Telescopic Shocking Extensions Extreme Length + Intensity Mascara Waterproof
Last Updated:03.16.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

In contrast to L'Oreal's non-waterproof version of this mascara, the waterproof version (which holds up great when lashes get wet) is much easier to apply and deserving of our top rating. You get clean yet pronounced length without a lot of effort, which is essentially what the claims state. The first couple of coats add thickness but subsequent coats do little to capitalize on this, though extra coats does build extra length.

The rubber-bristle brush separates lashes without leading to clumps, and the formula won't flake or smear once set. As with most waterproof formulas, removing this requires an oil- or silicone-based makeup remover, but most will find this provides worry-free wear and is among the better lengthening waterproof mascaras at the drugstore.

  • Holds up well all day and is waterproof.
  • Lengthens and slightly thickens lashes with just a couple of coats.
  • Doesn't clump, smear, or flake.
  • Brush allows for smooth separation and expert lash emphasis.
  • None, unless you were looking for a lot of thickness.
Brand Overview

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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Hate this Mascara!

I really, really HATE this mascara, and every other one I've tried that has that crappy plastic brush. I bought this because I couldn't find the Double-Extend Waterproof that I usually wear (and LOVE). I have fine, thin, short lashes, and this mascara does absolutely nothing for me. No, it's not a good value if I threw it in the trash, and no, I would not recommend this product. Yes, I just hope L'Oreal hasn't discontinued the Double-Extend.

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Michelle B.
Didn't Work for Me

I have fine, short lashes. I used L'Oreal mascara's for years, so was excited to try this. I expected a lot of length but was disappointed. It also left my lashes crunchy. Another brand that is one side primer, one side mascara worked a lot better, perhaps I need the primer with my fine lashes. It's at a good price point if you need a budget brand, but I rated it low for value since it didn't work for me - any price is bad if it doesn't work.

Reviewed by
Ruth B.
Bad mascara

Flimsy wand with clumpy mascara; it belongs into horror category. I have used waterproof mascaras for good ten years and this one is one of the worst.

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Think Etta James "At Last"

Finally after 2 years of trying Paula's Best picks I found the one.Without Paula's help it probably would've taken me a lifetime lol! As far as I am concerned my mascara search is over.I have sensitive eyes & I sometimes wear contacts & this product doesn’t smear flake or melt. It builds believable length nicely & resists clumping. It doesn’t apply too wet & take forever to dry leaving little mistakes everywhere.This has little to no scent.My runner up mascara when I want volume is Ulta Amped.

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