I have a love-hate relationship with this mascara in any color.
I love the brush. I love that it’s tiny and dense and can coat my top and bottom lashes evenly without making them clump. I love that I feel like it’s combing them as it’s coating them, creating a lovely little fan of lashes around each eye.
The opening to the bottle does a good job of cleaning excess formula off of the wand so it’s not dripping down and making an immediate mess as you apply it.
But I also hate that the thin formula that makes it work so well also splatters all over my eyelids as I apply it, then brushes off from the tips of my lashes onto my lids after application. I hate that it somehow winds up behind the base of my lashes, looking like poorly applied eyeliner.
I hate that it makes my eyes itch and burn if I rub them and a little bit of mascara makes it into one or both eyes (it’s worse with the blue color than any of the non-limited edition shades).
That’s the Great Lash mascara in summary, but what about the colors? In addition to the black, very black, blackest black, blackish brown, and brown, there is (for a limited time) purple, green, teal, and blue.
I picked up the blue one for around $6.00. I have blue eyes and thought that if it showed up navy blue, it might intensify the color and make the whites of my eyes look brighter. Being familiar with the formula of Great Lash anyway, I expected the effect to be subtle.
I keep picking this mascara up to use it but it’s more because I’m craving the pretty definition the formula offers than the color. It is blue, but it’s not the noticeable blue of those old 90′s mascaras that were huge when I was in middle school (thank goodness).
I’m not sure it’s blue enough to make a difference in how my eye color looks or how bright the whites of my eyes look. If you’ve ever tried the now discontinued L’Oreal Voluminous mascara in blue-black, it looks about the same as that one (at least on my lashes, which are somewhere between dark brown and black).
I can’t recommend the blue one based on its shade unless you’re already a fan of Great Lash and want to try something a little different for a change. I can recommend it for ladies who are interested in a formula that provides just enough lengthening, thickening, and separation to look a little better than natural lashes, but in that case, choose the color that appeals most to you (I actually loveâ€”mostly–blackest black because it’s so inky).
Beware of the typical Great Lash runny formula, though, and be ready to clean up around your eyes with a cotton swab.
Photo credit: Maybelline