L’Oreal has a new Double Extend Eye Illuminator Mascara out. I’m a fan of the original and first Double Extend Mascara they introduced so I thought I’d give their Illuminator version a try out to see what the scoop was. This isn’t new by any means as Covergirl has that Eyebright range as does Almay but it is delivered in a different application method which could appeal to fans of Givenchy Phenomen’Eyes Mascara and Telescopic Explosion Mascara.
Let’s check it out!
A dual sided mascara featuring an illuminating base coat to highlight eyes!
L’Oreal created a few of these for various color eyes so you can either go with what they say is best suited to your eye colors or just indulge in any shade. As you know I’m not one for being afraid of color so I basically buy whatever I think will look good. In this case I did settle on the brown eye version of the mascara which was the Black Quartz shade.
The mascara has a dual side design that features a traditional, basic applicator brush mascara on one side and on the other an illuminating top base coat with a spiked ball design that resembles Givenchy’s Phenomen’Eyes and L’Oreal Telescopic Explosion Mascara.
I’m saddened that they removed the one good thing that made Double Extend Mascara such a great product, the primer. The illuminator now replaces the primer on the other side of the tube and really isn’t all that fabulous in my humblest and takes away from how well the overall mascara works because of the lack of a primer.
It does curl lashes quite well and keeps curl since the formula is super lightweight however…..
The mascara formula isn’t anything I’d personally gush over. It does a basically ok job of lengthening and creating full lashes but nothing dramatic or amazing and as I mentioned twice already the primer that this normally features is really what creates those wow, awesome lashes.
The illuminator is an interesting feature that adds a little more length and hints of burgundy brown sparkle to lashes but you really have to get up close and personal to see the effect.
- Anyone who already owns and likes Telescopic Explosion (you may enjoy this style applicator and interesting design if you like and use Explosion already).
- Fans of Double Extend (you might be disappointed that this isn’t nearly as great as the regular Double Extend Mascara).
- Anyone who wants touches of sparkle and shine to their lashes (yes, it does that, but the results are barely noticeable).
- Anyone wanting a thicker, fuller, fatter, longer lashes experience (this performs mediocre in the realms of longer, fuller lashes).
Sadly, L’Oreal Double Extend Eye Illuminator isn’t something that got me crazy excited. The theory of the product is fabulous but the results not so much. It’s just a basic, everyday mascara that doesn’t do all that fab a job of getting lashes longer but does include an illuminator to add a hint of sparkles to the failed mess it creates in the lengthening department.
Not that great in my opinion. Good idea yes, end results, not so great.
Anyone try it?