Do great things always come in the most expensive packages? Not necessarily, as proven by my comparison between Maybelline’s seminal Great Lash Mascara, and Revlon’s newest foray into “opulent” eye products, Luxurious Lengths Mascara.
Mascara is one of the true staples of cosmetics. For a casual day often all you’ll need is a sweep of lip gloss and a brush of mascara. It instantly opens up the eyes and lends a soft, pretty look. So for a cosmetic item that is so crucial, one wants to be sure that the very best is being purchased. For the purposes of my comparison, I purchased a tube of Maybelline Great Lash Mascara, as well as one of Revlon Luxurious Lengths Mascara, both in the shade “blackest black”. The products come in similar sized tubes but the price points are wildly different. While I paid only $3.99 for my Maybelline mascara, I was set back $9.89 for the Revlon mascara.
Because of the high price and Revlon’s promise of lavish cosmetics, I was expecting an extremely high quality performance from the Luxurious Lengths Mascara. Boy, was I wrong. From the second I removed the wand from the tube I knew there was a problem. The applicator brush was a mess of fuzzy, indistinct bristles and the mascara was incredibly thin- so thin that it only barely covered the brush. I figured that this must be Revlon’s way of helping to quell clumping, and yeah it doesn’t clump at all. But it really doesn’t do much of anything else either.
When I put the Revlon Luxurious Lengths Mascara on my lashes, I was struck by the utter lack of change I saw. Nothing happened. My lashes didn’t look longer or more distinct, they weren’t curled, they didn’t even appear to be any darker than usual. When I touched the Revlon mascara that I’d put on my lashes, I felt only a vague impression that any substance had been applied. In other circumstances this could be seen as a plus, as it doesn’t make you look or feel obviously made up. But unfortunately the Revlon Luxurious Lengths Mascara doesn’t make you look or feel anything at all, this is just more proof that it doesn’t work. You can buy both of these products from any bohemian style clothing store
By comparison when I opened my Maybelline Great Lash Mascara, I could tell that what I had was quality. The mascara itself was thick and dense, but in no way lumpy or overly sticky. As opposed to the brush supplied with the Revlon mascara, the Maybelline mascara’s applicator is smaller, and each bristle is distinct. This helps to properly lift and separate your lashes when you are using the Great Lash Mascara. Additionally, when I applied one quick coat of the Maybelline Great Lash Mascara, I could immediately see results. My lashes looked longer, more well-defined and were obviously slightly curled up. I got better results from one coat of the Maybelline mascara than I did from six coats of the useless Revlon mascara.
As if that weren’t enough, the Maybelline Great Lash Mascara really delivers on its color promise. The “blackest black” is DARK. It looks fantastic on anyone who really wants to make their eyes pop. By comparison the Revlon Luxurious Lengths Mascara could barely be called black- it’s so light that it almost appears brown. This color really adds nothing, particularly for someone (like myself) who already has dark lashes. For Revlon to call that color “blackest black” is a joke.
Revlon’s Luxurious Lengths Mascara promises to deliver long, distinct lashes with their designer quality mascara formula. That is certainly a false promise. Actually, to even call this product “Great Lengths Mascara” is ridiculous and borders on false advertising. It does nothing and is proof positive that a higher price doesn’t always mean that you’re getting a higher quality. The very modestly priced Maybelline Great Lash Mascara is a fantastic product that delivers on all of its promises. There really is a reason why this Maybelline mascara has been popular for so many years while Revlon continues to produce sub par, “flavor of the month” mascaras that never seem to catch on. Do yourself a favor and pick up a tube of Maybelline’s Great Lash. You won’t be disappointed.