from my face by the end of the day.

    • Amelia Diamond

      I honestly swear that this mascara will keep them curled. (I always curl my lashes first, then apply. I’ve heard a trick, though it kind of horrifies me, that if you blowdry hot air on your eyelash curler for like, 10 seconds — touch to make sure it’s not too hot so you don’t burn yourself — then it keeps the eyelashes curled longer, just like a curling iron for hair.)

      • Pualani@TheRustedKey

        That sounds like a kind of torture method. D: I’ll definitely try this though (the miracle mascara not the hot curler)

      • robynsanasa

        You can buy heated eyelash curlers..

  • Maral

    I’ve been using Sumptuous Extreme for a few years (previous to the Extreme version, I used the latest Estee Lauder mascara) and it is by far the best out there. I don’t believe when people say that Benefit is any good, I tried it and it is not even a fair threat to Sumptuous Extreme.

  • heymynameisntmay

    I tried it before and loved it, then moved on to volume de Chanel and I got so many complements on that I forgot about this. Thinking about switching back now!