Friday, 11 August 2017

L'Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara & Brow Pomade

There was so much hype surrounding the L'Oreal Lash Paradise mascara in America, that I was bursting with excitement for the UK launch. One of my favourite YouTubers, Jaclyn Hill, raved about how this mascara separated lashes and added intense volume, so I was sure I was in for a treat.

From watching YouTube videos I saw it was compared to the hugely popular, Too Faced 'Better Than Sex' mascara, and I'll talk about that later. When it finally arrived in UK stores, I was slightly confused as to why L'Oreal changed the packaging and apparently the forumla for the UK market, but I'm sure they have their reasons.

Anyway, Lash Paradise promises feathery soft lashes that are lengthened, volumised and flake free. The formula is also enriched with castor oil to condition lashes, which is an added bonus. I found this to be more of wet mascara that is easy to work with and because of its consistency, it means layering multiple coats is no problem.

However, because it is on the wetter side, it does tend to weigh my lashes down when I apply one coat, but once this is dried and I apply another it's not too much of a problem. I also always use an eyelash curler as my lashes are very straight, and this holds the curl throughout the day. It's super black and I can layer at least three coats without a clump in sight.  

Left is the Lash Paradise wand, and right is Too Faced.

In comparison to the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara, I would say they both have extremely similar brushes, yet the Too Faced formula is slightly thicker. I also found there was less opportunity to build up coats of Too Faced, as it did become clumpy and flaked down my face if I tried to brush it out.

In addition to the Lash Paradise mascara, L'Oreal have created a brow pomade. Not many "drugstore" beauty brands have produced a pomade, so this is a great option for someone who can't afford a high end product.

Shade 102: Warm Blonde

Again, the packaging is beautiful and they have a similar design to the Benefit KaBrow, with a small brush in the lid. There are five shades in this range which is quite impressive for a "drugstore" brand, and they cater to both light and dark hair, the lighest shade being blonde, the darkest being ebony.

I find the texture of this to be more of a mousse, and it feels quite spongey when I dip my brush in. It's easy to work with though, my only gripe is I don't think it's waterproof, but it doesn't budge or smear once it has dried.

This range from L'Oreal is really impressive, and it's great if you are on a budget but want a high quality brow pomade and luxurious mascara, and you can get both for just under £20! This range is now available in both Boots and Superdrug.

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