When I first saw the US release of the L'Oreal Paradise Extatic Mascara, I knew the UK were going to go crazy for it, well at least the majority of beauty bloggers, as the packaging looked exactly like Too Faced's Better than Sex Mascara, and that is one of my holy, holy grail mascaras, so I knew I would simply need it once it made it over here to the UK. However, fast forward to UK release time and the packaging here is pretty different to the US version, this time it's all about the rose gold look, and there isn't much about it that resembles Better Than Sex.
Packaging aside, I am pretty sure the brush and formula are exactly the same as the US version, with a plump, thick bristled brush and a non-clumpy formula. The L'Oreal Paradise Extatic Mascara costs £9.99, making it at least half the price of Too Faced's Better Than Sex Mascara, but is it any good? It promises an Ultra-Soft brush which coats the lashes with a silky smooth formula which is enriched with lash-loving castor oil, leaving lashes feeling feather-soft without any flaking.
I was expecting a fail, because hyped up products often feel a bit of a let down when you actually use them, and my lashes are naturally so short, fine and straight that very, very few mascaras actually work for me. Well, this mascara showed me lashes I've not seen in forever! It clearly lengthened my lashes, and picked up tiny lashes which most mascaras don't even bother touching. This is by far the longest I have seen my lashes through one single use of a mascara, and it thickened them without adding clumps of mascara, and it is buildable, depending on the look you are wanting to achieve, but even with one coat, the finish is pretty spectacular. Now, excuse me whilst I go buy ten tubes as back up...
Moving on to the L'Oreal Paradise Extatic Brow Pomade, also £9.99, and this looks a whole lot like Benefit's Ka-Brow!, which is a whole lotta naughty L'Oreal! It does kind of annoy me when brands copy other brands, but at least I know this packaging and applicator works for me. There are five shades available, and I opted for Dark Blonde, which is perfect for me as I have blonde highlights in my hair, but my natural brunette shades are incorporated also, so this was a nice balance for me.
You unscrew the rose gold lid to reveal the pot of brow pomade, and then you pop out the handle turn it around, pop it back in and you have a fine, angled brush to apply the pomade with. So, yeah, like Ka-Brow! The texture glides in really smoothly, the finish is matte and I found it highly pigmented, and enjoyed it a lot, as it's so easy to apply. It is no better nor no worse than Ka-Brow, but again it's at least half the price of it's higher-end twin, so get stocked up whilst you can if brow pomades are your thing!
All the Loves,