Mascara Review: Maybelline Great Lash BIG (vs. regular Great Lash)

I was originally going to review another mascara but with the high volume of requests for Maybelline’s Great Lash BIG I figured I BETTER review this baby here before y’all start e-hating me. HA! Not to mention newer mascaras override older ones. That’s just the rule of thumb for mascara reviewing, riiiiight? Hehe.
As most of you know, Great Lash has been out for quite some time. In fact, it has been rated the #1 mascara by a number of magazines. Do I think it’s #1?
No. It isn’t my favorite. Maybelline has “re-released” Great Lash and gave it a bigger wand. For the purpose of this, I will not only give an extensive review of Great Lash BIG but also compare it to the original.
Is it better?
Worse?
Still overrated?
Check the review….
Maybelline Great Lash BIG mascara



Price: 5 out of 5 (around $4.99 ) Packaging (Brush Wand): 2 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5

What it claims:

The original Great Lash’s claim:

Great Lash BIG’s claim:



The truth:
I’ll let the pictures talk…..

What I loved about it: See below!

What I didn’t like: See below!


Overall: Okay first, let’s talk about outside packaging.

No changes here! Both the original and the Great Lash are the same in width and height. The only noticeable difference is, of course, the BIG on the new one. To better differentiate between the two mascaras (as if the wand doesn’t do that alone, ha!) I purchased Great Lash BIG in Very Black and Great Lash in Royal Blue.

Whoa! Huge difference, right? Great Lash’s wand always looked pretty “cheap” to me so it’s great to see it upgrade to a more modern and mainstream wand.

At the same time, however, you have to take into consideration that not all women like larger wands; especially ladies with smaller lids and lashes. Bigger wands are a mess for them. They also aren’t so friendly when trying to apply mascara in the corners of the eyes and on the bottom lashes. Let’s just say when attempting to do one of the two with Great Lash BIG, keep a Q-tip moistened with make-up remover nearby.

The new kid….


Lashes without mascara
(did NOT curl lashes)


Lashes with 2 coats of Great Lash BIG

The old lady….
Lashes without mascara
(did NOT curl lashes)




Lashes with 2 coats of Great Lash

Great Lash BIG on the left eye.
Great LASH on the right eye.
Crazy brows above both left and right eyes. LOL!

Um, I’m not that impressed with either. As you can see the original really looks a hot blue mess. I was better off not wearing any mascara at all. I should also mention that it made my lashes insanely hard. Which of course led to flaking.
Thumbs down to Great Lash—I need to amend my previous review of that mascara.
Now for Great Lash BIG.
In comparison to the original Great Lash, it indeed beats its predecessor. The volume isn’t bad at all, is it? I found Great Lash BIG difficult to use. The wand makes for difficult separation. I struggled somethin’ serious. I also found that when pulling the mascara out of the tube–I got very little mascara! I have to dip the wand in tube a good 5 times to get my lashes coated for just one coat. The formula isn’t the best. It seems very weak. Which, I suppose would work for ladies who don’t want coated lashes. After all, the packaging does say that the mascara is “buildable”. I get that but my goodnessss…..
This mascara also burns my eyes; a rarity for someone who reviews a different mascara every week! I actually had to stop using it because of the irritation. This, however, did not affect my overall opinion about the mascara. I doubt that the #1 mascara gives the average user burning eyes–otherwise it wouldn’t be #1, right? Maybe my eyes were just goin’ through some thangs.
Having played around with so many mascaras, I guess I don’t understand the hype that is Great Lash. BIG hasn’t changed my opinion either. I can name a dozen other mascaras, drugstore and higher end, that can knock these kids out of the water. I do think they are both overrated. This mascara is average. Certainly not the worst but nowhere near the best.
Clumps of Mascara YouTube subscribers think so too. You should see the comments I’m getting on this mascara. People seem to HATE Great Lash immensely.

Would I recommend it?: Nope. It’s cheap enough to try out if you’re bored but chances are you’ve tried something better.


I also tweeted “Do you like Maybelline Great Lash mascara” on Twitter and check out the responses:
@MitzyG Maybelline Great Lash. Don’t hate but terribly over-rated. Better than nothing, but barely.
@NaturallyAlise I like it, but I have found so many other Maybelline mascaras that are better (read: Stiletto).
@AmyPredsfan I wish I can give you my honest opinion on it but a couple of times I tried it, it made my eyelids swell up.
@Fashionista_911 I think of this as a starter mascara. It’s cheap but it also gets the job done. I love it.
@Chugamagoozers Hate it! With a passion!
@CanadianBeauty just mehhh. Good for makeup artists who go through a lot of mascara and use their own wands but not for everyone else.
@MsTrecie I think it is a classic staple in the makeup world, but with the revolution of mascara I secretly think it is overrated.
@TriedAndTruth hated it! LOL. I think lash stylist is WAY better.

What do YOU think? A fan of Great Lash? Interested in trying Great Lash BIG? Think it’s overrated? Tell me!

A crazed mascara reviewer,

Mascara Review: You Request!

I haven’t done one of these in quite some time. But I think it’s that time again.

I receive a dozen mascara reviews weekly. It takes me some time to get to all of them, but I do the best I can. I have a few I am reviewing now but I thought I would open the door to more requests.
Leave a comment telling me what mascara you think I should review for the next Mascara Monday. The mascara with the most votes will be the one I select.
It really is that simple. If I can find it, I will try it..
So tell me!
What mascara should I review next?

Mascara Monday: Lancome Oscillation

The Mascara Bin has been a tad bit incomplete. How can I neglect reviewing one of THEE most innovative mascaras out on the market right now? Lancome’s Oscillation is the first vibrating mascara to go mainstream. Is it really worth the $35 price tag? Hmmm…check out the review!
Lancome Oscillation mascara

Price: 3 out of 5 (around $34.00 )

Packaging (Brush Wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5

What it claims: ” Press the button and experience a breakthrough sensation in application. In one easy new gesture, let the vibrating brush combined with an exquisitely smooth formula wrap every lash up to 360 degrees.” (source)

The truth:
I see why this mascara is so expensive. You really do get what you pay for. The wand is great too. Small enough to get those little corners and perfect for my smaller lashes sisters.


What I loved about it: I got super long lashes. I mean I was impressed!

What I didn’t like: The price is a bit steep for a mascara. Even if it works well. And especially if you have to toss it every three months.


Overall: Finally!! I am so delayed on reviewing this mascara. It has been out for months and I am JUST now getting to it. I’ll be honest—I had a bit of an attitude with Lady Oscillation simply because she was so expensive. I haven’t been into make-up THAT long but in all of my years, I never heard of a mascara being more than $20. Granted, I am bit of drugstore diva. But still.

Simply put, Oscillation is amazing! There is hype for this $34 mascara for a reason. My lashes have never looked so long before! I’m serious. Your lashes are coated evenly which give you a good amount of volume. And the wand is ideal for separation. I love that it is water-resistant and um, clumps? Nope….I didn’t experience any. The only compliant that I can think of that people may have with Oscillation is that it is a little heavy on the lashes. This wasn’t a problem for me, but I can see how it can be an issue for others.
Another thing about Oscillation is that one coat does the trick. In the photos below I only used one coat. I find that vibrating mascaras work best with only one coat. Two and three are a little TOO much, in my opinion. That and you risk running into clumps. Oscillation’s vibrating wand has 7,000 oscillations a minute and you feel every bit of it. If your eyes tend to water easily, you may endure some watering with small strokes of Oscillation.
And I’m sure you’re wondering how Oscillation compares to Maybelline’s Pulse Perfection; the drugstore vibrating mascara. I compared the two a bit in my video but will do a formal review soon. Stay tuned for that!
The button that starts the action!





Lashes without mascara
(did NOT curl lashes)





Lashes with 1 coat of mascara


My shocked face!

This bad boy even comes with directions…..

Would I recommend it?: Absolutely!


–let me know what you think about that video. I’m using iMovie for the first time and am still trying to get the hang of it.
So what do you think? You want it? Got it? Love it? Hate? Tell me!

A crazed mascara reviewer,

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Mascara Application 101

Hi family!!

I hope you all had wonderful weekends. Mine was spent in NYC and I am rather exhausted. But for good reasons. I can’t wait to share all of my discoveries with y’all.

But on to a new addition in the Mascara Bin. This post and the video in it will be a staple in the Mascara Bin and it was also be available for view in the Newbie News tab. I get a ton of emails a week about mascara application. Or what kind of mascaras work for certain lids. I think I’ve covered everything this video. In case you can’t watch it right away, check out some of the tips I went over.

1) It is okay to use more than one mascara at a time.

2) It is okay to use a different mascara wand with a different mascara. However, when you do use this, be sure to sterilize!

3) Purchase mascaras according to the look you are trying to achieve. Desirous of fuller lashes? Purchase a volumizing mascara.

….I mention a lot more!

If you have tips, suggestions or other questions about mascara application, leave them in this post. You may help someone else out!

Enjoy!


Mascara Monday: Maybelline Full ‘N Soft

I have finally gotten around to reviewing one of THEE most commonly requested mascaras. And I “think” this completes my reviews of ALL Maybelline mascaras currently in stores. Well, except Lash Discovery and Unstoppable. What do you think? Should I review those?

Maybelline Full ‘N Soft

Price: 5 out of 5 (around $7.99 )
Packaging (Brush Wand): 2 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What it claims: “This mascara builds full, soft thick lashes without the brittle feel.

* Prevents loss of lashes with patented Quick Dissolve System that allows easy mascara removal
* No clumps, no globs
* Contact lens safe and hypoallergenic
* Washable; also available in waterproof formula ” (source)

The truth:
Whoa! My lashes really are soft!

What I loved about it: I don’t know why–but I was shocked that my lashes actually stayed soft the entire day. Talk about upholding your claim, Maybelline. That’s friggin’ awesome!

What I didn’t like: Soft….YAY! Full….eh. And the wand is a big boy!

Overall: So I can see why so many of you requested this mascara. It probably stared you down. While you were glancing at the newer mascaras on the market, Mr. Full ‘N Soft was like,
“Hey!! Check me out….I’m old but I’m gold, baby.”

I know I’m not the only one that hears mascaras talking to them.

LOL, I’m kidding y’all. Kinda.

But yeah…Maybelline Full ‘N Soft is not bad. I will say that it isn’t GREAT for me because I desire darker lashes with more volume but this baby is perfect for everyday looks. If I happen to head to the gym after work, I don’t have to worry about it smudging and flaking. You’ll get some length. But not much. I like to think of this mascara as more of a “lash enhancer” if anything. If your lashes are already crazy long and full (then I hate you….lol, j/k) this would be perfect for you!

I should also mention that because it’s soft you don’t have to worry about any flaking. Most mascaras make your lashes hard. When they are hard and brittle you risk them [lashes] breaking and mascara residue falling in your eyes. Eww is right!!

Contact wearer or an allergic sufferer who is always eye-rubbing? Maybelline Full ‘N Soft would work for you too!!

Lashes without mascara
(did NOT curl lashes)



Lashes with 2 coats of mascara



Random photo! Had to conceal my tattoo for church. It rubbed off a bit HA!

Would I recommend it?: Absolutely!

Video Review:
Maybelline Full ‘N Soft mascara

Anyone try this oldie but goodie?

A crazed mascara reviewer,

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Mascara Monday: L’Oreal Telescopic mascara

Happy happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great one. I was able to do some road trippin’ up to North Florida so I am happy as a clam. Traveling is a way of life for me…..even if it’s only 4 hours away. I love it and need it to function.

On we go to the mascara review. My sister Courtney is the model for this Mascara Monday. We have different eye lids and shapes and I think her eyes REALLY show the awesomeness of Telescopic.

L’Oreal Telescopic mascara

Price: 5 out of 5 (I got it for $5.49 at Ulta)
Packaging (Brush Wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What it claims: “L’Oreal Telescopic enhances your lashes with intense length and lash by lash separation. The flat side of the patented flexible Precision brush lengthens lashes up to 60% while the comb side of the brush separates with exact precision for clump free result.” (source)

The truth:
If you are looking for serious separation, this mascara may be your total BFF.

What I loved about it: L’Oreal Telescopic has many many fans. While the mascara’s performance alone is decent, it is the wand that really steals the show.

What I didn’t like: I found it to just be “okay” with the lengthening. I was looking for insanely longer lashes.

Overall: My review for L’Oreal Telescopic is anything but prompt. This baby has been out for quite some time. In fact, I was rocking it before Clumps of Mascara’s existence. I am reviewing it again simply because I think it needs to be added to the Mascara Bin. This is a popular mascara and no mascara archive is complete without it.

First things first—I think this mascara is GREAT for ladies with smaller lashes and lids. I get a few emails from my Asian ladies telling me that they struggle with mascaras that have HUGE wands and bristles (ahem…Lash Blast). I can see the frustration in this. Having said that, Telescopic is PERFECT with baby lids and lashes.

If your lashes are sparse and volume is what you seek, Telescopic will may not deliever the volume but what it will do is give you the illusion of lush lashes. The wand is perfect for separation and taming wild and out of control lashes.

L’Oreal Telescopic comes in Brown Black, Black, Blackest Black and Carbon Black. I like that you get a lot of variety. As for me, the darker the lashes the better.

As much as I like Telescopic for others, it isn’t the mascara for me. My lashes like the separation aspect but that is as far as it gets with me. Which is okay. I chose not to give it low ratings just because it didn’t work well for me. It is a slamming mascaras for several reasons and it deserves high ratings on Clumps of Mascara!

Lashes without mascara
(did NOT curl lashes)



Lashes with 2 coats of mascara



Would I recommend it?: Yep!! If you have smaller lids and lashes, this mascara will rock your world!

Video Review:
L’Oreal Telescopic mascara

I KNOW you’ve tried this mascara. Tell me what you think!!

A crazed mascara reviewer,

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Mascara Monday: Lumene Blueberry Curl mascara

Happy Monday, my darlings! I hope that those celebrating in the U.S. had a wonderful 4th of July. My Mommy came down from North Florida to visit and we had a ball!

I have received several requests to review this mascara. Some are a few months old. But it’s not because I forgot! I really couldn’t find it! A stroll down Ulta had this mascara calling my name so behold…..

Lumene Blueberry Curl mascara

Price: 5 out of 5 (I got it for $9.99 at Ulta)
Packaging (Brush Wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What it claims: Perfectly voluminous lashes with the power of Nordic nature! A mascara which combines unique Finnish blueberry seed oil with the exceptional characteristics of an innovative plastic mascara brush. (source)

The truth:
It doesn’t smell like blueberries but woooow, it’s good!!

What I loved about it: Well for starters, the wand rocks. This may be one of the best wands that I have ever used. The bristles are just perfect. It looks like Cover Girl’s Lash Blast wand but better….the bristles are longer making separation of the lashes easy.

What I didn’t like: Shucks man….this mascara would get a 5 if only it lasted throughout the day! Boooo!

Overall: I first heard about Lumene’s Blueberry Curl mascara from Vanessa at Contests and Such. And of course my first question was, “Does it smell like blueberries?” Blackberry seed oil is used in this mascara and aside from it helping curl your lashes, it is also supposed to keep them stronger and healthier. This is definitely the kind of mascara you would want to use over time to see if they indeed become stronger and longer.

Ahhh….what I can say? Initial application is amazing. You can apply up to three coats of this mascara without any clumps. Already amazing in my book. Even the curl factor is up to par. And that says a lot since the average mascara doesn’t really “curl”.

But the real problem is that the mascara looses its “umph” throughout the day. While my lashes look long and curl-tastic now, a few moments outside in the Floridian heat and the mascara seems to just wither away. It isn’t as hard as most mascaras. But that’s just me. I would imagine ladies in other climates or with less oily skin would not have this issue.

Lashes without mascara
(did NOT curl lashes)


Lashes with 2 coats of mascara

Would I recommend it?: I do. It really does deliver the curl factor. And maybe it will hold up better on you than it did on me.

Video Review:
Lumene Blueberry Curl mascara

Tried this?
Want to?
How cool would it be if there was a Strawberry mascara? Sooo hot!

A crazed mascara reviewer,

Sephora’s Mascara Sampler and more….

Happy Monday! I don’t have a mascara review this time around but I have something better.

Sales!! Yeahhhh baby, you know you love savin’ a dollar or two. Or ten. Sephora has some awesome samplers that are worth taking a look at.

First up is the Blink, Winks & Brows Eye Deluxe Sampler. I hiiiiighly recommend this baby here for the lady who wants to take some baby steps into higher-end products. Don’t get me wrong, I will always be a drugstore diva but there’s nothing wrong with adding a little luxury to the beauty stash. This sampler allows you to get a little taste of the good life for half the price.

[Warning]: After using Lancome Bi-Facil Makeup Remover, uh….you will never turn back. It is the BEST.


Blink, Winks & Brows Eye Deluxe Sampler ($112 value for $40)
This limited-edition set features deluxe samples of handpicked eye essentials that are sure to deliver a swoon-worthy gaze. From a botanical brow gel to a lock-it-down primer to a tawny eyeshadow trio, this kit allows you to play with your products and create endless eye looks.

This set includes:
- 0.02 oz Sephora Electro Liner Copper
- 0.017 oz Anastasia Brow Gel
- 0.095 oz Anastasia Matte Highlighter
- 0.1 oz Urban Decay Primer Potion
- 0.11 oz Too Faced Shadow Insurance
- 1.7 oz Lancome Bi-Facil Makeup Remover
- 0.25 oz Cosmedicine Opti-mologist Eye Cream
- 0.005 oz Smashbox Mini Cream Eye Liner Palette
- 0.14 oz Stila Mini Smudge Pot
- 0.06 oz Smashbox Mini Eyeshadow Trio in Head Shot

Look at this! A mascara girl’s dream! Can you believe that I have reviewed over 50 mascaras but not one of them are in this sampler? Hmmm….this may be a great investment for me. Except, I’m a bit of a mascara snob and feel like I need a full tube to really get a good idea of how well the mascara is. But if you aren’t a chronic mascara reviewer, this sampler would be perfect for you!

Lashstash Mascara Deluxe Sampler ($96 value for $39)
This limited-edition set features deluxe samples of handpicked mascaras that are sure to fatten your flutter. From a lash base to a rice-bran-enriched mascara, this kit allows you to mix n’ match ’til you create the lush lashes of your dreams.

This set includes:
- 0.1 oz Anastasia Lash Lifting Mascara
- 0.1 oz Tarte Lights Camera Lashes
- 0.1 oz Sephora Atomic Volume Mascara
- 0.24 oz Stila Multi Effect Mascara
- 0.14 oz Benefit Bad Gal Mini
- 0.2 oz Bare Escentuals Buxom Lash
- 0.13 oz Too Faced Mini Lash Injection Pin Point
- 0.12 oz Smashbox Bionic
- 0.07 oz Lancome Cils Booster
- 0.085 oz DuWop Lash Venom
- 0.14 oz Korres Provitamin B5 and Rice Bran Mascara

Interested?
Impressed?
Snagging?