19 March 2010

The Cosmetics Counter: Maybelline Great Lash Mascara

Last week Zoe brought home the gift of conjunctivitis, AKA pink eye. First she had it and a couple of days later Rob contracted it. I thought I had escaped, but no such luck. My eyes started to turn red this past Monday and I wasted no time getting to the walk-in so I could start my eye drops.

Of course there is no good time to get pink eye, but this timing was particularly awful since I had two important meetings to attend and by that I mean attend in person, not like my usual conference calls. The doctor at the walk-in clinic told me I had to throw away all my eye make-up and that I should avoid using make-up for a few days. Now anyone who knows my make-up buying habits knows that throwing away my eye make-up is no small hit in itself, but then being told not to use make-up was the killer since I had to be in a room with company bigwigs.

Normally I buy the more expensive stuff sold at Sephora or department stores, but it occurred to me I could buy some inexpensive make-up at CVS that I could more easily treat as single use. As I was scanning the cosmetics aisle looking for the minimum products I could buy and I came across Maybelline's Great Lash Mascara. Many make-up artists consider this to be the best mascara out there. I was never sold on it because frankly I can be a make-up snob, but I can't say for sure that I'd ever really tried it. Since I didn't know what else might be good, I bought it in Brownish Black.

I have to say I was incredibly surprised by this mascara. It really is good stuff. It goes on smoothly and easily without clumps. The color was exactly what I expected and it lasted all day. It certainly out-performed many other much more expensive mascaras I have owned and at $5.49 each I can afford every color.


HT said...

I've been using it for 20 years! Brownish black works on just about everyone... back in my makeup artist days I relied on it exclusively. Sorry about your poor eyes- ick!

Courtney said...

Love this review! I have been trying the more expensive mascaras and they are not.working.out - clinique I find especially gross. I am giving this brand a whirl.

Emily Barton said...

I discovered Great Lash about fifteen years ago, after many disappointing experiences with clumping expensive brands and have never looked back. Welcome to the club. But I love the idea of a makeup snob. Yet another area for my inner snob to reign free!

Emily Barton said...

P.S. Happy, Happy Birthday Weekend to Zoe!

ZoesMom said...

HT & Emily -- I knew I was late to the party on this one.

Courtney -- let me know if you like it too.