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Mascara Review: L'Oreal Double Extend Lash Extension

Doing Drugstore: L'Oréal Double Extend Lash Extension Effect Mascara

If you haven't tried tube mascaras yet, you'll be glad to know that drugstore versions are rolling out. One of the first is L'Oréal Double Extend Lash Extension Effect Mascara ($9.79), a two-step mascara with "beauty tube technology."

Tube mascaras are great for making lashes look longer, and because the formulas come off with warm water, they're much easier to remove. I'm a fan of Mirenesse Secret Weapon, but will L'Oréal's version perform as well? For the verdict (with pictures),


Voila, my naked peeper.

The first step is to apply a "nourishing base coat." It went on with a few clumps and looked like lash lice. Fortunately, it's just a temporary look. Moving on...

The second step involves the "ultra-lengthening tube top coat," which adds length and color. Don't know if I'd say it's "ultra-lengthening," but it's not bad. However, it's not as good as Lash Blast from Cover Girl, which lengthens and volumizes for less money and one fewer step.

Overall, this isn't a bad mascara — but it's not a great one, either. Pick it up if there's a two-for-one deal, but otherwise, don't make a special trip.

Sky-Princess Sky-Princess 8 years
This stuff is definately not worth the hype. I use it am not impressed, my lashes look like they are going to be great when you put the white base coat on but then end up all clumpy when you apply the mascara. I do like the fact that it does NOT smudge or flake until you are ready to take it off with warm water. I have even slept in it and awoke with not a single smudge ;)
jilllian1234 jilllian1234 8 years
there is no difference in her lashes. they look like she has no mascara on afterwards.thnaks for the info on not wasting my money
xoxoxx xoxoxx 8 years
SteffiMaus, you're SUPPOSED to use your fingertips. The squiggly lines you see are the TUBES that wrap around your lashes. Your remover is only for other mascaras, but mascaras with TUBE technology only need warm water. :D
SteffiMaus SteffiMaus 9 years
I just bought this, and although I like the effect fine, I can't get over the gross weirdness that goes on when I REMOVE it! I use regular, oil-free eye make up remover on a cotton pad, and pressed the soaked pad on my eyes for 30 seconds before wiping (as recommended on the packaging)... ...and I end up with all these tiny black sqiggly flecks everywhere! What's up with THAT? The mascara comes off in single, elastic bits, and it was hard to get them all off! I ended up pulling on my lashes with my fingertips to get them all off! I'll try removing it with warm water tonight, maybe it was the remover... but still, somehow not really worth the weirdness, and I mad stick to my Maybelline GreatLash after all!
lizlee89 lizlee89 9 years
I hate all two-step mascaras, no matter what brand, because they always leave my lashes all caky - I'm usually loyal to AVON, since they're great mascaras and there are so many various types, but recently I've been using the CoverGirl Lash Blast, which I am loving(especially the bright orange tube)...
MaIIaya MaIIaya 9 years
i love Bad Gal from Benefit! and now they have new colors !
emalove emalove 9 years
I hate those "tube" mascaras...the lashes look clumpy if you overdo it. And I don't think they're the best for contact lens-wearers like myself.
Punk-Glam-Queen Punk-Glam-Queen 9 years
Great review -- I used to love those double-step mascaras but then when Rimmel came out with the Magnifeyes it was amazing for giving me length, volume, and most importantly for me curl that lasts. Then I got hit with a sample of the new Chanel Exceptionnel and have to switch to high end again because its so amazing! (Hate hate hate using high-end mascaras since you have to toss them so frequently, seems such a waste!)
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I like the one I use now-Cover Girl Professional water proof.
Bksuga Bksuga 9 years
nah dont like the effect.
ImmaDiva ImmaDiva 9 years
I'm glad MAC and Hard Candy made the DO NOT TEST ON ANIMALS list :)
LuvLeoDiCaprio LuvLeoDiCaprio 9 years
I like Maybelline Define-A-Lash, the best ever.
angelfromlsu angelfromlsu 9 years
No thanks L'Oreal. I like to sleep at night.
WiCkeD_LaDy WiCkeD_LaDy 9 years
Thanks Bella, i love this type of mascaras i was going to buy this but after your review maybe another thing, it doesn't promise a lot.
roxtarchic roxtarchic 9 years
wow there are too many companies on that DO test list! thanks for posting this ladies... i'll be remembering this during any future purchases... altho typically i try and purchase cruelty free and organic these days... it's still good to have a resource.
lawchick lawchick 9 years
thanks weffie and foxie!
foxie foxie 9 years
No prob, I check on caringconsumer-dot-com before I buy cosmetics. Off the top of my head I know that Clinique, Smashbox, Kat von D, and Bare Escentuals don't test on animals, just to name a few. Your options certainly aren't limited. =)
weffie weffie 9 years
lawchick, peta keeps a list of who has promised not to test on animals: and the bad guys: bella, i'm SO jealous of your brows!
lawchick lawchick 9 years
foxie, do you have a recommendation for mascara that hasn't been animal tested? thanks!
thelorax thelorax 9 years
I haven't had great luck with the 2-step mascaras. Maybelline XXL is a little bit better than this one, but still very fussy. I tend to get my hopes up when I see aaallll those thick, long, white lashes coated with primer, but then it takes so long to cover them with the black and the final result just isn't worth it. I like mascaras that contain lengthening fibers much better. Maybelline Unstoppable is a good, cheap, drugstore one - it lengthens and thickens quite a lot, but it does tend to flake a little bit after wearing it all day.
bacon1 bacon1 9 years
Too bad it doesn't work really great, I think its the prettish mascara tube I have seen in a long while.
writerjenna writerjenna 9 years
Yeah, I think I'll skip this one and stick to Lash Blast.
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