Hey guys! This week I’m reviewing the fairly new L’Oreal Paradise Mascara, which there’s been a lot of buzz about. I’ve read so many good things, so I’ve got my hands on it for myself and as ever I’m going to see if it lives up to the hype.
The first thing that was a bit of a surprise was how light the product is. I’m used to my favourite Miss Hippie mascara and the tube feels quite heavy and chunky, so this mascara feels really light in comparison. The packaging other than that is really nice, the design is really pretty and the wand is one of my favourite kinds, nice fluffy bristles that hold a huge amount of product.
Obviously, I’m a super fan of the Miss Hippie, so is the Paradise mascara as good as Miss Hippie? When comparing the two, I feel like the Miss Hippie is a little better at building volume, but Paradise actually does do a really good job. I think with this kind of wand it’s much easier to build up volume than with the comb style wands, and the Paradise formula holds onto the wand really well, making it very buildable.
I’m one of those lucky, blessed souls who has very long natural eye lashes, which is why I’m so obsessed with volume and not length, but I can tell when a new mascara does a good job at lengthening. And the Paradise Mascara does add length really nicely. The one downside of the lengthening aspect of this mascara is that it seemed to clump or sit a little heavily right on the end of my lashes. I prefer to layer my mascara down in such a way that the majority of the product is at the roots of the lashes, but with this mascara it didn’t seem to want to stay there and clumped at the top of the lashes.
Here’s a before, one coat, and two coat comparison, so you can really see how well it builds.
You can see what a lovely job this mascara does, I just have that one tiny gripe that it’s not as feathery at the ends of my lashes as the Miss Hippie. But, even with that being said, I like the overall effect of it, and it lasted well all day, didn’t flake or smudge, and it removes easily.
So my final thoughts about this mascara are a little flat really. There’s so much hype about this product, so many rave reviews but I don’t see the big appeal. It’s a good mascara, but it isn’t the best I’ve ever tried by a long shot. It does a nice job at building volume, it layers well, wears nicely, but there’s just something about it that doesn’t blow me away. For £9.99 I think there are better mascaras on the market. As nice as it is, it’s just nothing special to me and I don’t think it’s worth so much buzz and hype. I do like it though, it’s just not earth-shattering. 7/10, would buy again if there was a global shortage of Miss Hippie!