Wow! I'm surprised at so many negative reviews! All the magazines say this is THE drugstore mascara! I wore this for years all through school, college, and into adulthood. I have long eyelashes and I loved how dramatic a look I could get with Very Black. It worked great for my high-maintainance younger self, but not so much after I became a mom and wanted a more natural look.
I don't like the thickness, stickiness, and general goopyness of this mascara now. I didn't mind it when I was younger, but I had to be careful to remember not to touch my eyes. Now I think, I should be able to rub my eyes if I need to! Also, it is a MESS to take off. It gets everywhere and stains washclothes (and sheets I found out, after I dropped the mascara brush on my bed.) I think I've just moved on from this mascara.
As a 47 year old certified makeup junkie, I have never liked this mascara. I've wanted to love this mascara like so many other people, and have tried it numerous times over the year's, but it's terrible. Maybelline full and soft mascara is excellent.
I have tried this, it's cheap and available in the grocery store-but it smudges badly.
I know EVERYONE loves this product, but really, I don't get it. It's not terrible, but it's not amazing either. It separates and defines your lashes, making them very thin.
I do not get why everyone, including make-up artists, rave about this product. It is the thinnest, skimpiest mascara I have ever used. It does nothing to thicken or lengthen lashes. The only person I'd recommend this mascara to would be a young teen who doesn't want to go overboard on eye makeup.
I agree with the review below me. It's all in how you apply it! I use it in Blackest Black. I always curl my lashes first, then I remove the excess mascara on the brush by dabbing it on a paper towel. After, I apply at least two coats & the results are fantastic. I get beautifully defined lashes. This has always been my HG mascara! Give another try, ladies!
I think I can understand why this product gets so many bad reviews and why it gets put on so many "Best of..." lists at the same time. The consistency of this mascara is very basic. It's not going to fatten your lashes or lengthen them with one swipe. It's all in how you apply it. As long as you're using an eyelash curler and using a couple of coats and being very meticulous with the brush (like all makeup artists do), this mascara is definitely a go-to. It gets the job done, and that's why I like it.
i dont know why the reviews for this product is so bad. it does wonders for me. it extends and thickens WITHOUT clumping. i've used it for about a month now and it never once clumped. i previously used hypnose from lancom, which cost me 24 bucks and clumps like mad. great mascara is cheap and does a better job. the only negative aspect i guess would be its kinda wet and watery, but then again most non-waterproof ones are like that. im def buying this one again
edit: it is way too watery and gets all over my face. doesn't do anything amazing. then again, it is very cheap
I don't know why this is consistently rated the best-selling mascara. I find it smelly, too thin and not effective. I realize the price is appealing, but I was recently told to try Prescriptives' False Eyelash mascara, and that's my new must-have. Sorry, Maybelline - I like your other products, but your Great Lash mascara isn't good!
(I am, however, a big fan of Maybelline Volume Express mascara, with the double-sided packaging).
OKAY...so when i first bought this i HATED it with a passsion!! BUT after using for about a week, (my other mascara finished), i loved it!! NOw, have to have it with me where ever i go! It's amazing!! If you don't like it at first...keep trying!!! i even rated only 1 lipstick when i first used it now, it's totally worth 4 lipsticks!!