Maybelline Great Lash Lots of Lashes MascaraI'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!