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(In 2015) I’d been using L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Excess for a while and liked it well enough. I was picking up a waterproof tube (of something else) for a wedding I went to in June 2015 when I decided to pick up a tube of L’Oreal Telescopic Carbon Black, too (not waterproof).
TL;DR? I love it.
The wand features my favorite kind of bristles – short, stiff plastic. I love them because they allow greater control over my application. On top of being thin and precise, the wand doesn’t cause it to pick up excess product – I haven’t had globs of product on my lashes a single time (still true in 2017!). Just neatly applied mascara.
For me, fluffy, plush wands mean messy application; they pick up too much and are too large to maneuver well. The design of the L’Oreal Telescopic Carbon Black mascara wand prevents that from happening unless you flail during application.
Even better? The four short, stiff rows let you neatly apply to your lower lashline without making you look like a spidery fool. To apply on my lower lashes I hold the wand in place just in front of my lower lash line then blink lightly. My tiny lower lashes just barely brush the want and get the perfect amount of product.
The product itself appears to have a greyish cast – but I assure you it is black.
As far as the formula goes, it is a nice happy medium – not obnoxiously wet like I found Mally Volumizing Mascara to be, but not dry and difficult to work with. Telescopic Carbon Black adhered to the lashes well and provided satisfying daytime results in a single coat. It defined my lashes well, but was not volumizing and only lengthened moderately – for me, that’s just fine for daytime, office use (whereas the Voluminous Million Lashes Excess could sometimes be too much).
(2017) Like bareMinerals Flawless Definition, it is great for simple, natural-ish looks and perfect for a no-makeup makeup look. In fact, it has completely replaced my love of the bareMinerals product!
The Bottom Line
Being a drugstore variety it is superbly accessible at well, drugstores (duh), Amazon, mass merchants (Target, Walmart), and probably your local grocer. It
just might be definitely is my drugstore holy grail mascara.