Looking at my mascara collection I realised I do need to branch out and try some more brands and mascara typed. Mascara and I do have a slight love hate relationship, as I have very oily lids and under eye area, meaning 90% of the time I sport the panda look without intention of playing fancy dress.
I have been looking at mascara primers and wanted to start with those to use up mascara that were lacking va-va-boo, so purchased the newest L’oreal Paradise Lash Primer.
These are it’s claims:
2 in 1 primer, that boosts mascara volume and length and cares for lashes.
Lashes have the appearance of being soft and feather like, and be stronger and more conditioned.
Ingredients to note:
Jojoba oil to nourish.
Panthenol to encourage lashes to grow.
Rose canina oil for vitamin A and E to nourish, strengthen and smooth texture.
Time used: 3 months
Other things to note:
Cruelty free: No
Vegan: No, contains beeswax
The first thing I will slightly have a whine about is I was under the impression when purchasing was this was a black primer. I’m not overly keen on white mascara primers as you need so much product to layer to hide it. The pack before and after pictures didn’t show eyelashes looking that white and the pack didn’t state of was white, so when I opened it was slightly disappointed. However, upon applying, the formula comes out white but dries a light translucent white colour, making it easier to coat the lashes which I was Impressed by.
The difference to the lashes after applying is quite remarkable and isn’t something I’ve seen from a primer before. The mascara makes the roots appear thicker, while the was look soft. Most primers I have come across do make the whole lash thicker which can lead to lashes looking quite spidery.
Having tried this with a number of mascaras it does in fact improve their performance if it lacks length, volume or both, which helps eliminate the weaker mascara in your mascara wardrobe to make room for new ones that could be better on the market, or if you like a certain formula but don’t like the performance it can help improve its performance.
I didn’t see a noticeable difference with how my lashes were in regards to it being a treatment, but this could be due to the fact I use a treatment eye makeup remover and mascara that contain common lash nourishing ingredients.
As you can see the difference is quite noticeable between primed and unprimed. The mascara I used as the Smashbox Full Exposure which does give a great fanned out lash on its own but the primer helps take it to the next level. I didn’t notice it help curl the lash, which isn’t in its claims but feel it should be noted, but it does add volume and length for sure.
I didn’t find it effected the formula, mascara consistency, or performance on the eye, and didn’t help with longevity with regards to it smudging, so if you have that issue opt for a waterproof mascara in your routine or a waterproof top coat. It was also incredibly easy to cover the white as it dries to a transparent white colour, meaning less chance of spidery lashes.
All in all, very impressed. It’s become a no brainer to use in my routine and recommend for anyone with sparse lashes, short lashes, or long-but-lacks-volume lashes.
Breakdown: Out of 10
Value for money: 8/10
Does what it says on the tin: 8/10
Staying Power on skin: 8/10
Consistency and workability: 8/10
Would I repurchase? Absolutely, it’s helped me use up and enjoy mascaras I have that I wouldn’t repurchase but don’t want to get rid of or waste, and improve my current favourites!