Rated 3.55 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review Omg!
This mascara immediately lifts and lengthens your lashes
Most Helpful Critical Review First impression left me disappointed
I must say that the NARS Climax (the non-extreme, red version) is my favorite mascara, ever. My lashes are not super long (I'd say about medium length) and are not very curly. I was using drugstore brand mascaras throughout high school and early college simply because I didn't spend much time on makeup/learning about it so I didn't think it was worth it to spend the money on the quality. When I eventually began to care more about makeup, I tried so many different mascaras, including some of the most talked about (Too Faced, Buxom, Lancome, etc..). They were all okay, but it wasn't until I came across NARS' Climax mascara that I literally fell in love, lol. It is so easy to apply and while I don't particularly love how it occasionally clumps when applying additional coats, I DO love how it makes my lashes go from practically non-existent to flattering and eye-shaping. I guess I have what you'd classify as "big brown eyes" so NARS Climax mascara has really helped accentuate this feature (which has now become my favorite).
WITH THAT BEING SAID... I saw that NARS had released an Extreme version and figured that given my love for the original, why wouldn't I love this one? Unfortunately, my expectations were definitely higher than the first impression left, which was definitely disappointing. Granted I was putting it on in my parked car (I was too excited to try it once leaving the store lol) so I guess I should try it again sometime in front of my vanity - although I put my red Climax mascara on in my car at work all the time and I must say that's convenient LOL.
The Extreme Climax mascara clumped immediately once putting it on. I guess I should have expected that more as it seems they were going more for Volume with this version, and I think my lashes require more of a length focus. So with that in mind, I guess just think about the type of lashes you have and your needs in a mascara. It was SUPER pigmented, like black-black, which was pretty nice.
Reviewed by 174 customers Ehh
Chris from Rhode island
The formula is amazing, great color and stays on. But the brush...the brush...the original red has the best brush but this one is horrible. They shouldve kept the original. No matter how much products you scrap off it its still so clumpy. Brushes out fine with a spooly but it takes a while. Please nars, put the original brush on it.
Great for volume
Ecp from Hamilton NJ
Great for volume. Love the brush.
Love it goes on a little thick. Dont need to apply 10 coats.
Jess from Concord,nc
Great product. Goes on thick. Dont need to apply more than 3 to 4 coats if you like it heavy.
Very clumpy and it smudges after six hours
Liz from HIngham, MA
If we weren't in a pandemic I would return this.
Happy buyer from undisclosed
Love love love it! I would highly recommend this
My holy grail!
Nikki from KC
Formula goes on so easily! Lengthening & thickening, and really makes my skimpy lashes pop! Definitely the best I've tried! For the downside...the wand comes out with a LOT of product, so you have to be careful with it during application or it will make an absolute mess. it took a little bit for me to learn how much to leave on the wand, but now I have it figured out. It dries a little slow, but once it dries down, it's ON & has lasting power. I have never had any flaking.
Mariah from USA
This formula is so flaky and awful. I had to use up the whole tube because it was so expensive but I will never buy this again.
Nay from IN
Again I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the volume, not the dark circles that appear around hour 2.
Checking for a waterproof formula.
If not, back to Smashbox Superfan!
Formula great, tube sucks
Pep2gn from FL
The first one I got the mascara came up all gloppy because the tube topper thing came off, went back and got another one, used it 3 times and same happens again. Something wrong with packaging. The formula is just wetter and blacker then the og.
The red one is definitely better.
Celeste from Houston
The formula is so chunky and flaky, I definitely won't be buying it again I don't recommend it. The red one is much better!
kacie from brockport
i was really excited to try this mascara. when i opened it, i received the product with no stopper so all the mascara comes out at once on the brush. if you're want this mascara, i suggest buying in the store.
I really loved the look and feel of this mascara
Ingrid Litten from Des Moines, IA
Was a smooth application. Nice coverage and thickening, lengthening effect.
Smudges in a few hours
AW from Ohio
This is the most disappointing mascara I've ever used. It goes on way too thick and clumps my lashes together. Then after a few hours it smudges and leaves me with raccoon eyes. I would never recommend buying this mascara, especially not at this price.
Mascara lover from Buffalo, NY
Like others have said- SO clumpy. Not a good formula at all, stick with the original. I had to wipe some off with a tissue and spread the rest with my finger because the wand was still covered with it.
The BEST by far !
Melissa from Coral Springs
This mascara is THE BOMB. Literally the best I have ever used. And I have tried them all. And You don't need a primer. AMAZING !! Like I'm wearing fake lashes.
Its A No For Me...
CoffeeMascaraHustle from Green Bay
I like the packaging of this mascara and it went on really well. The brush was good too. However for the price, this smudged way more than it should of for how expensive it was. I wasn't doing anything strenuous but sitting on my couch on a Sunday afternoon. Had it on for about 4 hours and I had racoon eyes. The Covergirl Lash Blast is still the best mascara around compared to any other dupe or prestige brand I've used without it being waterproof. Two stars for packaging, application and how well it looked once on but didn't wear well.
Camo from Gresham OR
I was hoping for the price, it would be worth it. Nope! So clumpy and spidery. It started flaking and spreading under my eyes. Just not good
DO NOT BUY
NM from Phoenix AZ
Worst mascara I've ever used - after 2 weeks it became so clumpy and messy. Huge goops that you'd literally have to clean your eye make up and start all over again. Nars you really let the ball drop on this one. The extreme climax you'll have is out of anger from how clumpy it is.
Wet formula, Flaky
Carla from MO
I don't think this is a good mascara at all. The brush is not good, it just clumped my lashes together. I'm picky about my mascara and I've tried over 50 at this point, this one was one of the bottom scoring ones. The formula is very wet and I had to pull out an extra spoolie just to get definition instead of just three huge clumps of lashes.
Love it but it breaks
JLS1226 from VIRGINIA
I love this mascara but every time I buy one the product stopper comes out and I end up having to return it :(
Anon from Illinois
This mascara looks so pretty when first applied, gives great volume and length! However, this flakes terribly throughout the day and will smudge on face, leaving black streaks!
I probably won't buy again
Ali from Forest lake, MN
I received this as a free sample, The actual mascara works great ! But I have to use an old clump crusher brush with it, I feel the one it comes with is cheaply made and doesn't work well at all. I probably won't purchase just for the price point I expect a higher quality application and have found mascaras that work similarly with better brushes.
Carol Sinforosa from Elmwood Park, NJ
Really enhances eyelashes without any clumping.
Love it, but...
DesertDiva from Arizona
I love the original Climax mascara and was eager to try the Extreme. However, this particular tube design appears to be flawed. When I pull the wand out of the tube there is no suction to remove excess product. Therefore too much product is on the wand. Thinking this is a fluke, I purchased another full size and a travel size. The suction worked some of the time, but still had this problem.
Thresa from undisclosed
Nice rich color and long lasting.