Maybelline Lash Sensational Sky High Mascara

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The latest lash launch from Maybelline has caused quite a stir in the beauty realms so I knew I had to try it out and see if it lived up to the hype. Does this drugstore mascara live up to its name and lift the lashes to the sky? Let’s find out as I review Maybelline Lash Sensational Sky High Mascara!

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Lash Sensational – What Maybelline Say

Maybelline claim that this mascara:

  • Delivers full volume and limitless length
  • Exclusive Flex Tower mascara brush bends to volumize and extend every single lash from root to tip
  • Washable mascara formula
  • Infused with bamboo extract and fibers for long, full & lightweight lashes, that don’t flake or smudge
  • Allergy tested. Ophthalmologist tested. Suitable for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers.
  • Removes easily.

Packaging
Maybelline lash sensational sky high mascara. The mascara is pink and stands on a marble top in front of a brass mirror.
Maybelline Lash Sensational Sky High Mascara!

The Maybelline Lash Sensational Sky High Mascara comes is a delightful dusky rose-hued tube which is slightly metallic in finish. Embossed in the SKY HIGH marking.

The Wand
Maybelline lash sensational sky high mascara. Amy is holding the tip of the wand so that it is visible in the picture.
Flexi wand

Maybelline state the “exclusive Flex Tower mascara brush bends to volumize and extend every single lash from root to tip“. I have to agree that the wand is indeed flexible and a little strange to get used to at first. It really does move with the slightest touch to the lashes but this does allow you do push the mascara and the brush into the roots of the lashes and work the product through the lashes well.

It is a plastic wand, rather than a bristle brush and it doesn’t clump too much mascara on the wand. The tube delivers a nice amount of product.

Before

Let’s get down to the testing shall we! Here’s a picture of me before, mascara free!

Maybelline lash sensational sky high mascara. Before
Before

Now, I’m a big fan of curling my eyelashes. I love the extra hold I get from that curl and the awaking appearance of a quick eyelash curl. So I wanted to see how the mascara would work both with curled eyelashes and without. I would normally curl my lashes, however, this is a mascara marketed at lengthening and volume so it’s only fair that it is tested on its own as well. I thought that doing one eye with pre curled lashes and the other left natural would give a nice test to see how the mascara worked on its own and with this added helping hand.

I chose to curl my right eye lashes only, viewers left on images.

Maybelline lash sensational sky high mascara. Amy, north east beauty blogger and makeup artist is curling her lashes
Curling my eyelashes on my right eye only for a comparison of how the mascara looks with/without curled lashes and also how it holds throughout the day.
Amy demo's one coat of this drugstore mascara
One coat on pre curled lashes

Above is one coat of Maybelline Lash Sensational Sky High Mascara on pre curled lashes.

Amy applies drugstore mascara
First coat application

The application is ok once you get used to the Flexi wand. I definitely got a little bit of mascara on my eye lids at first as I really tried to press the wand into the roots of my lashes! The wand in quite flexible so moves as you press it against your lashes. This really does allow you to push the product into the roots and pull and push your lashes into an upwards motion.

Tip: Leave any messy mascara to fully try before removing. Dry mascara can be buffed off easily, wet/damp mascara will smudge.

One Coat Maybelline Lash Sensational Sky High Mascara
Maybelline lash sensational sky high mascara.
One coat of Maybelline lash sensational sky high mascara.

Just one coat gives such amazing lift and volume! I can’t deny how impressed I am by this mascara. I love the depth of colour I can achieve at the roots, which makes my lashes appear thicker and fuller. One coat is easily enough for most makeup looks and I’d happily wear it like this day to day.

The eyelashes which I curled, my right eye, viewers left on image, there is a slight difference. I notice that curl and perhaps an added depth? But as I say, this mascara isn’t a curling mascara, I just wanted to see how it worked with pre-curled lashes, as this is something I normally do. It’s nice to see the comparison.

Two Coats Maybelline Lash Sensational Sky High Mascara
Two coats of Maybelline lash sensational sky high mascara.
Two coats on both eyes

The second coat applies well, however it does begin to clump a little in places. I simply ran an eyelash comb through my lashes to fan my lashes out a little. The volume and length achieved is brilliant and there is a definite thickness to my lashes.

It’s not a ‘light’ mascara, in that I can feel it on my lashes throughout the day but I don’t mind that, especially for these results.

Combing through lashes
Combing through second coat
Longetivity

Now I can find some mascaras just do not last the course on me so a longevity test is important, in fact one of the most important things I both look for when I research a mascara and one of the most important steps I take when reviewing one.

For this test, I wore my usual eye cream Murad Vita C, applied No7 HydraLuminous Dark Circle Concealer (review coming very soon!) and powdered with Chanel loose powder (Poudre Universelle).

I applied two coats of the mascara. At the two hour mark, I checked and had zero smudges or fall down. Some mascaras can transfer almost instantly on me! At eight hours I had two tiny flakes under my right eye which I could easily wipe away. There was no smudging whatsoever. I had not touched up the powder under my eyes throughout the day, so the mascara had to deal with my natural oils (oily-combo skin here!) and quite a bit of sneezing too!

Eight hours with no smudging at all is impressive! My lashes had held their volume and length also and looked great!

Under eye products:

Murad Vita-C Eyes Dark Circle Corrector*

No7 HydraLuminous Dark Circle Concealer

Chanel Poudre Universelle Natural Finish Loose Powder*

Maybelline lash sensational sky high mascara the results
Maybelline lash sensational sky high mascara – two coats!
Is Maybelline Lash Sensational Sky High Mascara a tubing mascara?

It is advertised a ‘washable mascara formula’ that ‘removes easily’, immediately this reads as a tubing mascara. Looking at the ingredient list, it definitely is a tubing mascara. Containing: styrene/acrylates/ammonium methacrylate copolymer. Tubing mascaras are oil/water-based mascaras with polymers added within the formulas adding to a smudge-proof product that doesn’t break down via natural oils.

It feels as though it acts like a tubing mascara in the way that it envelops the lashes however, I didn’t find that the mascara washed away like a regular tubing formula.

To remove a tubing mascara, the simple act of gently rubbing warm water releases the ‘tubes’ of mascara from the lashes, gently. Sky High Mascara didn’t come off well this way. Usually, you can see the ‘tubes’ of mascara but with this one, you don’t. As you gently massage warm water into the lashes the mascara simply breaks down and disappears from them.

The downside that I found was that the mascara was left on the skin around my eyes, underneath and on my eyelids and this was difficult to remove with warm water alone; despite being so easy on the lashes themselves.

To clean up I simply used a Face Halo makeup remover pad I had to hand.

The best way that I found to remove it effectively is with a biphase eye makeup remover, or as I did above, gently breaking down the mascara with water then, cleaning up any mascara residue afterwards. The mascara comes off easily then!

My recommendations for biphase eye makeup removers:

Lancôme Bi-Facil Non Oily Instant Cleanser Sensitive Eyes*

NIVEA Eye Make-Up Remover Double Effect*

La Roche-Posay Respectissime Eye Make Up Remover for Sensitive Eyes 

Matis Reponse Regard Biphase Eyes (review here)

Face Halo Pro – Modern Makeup Remover*

Maybelline lash sensational sky high mascara. The mascara is pink and stands on a marble top in front of a brass mirror.
Maybelline Lash Sensational Sky High Mascara
Final Thoughts

Well folks, I’m impressed. This is one highstreet/drugstore mascara that lives up to its claims. It lifts my long but heavy lashes and keeps them upright all day. My lashes didn’t need to be curled for this mascara to be effective but looked nice with the added lift.

The formula builds and adds well but isn’t too heavy that the lashes are dragged down quickly or throughout the day. My lashes immediately appear thicker and fuller and the ability to really get into the roots makes the base look dense giving the appearance of wearing eyeliner.

I bought it is black and love that the pigment is a true, deep, dark black!

The wand takes a little getting used to with its flex tech but that’s not a problem and does enhance the application once achieved. I do find that during the second coat, combing through with a mascara comb can help keep lashes looking beautiful and fluffy and prevent them from becoming clumpy.

I’m impressed with the staying power of the mascara, especially on me! Its ability to stay put and not smudge gives it added bonus points in my book.

All in all, Maybelline Lash Sensational Sky High Mascara is a cracking mascara and one I’d happily recommend.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Sky High Mascara £9.99 currently on offer £7.99*

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