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PRODUCT: Maybelline® New York Lash Stiletto™ Ultimate Length Mascara
I consider myself to be a woman of reasonable expectations and modest tastes. However, my usual preferences fly out the window when it comes to eyelashes. I want them long, thick, dark and glossy. In an ideal world, my lash look would lie somewhere on the line between naturally beautiful and outrageously audacious.
After seeing dozens of print ads featuring models with fabulous lashes, I fell victim to the siren call of Maybelline® New York Lash Stiletto™ Ultimate Length Mascara ($8). Even the product packaging, shiny black and metallic red in a geometric tube, is consistent with the look I was hoping for. Promising to do “for lashes what stilettos do for legs,” I believed, and I purchased.
From the first application, I was disappointed. I thought I’d like the “Grip & Extend” brush but it didn’t do much for my lashes. (To be fair to the brush, that could have been the formula.) After applying about nine (seriously) coats, I looked in the mirror and thought, “Meh.” My only consolation was that I could keep the product and use it as an everyday mascara.
How wrong I was. Just two hours later, a brief glance in the mirror caused me to do a double take when I noticed black mascara flakes around my eyes. As the day went on, the flaking continued and worsened, so that I was excusing myself every few hours to go to the restroom to clean up the area between my lower lids and the apples of my cheeks. When I got home that night, I threw out the tube.
Maybelline’s overall stellar line of mascaras is marred by Lash Stiletto. This product is not worth buying, even considering the modest price. The only similarity this mascara shares with stilettos is that wearers will find themselves dying to take it off at the end of the day.
BY WAY OF: PURCHASED
ARE YOU LATISSIFIED?
I am now half way into my second precious vial of Latisse and I have to admit I AM HOOKED! My lashes are the longest and darkest they have ever been, and a few coats of amazing mascara adds the finishing touch. I alternate between Estee Lauder TurboLash and Estee Lauder Lash XL. After applying mascara, I have actually had to reposition my sunglasses on occasion because my lashes were hitting up against the lenses!
Despite the nuisance of using it every single day, the Latisse exercise has forced me to be more diligent about removing my eye makeup thoroughly at night. I do find it to be somewhat irritating so I have had to skip a day here and there. I cannot be
ESTEE LAUDER LASH XL MASCARA – This is an awesome mascara. Every time I wear it, someone comments on how long my lashes are and you can’t beat that! It definitely lives up to its promises. The brush separates every lash, top and bottom, and it doesn’t clump. It is a little on the expensive side at $21 – but it works great and esteelauder.com has good deals like free shipping and samples if you purchase online.
FINAL VERDICT – GGI (Gotta Get It) – Amazing! If you don’t mind spending that much for a mascara (I do mind), it’s a good choice.
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