I'm not going to beat around the bush.
Make Up Forever Smoky Lash is a western mascara.
And I love it.
If you don't already know, I almost always dislike Western mascaras. Asian mascaras all the way, baby!
When I bought the MUFE Smoky Lash mascara (at a good deal, if I may add), it was without expectations. Despite wanting it to work, I was well aware of how poorly my stick straight Asian lashes respond to Western mascaras.
The brush looks pretty basic but it does pick up a lot of mascara to load on the lashes. As with most Western mascaras, the formula is a tad thick so the tube will dry up within two months or so. I won't say that it doesn't clump because after two months, it's bound to but before it dries up, clumping won't be much of an issue.
Smoky Lash doesn't groom my lashes to perfection, which is what most Asian mascaras do. For me, that's not a bad thing. As promised, the mascara volumizes, lengthens (enough) and -- wait for it -- curls. Yes! It actually does hold up a curl!
The formula is very dark thus adding instant drama to the lashes with just one coat. Though, I usually go for two coats to get even thicker and more luscious lashes. The slightly unruly separation made my lashes look fluttery, which I love.
Without this mascara, my eye makeup would seem very much incomplete. Heck, I can have on sloppy eyeshadow and this mascara would fix the look.
This formula is non-waterproof and while MUFE does have a waterproof formula for Smoky Lash, I can't assure you that it will work the same. Besides, I actually prefer non-waterproof formula for daily use because it means that I won't have to rub my eyes to get the mascara off. Wearing it throughout the day, the mascara didn't smudge at all unless I had been crying or had a really big yawn. It removes easily with warm water.
Mascaras are one of those items that I don't believe in paying lots of money for. Why should I when my trusty Maybelline Turbo Boost works wonderfully? Even if I can convince myself that I can be perfectly contented with Turbo Boost, Smoky Lash is my vice. A vice that I will indulge in.
Retails at Make Up For Ever counters for RM105 and Sephora for USD$22