Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Mascara MAYhem #2: L’Oreal Telescopic Carbon Black

Uh-huh, it’s back: Mascara MAYhem!


As an admitted mascara hoarder, I’m often trying out new ones in an attempt-- a quixotic quest, if you will-- to find the best mascara on the market.  There are some folks out there who have used the same mascara-- and only one mascara-- for years, decades even, on end.  While there is a standard mascara I do find myself occasionally coming back to, my lashes are notoriously disloyal.


[caption id="attachment_576" align="aligncenter" width="300"]L'Oreal Telescopic Carbon Black ($9.95) L'Oreal Telescopic Carbon Black ($9.95)[/caption]


One of my most recent test subjects was the L’Oreal Telescopic Carbon Black ($9.95), which claims to lengthen and intensify your lashes.  Other versions of the product have been talked up all over the internets, so I thought I would take the plunge and test drive the carbon black formula.


On workdays, I like my lashes to be long,voluminous, and stand out against my very round eyes.  My lashes are long and thick normally, but given my eye shape, they often need a little extra encouragement in order to achieve the fluttery look I prefer.  To it’s credit, the product was able to give me the look I was going for.  Also, as this picture taken after ten hours of wear can attest, it does stick around with minimal budging, even in the standard formula.

[caption id="attachment_577" align="aligncenter" width="300"]After several coats and ten hours of wear. After several coats and ten hours of wear.[/caption]


My one gripe with mascara, with the entire Telescopic line, is the brush: it’s too fiddly!  Yes, the dainty want separates and lengthens your lashes like a pro . . . but it takes ages to build up the product and create even a demure look.  In my book, a mascara should take no more than two coats to achieve a fluttery look; this bad boy took me the better part of five minutes to apply.  FIVE MINUTES!-- that’s more than the rest of my makeup take . . . all of it!

[caption id="attachment_578" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Is this a Barbie mascara wand? Is this a Barbie mascara wand?[/caption]


So, if you’re looking for dramatic lashes and have some time to kill, invest in a tube of L’Oreal Telescopic.  Otherwise . . . keep looking!




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