Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Mascara Wars: Diorshow Extase Vs. Makeup Forever Smoky Lash

I've gone on and on about my love (and hate) for Makeup Forever Smoky Lash mascara. I love the effect it has on my lashes - dramatic, thick, voluminous, doesn't transfer yet isn't a waterproof pain in the ass to remove. I hate the fact that it dries out so quickly, just over a month and a new tube needs to be purchased - at $22 a pop it's not exactly a bargain.

So in hopes of finding an alternative I went out on a whim and picked up Diorshow Extase mascara at Shoppers Drug Mart about two weeks ago.

Today I applied one mascara on one eye, and one on the other. Here's what went down:


Left: MUFE Smoky Lash Right: Diorshow Extase
(eye liner: Stila Convertible Eye Colour "Teak")

From a distance they are quite comparable. I can tell instantly that the formula on the Dior mascara will not dry out on me as quickly as Makeup Forever Smoky Lash - which is important, especially since Dior's mascara is $28.

However, my Smoky Lash still ends up winning my heart over. I took pictures of my eyes individually, with my proper camera and with my cell phone camera since it was able to get in closer and get a better shot:

Case 1:

Case 2:


ding ding ding!!! we have a winner

I'm going to use up my new Dior mascara and see how long it lasts before it starts getting dry and un-useable. But as of right now I wouldn't repurchase it.
Mascaras are quite fickle, though, and in about a month I could change my mind as some formulas gets better as they become oxygenated over time (a similar thing happened with Fresh Supernova mascara, hated it at first, loved it after a month!) so I will be sure to keep you all posted :)

For now, though, Smoky Lash still has my heart (and lashes!)

15 comments:

  1. Yes! MUFE is a clear winner. It looks great.

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  2. So many people rave about this mascara, i have to try it soon!

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  3. Yes, case two deserves to be used more.
    Brilliant comparison.
    X

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  4. MUFE looks just that extra bit prettier.

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  5. I remember getting Dior's Extase after Lorraine Stanick talked about it but I ended up returning it after a couple of weeks because I hated it. Based on your pictures, MUFE's is clearly a winner! I've had mine for more than a month now and it's still going strong. Fingers crossed!

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  6. I had the Dior mascara a while ago, I wasn't really a big fan. But your makeup forever mascara looks really good!

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  7. Oeh, MUFE is so much better!
    Looks pretty!

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  8. Great review! Have been lusting smoky lash for ages and this is tempting me even more! Shame it dries up quickly though :(

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  9. I've tried the smokey lash, extase and Dior's Iconic and between the three, the Iconic works the best for me. Extase just tends to clump out and weigh the lashes down.

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  10. Smokey Lash definitely looks amazing on you! My lashes aren't as long as yours... and I wasn't crazy over it. Does anyone find it flakes? Mine does. I love Diorshow, but I honestly find CG LashBlast similar. YSL Faux Cils is very black... and quite amazing... however I find it smudges. I don't what's up with me and mascaras lately.

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  11. Wow the MUFE looks amazing on your lashes!

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  12. The MUFE Smoky Lash looks amazing on you.

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  13. I have just recently found my new mascara love, it is MAC's haute & naughty. I would suggest giving that a try =) the formula is great and I have had it over 2 monthes now.

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