Yes, I gave in to the hype and tracked down the TikTok famous mascara.
It took a few weeks to find it and it was the last tube hidden in the Maybelline display behind older mascara launches, but I got it!
The Maybelline Lash Sensational Sky High Mascara in Blackest Black comes in a frosty pink tube with embossed lettering (which I recently learned from Allure’s YouTube video with Molly Burke is an example of “tactile design” which helps blind and visually impaired people identify the item more easily).
The applicator is attached to a thin plastic wand and includes spikes that taper off toward the end. One thing I noticed about this applicator that I haven’t experienced in other mascaras is how flexible it is. The spot where the applicator meets the wand is very “bendy” – I found it similar to the flexibility of a glue gun stick – which helps when applying the first coat of product on bare lashes but can be an issue if you are applying additional layers, as it can become hard to control when your lashes become more firm from the previously applied product.
The TikTok video that launched a thousand ships showed the creator applying three coats of mascara, which seems like a coat too much in my opinion (although, however you choose to wear makeup is your choice). With every mascara I’ve ever used, I have found that going in for a second and third layer just makes the product look gummy and clumpy, but for the purposes of this review, I did two coats.
It’s easy to see how much length this mascara gives, which is to be expected as it is marketed as a “limitless length” mascara. It also promises “full volume” but I did not experience that. I found that the more coats you add, the trickier it is to work with. I did experience some small clumps at the two-coat point, but nothing that combing the applicator through my lashes couldn’t remedy. The issue for me was how difficult it was to apply the second layer because of how the product dried. It was a thick-ish formula and combined with the flexible wand and applicator, it was a challenge to easily coat my lashes and to get the applicator through my lashes without getting stuck. With two coats, I noticed some mascara flake fallout on my under eyes, but with one coat of mascara, it wasn’t an issue. Regardless of if it was one coat or two, the mascara provided good lash separation and was easy to remove with an oil-based makeup remover.
Although a lot of the issues I experienced were due to applying a second layer, I’m the type of makeup-user that typically applies one coat of mascara, so I was happy with the one-coat results. This mascara like many mascaras won’t address all of your eyelash needs – it isn’t going to give you volume AND length AND definition. But, if you are looking to prioritize lash length, the Maybelline Sky High Mascara is definitely worth giving a shot.