Product Type: L'Oreal makeup
Newest Review: ... before applying any mascara. Applying the basecoat is very easy and the brush is excellent, allowing nice even coverage without bing ... more
Lash construction is go
L'Oreal Volume Shocking Mascara
Member Name: dawnmarywhite
L'Oreal Volume Shocking Mascara
Advantages: Great effect, wears well
Disadvantages: Bit of effort needed, I need an extra clean wand
~~~~~~ L'Oreal Volume Shocking mascara ~~~~~~
When I was a student and had so much more money (ha), I used to always buy new mascaras. Mascara is my favourite makeup item as I am lucky to have been blessed with decent lashes, and I do like to make the best of them. At the time, there was a bit of a fad for 2 step application mascaras and the L'Oreal Volume Shocking mascara was the one that I fancied the most. I can't remember how much I paid for it, but it was probably around £5-7, as I would always buy these when they were brand new out and at an introductory price, which was always in this range. It is currently priced at £9.99 on Boots website.
~~~ First Impressions ~~~
The packaging for this mascara is bulky - it is a sort of sharp oval shaped gold and black bottle, with one side containing the 6ml white primer and the other containing the 6ml black mascara. Each end has a screw off lid with the applicator wand attached. This mascara is promising to give extreme volume with the 2 step construction.
The wand for the basecoat is a regular brush; nice and soft with flexible bristles. The wand for the black mascara top coat is a comb, which in the past I have had mixed results with. This one however, has 2 rows of short teeth and looks a lot more promising.
It does contain some conditioning ingredients, such as beeswax, panthenol, jojobo butter and jojoba oil but also contains parabens and other unnatural ingredients!
~~~ Using & results ~~~
I should say now that I always use a lash curler before applying any mascara.
Applying the basecoat is very easy and the brush is excellent, allowing nice even coverage without bing too thick or clumpy. It's perfect considering it's a primer and there's more to go on top of it! I would never use this on my lower lashes, just the top, where it leaves a noticeable white coating. My lashes already looked longer and thicker with this applied.
Applying the black mascara is somewhat trickier - the comb applicator is actually pretty good though. A good volume of mascara is caught between the 2 rows of teeth, and when you sweep it through your lashes it does coat them nicely. I do not use this mascara on my lower lashes at all as it is too much. I found it didn't clump as such, but occasionally 2 or 3 of my lashes would stick together a little and I would use a clean, bog standard brush mascara wand to comb through them to separate. I think this is not helped by the short teeth, as if they were a little longer then perhaps separation would be better. But, I have had some disagreements with long toothed comb applicators in the past, so I am not complaining about this. I think it's a happy medium, for me anyway.
If I was wearing other eye makeup such as eyeshadow, then this part of the process was very time consuming, as I found it difficult to avoid smudges on my eyelids! Saying that, patience and going (very) slowly did work. If I was only wearing mascara though I would just wipe the smudges away with a cotton bud once I was done and to hell with patience!
--- So what about the results?
Once the topcoat is all applied, I really do see a big difference in my lashes. They do indeed look volumised and longer and I love the look it gives me. I frequently get asked if I am wearing falsies when I apply this mascara!
I would generally use 2 or 3 coats of the black, often using another wand to comb through in between to keep my lashes separated and avoid clumping. If I applied several coats using only the comb applicator then I did unfortunately get a bit of clumping, so this mascara is not quite as simple as it claims. I also feel it's important to get the next coat on before it dries as I get far better results, so would definitely say do one eye from start to finish at a time. It is a bit of a process but I do think the results are worth it.
--- Does it last?
I would never have to touch this up throughout the day, and in fact feel that wouldn't work at all. Since using this mascara really is a construction effort, once it's done you don't really want to faff with it! I never needed to anyway, my lashes stayed looking good all through the day and I had no issues with this one flaking or smudging. Though as I only wear full eye makeup when the occasion calls for it, I am always very aware not to rub my eyes or anything.
It makes no claims to be waterproof, and if it was raining then I would be using an umbrella, so no water would be hitting my face. I probably cried at some (several) points while wearing this, but as I would have been under the influence I couldn't tell you how it fared!
--- What about deconstruction?
When it comes time to remove this, it is actually not bad. To get the best effect out of this mascara, I do end up applying a fair bit. One coat doesn't cut it for a serious false lash effect (though it does work for a more subtle look) and so it does take a bit of removing. The mascara is blackest black and I would need to use 2 or 3 remover pads (Boots fragrance free ones, reviewed a few days ago) per eye, or one facial wipe per eye to remove all traces. To remove I close my eyes and wipe downward over lashes and then wrap a clean section of pad or wipe around my finger and rub it sideways across the underside of my lashes. During removal it ends up all over my eyelids and below my eyes but it wipes off these areas easily.
~~~ Recommend? ~~~
I would definitely recommend this, but with a word of warning that this is not an effortless mascara. I think a price tag of £9.99 is reasonable for this as it seems, to me, to be more than just a mascara! It really does do wondrous things, but as I say you have to make an effort with it. This isn't the type of mascara that you can sweep on in a second before running out the door to work, in my experience.
It does give me fab volume, lengthening and when I go the whole hog a good false eyelash effect. I lost count of how many people I recommended this to after them commenting, and I still give it my recommendation - it only misses out on full marks due to the effort required and the fact that I needed an extra tool for the perfect look.
(also posted on Ciao with some pics!)
Summary: Fandabbydozy mascara!