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.

Mascara Monday: tarte Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart mascara

What don’t I love about tarte? From their lippies to their blushes and bronzers, tarte always knows how to make a gal feel special. Thing is, though, I’ve haven’t had much luck with their mascaras. They’ve always been average at best, for me.  Can this Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart mascara change my mind? Let’s see…

 

Price: $19 at Sephora and Sephora.com
Packaging (brush wand): 4 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What It Claims: Per Sephora.com

This amazing mascara delivers a 406% increase in lash volume and long-term reparative, rebuilding, and strengthening benefits with each swipe giving you instant results and better lash health. Just as it intuitively restores hydration and texture in skin, Amazonian clay intuitively hydrates and replenishes dry and brittle lashes to prevent fallout. High performance natural™Amazonian clay performs all day by absorbing oil to balance mascara and keep product in place for flake-free longer wear. It lends itself to deepen pure color pigments creating a volume-boosting formula with higher intensity and truer pure color. The result is healthier and more voluminous lashes that won’t ever flake or transfer, naturally. After daily wear, lashes are intact, healthier and stronger. This mascara prevents lash loss and promotes lash health.
The Truth: Hmm, I may be able to get down with this one. 

What I Loved About It: The formula feels niiiiice. And the packaging. I mean, come on…it is hands down one of the best dressed mascaras that I’ve ever seen.

What I Didn’t Like: It wasn’t super volumizing and got a little clump-alicious around the second coat.

Overall: This may very well be my favorite tarte mascara. While it didn’t provide the kind of volume that I really wanted, it’s better than the other tarte mascaras that I’ve tried. So yippie to that! tarte’s been on this “amazonian clay” bandwagon for quite some time and while I can’t say I know everything about the clay’s properties, I do know one thing, it certainly enhances their products. Remember the Amazonian Clay blushes? Those totally rocked the house.

406% increase is a bit of a stretch. I only tested this mascara for a week so I can’t speak much on the long-term aspect. What I do know (and I’ve probably said this a dozen times) is that a mascara must be off the charts to encourage one to use it repeatedly to see results. That said, this mascara is definitely one that I could see myself using for weeks and months at a time. The wand makes application a cinch.

tarte has always been really good with wands so I certainly wasn’t worried. Mascara novices and professionals both won’t have any trouble using it. But like all tarte mascaras, if you’re looking for insane volume, you won’t find it. Which, for me, is okay sometimes. Most times I want lashes from here to Timbuktu. I’ve come to expect this from natural mascaras. What you don’t get when it comes to volume is a green mascara that is gentle on the eyes and without all of the synthetic ingredients and preservatives. Another issue I had with tarte’s mascaras is I felt as if they didn’t last as long. The Amazonian Clay mascara lasts significantly longer. Yaaaay! It may flake away by the end of the day, but if you don’t blame on running in the rain, working out and dumping your face in a bucket of water, we amazed at how well this does hold up. Like most natural mascaras, this kid won’t leave your lashes hard and brittle. Your lashes will be soft and wispy.

 

Bare Lashes


Lashes with 2 Coats of mascara


 

Do I recommend it?: Yep. It is definitely one of the better tarte mascaras. I’m impressed!

Any tarte lovers in the house? Have you tried this one yet?

 

Mascara Monday: Rimmel Extra Lash Wow mascara

Well ‘ello there, Rimmel. It’s been quite a while since I’ve reviewed a mascara from you. I’ve got to keep my eyes on this brand. They always seem to launch mascaras without my knowing. Let’s see how this one fared.

 

 

Price: $7.99 at Walgreens…or any drugstore.
Packaging (brush wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5

What It Claims: Per packaging


The Truth: Hopin’ this mascara gives me some WOW factor.

What I Loved About It: It’s a great lightweight mascara. And I found it to be incredibly build-able. Be it 1 coat or 3 coats, it did a great job at not clumping.

What I Didn’t Like: It doesn’t wear as long as I would like it to and it tends to flake a bit.

Overall: Oh snap. Fo real, Rimmel? What an awesome mascara to add to your line-up. If you know me and my favorite mascaras, you know that Rimmel is one of my favorite drugstore mascaras. But it’s been awhile since they’ve impressed me. Extra Wow Lash totally won me back. I’ll admit–the wand did throw me off a bit. I’m not a fan of mascaras with large wands. They tend to be extra tricky…especially for folx who are already a bit shaky when it comes to applying mascara.


Oh. Perhaps my eyes were playing tricks on me because it looks as if Extra Wow was around the same size as Maybelline’s The Falsies mascara. The good news is, the bristles on this wand are incredible. What it has in size, it makes up in amazing bristles. Even the clumsiest mascara applier shouldn’t have too many problems applying. The formula is nice and consistent without being on the “super thick” side. Although, I really would not have minded if it was a little thicker. While Rimmel says that this is a volume mascara, I think it does a better job at being a separating and lengthening mascara. I would love to see a waterproof version of this. It flaked on me a bit throughout the day but I’m sure that could be alleviated with a waterproof formula mascara. Still. I am beyond in love with this mascara. Way to go, Rimmel!

 

Bare Lashes


Lashes with 2 Coats of mascara

 

 

 

Do I recommend it?: Hecks yah! And grab one for one of your favorite mascara lovin’ peeps too.

Another Rimmel win! Have you tried this mascara yet?

 

Mascara Monday: Lancôme HYPNÔSE Doll Lashes mascara

Yay! Lancôme has a new mascara. It’s been a while since we’ve seen one from one of my favorite high-end mascara brands. This mascara promises to give flirty doll-like lashes with its paraben-free formula. I know, right? Who knew Lancôme had a paraben-free mascara? Woo hoo!

 

Price: $25 at Sephora stores and Sephora.com
Packaging (brush wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What It Claims: Per Sephora.com

This mascara helps create Lancôme’s most flirtatious lash look. A new, unique, cone-shaped brush provides an extremely smooth application, precisely defining even your hard-to-reach corners and lower lashes. This expert formula lifts and thickens every single lash without weighing it down. (source)

The Truth: Totally loving this one!

What I Loved About It: The wand is pretty epic. We haven’t seen one like this before. The cone-shape makes it super easy to get those corners and apply on the bottom lashes.

What I Didn’t Like: The formula didn’t seem to be as long lasting as other Lancôme mascaras.

Overall: One of the most common questions I get when it comes to Lancôme mascaras is “How does X-Lancôme mascara compare to Y-Lancôme?” Wanna know the truth? I can hardly remember Lancôme Définicils Precious Cells  from Lancôme Oscillation Intensity. Having reviewed more than 100 mascara, I tend to forget the pros and cons of many mascaras. In fact, most times, I have to search through the Mascara Bin to remember my own experiences with a mascara.Crazy, uh?

Anywhoovers , can we really talk about what surprised me most about this mascara? The fact that is comes without so many bad stuffs.

 

 

Really Lancôme? I’m not complaining but I didn’t think you had it in you. It’s hard to find a higher-end brand that omits parbens and synthetic dyes and fragrances. I’m elated! Lancôme won even more cool points with me. And it doesn’t hurt that the mascara isn’t too shabby either. I found the formula to be a little on the thick side but nothing too outrageous. I had such a fun time using the wand. It really made getting into the corners a breeze. While I am usually a 2-coat mascara applier, I pushed it to the limit and applied 3 coats. And I didn’t run into any clumps either. The formula got a little wonky but with slow and smooth strokes, you can really bring out your lashes on 3 coats. The only thing that stopped this mascara from receiving 5 out of 5 marks is because it doesn’t hold up as well as I would like it to. Granted, it’s not a waterproof mascara so it’s not its job to last for hours on end but still…

 

Bare Lashes

 


Lashes with 2 Coats of mascara


Do I recommend it?: Sure! Lancôme mascaras are on the pricey side but if you’re a higher-end lovin’ gal ,I think you’ll love this one.

Hey Lancôme lovers, have you tried this mascara yet?

 

Happy 40th Birthday, Great Lash mascara!

 

This is a very special Mascara Monday. Today I’ll be honoring one of the most iconic mascaras on the market…Maybelline’s Great Lash mascara! Fan or not, you simply can’t deny the impact that this mascara has made all over the world. From makeup newbies to makeup artists and professionals, we can all identify the pink and green tube of awesomeness.

In honor of Great Lash’s 40th birthday, Maybelline has teamed up with Target to release 3 limited edition tubes designed by some of our favorite designers. Max Azira, Tracy Reese and Vivienne Tam have given Great Lash 3 stunning facelifts.

 

And don’t you dare ask me to choose which one I love the most. I simply can’t, darlings.

This Limited Edition collection will only be available at Target and Target.com for a short time. The mascara lover that is me is so glad to have a piece of history. I mean think about it…Great Lash gave birth to the best Maybelline mascaras. From Lash Stylist to The Falsies, Lash Stiletto and the Asian Exclusive Hello Kitty Cat Eyes mascara, when it comes to mascaras, Maybelline does it best. I’ve reviewed almost 20 Maybelline mascaras for a reason. 8)

Rock on, Maybelline Great Lash. This beauty blogger loves ya. Oh! And did you join the Maybelline Twitter party last night?

If not, you totally missed out, girlfriend. Hundreds and hundreds of tweets were flying from men and women all over the world showing their love for Great Lash. Twas a beautiful thing. I can only hope that Maybelline does more Twitter parties. If you plan on snagging those Limited Edition tubes, do so quickly because once they’re gone….they’re gone.

Loves you lot, Maybelline! Keep on bringing us the best of the best of mascaras.

Mascara Monday: Urban Decay Cannonball Ultra Waterproof mascara

Ahhh yesss, what beach babe doesn’t need a good waterproof mascara? Here’s the thing…I don’t actually WEAR mascara when I’m going to the beach. But if I’ve been out and about all day and then head to the pool or beach, a waterproof mascara is totally ideal. They are also fantastic for ladies with allergies, heavy sweaty Betty’s (like me) and anyone who wants a mascara that will last all day.

This isn’t the first time Urban Decay has done a waterproof mascara. But this is the first time I’ve really been excited about one. I mean…ULTRA waterproof? That just sounds cool, uh?

Price: $20 at Sephora stores and Sephora.com
Packaging (brush wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5

What It Claims: Per Sephora.com

Cannonball Ultra Waterproof Mascara’s light gel formula has been rigorously field-tested in the ocean as well as the sweat-drenched gym. The exclusive Japanese formula refuses to budge. A special microcrystalline wax works with the dense, fuzzy brush to increase seductive length and volume, without ever flaking off and compromising your lashes’ natural feathery texture. Mermaids can now sing their siren songs with abandon, and high maintenance types can cry all they want. (source)


The Truth: I totally love that Urban Decay used “mermaid” in describing how awesome the mascara is. Ha!!

What I Loved About It: It has a very cool wand. VERY cool. And if you look closely, you’ll notice that it is indeed a fiber mascara.

What I Didn’t Like: It really wasn’t all that ultra. Waterproof? Sure. Ultra? Meh. And I would have loved more volume. But you knew I would say that, uh?

Overall: I’m not sure what I expected when I first tried this mascara. When I review waterproof mascaras, I put them under quite a bit of scrutiny. They not only have to be awesome when it comes to not budging a bit when it comes in contact with water, sweat or humidity, but they must also provide a good amount of volume. I mean, what’s the point of a rocking mascara if it doesn’t really LOOK like I have on mascara? Know what I mean? That said, Cannonball is just okay. I didn’t find it to be terribly volumizing and while it did okay while splashing at the beach, I noticed that it began flaking a bit after awhile. Womp. That sucks. I expected more. The “Lashes after 2 Coats” picture shows a bit of flakiness I got hours after applying the mascara. It wasn’t a complete bust because I still have some mascara on the lashes. But not enough that satisfies the “I need big lashes” monster inside of me.

Bare Lashes

 


Lashes with 2 Coats of mascara

 

Do I recommend it?: If you’re in the mood to try something new, give it a whirl. But if you’re a “I need super volumized lashes” kind of gal, this mascara ain’t the one for you.

But I can’t help but love the name. I love Urban Decay and their unique product names.

Have you tried this mascara yet? Whatcha think?

 

Mascara Monday: COVERGIRL Lash Perfection mascara

Wow wow wow, looks like COVERGIRL is hitting us with not one but TWO new mascaras this summer season. These brands crack me up. They’ll be quiet for months on the mascara front and within month they’ll start releasing a bunch at a time. Not that I’m complaining but it doesn’t make me chuckle a bit.

Word on the beauty bloggin’ street (because you don’t know there’s a street, right? ;) ) is that Lash Perfection is supposed to be a lot like Max Factor’s Volume Couture mascara; which, by the way, was one of my FAVORITE mascaras of all time. When Max Factor left the States so did my ability to purchase them. Needless to say I was super excited to try Lash Perfection. Is it like my beloved Volume Couture mascara?

Mascara Monday: Maybelline the Falsies Black Drama vs. Maybelline the Falsies Flared mascaras

I’m working on getting the formal review up but in the meantime, check out my video review comparing the two here.

Which one are you lovin’ the most?

[NOTE: Clumps has been a little buggy and I'm working on getting the kinks out. Thanks for the tweets and emails letting me know my e-baby is actin' a hot mess.] 8)