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Reader Review: LORAC Visual Effects Mascara

I don't know about you, but if I'm going to spend $20 on a mascara, it better do a heckuva job. So when LORAC's Visual Effects Mascara ($19.50) claims to "curl, separate, and lengthen," I expect it to do just that. Beauty Product Junkies group member lily8206 really wanted to like this mascara, so let's see how it worked out for her:

"When I tried it at Sephora I used the sample mascara brushes they offer so I didn't get the effect of the special four-sided, contoured brush that is on the LORAC wand. It would be better off with a normal brush because the LORAC 'innovative' brush has some serious problems. The bristles are way too far apart, and therefore way too much product is on the brush — causing eye lashes to clump, big time. Having the bristles on all four sides is a logical idea, but they are oddly long. So I found that on top of it being awkward to use on my top lashes, applying the mascara to my bottom lashes was a serious challenge.

"I bought the midnight blue color, which is a really pretty medium shade of blue. When it is first applied it is a very subtle nice color on the lashes, but it dries quickly into a darker almost black color (losing all hints of blue). If I wanted black mascara I would buy black mascara. I gave it 1.5 stars. Aside from the color issue, I think the actual product could have been promising if the wand had been better designed."

Sounds like this one didn't quite deliver on its promises, and lily8206 will be returning her tube. By now I should be used to my hopes being dashed when it comes to big mascara claims. Sigh. Share your stories in Beauty Product Junkies, and maybe I'll post yours here, too!

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lovealways lovealways 9 years
Call me crazy, but I actually don't mind this mascara nearly as much as everyone else seems to. I kind of like it. To be fair, though, I layer it with a primer and 1-2 other mascaras, which helps with the clumping. I have these awfully short, straight lashes that aren't even visible normally...layering mascaras is the only thing that's worked for me.
tglynn tglynn 9 years
OH! I love lorac eyeshadow, so I figured I'd give the new "front of the line" liquid eyeliner a try. FAIL. BIG TIME. I was highly disappointed. The tip of the applicator doesn't even receive enough liquid, so drawing a thin line was pretty much out of the question. Then, the liquid decides to come out whenever it feels like, so there's times where I'd get a WHOLE LOT to the point where it was dripping, and then other times where it was stubborn. I don't think I'll be trying anything from this brand anymore.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Jewel-Sparks Jewel-Sparks 9 years
Man $20 bucks is toooooooo much for a mascara!!!!!!!!! That's ridiculous!!!!
Meka_suga Meka_suga 9 years
so thats a no-go
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
LaDolceVita, how many coats did you put on? The benefit to DiorShow is that you can layer it without it clumping, so it allows people to layer and layer and layer until they're happy.
emalove emalove 9 years
This looks nice, but I'm VERY loyal to my Clinique High Definition and my Great Lash.
LaDolceVita LaDolceVita 9 years
Oh, I didn't mention that I didn't use the primer for the Dior Show, do you think that was my problem?
LaDolceVita LaDolceVita 9 years
Ok, seriously. Do I have problems??? I bought Dior Show and it really didn't impress me, but everyone loves it! Maybe I should try it again...I use Lancome Hypnose, it's great!!!
blob blob 9 years
I always keep some Maybelline in the pink package around but my fave is still DiorShow
gatsby-esque gatsby-esque 9 years
I agree with this review. I have this LORAC mascara, and it's the worst mascara I've ever had.
ccwhite ccwhite 9 years
I just bought TexasLash by Cargo, and it's pretty good. I think the best expensive mascaras are DiorShow and BadGal.
longhorn_sugar longhorn_sugar 9 years
great review, too bad the product didn't deliver = /
ladyjules79 ladyjules79 9 years
ya know, i have such bad experiences with mascara, that this doesn't even suprise me. are their any that are great? mine always end op making my dark circle work because it comes off under my eyes...even when i am not wearing any under=eye crem. FRUSTRATING!!!!
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