Sunday, April 11, 2010

Makeup Forever Smoky Lash Review

MakeUp Forever Smoky Lash promises....

A mascara that gives the lashes curl, volume, length and intense pigment. This ultra-pigmented mascara was specially designed to give the lashes an exceptional volume-enhancing effect with infinite lengthening and immediate curling.



My thoughts on this mascara....

Extra Black
I do believe it is the blackest and darkest mascara I have ever tried and I doubt I will find another comparable one in terms of the depth of color and it is intensely pigmented. HOWEVER, after a few hours of wear, I always notice this black circle right under my eye. This is caused is because my lashes touch the skin right under my eye and after a few hours of normal blinking the color from the mascara rubs off under my eyes so it is very apparent that my makeup has bled.

Volume
It coats your lashes and thickens them. If you ever tried L'oreal Voluminous, this is far superior.

Lengthening
It does have a bit of lengthening properties but this can not be called a lengthening mascara but it does offer a little boost this is area.

Curl
MY BIGGEST PROBLEM WITH THIS MASCARA!
This mascara cannot hold a curl for more than 20 minutes. It's thick formula makes my lashes droop back to its natural slick straight down state. Now I would like to mention my lashes point straight down and I spend a lot of time curling them however this mascara does not hold a curl. Now if you have lashes that are naturally curled this will not droop your natural lashes it just will not hold a curl.

Brush:
The brush is very similar to the L'oreal Volumious brush with tighter brushes and less spacing. I think the design of this brush causes clumping because you cannot really brush through your lashes with it, it just deposits product onto your lashes.

Other Thoughts:
Now if you read other reviews you might be reading over and over that this mascara has a tendency to clump. It is a very wet formula and it does take time to dry. It does clump a bit but if you spend a little more time on it, you can get wonderful results. Like I mentioned earlier, with the brush design it is not made to comb through your lashes just to deposit product with I feel is the problem to the clumping. To combat the problem of curling, I usually apply a mascara that does hold my curl, (Rimmel Sexy Curves non waterproof) and apply smoky lash on top. It still droops my lashes but not as badly.

Overall I did like this mascara at first because of its truly extra black and does give you a smoky lash effect. (Hence the name) However for my specific needs, a mascara that holds a curl is more important than anything else. If holding a curl is not a problem for you then definitely give this mascara a try!

Color: 10/10 (Blackest black you will ever find)
Curl: 2/10
Lengthening: 8/10
Volume: 10/10 (Great for Volume)
Results: 7/10 (If holding a curl is not important to you then 9/10)
Packaging: 8/10
Price: 7/10 $22 (Not bad for a "high end" mascara)
Scent and Texture: 8/10 (not much of a scent)
Repurchase: No
Holy Grail: No

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