Make Up For Ever AQUA SMOKY LASH Mascara Swatches & Review

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*Kicks self in face*. I bought a waterproof mascara. Dangit. I only buy a waterproof mascara when I'm going to a funeral, and I generally just go into the drugstore, buy whatever, use, throw out. And, actually, since Anastasia came out with Lash Genius, I haven't needed to even do that.

Why isn't waterproof mascara something I usually gravitate towards? Basically, it's a pain to wash off and I have no need for it, since I generally don't have mascara migration issues.

All of that whining aside, I'm actually very impressed with Make Up For Ever Aqua Smoky Lash Mascara. But is it enough to reconsider my stance on waterproof mascara?

What the Sephora website has to say about MUFE Aqua Smoky Lash Mascara:


What it is:
A waterproof version of the best-selling Smoky Lash—a mascara that delivers volume, length, and intense pigment.

What it does:
MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Smoky Lash takes the ultra-pigmented, volume-enhancing formula that made the original such a hit and waterproofs it just in time for fun in the sun this summer.

What else you need to know:
The tough, dense brush of this Sephora-exclusive mascara penetrates into the roots of the lash to ensure that the lash is completely coated with mascara.

Aqua Smoky Lash is a deep black mascara that does a decent job of separating and an excellent job of lengthening and curling (in the photo above I did NOT use an eye lash curler, to be honest they don't make that much of a difference for me). As far as being waterproof goes, it does it's job. No migration during sweat or rain or cryings galore!


The only thing that I have to do differently with this particular mascara is with the removal - I completely saturate a cotton ball and hold it over my eye for 10 seconds. The mascara comes off easily and all of the way, for the most part. If you're careful, and take your time, you won't need to rub (because you SHOULDN'T) and lose some lashes.

Basically, I love this mascara, but I hate that it's waterproof because I'm using way more makeup remover than I need to and it takes some extra time (not much, but that mess adds up when you're a mom!). I wouldn't repurchase the waterproof (mostly because of the cost issue and I own the Lash Genius), but I will absolutely go back and get the regular Smoky Lash that I intended to pick up in the first place.

Make Up For Ever Aqua Smoky Lash retails for $23.00 and is available exclusively at Sephora and