Every two seconds, a tube of this mascara is sold. Great Lash constantly lands on “best of” beauty lists. Well, this is not a post about beauty bests, but all that attention has landed Great Lash on my Cult Classics list.
Unlike the other featured Cult Classics products, I had never tried this mascara before. But, since it seems to be a cult favorite product, I thought I ought to give it a go.
Maybelline’s Great Lash mascara is touted as a no-clump mascara that “conditions as it thickens” with the lash building brush that “makes it easy to get a full lash look” and the lash doubling formula that “glides on smoothly to build great-looking lashes.” Great Lash is also supposed to be a washable mascara, meaning it will wash right off with warm water and soap, or facial cleanser. The square pink and green tube is rather well-known, iconic even. The name is simple and easy to remember. It sounds as though this mascara has all the makings of a proper cult classic product.
Ingredients: Aqua/Water, Cera Alba/Beeswax, Ozokerite, Shellac, Glyceryl Stearate, Triethanolamine, Propylene Glycol, Stearic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Methylparaben, Quaternium-15, Simethicone, Quaternium-22, Butylparaben. May Contain: CI 77492, CI 77491, CI 77499/Iron Oxides, CI 77007/Ultramarines, Mica, CI 77891/Titanium Dioxide, CI 77510/Ferric Ferrocyanide, CI 75470/Carmine, CI 77288/Chromium Oxide Greens, CI 77289/Chromium Hydroxide Green, CI 77742/Manganese Violet
I detest this mascara. Usually, I really try to make a product work using different application methods until I find exactly what’s needed for that product’s amazing-ness to shine. After all, some of my absolute favorites have to be applied just so, lest they become absolute disasters. With this mascara, nothing worked. It was just awful. No matter how much I curled my lashes, it still just pulled them straight again. It clumped up while I was applying, didn’t provide any visible improvement in volume or length, and generally looked terrible. I actually think my lashes, sans mascara, looked better than they did with this mascara.
Because it is meant to be washable, this mascara smudged and smeared all over my face. Each time I wore this mascara, I ended up with severe raccoon eyes within just a couple hours, if that. I also do not prefer the small brush Great Lash boasts. It has a spiral design like a standard spoolie. I’ve found these spiral type wands don’t have enough bristles to separate my lashes so I end up with lashes stuck to each other. I really like huge bristle-y brushes; they provide great separation and thus more volume.
For me, Great Lash was a terrible product. Not only does it not work, but it makes everything worse by smudging and smearing and pulling my lashes straight instead of curling them. $4.44 is a reasonable price, but you couldn’t pay me to wear this one.
Has Maybelline’s famous Great Lash mascara worked for you? If so, please let me know in the comments below! Perhaps there’s some Great Lash magic application method or trick I’m missing.