Weekly Cheap Secret:

I have a way for falling for gimmicks but with age I am getting better. I purchased L’Oreal Telescopic Lash Explosion mascara just out of sheer old curiosity. It sure looks a lot like Givenchy Phenomenon Mascara which retails for $28. This L’Oreal one goes for about $9. L’Oreal Telescopic Lash Explosion’s claim to fame is that it gets every lash. This sure sounds like a miracle that is too good to be true but I read others’ reviews and just had to try it. The brush is spherical as you can tell from the pic. It is on top of a super long and skinny wand. I don’t dislike the mascara but I don’t love it. That being said I haven’t found any mascara that I love yet.

Who is this mascara for? It is for the person that already has nice full lashes but they want to emphasize each and every one of them. This brush does get every single lash, even the tiny ones on the top and bottom. I love the brush despite the too long and flimsy wand, I can look over that. I am not a fan of the formula. The formula doesn’t flake or irritate. This is good. But,  it doesn’t do much of anything for my short and thick lashes. I need length and curl. All this formula does is darken and thicken my lashes. They don’t get any longer even with a few coats of this stuff and it is a heavy formula so it doesn’t hold a curl. Applying a few coats of this stuff takes forever because of the precise wand. It does get all of my bottom lashes and this is a great feature. I’m just finding that this mascara is a lot of work. To get “wow” lashes I need to curl lashes and apply a basic lengthening mascara of a different formula, apply a coat or two of Lash Explosion to top and bottom lashes. I can apply false lashes in less time than doing this routine. And I’m not wild about the “heavy mascara” look. I don’t think that this formula is clumpy. I think anything will look that clumpy with that many coats of product. I don’t hate this product, it could be wonderful for some people. Those people with long and maybe thin lashes or for those that have light but perfect lashes and just need color. For me, this isn’t my holy grail and I most likely won’t be repurchasing. I love that it gets all my lashes coated but I need length. So what I am saying is that I love the brush but I don’t like the formula.

I purchased Black which is OK but it has too many cool tones and in my opinion appears navy or midnight blue. Why don’t companies offer black/brown in all of their formulas? Blue eyes benefit from mascara with a warm undertone.

This product is available at all drugstores and drugstore.com.

I’m still searching for my HG mascara even after using Chanel Exceptionnel Intense Volume and Curve Mascara in Smokey Black. This is not the mascara for me. First off the wand is really hard to use. I’m a makeup artist, I’m supposed to be a little talented and applying mascara should be easy. This brush has “combs” just like Lancôme Fatale and then normal bristles like most traditional mascaras. However, the normal bristles are really short and don’t really touch the lashes. You are supposed to “twirl” the mascara from the lashline for a clump-free look. I twirled, I curled, I did it all and still had really clumpy lashes. It deposits lots of product because of the combs. The formula dries thick and brittle. The worse thing is that it flakes like mad all over my face. All day I find little black things all over my face and even on my chin looking like man whiskers. The mascara is very hard to remove at night and I use Lancome Bifacil and still can’t get it off. I have to use two rounds of Lancome’s eye makeup remover. The combs aren’t good at separating lashes. I have to use a traditional spoolie over this to define my lashes. And they call this brush innovative… This formula does add volume but it looks very unnatural and does have flaky fibers. Even though I dislike this mascara, I would recommend it to those that like Lancome Fatale or other thick comb mascaras. And I would recommend it to people that like “thick” mascara-ish looks, the looks that look like lots of mascara, not lots of lashes, mascara. This look was popular a few falls ago. Overall, I’m disappointed. This is not good for my everyday life. It takes too long to apply and looks really bad on me. This is a $28 mascara and I should of stuck with Chanel Inimitable. I haven’t found my HG but I know that I want separated lashes. I know that I need a “wetter” formula and a brush that is not like the one of Exceptionnel. I think I’m going to trade mine for Inimitable.

Has anyone gave this one a try yet? Frankly, I think it looks like the biggest gimmick ever. But, who knows? First off it looks like some spooky mace. 

This mascara claims to grip lashes at the root to curl and separate them. The creepy sphere shape is patented and is supposed to work with all eye shapes. I just can’t buy into that. It looks like lots of extra work. Nobody wants to paint each individual lash on. If that was the case wouldn’t you just wear individual false lashes. Since you’d be double coating so many areas on accident it seems like it would clump up so badly. I like even sweeps and I don’t think you could get that with this. But, I haven’t tried it so I don’t know. I’d love to hear your opinion. I just don’t want to experiment with a $27 mascara. I am so sick of getting burned.

This isn't your ex-boyfriend's Firebird.

Almost a recession really brings out some funny trends. I have talked about this before in my Dior Dandy Color Collection review. I feel the 70’s are back because of the economic woes. Here is further proof of 2008’s 1970’s fascination.

Fresh, the hip cult classic cosmetic line, has launched their Firebird Mascara which is a basic volumizing mascara that some how manages to have something to do with the 1970’s. It comes in a shiny peacock blue packaging with golden bronze leaves or maybe it is feathers? designs. I do like the packaging. The name makes me laugh. I want to think it is more of the mythical firebird than the car but who knows. Maybe they are talking about the Gibson guitar.  Sephora’s website states,

“Fresh Firebird Mascara creates stunningly full, fluffy lashes for an alluring, feathery look. Its uniquely shaped brush and ultra-black formula delivers the gorgeous and lush feathered look of the 70s. In just one stroke of the wand, lashes are instantly curled. It’s truly magical!”

OK, whatever. I don’t remember lashes looking so sexy in the 70’s and if they were feathery it was because they were false lashes. Plus if mascara was so awesome in this mythical super hip 1970 land wouldn’t that formula be the best seller. If 1970’s mascara is so great then why is everybody buying new 2008 formulas of mascara all the time. And the only “feathery” look in the 70’s includes the haircuts of the dudes that raced Firebirds around town.

If only theyd make a mascara inspired by the sexiness of this car. But your lashes arent sexy. It isnt 1970 yet.

"If only they'd make a mascara inspired by the sexiness of this car." "But your lashes aren't sexy. It isn't 1970 yet."

Anyways, this stuff is enhanced with some kind of algae, vitamin B5, and seabuckthorn oil. Looks like I’ll have to wiki “seabuckthorn” oil. I have no idea why that is supposed to be so great. The mascara comes in a jet black and sells for $26.

So there is a mascara inspired by me now. Groovy.

So there is a mascara inspired by me now. Groovy.