July 15, 2010

MAC Haute & Naughty Mascara Review

Dear MAC,

You keep coming out with winning mascaras formulas like Opulash and Haute & Naughty, you might actually convince me YOU can do mascara right!

k, love you.

Your minion,
the Muse


MAC Haute & Naughty Lash features a dual wiper system that let’s you control the amount of mascara you wish to use.

Who knew MAC had it in them to create a great mascara? Haute & Naughty may prove to you that MAC still can create a solid mascara without screwing up. Myself and many a MAC fan will agree that they excel at alot of makeup creations but mmmm mascara just isn’t one of ’em.

MAC Haute & Naughty being the exception to the rule (and Opulash).

So how the hell does it work?

I was confused at my first glance when I seen it a few months ago but here’s the deets.

It doesn’t dial and you aren’t getting two wands.

What you do get is a tube of mascara with one single wand and an interesting tube mechanism that removes excess mascara. The topper has a pink outer tube and a purple inner tube. Unscrew the pink and remove the wand for defining and separating lashes or unscrew the purple one for more volume and drama. Basically the wand consists of a larger inner tube which removes excess as the brush goes through it.

I have no idea if I explained that right but see the photos and you’ll get the point.

Does it work?

Hells to the yes.

For application I start off by using the purple, dramatic topper and proceed to follow up by using the pink topper (which removes excess mascara off the brush) and brushing through my lashes. Using the brush with more mascara on it can create a gooey, icky, clumpy mess so I recommend brushing through when the excess is removed to get the best results. The brush is large and bushy and manages to pull lashes up and out giving a nice fringe of longer, plumper, curlier lashes. It keeps curl quite nicely considering the formula is light weight. It also builds up well (MAC is one of the few brands that make great buidable mascaras, that much I will say!) but I do suggest combing through with the brush when it has a hell of alot less product on it.

Using the brush with alot of mascara on it causes clumping and a mess but combing through with the excess removed is the best solution!

  • Anyone who wants LONG, fat, lashes.
  • Anyone who wants a formula that holds curl well without weighting lashes well.
  • Anyone who wants a mascara that builds up well.

  • Impatient types (you have to take a little time out to get this on right or you will end up with a mess).

I liked this one ALOT and I think it’s worth a pick up. It creates dramatic lashes and is ideal for smoky eye looks since the formula is such a pigmented black. It keeps curl really well without smudging or flaking off. Asian lashes may feel it’s a bit TOO much or anyone with smaller lashes because the formula can cause a bit of a mess but if you already have longer lashes this will just add incredible lenght and volume.

Quite nice.

Well done MAC!

Available now from Nordstrom and MAC.

Muse Approved for purchase. This one you’ll like!

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About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • carlie

    Thanks! I got it yesterday and tried it this morning. i did it the opposite way and almost wanted to trash it because it gave me spider eyelashes. I’m going to try it your way in the morning πŸ™‚

    • the Muse

      hey carlie πŸ˜€ yup, it’s a MESS! lol! def try the opposite way πŸ˜€

  • Nia

    Hmm, colour me interested πŸ™‚
    Thanks a lot for your review, I might give this one a try πŸ™‚

  • Robyn

    ive always pondered with the dial kinda ones “why would i want less dramatic lashes ??” but this im kinda liking id do the less mascara one first then the more dramatic as thats pretty much what i do with 2 mascaras anyway so now i could have it all in one tube kinda handy especially for travelling etc

    me camping at festival was rather funny had a huge makeup bag everyone laughed and then was silenced with shock as i told them this was the bare minimum and not my whole collection haha

    • the Muse

      LOL robyn πŸ˜€ some folks just don’t understand πŸ˜€

  • Marsha

    Is it wrong of me that I just it for the pretty pretty packaging.

  • Brooke

    I picked this up the other day because the packaging caught my eye…yep, I’m a sucker! haha. When I tried looking at it at the store I couldn’t figure out how to open it and thought WTF? Why would you put a fake tester out? Luckily no one was around and I finally figured it out before the MU came over…haha.
    Being a MAC mascara, I do have to say that I am pretty impressed…MAC mascaras have not done anything for me in the past. I really like the look this one gives and find that it does lengthen quite well. However, it is not in my regular routine because it does take some time for me to get it right and I’m usually running late in the morning because I am lazy.

    • the Muse

      brooke same here. if I’m rushing around, def can’t use this or will make a mess. ha enjoyed your story!

  • Tinkerchelle

    Wow. I almost didn’t even bother to read this post since I’ve sworn I’d never waste money on another MAC mascara. Now I’m sorta feeling like, “never say never”, ya know?

    • the Muse

      chelle mac surprises sometimes πŸ˜€ how are you? long time no speak!

  • Crystal

    I love it. Washing off is a breeze. No.racoon eyes. Simple silicon like…just peels off lashes wuth minimal effort