Voluminous Xfiber Waterproof Mascara
Voluminous Xfiber Waterproof Mascara offers a primer and mascara in one: both ends of the tube twist off, revealing small tubes on either side: black-tinted primer on one end, and fiber mascara on the other. If you're unfamiliar, fiber mascaras contain small filaments (in this case, rayon) that adhere to your lashes, giving them a visible boost.
As far as performance goes, this mascara does lengthen. In fact, if you're careful about building in thin layers, you can get dramatic length without clumps. You won't see intense volume from this mascara, however. And, a quick inventory reveals that the primer contains almost exactly the same ingredients as the mascara, with the exception of fibers and a thickener.
The so-called primer doesn't do anything more for your lashes than another coat of mascara does, so if lengthening is what you're after, you're probably better off purchasing a full tube of mascara, rather than this half-and-half product.
It's worth noting that the brushes are differently shaped: the primer brush looks like an hourglass, thinner in the middle than the ends, which makes it tricky to coat lashes near the tear duct without smudging. The mascara brush, on the other hand, is gently curved, which gives your freshly-lengthened lashes even more lift.
On the plus side, this mascara is quite waterproof, and will even last through a sweaty workout. And, just as you will for any of the preferred options on our list of Best Mascaras, Waterproof, you'll need an oil- or silicone-based remover. Resist the temptation to wet your lashes and pull—this product won't slide off the way tubing mascaras do.
- Mascara visibly lengthens and separates lashes.
- Formula can build in light layers without clumping.
- Long-lasting, smudgeproof, and waterproof formula.
- Curved mascara brush enhances the lengthened effect.
- The primer doesn't enhance the results so doesn't add value.
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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