Product Type: Maybelline makeup
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Sexy Sky-high Lashes.. But Where's My Volume?
Maybelline Lash Stiletto Mascara
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Maybelline Lash Stiletto Mascara
Advantages: Great length, fair price, great design, waterproof version available
Disadvantages: Not so "vulumpuous", only available in two shades
The make-up industry is facing scrutiny after false advertising and airbrushing in order to enhance the effects of their products. Mascara has been one of the products most heavily involved in these claims; so are there actually mascaras out there that can deliver on their claims?
As with all make-up products, mascara is designed to enhance the features which you already possess. Therefore if you don't have long eyelashes I am afraid that you will have to accept that without the use of extensions or falsies you will never have the long, thick (and artificial) eyelashes that you see predominantly see littered throughout magazines and television adverts, however with a good mascara which suits your lashes you will be able to enhance your eyelashes length and volume; resulting in more aesthetically appealing eyes. Maybelline claim that their Lash Stiletto Voluptuous Mascara "does for lashes what stilettos do for legs. Your lashes will have the most luscious length that they will ever wear. The mascara lengthens and plumps with every stroke giving dramatic length with impact volume". They also state that their mascara is suitable for sensitive eyes or those who wear contact lenses.
Maybelline was created by the chemist T.L. Williams in 1915. His sister used to apply Vaseline and coal dust to her eyelashes as a make shift mascara. He altered this method and in his laboratory managed to produce a product that would be sold locally and named Lash-Brow-Ine. Although the profuct was successful, the uninspired and awkward name meant that it prevented it from having its potential success. Williams' sister was called Maybel so he decided to change the name to Maybelline (incorporating the original use of Vaseline). 1917 saw the company produce their Maybelline Cake Mascara, "the first modern eye cosmetic for everyday use".
In 1991, Maybelline coined their world famous slogan - "Maybe She's Born With It. Maybe It's Maybelline" and this added greatly to their success, along with heavy celebrity endorsement. From 1996, the Maybelline company was owned (as with many cosmetics producers) by L'Oreal which has seen it go from strength to strength in the make-up industry. As with most make-up manufacturers Maybelline promote a great website (www.maybelline.co.uk) where they give you make-up tips, full product descriptions and also application videos.
*What attracted me?
I love my eyelashes and my make-up product that I can't live without is mascara. I often use up to 5 different mascaras in one application in order to benefit front each of their qualities; building/lengthening/curling/thickening etc. For this reason I am always keeping my eyes peeled for a new mascara as I often find that they will be on offer when they are first introduced. Lash Stiletto was no different and when it first launched I benefited from £2 off. There was also a sleek and sexy campaign which boasted long lashes and a mascara look that compared to stiletto heels - what more could a girl want?!
Maybelline Lash Stiletto Voluptuous Mascara is slightly pricier than regular mascaras available on the high-street but it does still fall into the mid-range pricing category. From Boots the mascara will cost you £8.19 for 27.8g. Luckily the mascara is also available from Supermarkets so you are able to pick one up along with your weekly shop. Tesco and Waitrose both charge £8.16 each for the mascara while Asda undercut this slightly at £8.12. You can also purchase the product online from www.feelunique.com for £6.95 with free delivery.
The outer packaging of the mascara is a deep red which is rather eye catching and part of what appealed to me. I believe that the brownish black version comes in a black tube however other than the colour difference the design is largely the same. The bottle is a rectangular shape and is rather thin - meaning that it slots into a make-up bag in a well organised fashion.
The brush is one of the key features of this product as it is in an S like shape. This sets it aside from other products and is one of the reasons that I was attracted to the product as it was subject to much promotion. The S shape means that one side of the brush pushes the lashes upwards while the other side scoops them upwards - meaning sky-high volume. The brush can sometimes look as though the mascara is slightly clumpy but I think that this is due to the fact that the strands of the brush as so close together and these clumps are not reflected on your lashes. I find that the brush does dispense a good amount of the mascara and you do not pull it out to find copious amounts on the brush meaning that your lashes become heavy through over application.
The mascara is available in two shades. I personally use the black one as I have dark hair and brown mascara doesn't frame my eyes enough; however the brown is perfect for those with lighter hair or who prefer a more natural look. The two available shades are:
~ Very Black
~ Brownish Black
I find that although the mascara claims to be "very black" it is not largely different from the other black mascaras that I own. I am guessing this is more of a marketing ploy to set this product aside from all the other black mascaras. The two shades are also available in a waterproof version which I have yet to try.
I personally find that it is best to apply the mascara in upwards motion - yet also vibrating the wand from side to side while you do so in order to spread out the lashes and coat them efficiently. This helps to prevent any clumping and means that you cover even the smaller lashes which are often missed. The thing that I like about this mascara is that because it is rectangular tube this helps to make it easier to use. I have found that with rounded brushes it is often harder to twirl the brush as you are using it. Because the bottle is square this means that you can rotate it with ease and keep track of how much you are twisting the wand round. I usually coat my lashes a couple of times in order to build my look, but it should be noted that you always coat lashes whilst the mascara is still wet to avoid clumping. As I don't always find that I get a particularly full look from this mascara I will follow it with at least one more, namely Masterpiece by Maxfactor. However I would contextualise this by saying that as I am rather fussy, I have never been able to find a mascara that I can use on it own - and trust me I have used a lot of the mascaras which are on the market!
The results from this product are very noticeable. With just one simple, quick application my lashes are considerably lengthened and defined as well are being somewhat thicker. I do find that this mascara has to be applied carefully as it does have the potential to turn your lashes "spider-like". My lashes do remain the same way from application, all day, until I remove my make-up at night - meaning that they need no reapplication (you are advised not to reapply mascara once the initial coat is dried anyway). I do sometimes find that you will get better, more naturally fuller looking lashes, if you mix and match the product with other mascaras.
The good thing about this mascara is that it is not overly difficult to apply - I simply use a non-make-up removing make-up wipe and find that with a slight scrub I have removed the majority of the mascara. This should be expected as the mascara is not waterproof which I usually find is the reason that you will struggle to remove a mascara. I tend to wash my face afterwards as you will often find that though the face wipe is not removing anymore mascara some hot soapy water will cause some more to budge.
I find that this is one of the best mascaras that I have tried. There are a lot of mascaras on the market making all different claims and this is the best one for giving yourself lengthened lashes. Though it may not be the most volumising mascara around it is often difficult to find a mascara which lengthens and thickens without using more than one mascara. Maybelline's Lash Stilleto Mascara doesn't cause your lashes to clump and it gives you framed eyes which will last all day. The product claims that you will have long lashes which won't be skinny. But unfortunately I don't find that this is entirely true - instead I find that I have extra long lashes with a little volume. I guess we can't ask for everything!
Summary: A good lengthening mascara, but not quite thickening enough!