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Maybelline Define-A-Lash Waterproof Volume Mascara, Very Black #831

This zero clump mascara creates stunning volume with clean definition. Patented shaped-to-the-lash flexible brush. Contact lens safe and hypoallergenic.

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  • Maybelline

Honest reviews


Lashes fell off…

This mascara was effective in lengthening and defining (not thickening). It also had great staying power throughout the day…but sadly, it was so tough to remove that some of my lashes fell off even while using waterproof eye makeup remover! Would not buy again.

Eula Russellville, MO

Stays on through sweat

I’ve had the hardest time finding waterproof mascara that actually “stays on” when I start to sweat. I finally found one brand, but it costs more than $20 for a very thin tube. I decided to give this a try. The price is really good and it actually stays on. Another thing I like about it is that the brush doesn’t have clumps of mascara on it that end up in your lashes when you apply it. It also doesn’t flake. I slept in it to see if it would stay on. It was still on when I woke up, just a little less. None of it was on my pillow…there was a little residue under my lower lashes, but I’m going to chalk that up to my extremely oily skin. I’m glad I found this. Now let’s hope Maybelline doesn’t quit making it.

Courtney Winfield, IL

Surprised at how great this is

I’ve used a wide range of mascara brands in the past, ranging from high end Clinique and Estee Lauder, to Kohl’s American Beauty brand, to drug store brands. This mascara has quickly become a favorite, and you can’t beat the very inexpensive price. I started using water proof mascara to avoid that mid afternoon raccoon eyed smear that tended to develop. And the “Define A Lash” water proof is practically smudge proof. I think I would have to seriously rub at my eyes for this to budge. It also applies easily, and provides a nice dark, full lashed look. The only negative, as another reviewer pointed out, is that this is hard to remove, even with a good make up remover. Needless to say, what makes this an excellent smudge resistant mascara, also makes it cemented semi-permanently to your lashes. But I think of that that as a positive.

Isabel Auburn, CA

Great for lower lashes

Please believe me when I say I have the thinnest lashes. My lower lashes are invisible, unless you place some mascara on them and bigger wands tend to clump a row of my weak lashes into two single ones. It really is waterproof, I need mac’s cleanse off oil to remove it and it defines my lashes without weighing them down. I’m sticking with this one!

Maureen Flintstone, MD


I’m not too crazy about this mascara. I love Maybelline but for some reason, waterproof mascara never sits well with me.

Lenore Desmet, ID

GREAT Waterproof

This mascara is a great price and works beautifully. I have always hopped around from mascara to mascara and have never had a specific but have FINALLY found one I love. Doesn’t run in the least. Now just like any waterproof, the longer you leave it on, like if you sleep in it, the worse it gets. I’ll wake up and my eye lashes will be clumped together or starting to flake. But that is NO detour-ant to keep me from using it. It’s fabulous!!

Thelma Ripley, OH


I love this Mascara really really hard to remove tho I woukd recommend to buy a makeup remover! But other than that its a great mascara

Nora Cool Ridge, WV

Good mascara

I love it. It’s really water proof and makes my short eyelashes thicker and longer look. It also arrived earlier than expected date of delivery.

Nona Smithsburg, MD


It’s very dark and I went swimming with it on and there was very little smudging but it does tend to clump on your lashes.

Antonia La Ward, TX


I like the way this defines and lengthens my lashes. Easy to remove and doesnt bother my eyes. Bought brown and black

Rosalie Boaz, KY

good quality

i use on false eye lashes as well as my own. this mascare stays on all day and washes off so easy. very good mascare and brush

Sara Big Rock, TN

Nice mascara

No problems at all with this mascara. Has a nice brush that grabs and coats all the lashes easily. It does not clump and does a nice job of separating the lashes. Not my favorite but would repurchasre on sale.

Valeria Mclean, TX

I like Maybelline products. Especially good color

I am a blonde and this is an excellent color for me, especially on the go. Not too black and not too pale

Chasity Bordelonville, LA

Good !

The item was well packaged and arrived in time. New ans unused product. Look exactly as the photo and works perfectly. One advantage for this product it that the brush seems to be unusable because of the teeth which are small and rigid. The last mascara I used became stycky and I have to separate hairs of the brush to use it. With this one, I won’t for sure.

Autumn Tonopah, AZ

doesn’t irritate

The first mascara I’ve used in years that doesn’t irritate my sensitive eyes at all. Usually I can feel mascara on my lashes, but this one I forgot I’m even wearing it. I wasn’t looking for a lot of volume, just darkening so this works for me.

Elnora Center Junction, IA

Define a lash

Did exactly what it said it would, got these for brides, as when the tears start flowing, we don’t need a mess….love them

Virgie Finley, CA

Very good.

I use this for volume, and their lengthening right after for longer looking lases. Very very waterproof. WIll buy again.

Jody Moore Haven, FL


This mascara curls my lashes, keeps them separated. Very waterproof, also. I use it alone or over another mascara for more volume. Love it!

Marietta Belle Glade, FL

It stays on!

Bought this for a tear jerking show. Read the reviews saying it was very hard to get off. My dog died earlier in the day, and I can tell you, if you cry enough it will come off but will not leave you with raccoon eyes. I would say it does the job and does it well.

Sheryl Jeanerette, LA

Concrete for your lashes!

This makes your lashes very hard (and dries them out and makes them prone to breakage too) and is almost impossible to get off, even with coconut oil. Somehow, it also manages to give me raccoon eyes after five or six hours too. Worst. Mascara. Ever.

Earline Mc Cordsville, IN

Not such a great mascara.

I liked the price but this mascara clumps from the start. It’s hard to remove, but does a great job of staying on in the pool.

Hannah Irwinton, GA

Great Mascara

I ordered this mascara for my daughter. This is the only mascara she uses and she could not get it at the store we shop at, as it was always sold out. She really likes this mascara, goes on good and stays on all day till your ready to take it off. She was very pleased that I bought it for her. Great purchase. Fast delivery. Good product.

Jill Raymond, OH

Terrible brush

The product comes with a terrible brush. The brush is very rubbery (it bends and it has rubber bristles), which makes it hard to apply the product and causes it to clump. I had to replace the brush piece with one of my old ones, just to apply it on smoothly. I would not buy this product again or recommend it, unless they redesign the brush.

Ilene Haxtun, CO