Monday, May 7, 2012

Maybelline Great Lash Lots of Lashes Mascara Review + Before and After!

Natalie Monday, May 7, 2012
Maybelline lots of lashes

Maybelline Great Lash Lots of Lashes Mascara

I'm sure the majority of us, regardless of age, have owned this little pink tube of mascara with the green cap at some point in our life. When I pass by the the makeup aisles and catch a glance at Maybelline Great Lash Mascara, it instantly reminds me of when I was about twelve or thirteen, when I first developed my love for makeup. Sure, it wasn't "all that", but it was cheap and at the time, it got the job done.

Needless to say, I have never repurchased it since because I like a little (or a lot) more oomph in my lashes, which the very natural, smudgy results of Maybelline Great Lash didn't prevail. So, Maybelline came out with a little something called Maybelline Great Lash Lots of Lashes, a new spin on the classic original. 

This new mascara claims to provide "lots of impact", while the unique brush design grabs each lash for maximum separation and volume.

*Note: The directions state to not let this mascara dry between coats. For the best results, apply the mascara until you are satisfied with the achieved look. (more about this later)

It's available in three shades: Blackest Black, Very Black and Brown Black. I chose Blackest Black, as I always do.

The wand is a small cone shape, which can be a bit awkward to apply (especially if you have long lashes), but it's very handy for those with average to short lashes (less mess on the lids). Because it's small, you can really get down to the base of the lashes and reach the little corners that often get missed with larger brushes. Nevertheless, I find it a bit tedious to apply and wouldn't choose to wear this mascara if I had to apply it in a hurry. 

I completely agree with the claims of not letting this mascara dry between coats. When I let the first coat dry, and went back to apply another coat, the wand literally removed the mascara off the tips of my lashes, making my lashes look short and clumpy. A total mess. To achieve the best results, start at the base of your lashes and wiggle the wand upward. Continue brushing your lashes until you are satisfied with the results. 

This mascara builds volume and length pretty quickly. I usually apply enough on my top lashes to where it looks like I've got on around 2-3 coats with a standard volume mascara, so my lashes look long and dark even from a few feet away. I noticed this mascara works especially well for my bottom lashes. It really does a great job at lengthening and separating them. 

I notice a couple of clumps here and there, but I think if you want very volumious lashes, it's hard to avoid any clumping. The clumping was very minimal with several coats and can be avoided by making sure there isn't a lot of excess product on the wand. 


Left: Before; no mascara, Right: After; application was equivalent to two coats on my top lashes, and one coat on the bottom lashes. No lash comb was used.

I also found this mascara doesn't weigh down my lashes and holds a curl pretty well throughout the day. 

I actually found this mascara to deliver like I thought it would, blowing all of the other Maybelline Great Lash Mascaras out of the water. 

Now the sad news, after a couple of hours, I end up with black smudges under my eyes. Let me tell you though, I am very prone to under-eye smudging and there are very few mascaras on the market that don't smudge under my eyes.

I didn't experience any flaking, and I found that it held up perfectly well by the end of the night (with the exception of the smudging). It's also easy to remove without leaving residue on the lashes.  

PROS: The small brush design makes applying the mascara to short lashes as well as bottom lashes much easier, builds volume well with additional coats, adds length, holds a curl, didn't experience flaking, dark pigment, easy to remove.
CONS: The small brush design makes applying the mascara tedious and a bit awkward, especially for those with longer lashes. The biggest con for me was that under-eye smudging was completely unavoidable with this mascara after a couple of hours, causing me to constantly check my makeup in the mirror, and powder my under-eyes - disrupting my concealer, etc. 
PACKAGING: Standard packaging, no complaints.
OVERALL: I was really satisfied with this mascara, especially for the price. I was able to achieve deep dark lashes with added volume and a little extra length with minor clumping. This mascara worked exceptionally well for my bottom lashes. Because I couldn't avoid the under-eye smudges, I won't be re-purchasing this mascara. Individual results will vary, and I've read a handful of reviews where the reviewer didn't experience smudging.

If you've tried this mascara, let me know what you thought about it!

23 comments :

  1. my asian lashes dont cope well with western brand mascaras. I just done a review on a japanese mascara & base they tend to work better for me...however promising this sounds i probably wont buy unless its in the sale or something

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  2. I bought this and LOVE it. But I also think that's because I have pretty short and sparse lashes. I feel like that brush was made for my lashes. I didn't experience any smudging or flaking, but it didn't really hold a curl for me. Most mascaras don't.

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  3. I'm prone to smudging too! Which mascaras don't smudge on you at all?

    I blame it on my oily hooded lids :/

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    1. The only one that never lets me down is Covergirl Lash Blast and Covergirl Lash Perfection.

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  4. The original formula was my first mascara when my mom let me start wearing makeup oh so many years ago. I haven't re-purchased it in a long time. I do have the clear one that I use as a brow gel. I'm blessed with long lashes but I want volume. I may have to give this formula a try.

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  5. I've actually never purchased this mascara before, not even as a teenager wandering down the aisles of Walgreen's cosmetics aisles in curiosity. I don't think I will be purchasing this after your review. The moisture from my eyes already causes enough smudging.
    Thanks for your thoughts!

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  6. Love your reviews!
    Www.xoxotrishelle.blogspot.com

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  7. Thanks for the in depth review. I've actually never tried any great lash mascara before, however one of my all time favorites is Maybelline full n' soft. Volume is the main thing I look for in a mascara and it definitely delivers, at least for me it does. You should give it a try :)

    Xo

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  8. Wow, that looks awesome, I may have to try this one!

    I've been sticking to The Falsies Flared and LashBlast Volume lately, but I think I'll have to pick this one up.

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  9. I love this one! Sadly, in Poland every launch is few months later...
    I don't put mascara on my bottom lashes- it always smudges and it just feels safer not to;)

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  10. I have used the old version and I wasn´t very impressed, but this seems like something I would like to try. Great review!

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  11. Your lashes look super defined after the application! :)) I just might try this if I manage to overcome the smudging barrier!

    xx, diamondinrouge.blogspot.com

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  12. It looks pretty good! I haven't tried this one yet but I just might! I love the eyeshadow btw!

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  13. I seriously could read your reviews all day... Its always so informative and wants my mind up on whether I really want it!
    Buttttt Your AMAZING lashes always make me want the mascara's you use :)
    xx

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  14. I use this mascara as well as the new lashblast drama, and I don't experience any smudging. What's weird is that with every other maybelline mascara, I ALWAYS get smudging, but this mascara doesn't smudge on me. I love it!

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  15. I am quite fond of this mascara - especially for my bottom and corner lashes. But I agree that it can smudge a bit.

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  16. Yikes....I'm really on the fence wether or not to try this mascara....hmmmm

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  17. we don't have this mascara here ..i really wanna try it out myself

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  18. should i try this or not?? some of my friends use it but it might be different on me... :/

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