L’oreal Telescopic Explosion Mascara Review

L’oreal Telescopic Explosion Mascara is finally coming to the US! This supposedly Givenchy Phenonmen Eyes Mascara knockoff first made its appearance in Europe and has already stirred up quite a buzz all over the world.

L'oreal Telescopic Explosion Mascara

The first thing that caught my attention is the patented Flexi-Globe brush. I have been wearing mascara for over 10 years and I have never seen anything like it. It has a spherical shape that allows you to apply the mascara vertically, horizontally and virtually every way so you can reach everything, including those tiny bottom lashes and hard-to-reach corners. The tiny spikes also makes it the perfect tool to separate clumps, which for this mascara, is highly essential.

The formula contains your usual ingredients – paraffin, jojoba oil, palm oil and pro-vitamin B5 – to give length, volume and smooth application. While there is a definite difference in the length and intensity of my lashes, applying the mascara is a total mess. The mascara clumps so badly that using a lash comb (or the brush as I mentioned earlier) and spending that extra minute de-clumping everything is not even an option. Other than that, the mascara wears pretty well and will not flake or smear until I take it off.

Here is a picture of me wearing the mascara in Black (after I have run the brush and lash comb through my lashes a gazillion times)

Wearing L'oreal Telescopic Explosion Mascara

The verdict? Love the brush, hate the formula. I will just stick to my Majolica Majorca Lash Enamel Glamour (2nd Edition) for now.

L’oreal Telescopic Explosion Mascara will be only available in Black and Blackest Black at all major drugstores nationwide for $9.49.

Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE, Glamour.com, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.


  1. How terrible that it clumps so much. Have you tried using a heated eyelash curler after mascara to de-clump the mascara? That usually works for me when my mascara clumps.

  2. Amy,

    Personally, I find heated eyelash curlers to cause even more clumping. I had one by National years ago (it was one of the best-selling ones in Japan) and when I ran it through my lashes, the heat “melted” off some of the mascara making it a huge mess. I like heated curlers for a nice strong curl though.

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