Awhile back, when I wrote my Revlon Mascara Review, a reader recommended that I try Cover Girl Lash Exact Mascara . So when I was in the market for a brown mascara, I decided to pick one up. At the same time, I also was able to try Maybelline's Define a Lash. I'm glad I was given the recommendation, because I really like Lash Exact. It has thinner bristles in the brush, which for me is usually a necessity. Larger brushes almost always result in clumps for me no matter how carefully I remove excess product or apply it. The product went on very well, no clumps, no smears, and it stayed on all day. It also really, really, REALLY lengthened and defined the lashes. It did not thicken so much. That is what I tend to want. So I am very happy with this mascara. Heck, I find myself reaching for it on days when I would rather wear black, simply because it is the best mascara in my drawer right now. So I definitely plan to pick one up in black.
Maybelline's Define a Lash is a bit odd. On the good side, it has the thinner bristle type brush that I like. The mascara itself also seems fine. It lengthens well, defines well, doesn't clump etc. I would probably find it about equal to Lash Exact, but there is one real serious oddity with the brush; it is very flexible and bends around a bit when using it. The bending factor doesn't seem to mess with the application, but it does annoy me every time I put the wand back into the tube because it doesn't want to slide in easily. I have to cram it in there. From what I can tell, the flexible wand lends nothing positive to the application, so why Maybelline chose that design is beyond me. Their web site does not provide any insight on the matter. So in the end, I think Maybelline took what could be a really good mascara and ruined it with a poor packaging choice. At least for me, the annoyance of cramming the brush back into the tube means that I won't be purchasing this one again.