Newly launched by Maybelline is both the new Maybelline Volume Express Colossal Smoky Mascara
and the Master Smoky eye pencil which aim to give you a smoky eye look in seconds.
I do enjoy a smoky eye particularly for a night out so I couldn't resist picking up both
products to see if they lived up the hype!
Maybelline Le Volum' Express Colossal Smoky Mascara £7.99/ via Superdrug - link
This is based on the original Maybelline Volume Express Colossal Mascara only it
has added black matte eyeshadow to the formula to give a smoky look.
In truthfulness I don't full understand the addition of eye shadow to the mascara formula
and don't find it all that different to the original Maybelline Volume Express Colossal Smoky Mascara.
The brush is pretty large but surprisingly easy to use and control - it grabs all of the lashes including
the tiny little baby ones and coats them in blacker than black mascara.
I find Maybelline mascaras to clump quite easily ( I have two coats on in my photo) but that
is nothing a quick comb through can't solve and the Volume Express range really do add volume
and length and despite clumping a little it does layer on rather well.
In all honesty Maybelline mascaras tend to be a little to wet for my personal taste
but a week in when they have dried out the perform much better!
I can't really see the smoky effect but it is a decent enough mascara and will add length as well as volume,
it is really black with a tendency to flake towards the six hour mark but other than that it gets a thumbs
up from me!
Maybelline Master Smoky Eye Pencil (Black) £5.99 via Superdrug - link
These chunky eye liners come eyeshadow pencils come in 5 shades and feature a chunky liner
at one end and a foam smudger tool at the other.
The general idea is that you draw on a thick line on the lid and then use the foam applicator
to smudge the line out for a smoky effect.
The pencil itself is soft in formula so it does not tug on the lids (same applies for the foam applicator)
and is super black when initially applied but does disappear quite some amount when blended and smudged - on my skin it looks a blue toned grey which is nice enough but may not be for everyone.
If you like the simplistic approach or perhaps an almost rocker chic look then you may enjoy this
pencil as it is really easy to use and great for those on the go but it's not for me,
I like my smoky eye looks to be a little more dramatic haha!
I do recommend using a primer if using this as an all over eye shade as it creased almost immediately
on me but wore rather well on my water line - around 3 hours.
Have you tried either product?