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Lorac

Lotsa Lash Fiber Mascara

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Lotsa Lash Fiber Mascara has one of the largest mascara brushes we’ve ever seen, and it doesn’t make for better application. If anything, it demands extra vigilance because it’s too easy to get excess mascara on the skin around your lashes, and it makes it nearly impossible to reach the lashes at the inner corners of your eyes (at least not without some risk of hurting yourself). This formula does contain fibers, which Lorac claims “cling to lashes like mini lash extensions” for “baby doll–like lashes.” It turns out this mascara is lotsa talk and very little action because it takes longer than usual to build mediocre length and minimal thickness. The fibers don’t create baby-doll lashes, nor do they have a curling effect. Instead, they make lashes feel brittle and the fibers tend to flake off, which is a problem for eyes in general, and especially for those who wear contact lenses.

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No

Lorac At-A-Glance

Strengths: Mostly great foundations in a neutral shade range; beautiful pressed powder and bronzing powder; several super blush and lipstick options; one superior lip gloss; awesome collection of shimmer products.

Weaknesses: Limited, average skin-care options; average to problematic concealers; unimpressive eyelining and brow-enhancing options; the Lotsa Lip products; the mascaras are a mixed bag with mostly disappointing results; no brushes.

This Los Angelesbased independent cosmetics company launched in 1990 and is the brainchild of makeup artist Carol Shaw (Lorac is "Carol" spelled backwards). It is well-publicized that Shaw has a long list of celebrity clients, but then so do all of the other makeup artists who have their own products linesthere are a lot of famous faces that need attentionso that boast is hardly unique. Compared to competitors Bobbi Brown, Trish McEvoy, or Stila, Lorac doesn't offer the same caliber of foundation colors or the array of products, yet most of what's available is impressive. The company holds its own when it comes to blush, eyeshadow, and lipstick. You will find that, for the most part, the older, established products perform better and are more attractive than many of Shaw's latest inventions. In particular, the latest lipstick, lip gloss, concealer, and waterproof mascara are true disappointments. Lorac hasn't done a great job on the innovation and performance side of the business since the last edition of this book, while her competition (particularly Stila and Laura Mercier) continues to consistently impress. There are still plenty of reasons to shop this line, but focus on the long-standing products rather than on what's new.

For more information about Lorac, call (800) 845-0705 or visit www.loraccosmetics.com.

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