I’m back with another mascara review, since mascara is one of the few makeup items I really can’t live without. I was not blessed with naturally lush lashes, so I always feel very self conscious when not wearing mascara. Because of that, I am always on the search for a new and better mascara formula. L’Oreal recently released a new mascara, the Voluminous Lash Paradise, which retails for $9.99. I am not normally a huge fan of drugstore mascaras, so I was hesitant to try this at first, but since it had gotten some pretty amazing reviews from other beauty bloggers, I figured it was worth a try.
Continue reading for my thoughts on this mascara, and to see it in action.
On the left above is no mascara, and on the right is with the L’Oreal Lash Paradise. As you can see, just mascara has a pretty big impact on me. I have no eyeliner or eyeshadow on in these pictures for reference, so that is just the mascara in action.
The Lash Paradise mascara claims to provide volume and length, using the 200+ bristles on the applicator brush to catch every lash. It also claims to not have any smudging, flaking, or clumping. After trying out this mascara for a few weeks in the heat, humidity, and even during sweaty workouts, I have to say I am very impressed. For under $10, I think that this mascara provides amazing volume, without getting overly clumpy. On the L’Oreal site, it claims to also be lengthening, but I have found it be much more of a volumizing formula than lengthening. Regardless, it does a great job and stays put. I have quite hooded eyes, and did not have any smudging on my upper lids or brow bones, and it stays put in humidity as well. I did not try out the waterproof formula, so I cannot attest to how that performs.
I did find that this mascara does not come off very well with just washing your face, but needs some removal with either a makeup remover or micellar water. I have been using the L’Oreal Micellar Water and it works incredibly well to remove it, while still being gentle.
A lot of people have been saying that this mascara is a dupe for Too Faced’s Better Than Sex Mascara, and its easy to see why since the packaging is incredibly similar, and the brush shape is similar as well. I have used that mascara before, and while I liked the volume it delivered, I found it to smudge very easily, and would end up with mascara all over my upper lids, brow bones, and lower lash line. Plus the Better Than Sex mascara retails for $23, whereas the Lash Paradise is only $9.99, and a much better formula.
Overall, I think that for under $10, the L’Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara is a wonderful product, and delivers quite well on its claims. While it may not be my absolute favorite mascara ever, I think it is a great every day mascara, and for the price, you can’t beat it!