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Double Extend Lash Fortifier & Extender Mascara
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$10.99
Category:Makeup > Mascaras (regular) > Regular Mascara
Last Updated:12.30.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Double Extend Lash Fortifier & Extender Mascara is a dual-ended mascara, including a lash “Fortifier” (primer) on one end and actual mascara on the other. The Lash Fortifier is just clear mascara, adding extra layers that you can’t really see. It’s no different from adding extra layers of the black mascara on the other end of the tube, so it’s a relatively unnecessary step because this mascara does magnificently well on its own, building incredible length and thickness without clumps or flakes.

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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 minor—if 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'Oreal’s 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 drugstore—imagine 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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03.10.2015
My All-time Favorite Mascara

This is the only mascara I've used for the last 5 years. I think the primer is necessary to get the full effect of this product, and the results are ao incredible I don't mind the 2 step process. It NEVER smudges, provides incredible volume as well as lengthening and lasts all day and then some. I've tried mascara from $1.00-$30.00 and this one blows them all away! I'll never use anything else - if it ain't broke don't fix it!

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Chrissy H.
10.20.2014
love this mascara

This mascara doesn't flake or land on your face even a teeny tiny bit. It does a great job of thickening and lengthening lashes as well. Sometimes I find the two step process a pain, but I switch out with "they're real" mascara. This one washes of better than the Benefit mascara. It does look spidery but even then doesn't leave a trace on your face or under your eyes. Put on your contacts either before or after it dries. It's a great value!

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valerie
07.06.2014
Best Mascara Ever

I agree with the other reviewers - this is the only mascara that doesn't smudge, ever! I have tried them all from $5-50 and this is seriously the only one that doesn't ever smudge and comes off easily with water. Loreal, you rock!

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J
12.26.2013
The only mascara I can wear

I have to totally disagree with the reviewer that the white side of this mascara is unnecessary! I've tired dozens of different mascaras, including tons of waterproof ones, and they all will smudge onto my eyelids within an hour of my wearing them. It must be something about my skin! This mascara with primer is the only one that doesn't smudge. It was a miracle for me!

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Anonymous
12.26.2013
The only mascara I can wear

I have to totally disagree with the reviewer that the white side of this mascara is unnecessary! I've tired dozens of different mascaras, including tons of waterproof ones, and they all will smudge onto my eyelids within an hour of my wearing them. It must be something about my skin! This mascara with primer is the only one that doesn't smudge. It was a miracle for me!

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12.25.2013
2 steps to great

This is like applying your old mascara for separation, and new stuff for coverage. Do not apply while wearing contacts!! However, this is great for contact lens wearers; I never have the black dot in the corner of my eyes from this mascara. Comes off easy, but looks like spider legs.

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