Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Beauty on a budget // Maybelline Great Lash Mascara Review

Mascara's can be pricey, but false lashes are even pricier. So every now and then I do allow myself a good splurge on a high-end mascara because in the long run it's cheaper than false lashes. However I am still partial to a bargain. On my weekly trip to Tesco I found myself in the beauty aisle- as ever. Although Tesco don't stock many makeup brands, they do seem to stock plenty of products, which happily seem to be on offer frequently. Drawn by the yellow reduced sticker I picked up the Maybelline great lash mascara which was on offer from £4.99 to £3.99- perfect for those on the 'student budget'. 

The packaging is super cute, something about it reminds me of the makeup your mum used to let you play with as a kid- the ones she didn't want anymore. But trust me, if my mum had this now there's no way she'd be throwing it away, it's far too fabulous for the £4.

The wand is small and has a weird spiral shape, it doesn't have individual applicators as many mascaras do (see Benefit they're real mascara wand here), but this isn't to say it isn't any better. The smaller wand makes it more easy to manage so you pretty much never get any on your eyelids- because we all know how annoying that is after completing a full eye shadow look. The wand also somehow manages to separate your lashes and adds a little bit of length and volume. It doesn't make for fake looking lashes but more of a 'your lashes but better' look, which I like for school and lighter makeup days.

The formula of this mascara is a little drier than your typical mascara which means it doesn't clump your lashes because they're not wet enough to stick together, but at the same time, it means this mascara's not very buildable because by the time you go to apply your second coat the first coat's already dried and it's a nightmare to layer another coat over. 'Great lash' has a good staying power, lasting for about 8 hours- although admittedly the curl does start to fall at about 4-5 hours; not too shabby for the price.

By the time you come to take this mascara off at the end of the day I find it wipes off super easily, there's no tugging needed, just a dash of makeup remover on a cotton pad sees this bad boy gone. I love this because it means you don't have to worry about having to scrub off mascara leftovers the next morning- saving you an extra few minutes so you can stay in bed longer.

For £4 this mascara is amazing value for money. It's not waterproof and it's not super lengthening or extra voluminous but it does give a great natural lashes look which has fabulous staying power- oh and did I forget to mention how cute the packaging is?

What's your favourite budget mascara?

Till next time,

Elish xo

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