I was going through my stash of makeup and came across L’Oreal Telescopic Explosion Mascara. It’s supposed to be the poor woman’s version of Givenchy Phenomen’Eyes Mascara, which gets mostly rave reviews (I haven’t tried it). They both feature the super cute round wand applicator that looks like a mini princess fairy wand – I’m sure that’s why I bought the mascara. I also assumed that since the wand is really tiny compared to most mascara wands that it would help reach the lashes in the outer corner of my eyes better than a traditional bulky wand.
L’Oreal Telescopic Explosion Mascara review
I have the Black version and the little ball-shaped wand really is adorable – at least for something as boring as a mascara wand! The product retails for about $8 (compared to the Givenchy mascara, which is $29). The first time I used the mascara, it looked pretty good and I was happy enough with it. Then I read the reviews online (normally I check them before I buy something), and noticed most people give this mascara a scathing review (although some like it). The next few times I used it, the results were hit or miss. On some days it went on pretty well, and other days (like today) it got all clumpy and made my eyelashes stick together.
I know eyelashes are small so it only takes a few seconds to apply mascara, but with this little brush it takes longer to coat each lash. And while you would think it would be easier to reach the outer eyelashes, that’s not the case. Since the ball is round, it’s not tapered on the end like some mascaras, so there’s no advantage to this wand over regular ones as far as coating hard-to-reach eyelashes. Most of the times I used L’Oreal Telescopic Explosion, I ended up getting lashes that stuck to each other and that left little clumps on the tips of my eyelashes. I am not a master when it comes to mascara application, so for the average person like me, it’s annoying to use mascara that will most likely clump unless you apply it just right. I’m sure if I experimented with it more I could get it right, but who has time to do that, and who wants to go around with clumpy lashes, or take off all their eye makeup and start over if they mess up?
One thing I haven’t tried is wiping off the wand to remove some of the excess product – maybe that would help. If you read online reviews, most people encounter the same clumping problems I do with this mascara, but other people love it, so if you are some sort of mascara guru, maybe it would work great for you. It does a decent job of adding length and volume to my lashes, and it doesn’t flake. I haven’t tried it on my lower lashes so I don’t know how it would work for them.
Pros: As far as mascara goes, the wand is adorable! A small percentage of people love this unique mascara and think it works great.
Cons: Most people report it clumps, and it doesn’t get nearly the rave reviews that its more expensive look-a-like Givenchy Phenomen’Eyes Mascara receives.
Bottom line: L’Oreal Telescopic Explosion Mascara is not the worst mascara I’ve ever used, and it’s definitely not the best. If the unique ball-shaped applicator peaks your interest, give the product a shot – you can return makeup at most retailers these days. If you’re not an expert at applying mascara and are afraid of clumping, then it’s probably best to pass on this product.
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