Mascara Monday: Maybelline Great Lash Lots of Lashes (LOL) mascara

I’ve been beyond excited about this mascara. Bee-yawn’ed. Mayelline’s Great Lash Lots of Lashes mascara excites me simply because I’ve found it to be the BEST of all of the Great Lash mascaras. I was sworn to secrecy to not say a word about this mascara for quite some time and now, I can finally let it out. Do you know how hard it is not say anything about a mascara that has a heart-shaped brush? Yeah. Not easy at all. Finally! The time has arrived. Brace yourself for the awesomeness of Great Lash LOL mascara.


Price: $6.49
Packaging (brush wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5

What It Claims: Per press release

A Maybelline New York first, the heart-shaped elastomer brush simplifies the application process. In just one swipe, the great Little Grabber brush easily reaches the inner and outer corners of the eye, multiplying and building your lash look with no clumps. Just lots of clean, full lashes with no mess.

The Truth: Oh my words. This isn’t at all like the original Great Lash 

What I Loved About It: That wand, baby! It’s one hot mama!


What I Didn’t Like: I hope you only like to apply 2-3 coats of mascara. Any more than that may send you to Clumps City.

Overall: I shall preface this by stating that I was never the biggest fan of the original Great Lash’s wand. I reviewed Great Lash back in 2008 and I don’t know if I was a total mascara reviewing newb back then or what, but despite my not putting it in the review, I was quite displeased with the Great Lash wand. You may say I’ve been spoiled by vibrating and spinning mascara wands to the point where I can’t appreciate a simple and no frills kind of wand, but no…the original Great Lash’s wand is just…meh. It is pretty standard in terms of mascara wands. And for some gals, that works. But in a secret hideaway world, there live us folx who desire MORE when it comes to mascara wands. We want a wand that’s easy to control, can not only sweep through our lashes with ease but also get into these inner corners. Guys and gals like us may be considered needy, but hey…we want what we want.

If the original Great Lash’s wand wasn’t enough for you, the new one is all that and a bag of Skittles. Just look how it compares to the original Great Lash.

Fantastical, right? I know, I know. It’s a beautiful. You’ll be happy to know that this heart-shaped wand (awww, Maybelline loves us) REALLY makes a difference in the overall outcome of the mascara’s performance. If mascara reviewing was math, I’d say that a mascara is made up of 4 parts. You’ve got the wand and the formula. The other two parts are brand and technique but we’ll talk about those later, class.

Having got the great wand part down, I was just wishing on a star that the formula was up to par as well. While the formula of Great Lash LOL is similar to the original Great Lash, LOL’s wand allowed me to pick up more mascara and apply more to the lashes. I was also able to get into those inner corners and lower lashes with no problems. Yes! That is what I’m talking about, Maybelline.

Some of us are picky mascara applicators. We don’t don’t feel as if we’ve done much if we don’t apply a ton of coats. If you’re that kind of applicator, Great Lash LOL may surprise you. Because of the wand’s girth, you shouldn’t need to apply more than 3 coats of mascara. And even that’s pushing it to the limit.  I love this aspect about this mascara. It doesn’t require a lot of fuss to get the job done. You apply one coat, let that dry, apply another coat and you’re done. Easy peasy! Even the Clumps kitten preferred Maybelline’s newest superstar mascara.


In terms of packaging, LOL is the same size and length as the original Great Lash.

From bare lashes to mascara coated lashes in under 3 minutes.

I didn’t experience any flaking or smudging which meant that mascara lasted for hours on end. I’m not the kind of gal that re-applies on the go. A mascara HAS to last all day for me. Great Lash LOL was quite the trooper.

Bare Lashes

Lashes with 3 Coats of mascara


This was such a special mascara to review because not only does this mascara’s release remind of  me of how iconic Maybelline is, but I was also one of the first to test Great Lash LOL out. Very cool. Very very cool.


Do I recommend it?: Um….yeahhhh!! Especially if you tried the original Great Lash and didn’t like the wand. This wand will totally win you over. I promise. Give it a try.

What do you think? Will you give this version of Great Lash a try?


Check out my video review of Great Lash LOL.

  • Erin P

    I hate the original Great Lash (and felt like I’m the only one that does! lol) but I’m tempted to try this one out. Thanks for the review.

    • Brittany

      You will absolutely be blown away at Great Lash LOL. I promise. 😉

    • I hate Great Lash too!

      • Brittany

        You will fall in love with LOL.

    • I hate it too! I’m really hesitant to try it again, even with the new brush. I’ve fallen hard for L’oreal’s Voluminious (sp?) in Carbon Black and I’m not sure I want to try anything else!

      Alice in Nappyland

      • Brittany

        It’s hard venturing from a mascara that you realllllly love. This one is totally worth it though!

      • liza

        i am a mascara addict 😉 on any given day i have at least 5 different kinds in my purse. i have been using loreal million lashes… & on a whim i recently purchased lol & it is!! fabulous packaging & i absolutely love the brush. i’m praying lol is here to stay, but just in case i stocked up :) i now only keep one or two tubes with me, but this is my go-to.

        awesome review!! & just to share a mascara tip… before i apply to my lashes i hold the wand so it’s straight up & down & lightly brush the tips on my lashes first… then right away, so it doesn’t dry, i apply the regular way. this way you add length first & build from there!!

        • Brittany

          Now that’s a technique that I’ve never heard of before. Will definitely be trying that!

  • I saw this in the grocery store today and fell in love. it was only 3.74 though and they had $1 off coupons so i paid less than $3 for this mascara. yes i admit the package, name, and cute little pink brush got me but it really is a nice mascara. i got a lot of length and volume in just one coat. i will def purchase this again.

    • Brittany

      The packaging ALWAYS gets me. LOL! And whoa….you got it for a major deal. Score!

  • victoria

    Yes!!! This impresses me more than a lot of the expensive mascaras I’ve been seeing! It gives volume and thickness. There are so many thickening mascaras out there, but personally I need volume near the base of my lashes.

    From what I’ve heard the Original GL was watery and MUA on photo shoots love that because they can reapply over and over. But for us everyday mascara users this is a winner!

    I also like the dark matte finish, so many mascaras have that glossy finish and I personally can’t pull that off.

    This is a great improvement over the Original Great Lash and the wand is brilliant! I think between LOL and Black Drama, someone’s getting the job done at Maybelline!

    • Brittany

      Woo hoo!!! Yay for more GL LOL lovers!

  • thanx for review…wand is too big and looks great…is it easy to apply mascara with this wand to lower lashes?????

    • Brittany

      Oh no no, the wand isn’t too big at all. It is definitely a lot smaller than The Falsies’ wand making–making it perfect for clumsy gals like myself. And yep, applying it to the lower lashes is a breeze.

  • The wand looks super unique! And your lashes are gorgeous!!!!

    • Brittany

      Thanks Nikki. Let me know if I need to send one of these to you. I don’t think it has hit Thailand yet.

  • Lavendar

    After a review like this, I’m headed to the store momentarily. Love the wand!

    • Brittany


  • Tiffany

    Thanks for the great review! I hate the original Great Lash… This version made your lashes look amazing. I’ll definitely be buying this one.

    • Brittany

      Woo hoo! Let me know what you think about it when you scoop it up.

  • gio

    This is very tempting! Your lashes look amazing and the wand is so unique! thanks for the review.

    • Brittany


  • I love Maybelline Great Lash but wasn’t feeling the wand either! Now I have to upgrade, lol.

    • Brittany


  • Nicole

    This excites me! How does this comPare to the new Lancome Hypnose Doll Eyes? I love Lancome mascara and have been waiting months for their new one but this one seems very similar in the wand an what it claims to do. I’d much rather spend 5 than 25 on a mascara, especially if they are quite comparable.

    • Brittany

      It’s hard to compare the two simply because Lancome’s is a higher end mascar and Maybelline a drugstore mascara. I’ve reviewed and liked Doll Eyes and if money is an issue, I’d say go with LOL. You’ll be saving over $20 and I think you’re LOVE the outcome!

  • Sherry Blossom

    I will surely try this mascara because of you!!! Thanks for the awesome review!

    • Brittany

      Can’t wait to see what you think, Sherry!

  • KAM

    I have bought LOTS of different brands and spent tons of money, but I always go back to this baby.

    • Brittany


  • Jez

    I have okay eyelashes, and I only use mascara when I want a dramatic look, do you think this mascara will do more for me than the falsies?

    • Brittany

      Falsies is definitely one serious volumizing mascara. LOL may not give you the same drama The Falsies will but if you’re looking to start wearing mascara daily, LOL is a great starting point. One coat will really open up your eyes and 2-3 coats can give you the “almost like Falsies” effect. It’s super affordable so I say scoop it up and try it out. It may surprise you. :)

  • rickirenee

    I agree about Great Lash! I have NEVER understood why its rated the #1 mascara. The wand SUCKS. I have no idea if the formula is good because I can’t get over the wand! Application is annoying – it doesn’t smooth all my lashes without clumping… I’m a huge fan of Falsies and Lash stilettos but they both give me a very dramatic look *my natural lashes are pretty long* and I’m looking for an every day mascara that looks more natural. I’m very excited to try this one and see how it compares. Headed to Target today!

    • Brittany

      Can’t wait to see what you think about LOL!

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  • Tracy

    Love this mascara! I picked some up about 2 weeks ago and I actually look forward ot useing it because it works so well and I’ve been recommending it to friends and family. I truly wasn’t expecting much either but It is soooo good!

    • Brittany

      Rock oooon!

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  • Kaye

    1/ This should be in the stores now, right? Looked for it at Walgreens yesterday. When they didn’t have it, I thought it wasn’t “out” yet?
    I never understood the Great Lash fan club. I never thought it was nice- but the shape of this brush makes sense.
    2/ In the above comment section you seem to say you still prefer Dept store mascaras to this…..True?
    I have been using MAC Zoom on top of MAC StudioFix and Armani “Eyes to Kill.”
    Do you have any comments on how those compare to this new Great Lash?
    Thank you!

    • Brittany

      Yep, it’s out. Keep a lookin’ for it. I’m a fan of both drugstore and higher end mascaras. If I didn’t have to review them regularly, I’d stick with drugstore. I usually don’t compare drugstore with higher end simply b/c it isn’t a fair comparison. :(

    • Jazz

      I work for walgreens and its definitely in the stores! Its NOT on the wall with the other beauty products, it has its own displayer. AND if you can hit the store before saturday, maybelline is bogo 50 off.

      • Brittany

        Thanks for letting us know!

  • So glad to see this positive review. I hated the original Great Lash, but LOL looks very promising! I will definitely check it out! Thank you!

    • Brittany

      If you try it, let me know what you think.

  • Jazz

    I’ll keep on trying this mascara, but right now Im not feeling it. Although , it does look very natural on. I think I shall stick to my falsies or the extra volume collagen- I like juicy , thick lashes

    • Brittany

      But at least you don’t hate it. 😉 Falsies will always be the Volume King!

  • Rc2cute

    I just bought this mascara today and I love,love,love it! It looks sooo good. Now I normally no not put mascara on my bottom lip at the water line, because I could never catch it with any other mascara without being nervous but this is the stuff. I found it at my local Duane Reade . Thanx for letting us know about this product!

    • Brittany

      Glad you loved it!

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  • darkchocolate19

    So I have straight lashes, and I was wondering if this mascara will straighten them? They’re all Asian, so I don’t know if just anybody can answer this…Usually mascara straightens my lashes if they’re not waterproof (some do even if they are). I don’t want to pass this up if it actually holds curl!

  • Thanks for the review! I’m a mascara lover myself and I follow your blog for the reviews of the latest mascaras.

    I so <3 maybelline's mascaras

    • Brittany

      Thank youuuu!

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  • Heather

    I haven’t used Great Lash in a while but just tried the new “Lots of Lashes”. I HATE the new wand. It makes it difficult to apply mascara evenly and I end up with way too much product. Won’t buy it again.