Make Up Forever Aqua Smoky Lash

I have a bit of an apology to make to my (now) beloved Make Up Forever Aqua Smoky Lash mascara. As I’ve said before when I first purchased this mascara, it didn’t live up to the Youtube induced hype – it was thick, gloopy and made my lashes look like 4 spikes erupting from my eye line. But over time the formula dried up slightly, and I began to incorporate it as a ‘finisher’ to give a bit of extra volume after using my favourite mascara ever, L’oreal Telesopic Waterproof. The L’oreal added length and curl, whereas the Make Up Forever gave some extra oomph. You may notice that I’m  rather attracted to waterproof formulations, this is because I find that they hold a curl much better in my eyelashes, plus they hang around on your lashes for hours (days even). Two days ago, I used my last swipe of the L’oreal and in a panic turned to my ‘second-best’ Make Up Forever Aqua Smokey Lash, and this is what happened.

Please feel free to ignore the bush-ay eyebrows (don’t worry my trusty Tweezerman’s sorted out that mess this morning). But take a look at those lashes! My lashes on their own are nothing special, they are quite thick and have an ok length but are so uncurled they usually point towards the floor. But I am seriously impressed with the lift, separation and volume given by this mascara. whilst still looking fluttery and natural Now granted I did use my Shu Uemura eyelashes to get that curl, but it seems like those and this Make Up Forever mascara are a good match!

The only downside to this mascara is availability. In the UK it has a pretty much online-only presence and is stocked on Guru Makeup Emporium, and in their one London based shop. At £17.50 it’s not exactly purse-friendly, but the other L’oreal Telesopic one that I use now costs around £11-£12 it’s not exactly too out of my price range. I’m not sure it’s something that I will go to all that trouble to purchase, but hey if I’m ever in Paris again (which is where I picked this up originally), perhaps I would consider it.


  • makeupmuchlove

    woaah! Just a shame bout the price though! 


    • Yeah it is pretty expensive, not as bad at that YSL one though! xx

  • I always find I hate mascaras on the first few uses! xx 

    • Yeah me too, sometimes they are just nicer once they have had a bit of air to them 🙂 xx

  • clairabelle0306

    Oooh pretty, I really wish I had picked this up when I was in USA in May 🙁 maybe it one I could pick up in the future  🙂

    • Oh yes, I still love the L’oreal mascaras but if you are ever near a Make Up Forever I highly recommend xx

  • You have gorgeous eyes and this looks fab!!! Although a part of me feels like a mascara should be good when you first use it, I’m impatient and don’t want to wait for it to dry out a little! Lol.

    Gem x

    • Aw thanks hun! Yeah I’m a bit like that too – but once they are dryer they are always so much better! xx

  • Flutura Whispers

    I had such a similar experience with Smoky Lash! I bought it, hated it, didn’t use it but then rediscovered it and used it with another mascara and after about 4 months *hangs head in shame* I re-used and LOVED it! I did find that it dried up pretty quick after I fell in love with it though! xxxx :) 

    • Haha I think mine is a bit older than 4 months *hangs head in even further shame* 😉 xx

  • Mspurplemakeup

    Those lashes look amazing!
    I still have all the tubes half way of all the possible mascaras available that I need to finish before I can buy any new ones. But I’ll defo have a look at this one next time. X

    • Thanks Mercedes! Yeah it’s definitely one to look in to xx

  • Would love to try this but not sure I could justify the price on a mascara :/ Your lashes look fab in the photo though! I hateeee any new mascara I get but after a few weeks when they’re drier I seem to fall in love with using them xx

    •  Yeah it is a bit steep! My favourite cheapy mascara has to Maybelline Great lash 🙂 xx

  • Amy

    Looks lovely! I love L’Oreal Volume Million Lashes. I have only started liking it since it’s dried up a bit though, I have found that with quite a few mascaras xxx

    • No problem hun! I need to try that mascara, my sister has it and it looks amazing! xx

  • IreneH

    amazing, when i go on holiday i am making the mufe store my first stop!

    • Haha! That’s dedication! xx

  • Sarah S.

    I’m excited to get a sample of this with my Sephora order that’s coming soon! Benefit They’re Real flaked terribly on me, but I never heard of it flaking on anybody else so maybe I have a dud tube of it?

    • Ooooo lucky! Hope you like it as much as I do xx

  • MissMathful

    ive not tried this mascara or the benefit one although i did like bad gal, i like big mascara wands, i dont know why… 😀

    • Yeah I quite like big wands too! xx

  • I’m totally in love with my new Benefit They’re Real mascara – you can check my review and photos out here:

    • Fab review hun! That made your lashes look HUGE! Great photography too xx

  • I have never tried this mascara! I’m usually a drugstore mascara girl. I once tried the Diorshow mascara and found it did the same thing as my maybelline mascaras! 

    • Haha I do think that mascaras are something that you can get from the drugstore, like I said – my favourite is from L’oreal! xx

  • i LOVE MUF smokey lash. it is my all time favorite. however, it dries out SO quick. so so quick it is unreal. i usually only get a month use out of it. but it is usually the best month of lashes ever. so sad, i wish the formula didnt dry out then i would buy it more often! your lashes look great 🙂

    • Oh no! I think I’m a bit of a weirdo then as I like it when it’s dry! That sucks that it dries out so quickly though xx

  • Wow! Gives you gorgeous lashes! I love my MUFE Smokey Lash as well. Also unavailable here 🙁

    • Damn it! Why is MUFE not stocked easily anywhere! xx

  • I tried Make Up For Ever’s Aqua Smokey Lash and it does a better job at lengthening and volumizing my lashes than my drugstore mascara, but I like Dior’s Waterproof Iconic Masacra better cuz it lengthens my lashes more. Have you tried Dior’s mascara?

    By the way, I love your hair! It looks healthy and long. =) I’m trying to grow out my hair too.

    • I did try a Dior mascara I think it was called Dior Show years ago and I liked it but nothing compares to  my L’oreal one which I love! xx

  • amy

    I use Bobbi Brown’s Lash Glamour lengthening Mascara but its running out and I’m not sure I can afford to replace it this month! Looks like I’ll be turning to my second best too! 

    • Ah you never know you might find a good one 🙂 xx

  • rcb38

    This is one of the things I defos want to pick up on holiday! 🙂 sometimes it’s weird how mascaras get better with age! xxx

    • Yeah it does! I like them a little drier xx

  • Maïwenn Nguyen

    I tried the MUFE waterproof mascara and was pretty disappointed. If there is one thing I will absolutely NEVER tolerate in a mascara it’s raccoon eye and this one gave me that. It might not be its fault as my eyelids are pretty greasy, but I’ve had drugstore waterproof mascaras that didn’t give me raccoon eye so I don’t think high end brands should get an excuse. I loved the  way it looked on my lashes for an hour, but I would have to take it off later due to the smudging it would give me. Funny enough I’ve heard the original non-waterproof one doesn’t smudge go figure.

    • Oh wow! Thanks for letting me know! I have found that it smudges slightly, my L’oreal one was definitely better in that respect! xx

  • i haven’t tried yet, but your lases look GREAT with it on

    • Aw thanks hun xx

  • Heather Lee

    Your lashes look incredible. Some day I’ll force myself to try this one out, the one thing I’ve never ventured further than “drugstore” on is mascaras, but I definitely want to give this one a try. Thanks for the great post. 🙂

    • Aw thanks hun, pleased you liked it xx

  • Jane Winton

    so glad you love it now! i have a tube unopened waiting to be used when ive used up the other 5 i have on the go at the moment! Exited to get it opened now cause your lashes look fab!

    • Haha now you’ve just got to get through all your other ones now xx

  • Viviianna

    oooh wow, your lashes are amazing, i’ve always wanted to get the smokey lash but I just simply cant find MUFE in Australia 🙁

    • Thanks hun! It’s a pain to get hold of over here too! I think once this is used up I will go back to my drugstore ones xx

  • i think i am going to get that haha!
    where abouts do they sell MUFE in the UK i havent seen it anywhere at all!
    and its really annoying

    • They sell it on Guru Makeup Emporium online which I have linked in the post, but apart form that I haven’t seen it anywhere! xx

  • cait

    I got this for my birthday this past year and hated it! then  i let it dry up a bit and fell in love. it does great things for reals.

    • Haha it does! Seems like everyone loves it when it’s a bit drier xx