Another make up review for you this week, I’m too kind ;) Today I’m talkin’ ’bout the L’Oreal Paris Miss Manga Mascara; quite possibly the last product I will ever buy from the L’Oreal Paris make up line.
L’Oreal Paris Miss Manga Mascara – £8.99 at Boots
L’Oreal Paris Miss Manga Mascara creates mega volume on top and bottom lashes with ultimate hold. Our exclusive formula, made up of enlarging collagen spheres works perfectly in conjunction with the 360° flexible cone shaped brush to amplify upper lashes and reveal lower lashes. The exclusive formula also contains a trilogy of polymers for absolute hold and staying power.
To be honest, I didn’t plan on buying this mascara. The image put forward by L’Oreal of “MA EYELASHES R TOTALLI MANGAAAA!!!111!” left me royally annoyed – manga isn’t an adjective, it’s a style of drawing. “Manga are comics created in Japan, or by Japanese creators in the Japanese language, conforming to a style developed in Japan in the late 19th century.” So.. to put it a different way… Miss Comics mascara? ALRIGHT THEN *violent eye roll* I guess the reason I spent my Boots points on this as I felt it was expected of me to try it, which I suppose is nice that people saw something vaguely Japanese related and thought of me(!), but if I could go back in time and tell Past Dannie not to buy it, I would.
I do not like this mascara. I don’t particularly like any L’Oreal mascara I’ve ever tried; I find them awfully overpriced and nothing special. Their brushes always look spindly and untidy and no matter how many times they boast about an “in built clump remover”, there is still too much product on the brush. This is no different.
From discussions with folk on Twitter, it seems the formula is hit and miss. Some reported their tube to be dry and crumbly; mine was quite wet. That meant I had to be quite gentle and apply slowly. It also means I can’t get right to the lashline like I usually do as the wet formula = clump city. To give credit where credit is due, this mascara does give my lashes good length, however it can at times make them look thin. In terms of staying power, it does stay on and I can’t say I have experienced any smudging or drying out – it comes off with hot water at the end of the day.
For me, this is a day time mascara, almost a “just for inside the house” mascara. For £8.99, I expect more and I will not be buying this again. If you’re going to boast about how a mascara is going to give you “TOTALLI MANGAAAAA” eyelashes, I would have expected a plastic brush designed to give volume, even a two step mascara with the involvement of fibres. For me, this reinforces my opinion that L’Oreal is no better than a Poundshop make up line, considering most if not all of the price markup on this goes towards their Photoshop bill and keeping Cheryl Cole in a job.
Have you tried the L’Oreal Paris Miss Manga Mascara? Did you like it?