Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

Bobbi Brown Extreme Party Mascara ($22.00 for 0.21 oz.) is the newest mascara formula to debut from Bobbi Brown. It is touted as Bobbi Brown’s “boldest mascara ever.” This mascara is designed to give you “unbelievable volume… endless build… exceptionable separation … with zero dragging, clumping, or flaking.”

Overall, I really liked this mascara, though it’s not my all-time favorite mascara or my personal holy grail. I love dramatic lashes, and I pretty much want a mascara that makes me look like I’m wearing false eyelashes 24/7–so that’s my taste. This mascara is not supposed to do that (despite the name, which perhaps would suggest otherwise), because it’s more of a volumizing and separating mascara that’s supposed to cling to lashes and not clump or flake on you later.

Extreme Party seems like it delivers on everything it’s supposed to. My lashes had a lovely, feathery volume to them–they looked lush and lightweight and never felt heavy. I got a smidgen of length, but not too much, and this mascara didn’t clump even after I tried to make it clump with a fourth coat (just for kicks!). It also separated beautifully (which is sort of a duh, if it doesn’t clump).

This mascara reminded me of Maybelline’s Full ‘n Soft mascara, which is a formula I like for softer, but still noticeable, lashes. Extreme Party is a little richer and a touch more dramatic in its overall look, but if you like Full ‘n Soft, I think you’d like Extreme Party, too.

Bottom Line: The name is a bit misleading–I wouldn’t describe the effect on my lashes as an “extreme party,” but I do like what it does and feel like it meets the marketed claims (which is very important to me). It’s a very nice mascara for separating lashes and giving you a more voluminous look.

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation: For feathery, natural-with-a-kick lashes, Extreme Party may appeal to you!

Availability: Bobbi Brown, Nordstrom

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23 thoughts on “Bobbi Brown Extreme Party Mascara Review, Photos, Comparisons

  1. Az

    I have the same taste for mascara, but still searching for my HG. What’s yours?

    • Chanel Exceptionnel is probably my true HG, but MAC Plushlash is a close second–but I tend to use Plushlash, since it’s over half the price and you know, like 95% HG and Chanel is more like 99% aka the price difference doesn’t make it worth it for that last extra oomph :P

  2. Roxanne

    I think it’s a fail for your lashes. It doesn’t scream ‘extreme’ to me at all! They should’ve given it a ‘softer’ name, I think :)

    • Really! I liked the effect, but it’s not my HG mascara. It’s a great mascara for softer looks, though :)

      I agree they should have went with a different name! As far as Bobbi Brown mascaras go, I guess this IS pretty extreme, haha!

  3. Kate

    Christine, I hope this doesn’t sound creepy but you have FANTASTIC eyebrows (oh great…that did sound creepy!) What did you use on them in this picture?

    • Kate, it totally didn’t sound creepy! In fact, if that’s creepy, say it again! I mean, who doesn’t like a compliment? Especially on brows… since they’re so finicky!

      I always fill my brows in with MAC Espresso eyeshadow with the 266!

  4. amy

    Looks like this mascara is working for you. Your lashes look flirty and feathery, something I like from mascaras. But this “extreme” mascara still doesn’t seem too extreme too me. I am curious about Maybelline Soft and Full mascara now, since you have such high praises for it. Of all the years of wearing Maybelline mascaras, I have never tried this one.

    • Hey Amy,

      I like it. It’s a softer, feathery look, you know? Not high drama, but still a good mascara (and really, BB’s description is spot on — the name is TOTALLY wrong for this mascara, though). I tend to wear this kind of mascara when I want a softer eye look (e.g. neutral eyes and everyday lips) or when I wear mascara by itself for a quick errand.

      Full ‘n Soft was a standby FOREVER. I always have a tube at home, too. It’s just a reliable option for me, and I like the soft look it gives my lashes.

  5. That was my first thought when I saw the pictures – looks like Full’n’Soft! I started out wearing FnS and I have to say, it is my favorite “starter” mascara. It’s way easy to use and practically fool-proof. I recommend it to all my friends who haven’t really tried mascara before. I’ve since moved on to Kiss Me Heroine Long & Curl since even FnS WP (over Shiseido Mascara Base) smudges and gives me terrible raccoon eyes after ~7hrs, which is kind of embarassing though not at all hard to fix with a q-tip. If it didn’t smudge on me though, I’d use it forever. Can’t go wrong for $7.50.

  6. Like this, but I like more oomph too.

  7. yvette

    i really love some BB makeup – the luminous foundation, shimmer bricks and blushes – however, i am just not a fan of her eye makeup. the shadows are nowhere near pigmented enough for me, and don’t have enough color variety. this mascara is a prime example of the problem with BB for someone like me who is not afraid of makeup and enjoys a smokey eye on a regular basis because it’s just not enough! the name is so misleading but i guess for someone who rarely wears any makeup at all, they may think their eyelashes are having a party when to us smokey eye fanatics they’re collecting stamps.

  8. Elena

    Wow, I can get a better effect from Clinique’s Naturally Glossy, and that’s only $14. I think Bobbi Brown pulled a bit of a misnomer there. Thanks for the review. :)

  9. cloudburst

    The name of this mascara is hilarious – I wonder who thought it up? It looks good, but yes, not to-die-for.

  10. Liz

    I think this could be a great everyday mascara.Look nice and soft on you Christine. Christine, can you do swatches on the new nars palettes???? it look so georgous in the palettes, especially the everlasting love palette. Pretty Please???

    • It’s definitely a good choice for an everyday mascara!

      If I see them, I will, but I don’t have any immediate or definite plans to do so. My NARS counter tends not to get anything until like… a month or two after it comes out online.

  11. NaNa

    Haha, the name is hilarious. EXTREME PARTY~! I might check this out tomorrow, just for kicks. :3