For the last few weeks I have been trying L’ Oreal Double Extend Beauty Tubes Mascara. I had been wanting to try a tubing mascara for a while now, and this is the least expensive one that I know of. I picked it up at my local Walmart for about $8.
For those of you who do not know about tubing mascara, the idea is that instead of just coating your lashes with color, this formula of mascara actually wraps around the lashes and dries creating a tiny tube around each lash. It is supposed to be healthier for your lashes because it isn’t as harsh and it is supposed to be easier to remove, while still being water resistant.
It is a two step mascara. Step 1 is a typical white primer. This primer does a good job in my opinion, but it has a very strong smell, kind of like super glue. I can get past it, but I really don’t like it. You do not have to wait for it to dry to go on to the 2nd step.
The 2nd step is, of course, the tubing mascara. I do not notice any particular odor with this, but I have experienced some difficult completely covering the white primer with one coat, and doing two coats seems to create an instant spidery effect, which is fine if you like that look, but I do not. So I feel, you have to apply this super fast for optimal results.
Here is a picture of me with this mascara on the left and nothing on the right for comparison:
As you can see, this mascara doesn’t give much volume, but it does lengthen pretty well. For me personally, defining and lengthening are more important than thickening or voluminousness, but everyone is a little different in what they want out of a mascara. Personally, when I want super thick luscious looking lashes, I go for falsies, because no matter how many mascaras claim to be like falsies in a tube – they just aren’t!
One thing that should be important to all women is the ability to gently remove the mascara, because sleeping in mascara is a huge no-no (even though we have all done it at least once if we’re honest)! This mascara will not come off easily with a makeup remover – and even splashing water on your face will not remove it….
but if you then gently take your thumb and index finger and pinch your lashes, the tubes will begin to slide off. This alarms some women, because they think they are loosing lashes, but you aren’t! Its just the mascara tubes:
Overall, this is a decent mascara, but I try to avoid buying L’Oreal products in general because L’Oreal tests on animals. I DO love the tubing technology, so I will be trying another tubing mascara soon. I believe the next least expensive is Clinique High Impact Curling Mascara, which is $16, so look for a review on it sometime soon!