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Maybelline Great Lash mascara

  • Dec 10, 2008
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Everything they say about America's #1 selling mascara is true. I have been using Great Lash since I was in high school, and have not switched since. I've tried department store brands, other drugstore brands, and nothing comes close. 

But like an old friend, I know its pros and cons. Here's the good and the bad: 

The good
* You get the most dramatic results. It's so effective that when I use Great Lash, I don't have to add eye liner or shadow or anything. It makes my small (Asian) eyes look screen-goddess-big. 

* Great Lash makes me more look more expressive and emotive than I really am. My blank expression is really no longer blank, but perpetually emphatic, sympathetic, attuned!!!

The bad
*  It will always give you clumpy lashes. If you're speaking with someone you want to make a good impression with, make sure there's at least two feet of distance between you; otherwise they'll see what looks like spider legs coming out of your eye sockets. Sorry, bad image. Obviously, you can offset this effect w/ an eyelash comb, but I'm not sure that it wouldn't lessen the dramatic effect. 

The ugly
* Courtney Love uses it. 
Maybelline Great Lash

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December 10, 2008
I chalk the clumpiness of Great Lash to its wand, which doesn't do much to separate out your lashes. I did try CoverGirl LashBlast a couple of times, and it did a great job of separating out my lashes w/ no clumping. Unfortunately, that's about all it did.
December 10, 2008
I think I'll have to try this one again... I'vebeen looking to replace mine.. I was using Maybelline's Volumizer one (in the darkish purple tube) and was satisfied... but I'll try this one if you say its great for Asian eyes!! thanks!!
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Maybelline is a makeup brand sold world-wide and owned by L'Oréal. 

The Maybelline Company was created by New York chemist T.L. Williams in 1913. Williams, then in his early 20s, noticed his younger sister applying a mixture of Vaseline and coal dust to her eyelashes to give them a darker fuller look. He adapted it in his little laboratory and produced a product sold locally called Lash-Brow-Ine. The product was a local hit, but the awkward name held it back. His sister, who inspired the product, was named Mabel. So T.L. Williams re-named it Maybelline, a combination of Mabel and Vaseline. It is under this name that Maybelline has achieved its now legendary status in the field of cosmetics. In 1917 the company produced Maybelline Cake Mascara, "the first modern eye cosmetic for everyday use" and Ultra Lash in the 1960s, which was the first mass-market automatic mascara.

In 1967, the company was sold by T.L. Williams to Plough, Inc. (now Schering-Plough) in Memphis, Tennessee. The entire cosmetic production facility was moved from Chicago to Memphis over one week-end. In 1975, the company moved its factory to Little Rock, Arkansas, where it is still located. In 1990, Schering-Plough sold Maybelline to a New York investment firm, Wasserstein Perella. Maybelline Operational Headquarters remained in Memphis until being sold in 1996, when headquarters moved to New York City.

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