Giving in and finally trying high-end mascara, I am pleased to announce that after three attempts I found what I’ve been looking for. Makeup For Ever Smoky Lash was suggested to me by two sales attendants at Sephora. I ignored the first one, went back with a return, and listened the second time. Both attendants told me they haven’t had anyone return Smoky Lash.

I purchased the Aqua (or waterproof) version because I didn’t want to bother with the regular formula. I still haven’t found a non-waterproof mascara that holds any semblance of a curl in my lashes and I certainly didn’t want my $22.00 investment to start off on the wrong foot.

My lashes are naturally very straight.

So I curl them every day with the amazing Sonia Kashuk Dramatically Defining Eyelash Curler.

I follow up with a minimum of one coat of mascara.  Typically I like two or three, but Smoky Lash does a decent job with just one.

I consider one coat an every day look and I’ve gotten compliments with it as it is here.  If you’d like to see it in a full face shot, take a look here.

Aqua Smoky Lash claims to “provide volume, length, and instant curl.”  I have to agree that it gives my lashes all three and keeps them looking the same from morning to night.

Makeup For Ever recommends applying in a “slight zigzag movement to separate the lashes.”  My favorite method is to get the wand into the base of the lashes, then blink through it.  I do not suggest wiggling the wand while pulling it through lashes because the lashes end up looking clumpy.  Blinking through works like a charm.

I adore this mascara and am so happy it gives me the volume and curl I love.  The packaging says this mascara has a shelf life of six months.  I can only hope it lasts that long!  Waterproof drugstore mascaras only make it six weeks with me.  I figure at 1/3 of the coats each day I should at least get 18 weeks out of the tube which makes my $22.00 cost the same as three drugstore mascaras.  Here’s hoping!

I’m of course now curious about other Makeup For Ever products.  Any favorites?