Friday, September 17, 2010

Makeup Forever Smoky Lash Mascara... the good and the bad

I mentioned a week ago in my August Favourites video that I think I have finally found my holy grail mascara...
*drum roll please*

Here is Makeup Forever's Smoky Lash Mascara, in all its glory!

It offers an intense black formula that coats the lashes generously and makes them more dramatic (thicker, longer and more voluminous) in just one coat!

with nothing on... where art thou, eyelashes?

one coat of Smoky Lash mascara!

I wanted to show you all how nice this mascara is on just plain natural lashes. When combined with the effects of an eyelash curler, the result is even more dramatic.

I really love how this works so well in just one coat. For me, it gives me just the effect I am looking for, thus it may very well be "Holy Grail" material :)

So, let's recap all the pros (and cons... there are a couple of those as well) of this great product:


- intense black pigment
- brush coats lashes generously with just one coat
- gives volume, length and thickness
- great lasting power
- doesn't transfer to my brow bone (!!! this was the best part for me)


- $22
- limited availability (I have to travel to Sephora, which isn't too close to my house, in order to get it)
- dries out way too quickly :(

So, as you can see, I was initially elated by this mascara...
until I noticed that it started drying out majorly after a mere month of usage.
I had been spoiled by my YSL Singulier mascara which seemed to get "better with age"... it would last me up to 3 months and the formula actually improved after a month of use.

Sadly with MUFE Smoky Lash, this wasn't the case, so I must re-evaulate my options... should I buy another tube of this wondrous product or should I continue my hunt?
I can barely use it now after a month of having it since it's getting flaky.

Has anyone else had this experience with MUFE Smoky Lash? Did I get a dud or something? I am not a "change mascara tube every month" person, I know some people will yell at me for this, but if on the tube it says 6 months, I expect mine to at least last 2 or 3.

Looking forward to reading your comments!




  1. oh my goodness, the before and after are AMAZING! i've been hearing great things about this product so i definitely need to pick one up.

    it's too bad that it dries out much too quickly though. still, i think it's worth it to try at least once.

    great review :)


  2. Oh god, I want this so bad! My YSL Faux Cils is starting to dry up and I was going to repurchase.. but I think I will pick this up instead for a trial! Thanks so much for the review :)

  3. hey Sandra! You should try Loreal Volumnious Mascara! It is a great dupe for YSl Faux Cils mascara. :)
    You are right! MUFE is really hard to find in Canada. They are only available in Sephora.

    xo, Kim

  4. Wow, this mascara looks amazing!! I've wanted to try it for ages, but its even harder to get hold of here in the UK :(
    - beth x

  5. I just got this and I looove it. I hope it doesn't dry out because it's so expensive in the UK :(

  6. Hey sandra! just wanted to post a quick comment saying that makeup forever smokey lash is by far my favorite mascara i have ever tried as well! And to give you a second opinion on the lasting length mine definitely do not dry out after a month so im not sure if you got a bad one or what but I just wanted to let you know that it could be a possibility as mine do not dry up that quickly. $22 a month for a mascara would be ludicrous!

  7. This is definitely my HG mascara - I've never had another that does quite what this one does. But you're right, I get about a good month out of mine before it starts looking sad. For me it's worth it though!! I usually ebay for mine since I don't have a Sephora close by either. Great review and pictures!!

  8. wow, what a great and beautiful before and after! your eyes are DIVINE!!! so pretty :D

  9. yes i agree with you, this mascara is the bomb diggity but it does dry out fast...i havent tried YSL yet though so i keep going back to MUF's....

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  11. Here the good compression between before and after,This result prove the Smoky Lash using getting good result.
    make up

  12. I'm a makeup artist and I try new mascaras ALL the time! One that I'm currently loving is Max Factor's "false lash effect". I have nothing but PRAISE for this wonderful stuff! Cons:not available in "the states" so a friend from the UK sent it to me.

  13. I tried it, the result is gorgeous but it's flaking central and I quickly had it all over my cheeks. End of the story, I'm now hooked on YSL Faux-Cils.

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  15. Only one month, dam! That's so annoying because it does look amazing. I've heard other great reviews on it too.
    Hmm, im in search of a new mascara as my beloved MaxFactor False Lash Effect is almost gone :(


  16. My biggest complaint about this mascara is that it flakes, and so when I read that in your review I was like, YES! Ugh! Such a bummer :(

  17. This is awesome. I want it now now NOW!! Loving your blog by the way :-) xxx

  18. I love your blog...You are super cute :)
    I'm following your blog, follow mine too if you can ;)

  19. In love with this mascara. I just included it in my Sept. favs video. It's SO good!

  20. your eyes look stunning in that photo - and I wouldn't repurchase, just keep looking for the perfect mascara :)

  21. Wow that mascara does wonders:) A bit pricey for a mascara as I hate splurging on mascara but its worth it.


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