Mascara Monday: L’Oreal Telescopic Explosion mascara

Oh yeah….another mascara review! This baby has been highly anticipated in the mascara world. I have gotten so many emails about L’Oreal Explosion. With a name like “Explosion” you would think this ish is like…amaziiiiiing. Is it though?

Check the review!

L’Oreal Telescopic Explosion mascara

Price: 5 out of 5 (around $9.00 )

Packaging (Brush Wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 3.5 out of 5

What it claims: “…the first mascara at mass with a spherical brush and smooth formula to lengthen and separate every lash. Creamy formula works with the unique patened brush to build quickly, leaving a flexible deposit of color.”

The truth:
It has some of the same issues that Givenchy’s Phenomen’Eyes had. Buuuut, I like this one better.

What I loved about it: Its affordability. And I love the wand. I can’t deny…whoever came up with this idea of making a mascara wand a little ball is a genius. I find that this design works great for any and everyone. It REALLY gets in those corner lashes.

What I didn’t like: Like Givenchy’s Phenomen ‘Eyes, I was sent to Clumps City around the second coat. Third coat was a nightmare!

Overall: I’m not saying I’m a Know-It-All but I knew this mascara was a comin’. No I didn’t have any insider secrets but it only makes sense. We saw the same thing with Lancome Oscillation. Soon after Maybelline Pulse Perfection hit the scene. Givenchy Phenomen ‘Eyes blew us away and now we’ve got L’Oreal Telescopic Explosion. If you are one of those ladies that don’t want to shell out close to $30 on a specialty mascara, wait a few months. No doubt a drugstore brand will come out with a similar mascara.

If you have already tried Phenomen ‘Eyes, you can’t help but compare L’Oreal’s Explosion to it. It’s pretty automatic considering they both have what I like to call the dagger-like wand.

Not sure if I’ve said it enough so I’ll say it again, THE WAND IS AWESOME!! It is perfect perfect perfecttttt for ladies of all lash-types. Especially for those who struggle with separation issues. This, in my opinion, is the BEST brush for ladies with those issues.

Is it great for lengthening? Yes.
What about volumizing? It’s just “eh”. Not bad but not spectacular either.

Now let’s talk about a few of the mascara’s downfalls….like Phenomen ‘Eyes, L’Oreal Explosion clumps pretty badly. I really don’t understand why. Is is the formula? Or maybe it’s the way that wand is shaped….I really haven’t figured it out but it’s frustrating to say the least. The wand does such a dynamic job at separating that you really want to go for 2-3 coats. But the attempt will have you lookin’ in the mirror and uttering “WTF”. So sad, I know….

One coat is more than enough! Get those inner corners, separate the lashes and you are good to go. No need to push a second coat. It really will clump you up somethin’ seriously.

NOTE: I also found that this mascara works best with something like a mascara shield. I don’t know if it’s just me and my clumsiness but I ended up with a lot of the mascara being on the skin behind my lashes. This is crazy frustrating. Especially if you have applied eye make-up. This can be prevented by simply blocking that skin–use a mascara shield or even an index card.

Now let’s see the mascara in action…

Lashes without mascara
(did NOT curl lashes)

Lashes with 1 coat of mascara

One coat isn’t bad…but check out the disaster that is two coats:

Yikes! See what I mean about only needing one coat?

More shots of L’O Explo in action….

Would I recommend it?: I do. Every mascara lovin’ gal needs to give it a whirl. I think everyone will be impressed with the separation on this baby. And who knows? You can probably do one coat for separation and then follow up with your favorite mascara for optimum results. Heyyy!!!

Video Review!

So whatcha think? Are you ready for it? It won’t be available until November 2009 (don’t be askin’ me how I got it…y’all know I’m cool with the Mascara Fairy. *wink*) but are you anxious for it now?

Tell me!

A crazed mascara reviewer,

  • ashlynn

    Nice review as always! Had give a comment about the nails b/c I thought you were rockin minx! You shocked me when you told us Konad! But just wanted to let you know the nails looked on point! Keep doin your thing cause you do it SO well!

  • Product Junkie Diva

    Cool, I'm looking forward to trying this mascara.

  • Anonymous

    Clumps is mentioned on here! Scroll down the entries for Monday.


  • Sherrie Bruton

    I bought Phenomen Eyes solely because of the innovative wand. I have had it for about 6 months and I still haven't thrown it away simply because I LOVE IT (and because I cant afford another one lol) I don't really use it that much any more (it is 6 months old lol) so Im thinking about sanitizing the wand and using it with another formula. Now that Loreal has Telescopic Explosion… Yay!! But sense it doesn't come out until November :(, I will be keeping my $30 PE.

  • Connie De Alwis

    Lol! this mascara just looks too cool. I might just get it simply because of the wand. hah!

  • Jnie

    thanks for the great review. I love the givenchy mascara but its way too pricey, now I have something else to look forward too. Can't wait til it hits Canada.

  • B

    Thank you, darlings! And Jnie–you're right! If it weren't for my being obsessed with reviewing so many mascaras, I don't think I would have spent my pennies on Phenom'Eyes.

  • Dee

    It's available on, but I refuse to pay $8+ for shipping, so I guess I'll wait.

  • Anonymous

    It's been available at walgreens since October 8

  • Anonymous

    It's available on

  • minamelon

    eww, this mascara was TERRIBLE for me, im returning it to target today. ugh. i was so so so exited, but it was CLUMP a LICIOUS. the black was really intense,which is good, but no separation, just insane clumps. i have long lashes.

  • Anonymous

    ok,,, so i found out that walgreens has it for 9.49 and it has recently went on sale 50% off!!!

  • Anonymous

    I think people have gotten so use to doing two and three layers of mascara that they aren't sure what to do with a mscara that only requires one layer.

    I just got mine after my daycare lady who usually buys pretty expensive stuff tried it and fell in love with it.

    I used mine for the first time yesterday and I will say my eyes didn't look anything like the pictures posted, especially the one shown after only 1 layer. One layer on my eyelashes and the brush seperated my lashes amazingly and gave them length, I had NO clumping whatsover I promise. Maybe it was the way its getting applied. I even went on to a second layer just to see how it would turn out and again no clumps.

    So, I'm curious how the originator of this post was putting hers on. I started in the middle and then worked my way to one side and then to the other. I didn't drag the brush across all my lashes and then try to separate.

    Before rushing to take it back to the store I would simply try a couple of different methods of applying it and see how that works. I absolutely love it and would definately buy it again.

  • B

    Anon—> Looks like we are alike! As showed in the post, I used 1 coat of L'O Explo and had better results with that than when I layered. Hot stuff!

  • n. martin

    l'oreal telescopic explosion mascara is the WORST product that i've ever used…….it clumps; doesn't cover all eyelashes – just terrible! i'll think twice before buying l'oreal's new mascara products.

  • I just bought this and thought I ought to search this site for a review. the video review was quite useful so now I know how to use it

    btw the link in the mascara bin does not point to this review.

    great blog always