Product Type: Maybelline makeup
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Lashes most of the opposition..Maybelline Lash Stiletto
Maybelline Lash Stiletto Mascara
Member Name: ryeb
Maybelline Lash Stiletto Mascara
Advantages: Increases length, good colour with one coat, no flaking
Disadvantages: Does not much increase the appearance of volume, brush took me time to get used to.
WHAT THE PRODUCT CLAIMS TO DO
Maybelline says that this mascara will not only make your lashes appear up to 70% longer, but that it will also increase their volume, for a "dramatic" effect. Maybelline says that they use a rich cream formula, and a special double action brush. The mascara is available in regular and waterproof versions, and in brown and black. I have both colours but I haven't tried the waterproof one.
The mascara tube is mounted on a cardboard and plastic packet, which seems a bit unnecessary. No doubt it is to help prevent anyone opeing the tube in the shop. The tube is square shaped, which makes it slightly less comfortable for me to hold than a traditional round tube, but this is a small quibble. The lid is easy to open and the attached brush feels sturdy. When I first saw the wand I thought it look large and bristly - and slightly bent. It is supposed to be this shape though! Once pulled from the tube, I was pleased to see that only a moderate amount of mascara was on the wand, as it is a pet hate of mine when you have to wipe a brush too often before applying.
When I first used the mascara wand, I found it took some time to get used to. This is because I found the fat, long brush difficult to manage near the inner corners of my eyes, as it was hard not to get some on the surrounding skin. This was also due to the humped shape of the brush. Now I am more used to it, I do find I make fewer mistakes in this way though. It does an excellent job of seperating the lashes. One sweep outwards leaves all of my lashes evenly coated without clumping. If I want a more dramatic look I will apply a second coat, without waiting for the first to dry, as is recommended by Maybelline. I have sometimes experienced clumping on this second coat, but never on the first. This is one reason I prefer to use just one application.
I am always impressed by the difference just one coating makes to the colour and length of my lashes. I would expect to achieve the same effect only after several coats of other mascaras. This means the mascara is good value, even if it isn't the cheapest available to buy. I am very happy with the pigmentation, and I do feel that my lashes look obviously longer, even if I would not say the increase is 70%. I prefer natural looking lashes for most occasions, and I think a 70% increase in length would look far from natural!. The volumizing effect is less noticeable to me. My lashes do look thicker, but not much. If I did not know from the products own description that this was supposed to create extra volume, I wouldn't have guessed from using it. Overall though, my eyes look much more open and attractive than usual.
I find that it last well all day without smudging or flaking. I like to take my time when applying mascara so I appreciate not having to re-apply it at lunchtime. I wondered at first whether it's staying power would make it hard to remove when I actually needed to, but it is fine. A standard eye make up removal wipe or lotion deals with it easily. As I use a non waterproof version, it is no surprise that it doesn't stand up to a weepy film, but it isn't the worst for running and streaking that I have used. And at least it is easy to clean up afterwards! My eyes are not sensitive, so I can't advise whether it would be suitable if yours are, except to say that I have never experienced any irritation while using Lash Stiletto.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
Maybelline cosmetics are widely available, although since Maybelline have bought out newer mascaras, I have to go to larger Boots branches to find this particular one. It is also available in Superdrug, and in various places online. I pay £8.19 in Boots, but I bought my brown Lash Stiletto in Poundworld for £7.19 less! I have not seen it there recently sadly, but it is always worth keeping an eye on their cosmetics area.
WOULD I RECOMMEND IT?
Yes! I think it is a good quality mascara, and one that has had the most immediate impact on my eyes. I love the lengthening effect, but I don't think it does much to increase the appearance of volume. If you want a mascara that will volumize, this is perhaps not the best choice for you. Although I found the odd shaped brush took some getting used to, it does a great job at seperating the lash and coating every one. This makes it easier and quicker to use in the end. I think it is well worth £8, as you don't need much to create a good look.
[This review also appears on Ciao, under my user name.]
Summary: A mascara that is worth its price if you want longer looking lashes