Maybelline Great Lash Mascara: A Narrative

Source: Family Friendly Frugality

There are certain beauty products that are cult favorites all over the world. From the Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat to NARS Orgasm Blush, these products are most likely found in the beauty bags of makeup artists, celebrities, and editors alike. One makeup item sticks out among the rest as the one products we’ve all probably purchased sometime in our lives: the Maybelline Great Lash Mascara. The iconic pink and green mascara tube is one of the most famous products in the world and has an extreme cult following. Bloggers dub it ‘the best mascara in the world’ while makeup artists tote it in their kits for 20+ years (of course, not the same tube). It’s the archetypal full, thick lash magic tube with a curly wand that should give consumers the lashes they’ve always dreamed of. However, that wasn’t the case in my experience.

I purchased Great Lash at Target when I was first starting out in my beauty journey 4 years ago. The colorful and famous mascara bottle stuck out to me among the rest as I naively picked it up with excitement. I thought that I would be given big, fluttery lashes without a clump in sight (as the Maybelline website describes) but I was quickly disappointed. The mascara instantly coated my lashes with a thick, black goop creating two fat lashes. All of my length and volume was stuck together in a spidery, makeup-gone-wrong sort of fashion. I didn’t want to give up the hope I had in the pink and green product, so I tossed it on the side and used it the next day. My faith in the ‘world’s best mascara’ couldn’t help me coat each individual lash and this time, I was left with one large hair on top of my eyelid. Although the mascara is incredibly affordable, I couldn’t help but feel disappointed and wasteful in the monetary department. Am I applying it wrong? How could these celebrities and makeup artists praise a product that’s so awful? Maybe I just picked up a faulty tube. All of the doubts in my own beauty practice filled my mind and yet I still couldn’t wrap my thoughts around this horrible mascara. It could be the way I brushed the mascara through my lashes or the fact that I didn’t wipe some of the product off of the wand after each use, but I know that I’ll never try this ‘cult product’ ever again.