Who wouldn’t like to be taken to a lash paradise? I’d certainly be the first one in line! Saying that, I didn’t initially jump on the bandwagon with the hype around the L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara. Only after seeing a number of people I follow and trust with their reviews raving abut the product, I finally decided to give it a go.
I’ve tried other L’Oreal mascaras in the past and so far the Telescopic Clean Definition has been my favorite. It’s an old one, but I’ve been a die hard fan for years. It was my go to product when I was at uni and for a few years after graduation. The latest mascara launches from L’Oreal have not impressed me as much and, sadly, this one is also underwhelming…
It comes in a light pink tube, very similar in shade to the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara (which I haven’t tried, but it’s apparently a dupe). The brush has traditional bristles and the shape of the wand reminds me a bit of an hourglass. The product comes in a couple of shades and I believe there are at least three variations of black, which is a bit weird… I went for the Blackest Black shade.
What it claims to be
The claims of the Lash Paradise mascara are quite bold, but I guess you have to go there with a name like that. It promises feathery soft, voluminous lashes with +98% lengthening effect. I swear I would really want to see that extra 98% in action for once – my lashes would then extend way past the eyebrows 🙂
The brush, consisting of over 200 bristles, is designed to catch every single lash for a beautiful fringe effect.
After testing the mascara out for a few weeks I cannot agree with the lengthening effect. I feel like it was able to coat the lashes well and separate them, but did not make them appear much longer. Also due to the fact that it didn’t hold the curl throughout the day.
I’ve noticed a bit of extra volume, especially after two coats, but it comes with a price. On my lashes the second layer started creating little clumps at the ends of the lashes. Those, in turn, ended up flaking and creating a small amount of fallout under the eyes.
On the positive side, the lashes do feel soft and bendy with the product on. Some mascaras make them really hard and crusty, but it wasn’t the case with the Lash Paradise.
How does it look
Now, let’s give you an idea on what the mascara looks like on. I have to admit that I have very mixed feelings about it. Strangely enough it made the lashes on m right eye looking perfect and the left side was just a mess. And that’s a result I ended up consistently over the course of the last few weeks.
I know that my lashes don’t often look their best (it feels like they are taking turns looking presentable), but I’ve never experienced such difference with any other product.
For reference, here’s my eye without any mascara on. As you can see, my lashes are light and straight, barely noticeable au naturel.
Here’s the left eye (the bad one) with one and two coats of mascara. I’m not sure if you can tell, but after adding a second coat, the lashes dropped a bit and started to appear clumpy and overloaded with mascara. I did not pile the product on, so it must be due to the creamy formula. The curl is easy to fix with a lash curler used afterwards (I also always curl my lashes prior to applying mascara), but I don’t have to reach for it again with any other mascara.
The right eye looks perfect, the mascara added a nice definition along the lash line, separated the hair well and did actually create a fringe effect. The second coat did not ruin this effect and in this case I did not have to reach for a curler. It’s really bizarre…
Lastly, here’s the comparison side by side – am I crazy or is there a big difference in a way my lashes look on each eye? I can’t really rely on a mascara providing such inconsistent results. Because of those issues, the L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise can’t really compete with my current favorites and I don’t see myself repurchasing.
If you want to see my current top three in action, check out these posts:
I can see how the Loreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara is a favorite of those with short, sparse lashes. The formula creates a beautiful definition along the lash line, making it appear fuller. On longer lashes though, I feel like it leaves much to be desired.
It’s not a totally bad product and since so many people love it, it may actually be worth a go. It didn’t meet my needs, but who knows, maybe it does have a potential to take someone else’s lases to paradise…. 🙂