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Things I Don’t Do: Maybelline Great Lash

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011
By Glinda

No less than three commenters on the Dior 360 post proclaimed their love for Maybelline Great Lash.

They are not the first.

They will certainly not be the last.

I cannot tell you how many people have said the same thing. I have read it in countless magazines and beauty blogs as well.  All of them touting the wonders of Great Lash! So fantastic! So cheap! So easy to purchase!

I wanted badly to drink of the Great Lash Kool-aid.

Who would not want to spend less than ten dollars on some fantastic mascara?  Who would not want their search for the perfect mascara to finally be over, or to at least have a damn good backup?

Me! I would!

But I have tried Great Lash already.  Multiple times.  Because it’s less than ten bucks, so why not?

And I hated it.

Truly hated it.

Hated it on a level that places it somewhere between wearing control top pantyhose and having someone conduct a loud conversation on their cell phone in the booth next to me at a restaurant.

Maybe my expectations were too high.

It did absolutely nothing, nada, zip, for my lashes, which aren’t half bad to begin with.  I kept applying it and maybe hoping that I had done it wrong the time before.  But alas, my much-anticipated love affair with Great Lash was doomed before it ever began.

So forgive me if I secretly don’t believe you when you extol the virtues of Great Lash.

DiorShow 360 Mascara- Great or Gimmick?

Friday, January 28th, 2011
By Glinda

All right, so Dior would have you believe that the next step in the evolution of mascaras is, wait for it, a spinning brush applicator.

For serious?

They are charging you over ten dollars more for the spinning brush as compared to the “old timey” non-spinning version of DiorShow.

For serious-er?

I know that some people may be truly passionate enough about their mascara to try this, but I’m going to put this one in the category of gimmick.  The advertising claims that the spinning brush will apply the mascara just like a professional makeup artist, but I’ve yet to see a professional makeup artist sit there and twirl the wand around and around and around.  I would describe it as sort of wiggle as they go up and maybe twirl just a bit rather than a constant rotating.  Have we become so lazy that we can’t rotate our own mascara wand?

I’ve always been skeptical of brands who tout the wand/brush as the big improvement, rather than the mascara itself.  Granted, a clunky wand/brush doesn’t make things easier, but it certainly isn’t the end of the world.  I’m trying to think of why a double helix brush would be ever so much better than a regular one, and I can’t think of a reason right now. But, it is also really late. Maybe it will come to me in a dream tonight. 

So, would you be willing to pay extra for a spinning brush? 

I wish they would just work on the formulas instead of the applicator.  You see, I want a waterproof mascara that won’t irritate my sensitive, contact-wearing eyes, makes my lashes fuller, longer, thicker, won’t ever flake or clump and goes on like a dream.

I’ll let you know when I find it.

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