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Review: Maybelline Lash Stiletto Mascara

A value-for-money mascara, but does it do all it claims?

Author: Charlotte Kuchinsky March 13 2009

Maybelline Lash Stiletto Mascara

According to Maybelline, Lash Stiletto is supposed to do for eyelashes what stiletto heels do for a woman’s legs. It is a clever claim, if not one the product can live up to. That’s not to say that Maybelline Lash Stiletto isn’t good mascara - it is as effective as most of those on the market today - however, I don’t think it the best.

The packaging is eye-catching and beautiful. The mascara comes in a shiny black tube shaped like the heel of a stiletto, finished off at the end with a red metallic tip. Silver writing identifies the brand name with eye-catching appeal; you certainly have to give Maybelline points for capturing customer attention while providing packaging that is easy to store, since it will fit into a pocket or small handbag.

Unfortunately, the mascara brush itself isn’t anything unique. It works well if you apply the mascara properly, moving up from the lash root to the tip in one swoop. However, one coat of the product isn’t sufficient for most lashes. It will take two ore three coats to make them stand out and it is imperative that the lashes not be allowed to dry out in between coats. Otherwise, they may clump together.

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The product claims that its “elastic formula stretches lashes to a provocative length”. I didn’t find that to be the case! I compared it with several other mascara brands that I use and found it worked no better than my favorites Almay One Coat and L’Oreal’s Lash Out. I also did not note any of the “patent leather shine” also claimed by Maybelline. On the other hand, I did think that the pro-vitamin formula conditioned my lashes well. When I removed the mascara, they were unusually soft and supple.

Lash Stiletto is ophthalmologist-tested, which makes it safe for use by those who have sensitive eyes as well as those who wear glasses or contact lenses. The mascara removes easily using baby wipes, soap and water, or makeup remover.

Lash Stiletto is well priced at under $8. It is just as good, if not better, than many other products of its kind. However, you might be disappointed if you purchase it expecting your lashes to look like a movie star’s, unusually long and thick. While it may work for some, it obviously didn’t work for thin, fragile lashes like mine.

Lash Stiletto can be purchased anywhere that Maybelline products are sold which includes beauty boutiques, discount department and drug stores, as well as some grocery marts. It comes in black brown, black, and very black.


Posted on 10/05/09 21:36 by: Kirsty

I think this Mascara is amazing. I brought it yesterday in Superdrugs for £5.82 and boy, was it worth it! As soon as I put it in I could notice the difference in this one to all my other mascaras (& boy, I've had alot of Mascaras!) In 2 strokes my lashes looked full and really long! Amazing.

I have told many of my friends about this mascara. I have it in black and I love it! The tube is light and perfect for a handbag must-have!

I would recomend this product to anyone who wants extra long, extra black lashes. I Love it!

Posted on 09/04/10 16:57 by: Ann

I was pretty disppointed in this mascara... It barely lengthened my lashes, or to be honest it didn't lengthen them at all. The claims on the package need to be revised I say!
Posted on 09/04/10 19:24 by: nikki

I bought this mascara yesterday and was extremely unhappy with its performance. It definitely does not live up to its ad on tv. I have only used it once and I hope it gets better with age. I hope I wasn't cheated out of my money.
Posted on 18/09/10 01:14 by: adena

I accidentally got it all over my face when I tried to wash it off, and now my eyebrows and eyelashes look too shiny. Is there a way to take the effects away and get my hair normal again?
Posted on 20/09/10 13:55 by: Charlie

Adena, I'm unaware of anything that will remove the mascara 100%. I suggest you call Maybelline's hotline, which should be posted on their website. Good luck!
Posted on 11/03/11 16:44 by: Idishi

I just got this the other day and I am shamelessly addicted to it! (In the Philippines, it is called Long Extreme Stiletto). My last two mascaras have been the Unstoppable Black and the Volum'Express Hypercurl (which I've used for a year and a half).

My boyfriend liked that my lashes looked longer but not "too thick" (longer lashes that also look believable, not unnaturally volumized, etc).

Have to apply it with the flat side of the brush. Doesn't run or smudge at all on my oily skin, in tropical weather. Love it!!


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Product Detail

  • Product Name: Lash Stiletto
  • Price: $8.00
  • Manufacturer: Maybelline
  • Specifications:

    22 fl oz

  • Verdict:

    Pro: goes on easily

    Con: other mascaras on the market are better

    Overall: good value for money at $8 or less

  • Rating:rating 3/5


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