This TikTok Viral Mascara Makes Me Look Like I Have Falsies

It’s rare for me to be blown away by a new mascara. I’ve tested over one hundred, and while some of them initially lengthen and volumize my lashes, most will shrink, clump, or transfer throughout the day. However, after seeing dozens of people on TikTok rave about the Maybelline Lash Sensational Sky High mascara, I was intrigued. The people I was watching went from short and stubby to falsie-looking lashes with just a few coats. And not only that, but the volume and height remained all day long. Maybelline claims that the lightweight formula never weighs down either. As someone who stares at a screen all day long, whether it be my laptop, cell phone, television, or iPad, I’m no stranger to the feeling of heavy, droopy eyes. Lightweight mascaras, for me, are an absolute must.

After watching a few dozen more TikToks, I decided to give the $12 mascara a chance, and now I don’t think I’ll ever go back. I like to apply several coats at once, slightly wiggling the wand to separate lashes and lengthen the mascara. After just two, it looked like I had applied falsies. My eyelashes got so long that my mascara stained the skin right under my eyebrows as they grazed the area. Also, they looked thicker and way more luscious than they do with most mascaras. I was, as the youth says, shook.

I typically lean toward mascaras that have a curved wand as they nicely hug my lashes and give them lift, but Maybelline’s Sky High mascara has a straight wand. However, what makes it so effective are the tiny little bristles that elongate the bamboo fibers in the formula that are responsible for the sky-high effect. Plus, since the wand is flexible, it easily bends to grasp every single lash (even the tiny, hard-to-grasp ones) and give them that lift.

The mascara is available in two colors: brownish-black and very black. I have very dark hair and prefer to use black shades as I feel they’re more dramatic and match my natural shade better. If you’re not sure which shade you’ll like best or are hesitant to make a new purchase, you can check out Maybelline’s virtual try-on camera that shows you how the mascara works and how it will look on your lashes.

At the end of the day, my lashes still looked as long and voluminous as they did in the morning. No clumping, no flaking, no smudging, and no heaviness. By this point, I was already a full believer, but the cherry on top came as I removed my makeup. Some mascaras require harsh scrubbing, which can exacerbate the eye area and lead to irritation and premature signs of aging. (No, thanks.) The Maybelline Sky High mascara, however, essentially slid off with just a bit of makeup remover or micellar water.

Am I a convert? Absolutely.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Sky High mascara

Pia is the Sr. Beauty and Fashion Editor at HelloGiggles. She has held positions at Good Housekeeping, Woman’s Day, Prevention, and People en Español, and has written for Elite Daily and Bustle. She received a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing from New York University and her Master of Science in journalism from Columbia University. Pia enjoys sharing dog memes, reading mystery books, and practicing yoga. Follow her on Instagram @piavela_