Sunday, 30 July 2017

REVIEW: L'Oreal False Lash Superstar XFiber Mascara...

Followers of my little blog will know that I rarely (if ever) review mascaras. Having spent a small fortune in time and money over 30 years trying so many and almost ALWAYS being disappointed, about 10 years ago I classified mascara experimentation as a poor investment of both my energy and my cash. Consequently I decided to stick to the same one if it worked, and in this last decade, I've really only used Covergirl LashBlast and Maybelline The Falsies. But...I made an exception for this L'Oreal False Lash Superstar XFiber as 1) it contains black fibres, 2) it's made by L'Oreal, and 3) the stunning purple packaging teased and taunted me till I succumbed lol...


Having used MNY The Falsies Volum'Express Waterproof mascara for the best part of the last 5 years, and being perfectly happy with the result as well rejoicing in its simplicity, it came as quite a surprise to have my head turned by a dual application formula, and especially one that's not waterproof. I've tried lots of those types too, and had issues with irritation, little bits getting in my eyes, or flaking within a few hours. Not so with this beauty...

Before I go any further, it's not cheap at $28.95, but the two I've bought so far have been on special for around $20, and no doubt will continue to be discounted from time to time, so I'm not fussed on the price point. The packaging is TOTALLY my kind of thing - gloriously glossy purple, black and silver, one piece with two ends that are clearly marked "1" & "2". 


"1" is a black primer - a standard black mascara. I stroke this on my top lashes and then curl them before moving onto step 2. I find this "apply before curling" technique works for any mascara to achieve a more effective curl, and make it last all day. This primer applies easily with no clumping - the wand is a dumbbell shape, narrow in the middle, wider at either end, which catches most of my lashes. Before it dries, I apply one coat of the fiber formula - a different shaped wand, this one is curved. The effect is instant and luscious - my lashes are naturally sparse and thin, and while I've improved them out of sight with RapidLash serum, they still need lots of help in order to be visible in my EOTD photos. Once it dries I apply a second coat of the fibres to both top and bottom lashes... 


Time to show you what I'm talking about - in the below pics, the photos on the left are from several weeks ago using my (till now) HG MNY The Falsies Waterproof Mascara, and the ones on the right are with L'Oreal False Lash Superstar XFiber Mascara...

                            Maybelline The Falsies                                              L'Oreal False Lash Superstar XFiber            


Maybelline The Falsies
L'Oreal False Lash Superstar XFiber

The MNY The Falsies has been my go-to mascara, but this L'Oreal XFiber takes them up another notch - I just love how they look that little bit extra full, feathery & long. Mind you it's not a huge difference, but when your lashes are as wimpy as mine, every little bit helps! I still use the MNY mascara as a final waterproof coat on my lower lashes, as this is where I've had the most trouble in the past with any mascara smearing or smudging when my eyes water at the drop of a hat...


In summary, I'm head over heels for this new L'Oreal False Lash Superstar XFiber Mascara mascara - it doesn't sting, and so far I've had no problems with clumping or flaking, and it's super easy to remove. By the way, this article is in no way intended to dim the light of how brilliant Maybelline The Falsies is - it's been dear to my heart and my HG for a long long time, and I've only mentioned it here for comparison.

Have you tried this new L'Oreal mascara? Are you a fan of fibre mascaras?

Take care of you,
kats xxx

P.S. Linking to Ingrid's Monday Makeup Madness Link Up - I never miss an episode...

11 comments:

  1. What awesome results! I see a huge difference between the lashes on the right and the left. This sounds like a winner, too. Too bad it's so pricey but could be worse I guess. xoxo

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    1. I'm really loving it Amy - it'll be interesting to see if it lasts as long as a regular mascara. I'm always hopeful that L'Oreal will drop their prices after the initial launch, but it rarely happens. I know you've had brilliant success with essence mascaras, I must check if they make a fibre one xxx

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  2. Wow, Kat the difference is amazing! I need to try this mascara. Thanks for sharing, lovely! xx

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    1. Indie you already have long and lush lashes, so I can only imagine how fabulous they would look with the extra boost! xxx

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  3. This mascara makes your lashes look fabulous! I haven't heard of this one so I think I definitely need to give it a go :)

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    1. I reckon it's the next best thing to false ones Marisa - sadly I don't have the time or the patience to get myself all lashed up for work each day (even though I have a few sets in my kit), but this I can manage xxx

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  4. Great comparison Kats! I love a mascara that can give me results like you had too. I have barley there lashes as well :) Great review.

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    1. It's a challenge to give them enough oomph without looking ratty hey Tal - so happy with this mascara xxx

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  5. I love playing around with fibre mascaras, especially those with black fibres instead of white. This one sounds great!

    Di from Max The Unicorn

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    1. Oooh yes forget the white ones - so many times I took photos only to discover I hadn't coated the lashes anywhere near enough, white flaky bits is not a good look lol! xxx

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  6. I tried an Essence fibre mascara recently but didn't care for it which was disappointing as I LOVE Essence mascaras usually! Just a bit flaky and clumpy.

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