Mascara Monday: Make Up For Ever Smoky Lash

| February 15, 2010 | 7 Comments

Time for another review of a highly requested mascara. Out of nowhere, my inbox was slammed with a ton of emails about this mascara. Those of y’all that have tried it swore it was the best thing ever. Did I agree? Hmm…

Make Up For Ever Smoky Lash

Price: 2 out of 5 (I got it for $22 at Sephora)
Packaging (Brush Wand): 4 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5


What it claims:
“A mascara that gives the lashes curl, volume, length and intense pigment” (source)

The truth: It don’t do all of THAT but it’s a pretty good mascara.

What I loved about it: I reallllly like how black it is.

What I didn’t like: It tends to flake toward the end of the day. No me gusta!

Overall: I freakin’ love Make Up For Ever. I can’t deny it. Yeah, I know I complain about the price. But I’m always complaining about the price of something. That’s just the life of a cheaparina. LOL! I always feel ambivalent when I hit a check-out line with a luxury mascara. Is it worth the price? Will I fall in love and end up having to always spend a grip on it? Hmm…

Smoky Lash surprised me. I can totally see why so many of y’all love this Sephora exclusive mascara. Let’s talk about the wand.

It’s pretty cool. Not my favorite but it isn’t bad. It takes some work when trying to get in the inner corners. And it may give smaller lids and lashes ladies some issues. Tiny thin strokes is the key with a brush like that. I used the root-to-top wiggling method and it worked just fine.

Now don’t let the claims fool you. I don’t think ANY mascara can give you length, volume AND curl. If I am so desirous of all three, I find that layering is the best way to go. I think that this mascara is better with lengthening than anything else. The volume is so so but what really makes it stand out is the black pigment. It gives my lashes tons of drama. And that’s with one coat. One coat is where you should stay because two or more MAY give you some problems.

The biggest problem I had with Smoky Lash was the flakiness. It was pretty bad at one point. I always assume that flaky mascaras are because (1) the mascara is older or (2) I’ve applied too many coats. The latter was the case with Smoky Lash. Three coats=flakiness galore, one coat=a bit of flakiness but not too bad.

Otherwise, it’s a pretty good mascara. Go MUFE!!!


Lashes without mascara
(did not curl lashes)



Lashes with 1 coat of mascara


Would I recommend it?: Sure would…it’s a nice mascara if you feel like splurging! 

Go MUFE, it’s ya birthday!!! Who likes?

A crazed mascara reviewer,



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  1. Mina says:

    this seems awesome! sure the price is a little steep, but check out that pigmentation, right? i have heard a lot of people on youtube lovin this too. thanks b!

  2. Askmewhats says:

    I love MUFE too but their prices, agggghh, i am a Cheaparina too! hahaha so I know what you mean! well, if it works, its great, but it works just like regular drugstore mascara…i'll go for the cheaper alternative!

  3. yummy411 says:

    hey chica! this mascara got a solid standing in my line up of dior show and loreal voluminous. go mufe!

  4. Connie De Alwis says:

    Most western mascaras fail to look good on my stick straight asian lashes even those that get really good reviews! So, I was expecting smoky lash to be a flop but it turned out to be one of my favorite mascaras. I'm using it almost everyday

  5. Denise says:

    Hey girl!
    I love your honesty!!!
    Have you tried BLINC??? I am IN LOVE with it!!!
    xx, Denise :D

  6. victoria says:

    It does go on “Smokey”, like a soft black. I may try this, as I need an “everyday” mascara that’s not glossy.

    That’s why I like the photos. Thanks girl!

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