I like waterproof mascara because it doesn't smudge and give me raccoon eyes by the end of the day.
I think I've tried most of the mascaras Maybelline came out with and I have two favourites: XXL Volume and The Colossal. Apart volumising my lashes, they're pretty light and didn't clump at all. The Colossal was less dramatic than the XXL Volume.
The best drugstore mascara, which may be discontinued, is the Rimmel Glam Eyes. The old black and pink version, not the new one. I liked it because it did its job very well, still didn't clump but, granted, it didn't keep my lashes as soft.
Hands down, my favorite mascara overall is Lancome's Hypnose. With just two coats my lashes look almost fake, I love it! It's one of the only mascaras I've ever bought twice.
I have always looked for mascaras that offer more volume to my lashes so if lengthening mascaras are your thing, my recommendations won't be of much help to you. By the way, how'd you like the Great Lash? I hated it because it gave me that spider lash look.
Definitely non-waterproof for everyday use. Waterproof should be used very rarely, because it uses chemicals that are super harsh on the lashes. If you only coat the upper lashes, most non-waterproof mascaras will even stay on in the pool.
I don't really like Maybelline very much, but The Falsies line isn't bad. It can give you some great curl, but watch out for clumping and lash bending.
As for drugstore brands, I would go for Covergirl, because it's super cheap and actually quite effective. Maybelline, Rimmel, and Revlon are sort of lower grade versions. Other than that, Marcelle is really great for volumization.
At a department store, I would lean towards Chanel. They have some really great colors, and you can get them in waterproof too. Chanel L'imitable is a great line. You can also try Clinique, as they lean towards less glam and more technique. They're really good for a clean, powerful look.
I use non waterproof for everyday since it works better but waterproof for special occasions/long days.
By far the BEST drugstore mascara (even better than my Lancome and comparable to Diorshow mascaras) is maybelline the falsies flared in blackest black. I wear it everyday, no clumps as long as you apply it correctly, and people ALWAYS ask me what mascara or false lashes I use and if my lashes are that long naturally
Water proof mascara is fine until you go to take it off and it won't come off (unless you have make-up remover), which is why I normally use regular mascara. I like maybelline lash stilleto mascara, it works nicely and makes them longer and all that good stuff. I also like almay's mascara.
Waterproof, because you never know what can happen that day and if your crying or anything you don't want to have to sit an worry about mascara running down your face. I use the lash stiletto.
i always but waterproof because I can never remember if it is or not, and I don't want to have nonwaterproof when I'm at the pool in the summer lol
I prefer waterproof, because I find it tends to rub off and give me raccoon eyes otherwise. It comes off pretty easily with soap or makeup remover, though, so no biggie.
My favorite mascara that I've used has been a Covergirl waterproof with a little plastic brush - it hasn't clumped up at all, and the plastic bristles do a far better job of separating and coating my lashes than the fiber bristles did. I can't say I've used any Maybelline mascaras other than Great Lash, sorry, but if you can find any that have a plastic brush, I'd definitely spring for that.