L’Oreal Paris Telescopic Explosion Mascara Swatches and Review

Hey ya’ll!

Today instead of showing you nail polish, I am going to do a review of a brand spankin’ new mascara by L’Oreal called Telescopic Explosion Mascara in black. This is an honest review of this product, which I am not getting paid for.


When I first opened up the package I was like, um ok it looks like a normal mascara, I wonder how this is going to be any different? Then I opened it up and saw the wand and kind of shrieked a little bit in fright.


I have to put this spiky looking thing near my EYE??


Isn’t it reminiscent of the medieval weapon called a flail? Happily however, after getting over my initial shock and fright, I realized it didn’t feel like a flail and that people, is what matters.

This is in fact the first mass market mascara with a spherical brush. It’s patented and they call it a Flexi-Globe Brush. It’s true, the wand and sphere are very flexible and not stiff as you might image them to be. This actually makes it a lot easier to apply the mascara from any direction you please, vertically or horizontally. Because the Flexi-Globe Brush is so small and flexible you can reach all the way to the lash line easily, and get those hard to grab tiny corner lashes with ease.

The formula of this is also really great and smooth. It seems like every single mascara that comes out boasts about how their formula is non-clumping, but we all know most of them clump anyway. This one actually is pretty non-clumping (with one coat – more on that later). They also added what they call a “soft-wax” system that includes paraffin, jojoba oil, palm oil and Pro-Vitamin B5, all which help make the formula soft.

A few more great benefits in using this is that it’s Ophthalmologist and allergy tested which means those who wear contact lenses or have sensitive eyes are good to go.


This is my eye with no mascara whatsoever on. Sad, isn’t it?


This is my eye after curling the lashes and adding one coat of the mascara. As you can see it definitely thickened and darkened my poor sparse pale lashes quite nicely. I had no trouble getting to the root of my lashes, and no issues with clumping either.


This is my eye after two coats. It’s thicker and made my lashes slightly more extended. I did have a tiny bit of clumping with this second coat, but I swiped an eyelash comb through it really quickly, and that took care of it.

I ran this mascara through the testing gamut! One day I wore it to work and had a 5:00 pm appointment for physical therapy. So once I got to my appointment I had already been wearing it for more than 11 hours (yes I get up THAT early). For 20-25 minutes of the appointment I am laying down on my stomach with my face pretty much smushed into a tiny hole while getting my shoulder/back worked on. This is after laying on hot, wet towels and having a hot neck thingie (yes that’s the technical term for it) wrapped around me for 15 minutes. I thought for sure that when I got up I would have makeup smeared all over my face because that’s what normally happens. But amazingly I didn’t! I really was surprised, I didn’t expect that this mascara would last through that with no sign of smudging, especially because it’s not waterproof, but it really did. That sold me on it and I am not exaggerating.

L’Oreal Paris Telescopic Explosion Mascara comes out in November of 2009 and will retail for $9.49. It comes in two colors, Black and Blackest Black.

Overall I am very impressed with this mascara and have worn it quite a few times over the last three weeks. L’Oreal has been my go-to brand for mascara for about 20 years up until recently when I started using Dior DiorShow. However this is a great, less expensive alternative to that, and it actually is better for getting all my lashes covered.

Vampy Varnish Rating: B+


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  • September 29, 2009

    I love these because I usually use two mascaras. one is for the normal volume by l’oreal and the other is the Givenchy Phenomen’Eyes(sephora site) to get into the corner wear you cant reach. Givenchy uses the same technique as your above review. can’t wait to try it because would love to use something cheaper. ya know?

  • September 29, 2009
    Stacy Gomez

    Thanks Kel! I am going to keep my eye out for it!! Pun intended…

  • September 29, 2009

    Looks like a great buy! I just bought 4 DS mascaras and I am trying them out. I may have to get this one and try it.
    .-= Marisol´s last blog ..Stepping Out Of My Comfort Zone =-.

    • September 30, 2009

      Hi Marisol,

      Karen turned me onto DiorShow when I saw it on her site. I had never really used anything but L’Oreal (and some MAC) for like ever before that!

  • September 29, 2009

    Awesome review! I totally have to try this baby out in november, it’s looking fab! As a fellow blogger, I’m impressed with your photos. You have gorgeous lashes BTW. This mascara review was a surprise to see on a polish blog but totally great! Only bad thing is that I can’t get my paws on it yet!! 😉

    • September 30, 2009

      Hi Polish Earthgirl,

      Thanks! I like to review other things from time to time :)

  • September 29, 2009

    Oh, that brush looks very similar to Givenchy’s Phenomenon Eyes! Love its medieval vibe, LOL!
    .-= Karen´s last blog ..Makeup and Beauty Blog: Random Acts of Beauty, Vol. 1 =-.

    • September 30, 2009

      Hi Karen,

      Yeah I remember seeing that one online and it made me nervous LOL!

  • September 30, 2009

    Honestly you’re not missing much. The brush kinda hurts and it smears like crazaaay!
    .-= Karen´s last blog ..Halloween Ideas with Kryolan Professional Makeup =-.

  • September 30, 2009

    I’ve been waiting for someone to post a review of this mascara! Thanks for being the guinea pig for us all. It looks like a most cost-effective alternative to Phenomen’Eyes.

  • September 30, 2009

    Oooh, thanks for reviewing this! I saw this in my local CVS ad this past Sunday, available for preorder. I don’t think I’m going to cave, especially since I have an entire drawer full of unused mascara.
    I love this idea of doing reviews for things other than polish!