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Maybelline Lash Stylist discontinued.. Stiletto is replacing it?

Maybelline Lash Stylist discontinued.. Stiletto is replacing it?

lash-stylistUpdated Note: (Jan 02,2010) Take a look at this post: Maybelline Lash Stylist Reincarnated in Cat Form – Hypercurl. This mascara is only available in Malaysia for some reason. I do see Lash Stylist on Ebay: Maybelline Lash Stylist

Due to the popularity of this post, I have revised it with links to updates on new information regarding Maybelline Lash Stylist Mascara. Please read user comments below for more updated information.

Links to related posts:

Please sign the Maybelline Lash Stylist Petition to bring it back!

Write to Maybelline and ask to bring it back!

Information on letter emailed to Maybelline about Lash Stylist

Bad Review for Maybelline Lash Stiletto

Other Comb Wand Mascaras

Looked everywhere at Target for my “BFF in a tube”, Lash Stylist by Maybelline. Nowhere to be found. I called my mother immediately, who lives about 30 miles away in another town, and I asked her to go to her nearst drug store and search for my trusty mascara and to buy at least two tubes. “Nope”, she said when she called me back, “They don’t have it, and I checked Target and Longs.” I went online and had a virtual fit. I found the mascara on, and I noticed it was on sale. Unfortunately, I can’t find the mascara online right now. I haven’t checked ebay.. =(

So I ordered two tubes along with a bunch of really expensive Frederik Fekkai hair stuff, and ripped open the package to make sure my “BFF in a tube” arrived safely. Yup.. it was fine, and I had not used it for about a month since I could not find it anywhere.. and I noticed that.. nothing, nothing, nothing compares to it. I couldn’t believe how much better my lashes looked, and they even looked a lot darker. I was so happy, yet scared that my little friend in a tube is going to go bye-bye.

Sure enough, I saw the new Maybelline Stiletto Ultimate Length Washable Mascara (Say that 10 times fast) and I am angered that my little lovely Lash Stylist is going to bid me one last farewell.

Maybelline Lash Stiletto

Well, there it is. Here is the description:

The only mascara that does for lashes what stilettos do for legs.

-The Grip & Extend brush grasps each lash and coats from every angle
-Elastic formula stretches lashes for provocative length
-Pro-Vitamin B-5 formula conditions and smoothes for black-patent shine
-Contact lens safe and Ophthalmologist tested

Ok.. so nothing special here. The brush is red, which is hot, but not making ME hot.. so I wrote a letter to our friends at Maybelline about how pissed I am. hahha.. well, I was nice, don’t worry. I’ll let you know what happens.

UPDATE: I have tried and approve of Lancome’s Fatale mascara. It gives similar results than that of Lash Stylist, the only thing I don’t like about it is the glossy finish and the comb does not do a very good job of distributing the product evenly. As far as the end result goes.. it’s almost the same. Fatale is expensive, but I found a tube on ebay a little cheaper than drug store prices. If you have found anything similar to Lash Stylist, let me know and I can post it here.

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171 Responses to Maybelline Lash Stylist discontinued.. Stiletto is replacing it?

  1. No mascara compares to the lash stylist! I’m a mascara freak n have tried all from MAC to clinique and the rest of the brands, and I haven’t found one like this! Please reconsider! Thanks!

  2. Boo to Maybelline for discountinuing Lash Stylist…

    Yes, there are more important things women need to tend to, but our eyelashes need to look beautiful! Afterall, don’t they say your eyes are the windows to your soul. I want my soul to be framed FABULOUS!!!

    See response below from Maybelline when I emailed their customer service. Looks like there are more fans of Lash Stylist than their marketing dept realizes. Keep writing, posting, what ever. Maybe they will bring it back.

    July 26, 2010

    Hi Rhonda-
    Thank you for visiting Maybelline New York on the Web.
    We appreciate your comments expressing disappointment in our decision to discontinue Lash Stylist. As consumers ourselves, we understand how disappointing it can be when a favorite product or shade is no longer offered. Unfortunately, demand was not high enough for us to continue manufacturing it.
    Lash Stylist Washable is no longer available for sale by us through our retailers. We are sorry for the frustration this has caused you.
    Please try Colossal Volum’ Express. Although this is not an exact replacement, we believe that it has some of the same remarkable qualities that you found in Lash Stylist Washable.

    We appreciate your loyalty to Maybelline New York.
    Consumer Affairs Supervisor
    Ref # 5664012
    Send an email to –

  3. Rimmel used to have a similar mascara that I used a few years ago, but that got discontinued. That was why I converted to Lash Stylist and now it’s discontinued, too! Why don’t people realize that comb mascaras make your lashes look better than anything else?

  4. i 2 have tried EVERYTHING from ebay to sephora to all drugstore brands and NOTHING has compard to this ive paid $$ rannging from 5$ all the way tp 80$… yes 80 and now iam using latisse clinque has a newer one out i found w the same almost as lash stliest i forgot its calld whipser?..poop haha but its a white tube green comb wand just go to the counter and see for urself thats the CLOSET i can find and its 16$ not bad i usually dont like clinique but let me know if u also like it?

  5. OMG, i searched everywhere, and nearly cried when they man said it has been replaced with stilletto. I have just ordered two of ebay costing only £3! How dare they replace it! :'( x

  6. I hate to hear this!! My sister and I both LOVE Maybelline Lash Stylist. I’ve tried Stiletto and it’s nowhere near as good. I did, however, keep the brush from my last tube of Stylist and I find that if I use it to comb my lashes before applying and then use it with whatever mascara I have, it works pretty well. Not as good as the real thing, but I guess I have no other choice.

  7. holy crap! Soooooo sad about the lash stylist, i would say “you have no idea” but based on your writing you know EAXCTLY! anyway, i was out this weekend and the mascara gods have bid me in the right direction- and that was RIGHT towards Maybellines “The Falsies Volum’ Express” you will fall in love with this tube- i too will search online for the lash stylist for just a bit longer. annnd the Rimmel Lash Maxx, not the same- i bought some and it was NOT good. -A

  8. How ironic? I bought the Rimmel Lash Maxxx a few months ago and did the same thing…just used the comb from Lash Stylist. I was on here looking to see if anyone had come up with anything better. This is a temporary fix, but I sure do wish I could just get the Lash Stylist back. 🙁

    • I have also been trying this method out.. and it makes me mad that Rimmel can’t just copy the Maybelline brush! The brush that comes with the Rimmel Lash Maxxx is terrible.

  9. Hi

    I miss Lash Sylist a lot but I have also have found if you use the comb from Lash Stylist with Rimmel Lash Maxx (in a black and pink tube) it works pretty well.

  10. I have been looking for the Lash Stylist mascara for a while now and finally turned to the internet to see if I could find it. When I googled it this blog came up on my search results. I read the comment way back in Jan. saying that someone found the mascara at Big Lots so I went tonight with little hope I’d find it there because the comment was left 5 months ago but… BIG LOTS HAS IT!! For only $2!! So needless to say I bought at least 5 to stock up! They didn’t have the waterproof kind which was a little let down but I’m going to maybe check out surronding town’s Big Lots maybe they’ll have the waterproof kind!

  11. I love, love, love lash stylist and have been looking everywhere for it! It’s not in stores though!~ I did recently find the mascara on my favorite web buying site. I am sorry but I can’t tell you which one, just incase I run out (which isn’t likely for a while because I purchased 12 tubes) I don’t want anyone knowing my secret and diluting the online supply!!! haha, terrible I KNOW!!!

    But I will give you ladies a little secret. Loreals Telescopic Explosion mascara does give great results as well. It gives the illusion of really long full lashes and separates nicely with no chucking. It’s the one with the small red round brush. I’m not sure if I like the brush because it’s way different to use. The first few weeks I couldn’t even put the mascara on without smearing it everywhere, but now I think I have it conquered (just in time for my order of 12 lash stylist tube to come in the mail) hahaha If I hadn’t found Lash stylist online this mascara would def be my mascara of choice!!!

  12. I’m so bummed! Nothing even comes close, I don’t even know how there is literally nothing else on the market like Lash Stylist and they just took it away. Can’t believe they replaced it with Stiletto, which, again compares not at all!

    Thanks for the tips on the combs, I’ll have to try that! Is that petition still going or is Maybelline just not listening to their consumers?

    OK, I want to get all our bases covered. I haven’t tried any of these so please anyone/everyone chime in! So far, the tubes that screw the Lash Stylist comb in perfectly AND have a good formula are:

    Rimmell London (any particular name of the product?)
    L’Oreal Telescopic
    L’oreal voluminous
    L’oreal volume shocking
    Lancome Fatale

    anything else?

    Thanks Ladies, so glad I’m not alone here!

  13. Krista, you’re right about the “staple” products. Maybelline’s is “Great Lash’ but I can’t believe the hype that it’s still the most popular mascara. Maybe it was in the 1970s when I was a teenager and first started wearing mascara, but I don’t believe it still is. It’s awful and gets awful reviews on the internet but for some reason they still say people say it’s “the best” and will never discontinue it. Go figure. It’s maddening!

  14. I see that I am not alone in how I feel about the constant introduction then discontinuation of makeup these days. It’s going on with all health and beauty products. They are driving consumers crazy buying new products in the vain attempt to replace discontinued ones. Since when is this the marketing strategy of our country? They must be making millions on keeping us spinning our wheels and going out of our minds or they wouldn’t be putting so much money into product development and advertising. They don’t care how the public feels as long as it lines their pockets, so I hate to be a cynic about how much attention they’ll pay to our petition. I’ll sign it anyway but I really have no hope that it’ll do much good.

    I too loved Lash Stylist. I also loved Sky High Curves, but that got discontinued too, and when I wrote the company about it I asked if there was another product that was similar to that one coming out. They never answered me. They don’t give a rat’s patoot about their customers.

    I almost fell over when just this week I found Lash Stylist at Ocean State Job Lot in Connecticut. I bought several tubes. Thanks for the tip about keeping the comb, I’ll do that.

    If you think Maybelline is bad, Physician’s Formula is even worse with the constant new product introductions and discontinuations. They introduced several new products last year then discontinued them all and replaced them with “Mineral Wear”. Some of the discontinued products were very good concealers. I could not believe how many products came and went from that company in such a short time. I think one concealer was only out on the shelf for a couple of months before it got discontinued. It’s no wonder our country is going down the tubes if this is the way they conduct their business! What I don’t understand is that in the end consumers will tire of and cease trying new products because they’re tired of constantly having things discontinued. But they’re too short sighted in business to see that. All they care about is short term gain.

    • Renee: This is so true! The thing that baffles my mind is that my mother still uses the same mascara, Almay in the white tube, since I was a child! There are products like that mascara, that are “staple” products of the company and everything else is just a seasonal or promo product. Like I had posted in another blog (somewhere on this site!) that the “Cat eyes” mascara, which is exactly Lash Stylist, is only sold in foreign countries. Strange!

  15. I’m so glad I found this page. I been searching for months for my favorite mascara! I pray they bring it back. I thought I was the only one up-set. I going to check high in low unitl I find it. Thanks ladies

  16. I have had the same problem with not finding it anywhere as well. It was an amazing mascara! However, I did keep my brush and therefore am able to reuse it. Thanks for the advice though on how to clean it Krista! I will def, be doing that asap!
    Also, I was looking around, and I found some by Remmell London, and it has a soft version of our brush, the formula is great, but the brush isn’t as good. Anyways the point to this is that the brush screws on perfectly into this tube and the formula and almost the same! So, for those of you who still have your brushes, I recommend you getting it. I know I have tried it with other tubes and some of them don’t fit. I use it everyday, and it works out great!! Goodluck with the petition! I hope they bring it back, or another company takes notice and puts out their own version!!!! xoxoxox

  17. im SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO agreeing with you!! NOTHING compares to this mascara…not even the $30 ones I bought!! NOTHING!!! I’m buying a LOAD online…

  18. Oh my gosh. I’m so disappointed about the discontiued of “Lash stylist”. It was my favorite and I wouldn’t dare to buy anything else. I don’t understand why companies discontiue the products that people love and are willing to spend theiry money on it. Stupid Stupid…. they’re making money off of us and they’d rather replace it with the shitty Stilleto. That thing sucks, I’ve tried and it runs when my eyes get watery. Gosh! BRING THE “LASH STYLIST BACK”.

  19. Oh crap, I finally discovered what all of you have known for months when my Lash Sylist tube got near drying out! 🙁 I scoured both Walmart and Target in search for an early replacement, thinking that I was smart to plan ahead! After wasting $7 on a Loreal Telescopic, fully knowing that it wouldn’t be quite the same, but hoping that it would, I was immediately disappointed after the first sweeping clump. What a waste! But then it occurred to me like it appears that it occurred to many of us, it’s really the COMB and not the mascara itself. After dipping the COMB into the Telescopic solution, I suppose I’m semi-satisfied…for now. I still couldn’t resist buying 5 Lash Sylists on Amazon and paying $9.99/each. And how come the price went down the day after I bought it?!!! And how come the very black ones are more expensive? Same thing goes with the washable. Hmmm. I will definitely check out my neighborhood Big Lots though. Guess I’ll have at least a total of 6 combs to wash and use for the remainder of eternity! Btw, another fave that I cannot find that was discontinued was the Wet Shine in clear. Tasteless, odorless, and non-sticky. Whatever happened to non-sticky, non-fruity flavored gloss?

  20. Standing in front of the rows upon rows of mascara choices last night at Walgreen’s – knowing full well that no Lash Stylist would be there – I laughed out loud at this thought: HOW ABSURD IS IT THAT ARMIES OF MEN AND WOMEN ARE DEVELOPING PRODUCTS FOR MAYBELLINE AND NONE OF THEM IS GETTING THIS STUFF RIGHT?

    It’s both hysterically funny and sadly telling about how big companies are run. These people are paid well. These companies chug along with millions in research and development funds. More in advertising expenditures. And yet… hubris, arrogance, ignorance and plain old middle management incompetence will eliminate a good product from the shelves. Likely some idiot said Lash Stylist wasn’t worth promoting… Who knows? I have no respect for these people. They’re all pompous air heads as far as I can tell. I will, of course, eat my words if Maybelline changes its mind. 🙂 You’ll understand if I don’t hold my breath.

    • Juliana, this was an awesome comment regarding my post on Lash Stylist. I agree with you ten thousand percent. I’ve worked in the cosmetics industry and I’ve seen perfectly fine products go out the door, never to be seen again UNTIL customers started complaining. It took years, maybe even 5 years at the most, to see a product come back in bright and shiny new packaging with an entirely different name, as to trick customers into thinking that this was something brand new. The reason why these things go out is simply because the campaign for that product line ends. The whole “comb wand” phenomenon hit the market a few years ago and I had heard of people getting hurt from using the mascara incorrectly and poking their eye. There could have been a lawsuit or perhaps Maybelline didn’t want to risk it any longer selling the unconventional comb wand mascara. I use my Lash Stylist comb with other mascaras, of course the formula isn’t the same, but I am going to hold onto my combs as long as I can. Companies like Maybelline do not care what people like us want.. they want to sell the “newest trend” even if it sucks, and keep everything looking fresh and new. Nothing in cosmetics is fresh and new, it’s all recycled ideas that are repackaged to look new.

  21. I bought 3 of these mascaras when I heard a rumor back in december that it was going to be discontinued… saldy it came true and I am almost out; WHY!? Please recontinue them PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!

    For now I am just going to have to start reusing the wand with different mascaras.. and not nearly as good results! Bleh!

  22. What am gonna do?? No more lash stylist for real??!!!!! I would definitely cry but this stupid, terrible, no good, make-do mascara might run!!!!!! I cannot find ANYTHING that compares to lash stylist!!

  23. I’m a very, very sad girl without my mascara! I’ve used it for years! I can’t believe they would get rid of a product that was so awesome….

    Well, I guess I can keep my fingers crossed… and try to look for a replacement.

  24. I feell all of you im in search for it myself! I was afraid this would happen. Its the best i’ve ever used and I always got compliments on my long full lashes people would even ask me if I had false lashes on lol… I even got friends and family hooked on it. As a makeup artist I know a good product when i use it and this mascara did exactly what it said and more. I’ve tried soooooooo many mascaras out there and its sad that ALL of them are a dissapointment.

  25. also, i used a different mascara today with the Stylist Comb and wham thank you ma’am, it did pretty well. Save your combs ladies! Poo Poo on you Maybelline for rocking our worlds with this mascara frenzie! grughhhhh

  26. ok..this is perfect for a commercial! Why not just send this to Maybelline? Surely they would start making it again! I hate the Stilleto and I look like I have nothing on by the end of the day. Lancome I have used before but it is such a wet consistency and gets all over. Please read this Maybelline!

  27. Well i guess I will join the RIP Lash Stylist Club. I was soosoosossoososo pissed (spent like 2 hours) in Wal-mart yesterday looking for it! and earlier in the week i was in CVS looking for it, nothing but that dang Stelletto (sp) idc to even spell it correctly. I have 2 combs that i will guard with my heart. My thing is how do we keep them clean and usable?

  28. R.I.P lash stylist, old trusty, old pal, ‘bbf in a tube’

    we will forever mis your intesity, there’s no loneth you wouldnt go, and your curves were to die for.

    you will be missed but never forgotten,

    sometimes i just wish you’d ‘comb’ home,

    maybelline you have not heard the last from me!

    i will not rest until, until i see lash stylist comfortably propt up on
    a stand at my nearest store.

    my lashes will never be the same, they all miss you x

  29. I’m in denial! I have continued looking for this amazing mascara, with absolutely no result 🙁 I have bought 6 mascaras since, from l’oreal to covergirl, and they all suck! I’m going to try Lancome’s Fatale mascara like you suggested. I really hope it works!

  30. actually, volume shocking was always my alternative, and then if not that (because of the price) it was max factor volume couture (not a comb tho). and guess what? max factor is going out of business and people are discontinuing selling volume shocking (idk if the product itself is being discontinued though) anywho its like OMFG what the hell am i supposed to do?! luckily i have about at least 2 old tubes of each, so i can try em out with other mascaras. but i will take in mind to try out the two mascaras recommended on here: cargos and bourjois. i can tell you right now that no other maybelline mascara will be like lash stylist (except maybe that Malaysian mascara ha) but yeah good luck to all!
    another good alternative- avons super full mascara. not a comb but works well

  31. Offering
    New Maybelline Lash Stylist 602 Brownish Black washable for 6.50 Shipped or 2 for $10.00

    I can be reached at

    I can set up a ebay auction or sell directly.

    Item will be shipped from Dallas,Texas


  32. OMG i def know what u guys are talking about. I found something that could kinda replace it. It is L’oreal volume shocking. It has a normal brush with some white volume thing, but the other brush is just like the lash sylist the only problem is that it does not have as much mascara in the tube. try it out and let me know what u think about it

  33. Just an update from me: I started using L’Oreal Telescopic (Black carbon) and putting the Lash Stylist brush in it. I really like the formula and the non-clumpy look, it’s not as thick as Lash Stylist, but it’s pretty nice so far. Check it out!

  34. Off I go to Big Lots! I hope the one near me has it!! I just recently ran out and searched for it everywhere! I can’t believe its been disappearing since April 09!! Its depressing 🙁 But I signed the petition so hopefully it will reappear! Until then, I pray Big Lots has it!!

  35. maybelline had the absolute best mascara to hold by their name and they let it go? smart.

    i will be returning to the mascara i used before i found lash stylist, which has a fantastic comb but cost twice as much.[$11]

    loreal paris volume shocking mascara. great job losing our business maybelline, jolly good! the loreal version is perfect as well but i was sick of the price, now im willing to go back. and i don’t trust anything that isn’t a comb.

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