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L'Oreal Paris

Telescopic Original Waterproof Lengthening Mascara

0.24 fl. oz. for $ 9.99
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L’Oreal’s Telescopic Original Waterproof Lengthening Mascara is a good – though not excellent – way to get lush lashes from a formula that will stand up to moisture.

Like its washable sister product, this features a thin, multi-sided comb applicator, rather than a traditional spoolie brush. It does a good job depositing mascara onto lashes, with one caveat (and the reason it doesn’t get a higher rating): it clumps on initial application. Even just a coat or two results in lashes sticking together. It’s not the worst clumping, and it’s easy enough to brush out, but lots of mascaras (including many from L’Oreal) don’t come with this issue.

That aside, this mascara provides good length, volume, and slight curl to lashes for a noticeably enhanced look. It doesn’t make lashes feel crunchy or waxy, is truly waterproof as claimed, and on dry land wears a full work day without smudging or flaking. With that in mind, it is easy to remove with a waterproof makeup remover, coming off with little effort so you don’t have to tug at your eyes or lashes.

We should point out that while this is fragrance free, it does contain alcohol – but in this case, it’s not a concern since lashes are dead hair, and it doesn’t come in direct contact with skin.

If you’re interested in a mascara that will stand the test of time (and perhaps a workout or a swim) that makes lashes look lusher, this is worth checking out.

Pros:
  • Provides good length, volume, and slight curl to lashes.
  • Wears well without smudging or flaking.
  • Waterproof as claimed.
  • Easy to remove.
  • Fragrance free.
Cons:
  • Clumps a bit on initial application.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

L’Oréal Paris' Iconic Telescopic® Original Mascara is now available in Waterproof. The Waterproof formula enhances lashes with intense length, up to 50 percent longer lashes, and unique lash by lash separation. The specially designed flexible Precision Brush has two sides, the flat side which visibly enhances lash length, and the comb side which precisely separates lashes for a clump-resistant result. Fragrance-free. Ophthalmologist-tested and allergy-tested. Suitable for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers.

Isododecane, Cera Alba/Beeswax, Copernicia Cerifera Cera/Carnauba Wax, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Aqua/Water, Alcohol Denat., Allyl Stearate/VA Copolymer, Oryza Sativa Cera/Rice Bran Wax, Paraffin, Polyvinyl Laurate, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Propylene Carbonate, Talc, Synthetic Beeswax, Ethylenediamine/Stearyl Dimer Dilinoleate Copolymer, PEG-30 Glyceryl Stearate, Candellila Cera/Candellila Wax, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, BHT. May Contain: Iron Oxides.

L'Oreal Paris At-A-Glance

Strengths: Budget-friendly prices; good makeup removers; wide assortment of self-tanning options; one of the best, most comprehensive makeup collections at the drugstore, with superb options in almost every category; the mascaras are a tough act to follow.

Weaknesses: Jar packaging hinders some of the skincare formulas; many of their skincare formulas contain problematic amounts of fragrance and/or other irritants; exaggerated anti-aging claims.

L'Oreal's extensive makeup collection retains its stature as one of the better selections at the drugstore, though they have stiff competition from Revlon and, in some cases, sister company Maybelline New York. In recent years L'Oreal has made significant strides with foundation shades, powder textures, concealers, and, of course, superlative mascaras that rarely fail to impress. Their lipsticks are excellent and you will find many L'Oreal makeup products have a Lancome counterpart, and that the differences are minorif there are any at all.

L'Oreal's displays in many drugstores reflect better-organized products and shade categories (though testers are still scarce). Given the number of lipsticks they sell, it only makes sense to put them in color families so consumers have a better shopping experience. Their True Match products are also sensibly laid out, but the rest of the foundations aren't as organized, likely due to the smaller selection of shades. Speaking of foundations, L'Oreal has made further strides by offering more that provide sufficient UVA protection. Revlon still has the edge for consistently launching impressive foundations with sunscreen, but at least L'Oreal is (finally) catching up.

The bottom line is that every category of L'Oreals makeup has some winning (and in some cases, benchmark-setting) products.

Unfortunately, despite the brands enormous presence in the beauty industry, L'Oreal's moisturizers and treatment products are a nearly all unremarkable and repetitive. When it comes to moisturizers or serums, just about anything from Dove, Olay, Neutrogena, or Aveeno is preferred. L'Oreal does well with most of their cleansers, along with scrubs and self-tanning products, but given the widespread availability and financial resources of this line, they could be doing so much more. The good news is their makeup has made major strides and now ranks as the best overall color collection at the drugstoreimagine the results if their skin care followed suit.

For more information about L'Oreal, call (800) 322-2036 or visit www.loreal.com or www.lorealparisusa.com.

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