Telescopic Shocking Extensions Extreme Length + Intensity Mascara
Last Updated:06.20.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This mascara is said to be "liquid [lash] extensions in a bottle" that produces shockingly long lashes "in one motion". Let's get real, here: It takes more than one motion (read: one coat) to lengthen lashes, though admittedly this does so faster than most and provides decent thickness, too. The problem is that this mascara tends to go on heavy and a bit too wet, resulting in lashes getting stuck together so you cannot achieve a smooth, separated look.

With a few sweeps of the rubber-bristled brush, lashes are elongated to dramatic effect, yet application tends to be uneven and messy, requiring extra work with a separate lash comb. Once everything is smoothed out this wears well and is easy to remove, but lots of other L'Oreal (or Maybelline) mascaras get you long, flutter-worthy lashes without the compromises this one brings to the table.

  • Makes lashes dramatically longer.
  • Lengthens lashes with fewer strokes than most mascaras.
  • Wears well, removes easily.
  • Formula goes on a bit too wet, leading to messy, uneven lashes.
  • Tends to stick lashes together, requiring a lash comb.
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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Could Be Much Better

Relatively quick to build nice length with the spiky side and good thickness with the flat side, but it flakes a lot and then smudges. I've never had any luck with L'Oreal mascaras.

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Shelley d

Went on messy and too heavy, had to use another lash brush to declump my lashes. I also had an allergic reaction to this mascara. Never had a reaction before with any mascara I used, so that was weird. Returned this mascara to the store.

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Anne F
I sorta like this one

While the brush is a bit odd (flat on one side, spiky on the other) as long as you are careful, holding the brush correctly, you get fluffy, long lashes. I know that sounds a lot like, "squint one eye and stand on one foot while applying", but the smoothness and un-spikyness of the application really does depend on how you hold the brush while applying.

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