Maybelline Sky High mascara: I tried the viral TikTok buy—which is now on sale—and I’m as obsessed as everyone else

One writer got her hands on the sell-out Maybelline mascara. Does it live up to the hype? (Spoiler: yes)

before and after of Lucy Abbersteen using the Maybelline Sky High Mascara
(Image credit: Lucy Abbersteen)

A great mascara—just like finding the best eyeliner—is worth its weight in gold. This is probably why people are going wild for the Maybelline Sky High mascara on TikTok, right now. Since it went viral, retailers around the world can barely keep it in stock—at Ulta, it's already sold out four times and counting.

Videos showing the mascara’s epic results have racked up millions of likes on TikTok, with #skyhighmascara racking up more than 110 million views. I knew I needed to try it for myself, whatever the cost (if you're wondering, it's usually  ($11.49 / £9.99). But, I have some good news for you, it's currently in the Black Friday sale so can be yours for just £5.45.

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To be completely transparent, I am certified Fussy™ when it comes to mascara. Few strike the all-important balance of length and volume without clumping your lashes together in one big blob. 

I've tried dozens of formulas in my time, but fewer than 10 actually get my vote as being worth the spend. 

So, is this beauty bargain worth the hype? Keep reading to see how it fares.

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Maybelline Sky High mascara review

Maybelline Sky High Mascara

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Firstly, when you open the mascara its brush is coated with just the right amount of formula, so there's no need to wipe it several times before going in with your first coat. Good start. 

The wand head is slightly tapered, meaning you can catch shorter inner lashes, but it's also flexible so that you can really get into the roots. The promised volume is definitely there, but sans clumps, even when you apply multiple coats. 

As for the comparison with false lashes that people keep making, it really is as close as you get without, you know, actually wearing false lashes. These before and after shots kind of speak for themselves, don't they?

before and after of Lucy Abbersteen wearing the Maybelline Sky High Mascara

(Image credit: Lucy Abbersteen)

Overall, Maybelline Sky High mascara is a rare find—as it really does live up to all the hype.

If you're lucky enough to find a tube, I urge you to grab it before it sells out again—because past experience suggests it will. Not only has this earned a place in my mascara hall of fame, but it's the cheapest on the list by a long shot. 

It gets the full five stars from me!

Lucy Abbersteen
Lucy Abbersteen

Lucy is a beauty journalist who has written for titles including Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, OK!, woman&home and Women's Health, as well as regularly contributing to My Imperfect Life. Her work covers everything from skin and haircare tips to trying and testing the latest beauty launches, and interviewing celebrities and experts. A certified dog person, her other interests include mental wellbeing, books, piña coladas and not getting caught in the rain.