Average Rating 3.5/5
Review by greenbird
I hated every Maybelline Great Lash I tried, until this mascara. In every magazine, Maybelline Great Lash wins "Best of Beauty Awards." Supermodels, beauty editors, and famous movie stars talk about how it's the greatest mascara in the world. I kept buying it again-in different forms. Regular, curved brush, the color Royal Blue, the limited edition Teal, waterproof, Blackest Black, and Great Lash big. I literally tried Great Lash at least 7 times. Every time I bought it-it would suck. The formula was running, thin, too wet-would smear & smudge. It would do very little lengthening or thickening. All it seemed to do was darken my lashes. I have short, sparse, stick straight Asian lashes. The hair on my head is thick and long-my eyelashes are awful. I need a dramatic mascara, I am not blessed with long thick lashes that only need to be darkened. The brush was tiny, and would clump the lashes I had together so it looked like I had 5 spikey lashes together. It was awful. But marketing, the cheap price, the rave reviews in magazines and by celebrities, and the cute packaging (it's hard to miss a pink and bright green iconic tube), the #1 mascara in America hype-it's said that a person buys Great Lash every 1.7 seconds or something kept me coming back. So why did I got for one last try? Well, I am a mascara junkie and I give everything a try. Cover Girl Lash Blast, Maybelline Colossal, Maybelline Full N' Soft, Maybelline Falsies, Revlon mascaras (they tend to suck-though Revlon does great lipsticks), Loreal Voluminous, Loreal Double Extend and Beauty Tubes, Loreal Collagen mascara, Prestige My Biggest Lashes, my beloved Max Factor mascaras that discontinued (2000 Calorie and Volume Couture were awesome!), Rimmel mascaras (Sexy Curves, Lash Accelerator, Glam Eyes), Almay One Coat, and expensive mascaras: Dior Show, Lancome Deficinils, Lancome Hypnose. I don't think this list is complete-and though I have tried bad and good mascaras- I went for one more last try with Maybelline Great Lash. Partially because it was on sale, and I read a good review on "Clumps of Mascara" (the largest mascara blog on the internet, or one of the largest) and on MUA. This mascara is not the best I tried-but for its regular prices (around $5.00)- it lengthened my lashes considerably, it didn't smudge at all, I can reach all the tiny lashes on the inner corners, the wand is small so it's easy to manipulate and not get on my lid (a problem with huge wands was that even if they gave me volume, they were messy and smeared on my smaller Asian eyelids), and I get some volume. The color is extremely black (I bought the darkest shade), and my lashes stay curled (a huge problem with my stick straight Asian lashes-I even tried heated lash curlers to help). It's more about lengthening, long wear, a very black color, and curl than about volume for me. When I want more volume, I layer a voluming mascara like the Falsies over it. It's what Great Lash should have been-rather than a legendary marketing hype from beauty editors who are paid for advertising, and movie stars/models who may be using them on false lashes for film, or women who have long, thick lashes to begin with. Buy this. The rest of Maybelline Great Lash sucks. Okay, the royal blue gives you a cheap way to have blue eyelashes. That's about it. The waterproof can't be removed, and the regular Great Lash is quite possibly the worst mascara I tried. The Lots of Lashes is a big improvement. It's not the best mascara in the world-but it's a huge improvement and delivers beautifully fanned out, curled, longer, and slightly thickened lashes that won't smear or smudge. And I am a girl who always buys waterproof-the regular didn't smudge in heat and humidity. I will keep buying this. Even at regular price, it's a steal. It can be layered over other mascaras, and it gives you the iconic Great Lash with actual results. About time. 40 years of women buying crap, being sold inky black water with a small, horrible brush. Some things need a makeover, and this mascara is not only cute (heart shaped brush!) but actually delivers.