Oh yeah….another mascara review! This baby has been highly anticipated in the mascara world. I have gotten so many emails about L’Oreal Explosion. With a name like “Explosion” you would think this ish is like…amaziiiiiing. Is it though?
Check the review!
Overall: 3.5 out of 5
What it claims:“…the first mascara at mass with a spherical brush and smooth formula to lengthen and separate every lash. Creamy formula works with the unique patened brush to build quickly, leaving a flexible deposit of color.”
The truth: It has some of the same issues that Givenchy’s Phenomen’Eyes had. Buuuut, I like this one better.
What I didn’t like: Like Givenchy’s Phenomen ‘Eyes, I was sent to Clumps City around the second coat. Third coat was a nightmare!
Overall: I’m not saying I’m a Know-It-All but I knew this mascara was a comin’. No I didn’t have any insider secrets but it only makes sense. We saw the same thing with Lancome Oscillation. Soon after Maybelline Pulse Perfection hit the scene. Givenchy Phenomen ‘Eyes blew us away and now we’ve got L’Oreal Telescopic Explosion. If you are one of those ladies that don’t want to shell out close to $30 on a specialty mascara, wait a few months. No doubt a drugstore brand will come out with a similar mascara.
If you have already tried Phenomen ‘Eyes, you can’t help but compare L’Oreal’s Explosion to it. It’s pretty automatic considering they both have what I like to call the dagger-like wand.
Not sure if I’ve said it enough so I’ll say it again, THE WAND IS AWESOME!! It is perfect perfect perfecttttt for ladies of all lash-types. Especially for those who struggle with separation issues. This, in my opinion, is the BEST brush for ladies with those issues.
Is it great for lengthening? Yes.
What about volumizing? It’s just “eh”. Not bad but not spectacular either.
Now let’s talk about a few of the mascara’s downfalls….like Phenomen ‘Eyes, L’Oreal Explosion clumps pretty badly. I really don’t understand why. Is is the formula? Or maybe it’s the way that wand is shaped….I really haven’t figured it out but it’s frustrating to say the least. The wand does such a dynamic job at separating that you really want to go for 2-3 coats. But the attempt will have you lookin’ in the mirror and uttering “WTF”. So sad, I know….
One coat is more than enough! Get those inner corners, separate the lashes and you are good to go. No need to push a second coat. It really will clump you up somethin’ seriously.
NOTE: I also found that this mascara works best with something like a mascara shield. I don’t know if it’s just me and my clumsiness but I ended up with a lot of the mascara being on the skin behind my lashes. This is crazy frustrating. Especially if you have applied eye make-up. This can be prevented by simply blocking that skin–use a mascara shield or even an index card.
Now let’s see the mascara in action…
More shots of L’O Explo in action….
So whatcha think? Are you ready for it? It won’t be available until November 2009 (don’t be askin’ me how I got it…y’all know I’m cool with the Mascara Fairy. *wink*) but are you anxious for it now?
A crazed mascara reviewer,
Category: Mascara Monday