Maybelline Great Lash Royal Blue

Date Tue, May 16 2017

You guys, it’s 2017.. right?

-checks calendar-


So you can imagine my surprise when Maybelline decided they wanted to release a bright blue mascara. I mean, that’s totally 1997, am I right?


But fashion happens in cycles. Flared jeans, for example, have gone around a few times. As have neon colors. Fringe. High-wasted jeans. I guess everything’s old until it’s new again.

Don’t get me wrong, either. I’m not opposed to some colorful mascara. In fact, I wore some blue stuff during my middle school years. And I’ve since tried mascara with flecks that are specifically designed for my eye color. So what hell?!

The blue of Maybelline Great Lash Royal Blue is much brighter than anything I’d ever used. It’s super apparent on the wand. Once on my eyelashes, it’s not quite as apparent. It seems like maybe the mascara doesn’t quite coat the lashes superbly. This isn’t to say that you can’t see it at all, you just can’t see the hue super well.

Another thing Maybelline Great Lash in Royal Blue doesn’t do so well is, well, act like a mascara. I have fine lashes that aren’t super long. This mascara neither increases length nor adds volume. Although, it doesn’t seem to be super clumpy.

This is probably due to the fact that it combs on more like a thin-ish paint than any mascara I’ve ever used before. It really doesn’t feel like a mascara, and I’ve never had that thought before! I’m not sure if the wand, which has a spiral design rather than the individual bristles that I prefer, helps. It certainly seems short enough to be awkward.

Maybelline Great Lash Royal Blue

This mascara looks barely blue!

But I didn’t have a lot of time to consider this before the mascara became uncomfortable. I’ve occasionally had dry eyes after using mascara, but I’ve never had the absolutely dryness + stabbing feeling that Maybelline Great Lash Royal Blue caused. I quickly removed it with some eye makeup remover wipes. It did come off cleanly and easily.

It’s probably for the best that I had to take this stuff off so quickly. Because of my oily lids, most mascaras don’t fair very well. I’m not sure that I could rock blue raccoon eyes any more than I could black. LOL

i tried this a second time around with a primer (the one that came with this mascara) and a topcoat (Locked and Coated – read my review). Fortunately, it didn’t hurt, and it didn’t actually give me raccoon eyes like most mascara. But the effect was still lackluster and the color underwhelming. I’m unlikely to continue to put much effort into Maybelline Great Lash Royal Blue after seeing how little it does for my lashes. I guess if you’re really a fan of the colors (and I did like it!), you might use it over a mascara that does give you the length and volume that you’d like and then, perhaps, use a topcoat over that if you’d like.

So here’s the thing? This mascara costs a whole $4 at Walmart right now. It’s practically free. If you don’t love it, well, you’re not out much. Maybe you could pass it along to someone who does like the mascara. But the issues I had with performance and irritation when trying Maybelline’s newest shade of mascara doesn’t really inspire me to recommend it despite the relatively low cost. I guess, you’ll just need to make that decision for yourself.

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