Although it takes time for this to reach its full potential, you’ll be impressed with how beautifully this mascara lengthens, thickens, and separates your lashes. It absolutely won’t clump, and smearing occurs only while you’re acclimating yourself to using this mascara’s large, football-shaped brush.
This isn’t the mascara to choose if outrageous thickness is your goal, but for a waterproof formula (which this definitely is) it thickens better than most—and wears without flaking, even when lashes get wet.
One caution: Unlike most mascaras, this formula dries quickly. If you intend to use a lash brush or comb to soften the results, have it handy so you can use it immediately between coats.
- Lengthens, thickens, and separates lashes without clumping or flaking.
- Brush deposits a good amount of mascara at the base of the lashes, for greater emphasis along the lash line.
- Waterproof, but isn’t stubborn to remove (though your facial cleanser alone won’t cut it).
- Takes time to build to impressive results, but most will find the wait is worth it.
Maybelline is one of the best-known and most recognized mass-market makeup lines in the world—it's available in 90 countries. Throughout its long history, which began in 1915 when T. L. Wilson founded the company and named it after his sister, Mabel, and Vaseline (which he combined with coal dust to concoct a mascara for her), the company has prided itself on bringing innovative products to the marketplace. L'Oreal purchased the company in early 1996 and that's when things really started getting much better. Both companies specialize in offering a large selection of lipsticks, nail polishes, and mascaras, and many of their foundations have the same strengths and weaknesses (smooth textures and finishes plus the inclusion of sunscreens that are often without much-needed UVA-protecting ingredients).
The powders, several mascaras, pencils, matte-finish concealers, and Superstay Lipcolor are impressive and inexpensive. Although L'Oreal remains the more sophisticated and refined of the two lines (and now they have credible products, not just sleek ads, to back this assertion), Maybelline's latest urban image is a positive step, as many of their latest launches have been innovative without resorting to "been-there, done-that" gimmicks. Price-wise, Maybelline is the least expensive of the L'Oreal-owned cosmetic lines (which also includes Lancome, Biotherm, Vichy, and Kiehl’s), and smart shoppers will note the similarities among brands that, with conscientious shopping, can really save you money without sacrificing quality or performance.
For more information about Maybelline New York, owned by L'Oreal, call (800) 944-0730 or visit their interactive Web site at www.maybelline.com.