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Mascara Showdown: Loreal Telescopic Explosion vs Givenchy Phenomen’eyes Effet Extension

I’m sure you’ve all seen the new(ish) wave of mascaras the ball type brush heads. I was really curious about how they’d perform so I purchased the Givenchy one a while ago. I didn’t love it at first because it took me a while to get the hang of it but once I did, I was obsessed with it! When I saw the Loreal version I decided to pick it up too because I wanted to see if a drug store brand could pull off what Givenchy had.

Packaging wise, there’s just no comparing Givenchy to Loreal. Givenchy’s is so sleek and compact and beautiful to look at while Loreal’s is… well, a bit tacky in my opinion with its bright red telescope type design. I try not to judge a book by it’s cover or a makeup product by it’s packaging though so I held my judgment.

The Givenchy looks a lot smaller but despite its size, it contains a pretty similar amount of product as the Loreal version at .24oz versus .27oz of product in the Loreal.

The length of the wands is really different with the Loreal wand standing at almost double the length of the Givenchy mascara. I found this to be a bit of a problem at first since I prefer a shorter handle for a small brush head but I think you learn to control the Loreal wand after a few uses. I still think the shorter handle is much better for controlling application to the bottom and inner and outer corner lashes though.

The brush heads themselves are quite different with the Givency (on the left) resembling a ball shape whereas the Loreal has more of an oval shape.

The differences are a lot more noticeable when you view the mascaras from the top. You can see that the bristles on the  Loreal brush form a pin wheel type shape while the Givency is more haphazard with spikes sticking out all over the place

At first I was a Givenchy girl all the way but after a few goes with the Loreal mascara, I have to say that my loyalty may be turning. That’s mainly because the Loreal mascara seems to give a smoother look to the lashes, probably due to the fact that the bristles form a more uniform shape. The Givenchy on the other hand seems to excel more at seperation since it has so many more bristles. Both mascaras do a pretty good job at lengthening the lashes but I feel like the Loreal helps more with volume.

Bare eye:

One coat:

I think the way the two mascaras apply is really most noticeable with 2 or more coats. The Givenchy gets a bit spidery looking while the Loreal stays quite smooth.

Two coats:

I still like and use both mascaras and I prefer the Givenchy for my bottom lashes but I have to say that I’d probably recommend the Loreal one because of the huge difference in the prices. The Givenchy mascara sells for $29.50 US and the Loreal sells for $9.49 US. If you feel like splurging and want to try the original then go for the Givenchy but you’ll still get a great mascara even if you decide to go for the budget Loreal version.

Have you tried either of these mascaras? What are your thoughts? Also, do you think mascara’s are worth splurging on? Let me know below!

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Givenchy Phenomen’eyes Effet Extension Mascara

I was out at dinner tonight and my friend was talking about this great mascara she had just bought and of course she was talking about the Givenchy Phenomeneyes mascara. Coincidentally I had decided to actually use it tonight because I’d recently rediscovered how awesome it was and yet I’ve forgotten to post about it! Well actually I’ve had a draft of a post about it sitting in my folder for 2 months and have just forgotten to actually finish it so here it is!

This is one of those mascaras that kept showing up on alot of ‘best mascara’ lists so of course I was intrigued. After seeing the unusual shape of it I knew that I’d have to try it and see what all the fuss was about. The packaging is gorgeous and chic but it’s Givenchy so that was of course expected! I was initially surprised by how small it was as it was about 2/3rd’s of the size of most of my mascaras but in terms of actual product, this mascara contains around the same amount.

So of course the buzz surrounding this mascara is mainly to do with its unique brush design. It’s a ball shaped wand with spikes coming out of it and it looks a little S&Mish but I swear it works beautifully. Here’s a picture of the wand:

Now I’ll be honest here, I wasn’t always convinced about the benefits of this product and actually stopped using it for quite a while but I picked it up again recently and couldn’t remember why I stopped using it! Before I start raving, here are pictures with the mascara on.

The first picture is bare lashes as always:

Here is one coat of mascara:

And here is two coats:

Just to clarify, two coats of mascara to me is when I have let the first coat dry and then applied another layer. Also all my photos are taken with uncurled lashes.

As an all purpose mascara I think this performs really well. It gives a decent lengthening effect and can be built up for extra volume as well. It does tend to get a bit clumpy with extra coats but so do most mascaras. I like the fact that even with two coats, despite the clumpiness, my lashes still look seperated to some degree and still look fanned out.

This mascara took a bit of getting used to as the design is very different to a conventional mascara. It’s not one of those product you can use in too much of a hurry because the design means you can cause some damage to your eyes in you’re not careful. That being said, once you get used to it the effect it can give is awesome. The small size means that you can literally coat every lash from the start to end including all those little lashes near the tear duct and those pesky lashes on the very outer end of your lashline that most mascaras miss. It’s also phenomenal at coating bottom lashes

Here’s a picture showing what I mean. The first is with bare lashes and the second is with mascara mainly on the bottom lashes and the inner and outer corner lashes of the top lashes.


I often skip applying mascara to these areas as it’s just too annoying to do with a conventional brush but this brush just coats them easily and with out looking overly done. The only downside to the mascara has to also be the selling point and that is the brush! As much as I love this mascara, when you’re in a hurry this product is just too finicky and time consuming to apply. I tend to use this mascara on days when I have time to get ready because applying it is like a ritual unto itself.

You may be put off by the idea of a mascara you have to learn to use but I honestly think that the trial and error is worth it in the end. I would actually repurchase this once it runs out which can’t be said for a lot of mascaras so that has to mean something right? I think that this is a product which is unique enough and effective enough that I will always be willing to wear it. I don’t think I would necessarily own it if I had to pick only one mascara but I appreciate having it as a compliment to my everyday mascaras.