Voluminous Million Lashes Excess
Here's another mascara to add to L'Oreal's crowded assortment, including others with the "Million Lashes" name. The Lash Excess version doesn't break any new ground in terms of performance. You won't see millions of lashes or look like you're wearing false eyelashes. At its best, this applies cleanly and lengthens fast as it separates lashes for a soft, fanned-out appearance.
As with the other Million Lashes mascara, building thickness with this one isn't easy, and can result in some minor clumping or "dots" of mascara that hang off the end of lashes. This issue only shows up if you apply several coats in an effort to build thickness (something this does decently well--eventually) and is easily smoothed out with a lash comb.
Removal is complete with water-soluble cleanser and this wears without smearing or flaking.
One caution: The formula includes fragrance ingredient (and preservative( phenyl ethyl alcohol, whose scent is reminiscent of roses. This mascara isn't recommended for those with sensitive eyes, as the fragrance may cause eyes to tear up, which can lead to smearing—and there are plenty of fragrance-free mascaras at the drugstore.
- Lengthens and separates lashes quickly.
- Doesn't flake or smear once set.
- Easy to remove.
- Only mediocre at thickening.
- Applying several coats results in minor clumping and dots of mascara at lash tips.
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.
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