Tuesday, 7 January 2014

High Street vs. High End - Maybelline Great Lash & YSL Shocking Mascara

It's that age old battle, which is actually the best product overall... the high street or the high end one? I bought YSL Shocking mascara at the end of October and did a review in November and I bought Maybelline Great Lash the other week because I've seen lots of bloggers and heard lots of people raving about how good it is and that it is a staple product in many top make up artists' kits. 

If you read my review on YSL Shocking mascara you'll know that it was a bit of a 'meh' review, so I guess this comparison just enforces what I said in that with a few comparison photos thrown in for good measure. Obviously the main difference between the two is the price point, YSL Shocking retails at £23.50 whereas Maybelline Great Lash is only £4.99... a massive difference in price. YSL claim that their Shocking mascara 'thickens' and adds 'curve' to your lashes whereas Maybelline's Great Lash is supposed to 'perfectly define' lashes while making them look 'fuller without clumps'.

 Maybelline Great Lash wand

YSL Shocking Wand

I'll get it out there now, I prefer Maybelline Great Lash and to make things simple I'm going to list the pros and cons for each...


- No clumps whatsoever, even after 3 coats
- No flaking after hours of wear
- Gives long, separated lashes
- You are in control of how much product goes on your lashes
- Applying to bottom lashes is easy because the wand is small
- Cheap and readily available


- The wand may be a little small for some people
- The packaging isn't very pretty with the pink & green colour scheme


- Gorgeously luxurious gold packaging
- Great staying power
- Adds volume and some length


- Clumps really easily
- There's a massive build up of product on the wand which I've had to wipe twice, wasting loads of product
- Really difficult to apply because lashes end up looking over loaded and clumpy
- Expensive


I know the two products supposedly give slightly different lash-looks I don't believe that the YSL Shocking mascara is worth the massive price tag. Now I've seen what you can get for just £4.99 I would highly recommend that you pick up a bottle of Maybelline Great Lash next time you see one. I've grown to really dislike the YSL mascara, to the point where I'm tempted to throw it away because it pains me so much to have to keep wiping away so much product! 

What do you look for in a mascara?



  1. so glad i read this! i was thinking of purchasing the YSL mascara but i think i'll be spending that money elsewhere now! I find the Seventeen Doll'd Up mascara is really great and only £6. Think i will try this maybelline one next

  2. I guess I'd naturally prefer the YSL one because I like really thick eyelashes, 'spiderlegs' they often get called!


  3. The Mabelline mascara used to be my absolute favourite go to mascara. If I stopped working for bareMinerals I'd probably go back to this one for a cheaper alternative! I do prefer ones you can build up personally as sometimes I don't want full on lashes. Nice review :) xxx

  4. Thanks for this review. I'm currently using Shocking and I've got Great Lash to try too x
    Sweet Dreams

  5. I still use Great Lash all these years later! I really hate spending money on mascara though aha. No idea why! xxx

  6. I don't think I'll ever give up my affordable mascaras, I think they do such a great job!

    Jennie xo | sailorjennie.com

  7. They look very similar considering the price difference! I love Maybelline mascaras buy I never got on with Great Lash, but that's mainly because my lashes are so poker striaght that it takes a lot to make them look good! x

    Elissa | styleaffix.com

  8. I love Maybelline's Great Lash mascara, I'm using it at the moment and it's so so good. I find it hard spending a lot of money on mascaras because they don't last that long :( xxxx

    Verity | Life of Verity

  9. I used to use Maybelline's Great Lash quite religiously several years back, but for some reason I stopped using it. Probably because there are just so many mascara's out there I was lured away but a new release and kind of forgot about it. I remember it being a great product though and definitely one of the more reasonably priced one's. It looks amazing on you, whereas the YSL looks clumpy and nowhere near as good x

    Becky @ The Little Blog of Beauty

  10. I have very long lashes that clump easily while applying mascara. After many failed attempts at finding "threone", i tried Great Lash and I haven't used another mascara since. Absoloutely the best ever!


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