Kiko Extra Sculpt Collistar Art Desing L'Oréal Telescopic Mascara Review
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3 Mascaras That Didn’t WOW Me

So, I was gonna name this post ‘3 Disappointing Mascaras’, but then I thought it would be a little bit too harsh. None of these are really terrible, I mean, they don’t smudge nor crumble, and mascara is so personal that some people might actually like them. I personally don’t, though, and here is why.

Collistar Art Design Mascara ReviewCOLLISTAR ART DESIGN MASCARA: Have you ever seen another mascara wand with its rows of bristles so far apart?! I most certainly haven’t! And do you know what kind of look it gives you? The look of a manga character. Wait, curb your enthusiasm! I didn’t mean that you get big, beautiful doe eyes. What I actually meant is that you end up with very few huge, spiky lashes. Which may look flattering on Sailor Moon, but surely not on me!

KIKO Extra Sculpt Volume Mascara Waterproof Review

KIKO EXTRA SCULPT WATERPROOF MASCARA: I mainly got this mascara because its hourglass-shaped wand reminded me of my beloved Too Faced Better Then Sex. They’re actually very different, though, and the KIKO one has a much wider tip that makes not getting mascara on my lids almost impossible. The formula isn’t bad, quite thick and volumizing, but the wand is really too impractical for me to like. Moreover, it’s definitely not waterproof: I tested it during a water treadmill class (I didn’t put my head under water, but did get the occasional splash in my face) and ended up with raccoon eyes.

L'Oréal False Lash Telescopic Mascara Review

L’OREAL FALSE LASH TELESCOPIC MASCARA: I really like the wand of this one because it’s very long and thin, perfect for my big eyes and short lashes. The problem is that it barely picks up any product and with two coats I get good length but very little volume. If I add a third coat I do get a decent amount of volume, but my lashes get all clumpy and spidery, which is a big no-no!

Have you ever tried any of these? What was your experience? Have you recently used any disappointing mascaras?


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73 Comments

  • Reply
    Candice
    November 24, 2015 at 11:37 am

    Aww always sucks when a product doesn’t work I like maybelline mascaras they work great for me and are affordable

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      Carol in a
      November 25, 2015 at 2:03 pm

      I agree, Maybelline make some great mascaras!

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    LindaLibraLoca
    November 24, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    I tried the L´Oréal one and had similar experience with it than you have. Funny as it seems to be a pretty hyped product around the blogs.
    But as you said, mascara preferences are quite a personal thing and maybe it is the length that draws people in.

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      Carol in a
      November 25, 2015 at 2:07 pm

      Yes, I’ve seen many bloggers rave about it, but it really looks too natural for my taste! Unless I layer it… then it just looks awful!

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    Gemma
    November 24, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    Haven’t tried any of them so can’t really give an opinion but I don’t think I would choose to buy any of these. Gemma xx
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    veebz
    November 24, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    Great post Carol! I haven’t tried any of these, but I know how disappointing it is when a mascara doesn’t live up to your expectations. It’s weird because I used to love Benefits’ They’re Real mascara, but then it suddenly started going all flakey on my lashes. It also made then look really thin if that make sense. I even bought a new one, because I thought it was my one – but I still had the same results. I agree mascara is so personal to each individual, and it’s really down to how the product gels to your lashes.

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      Carol in a
      November 25, 2015 at 2:09 pm

      I haven’t used They’re Real in a while, but I used to love it. Such a shame it doesn’t seem to be as good as it used to be!

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    sammie
    November 24, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    I once tried the one from L’oréal and I wasn’t impressed either. It also made my lashes super clumpy and sticky and just didn’t work for me.
    Right now I’m using one from Manhattan and so far I’m very happy with it 🙂

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      Carol in a
      November 25, 2015 at 2:10 pm

      Hmmm, I don’t think we get Manhattan here in Italy!

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    Lubka Henry
    November 24, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    Thanks for the honest opinion. I haven’t used these before and I will keep your post in mind.

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    Rae
    November 24, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    Loved the honesty in this post. A good mascara is really hard to come by. My two trusty favorites are from a Japanese company. The biggest problem I find with mascaras aside from actually finding one that can lengthen and add volume is that most run and leave me with panda eyes after a few hours!

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      Carol in a
      November 25, 2015 at 2:11 pm

      Luckily, I never have that problem, but many people seem to.

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    Chaste & Beautiful
    November 24, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    Oh, too bad you didn’t like these. No, I haven’t come upon a bad mascara yet and wouldn’t like to come upon one. Thanks for letting us know:)

    Chaste & Beautiful

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    Keen On Beauty
    November 24, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    I didn’t use any of these, but for some reason I’m never happy with L’oreal mascaras. My last disappointment is False Lash Superstar. It dried so quickly, I hardly managed to use it 🙁

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      Carol in a
      November 25, 2015 at 2:13 pm

      When I got the Telescopic one I was undecided between that and the one you mentioned… Sounds like I wouldn’t have picked well either way!

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    Shireen L. Platt
    November 24, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    Oh no, so many suggested L’real Telescopic mascara to me and I’m planning to buy it in the next few weeks bow I’m not so sure. My lashes are short and pathetic so mascara is the trickiest product to buy for me. :-/

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      Carol in a
      November 25, 2015 at 2:15 pm

      Well, many people seem to like it… But I have a feeling it is one of those mascaras that only look good on those who already have beautiful lashes to begin with.

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    Emma
    November 24, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    Try the L’Oreal telescopic in the black tube – sometimes I find it picks up too much product! But it has a thin plastic brush and I find it gives amazing length!

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      Carol in a
      November 25, 2015 at 2:15 pm

      We don’t have that one over here in Italy! :-/

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    Agata
    November 24, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    I haven’t tried any of these. I am surprised the one from Collistar was disappointing. The L’Oreal Miss Manga mascara was supposed to give a look of anime lashes but it didn’t at all! Finding a perfect mascara is such a difficult task!

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      Carol in a
      November 25, 2015 at 2:19 pm

      It definitely is! Especially because I don’t think you can really rely on other people’s reviews, as the final effect very much depends on the lashes you have.

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    Kelly
    November 24, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    Appreciate your honesty always. I will steer clear 🙂 Just out of curiosity, do you know how long an average mascara tube SHOULD last? I feel like I just bought one (a few months ago) and it is already out! I don’t even wear mascara everyday..

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      Carol in a
      November 25, 2015 at 2:27 pm

      The thing with mascara is that it will dry out/go bad pretty fast even if you don’t use it. I’d say mascara doesn’t really last over six months on average, but if the formula is pretty thick to begin with it might dry out even in as little as three months… Sometimes putting one or two eye drops into the tube makes it come back to life, though.

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    Maria
    November 24, 2015 at 9:04 pm

    Purtroppo non mi trovi d’accordo su quello di L’Oreal – è praticamente l’unico mascara che uso, compro e ricompro da diverso tempo 🙂 Ma ovviamente è soggettivo! A me piace maggiore definizione e intensità più che volume, quindi capisco che non ti abbia fatto impazzire. Mi spiace per quello Collistar, ma a vedere lo scovolino immagino che non sia granchè! Mi ricorda un altro mascara (non ricordo quale!) che aveva lo stesso applicatore e non mi era piaciuto per niente!

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      Carol in a
      November 25, 2015 at 2:29 pm

      Un sacco di altre ragazze sembrano trovarsi bene con quel mascara, l’avevo comprato anche per quello! Ma a me proprio non soddisfa… Lo sto usando sulle ciglia inferiori e lì lo trovo perfetto! 😉

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    Natasja
    November 24, 2015 at 9:14 pm

    Hm, most mascaras don’t wow me though! Most are just satisfactory. Some are disappointing, for sure. I’ve not tried any of those, though. Thanks for the pretty overview/layout!

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    Lina
    November 24, 2015 at 9:17 pm

    Love the idea of this! Great post x

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    Lulle
    November 24, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    I’ve been disappointed by Kiko mascaras before, I think it’s just not what they do best. As for L’Oreal, they used to make my HG mascara ages ago when I was around 20 and I never forgave them for discontinuing it! (It was called Le Grand Curl).

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      Carol in a
      November 25, 2015 at 2:34 pm

      I used one from KIKO ages ago that was really awful, it even irritated my eyes. I don’t think I’ll give them a third chance with mascaras!
      I remember using the double-wanded one from L’Oréal when I was in high school. It had the white primer on one end and the black mascara on the other. I think I liked it, but I wasn’t very fussy with my makeup back then.

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    Summer
    November 24, 2015 at 10:58 pm

    Thanks for sharing your experience♥

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    carsla
    November 25, 2015 at 8:50 am

    i’ve tried the last mascara & i totally agree! i have yet to find a mascara that i am loyal to. once i run out (9/10 the mascara dries out before i get good use out of it), it’s a guessing game from there… for now, i’m just going with a more natural look. “/ & is it just me, or do you get mascara on your lids no matter what? lol… oh, just me. okay.

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      Carol in a
      November 25, 2015 at 2:38 pm

      Haha! Getting mascara on your lids is pretty common, but I think it happens more with some wands than with others. Anyway, to prevent that, I usually get very close to the mirror and and tilt my head back as much as I can.

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    Alyssa
    November 25, 2015 at 9:01 am

    Luckily, I haven’t tried any of these mascaras yet but I must say that this is such a refreshing post. Not everyone post about products that didn’t impressed them 🙂

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      Carol in a
      November 25, 2015 at 2:39 pm

      I prefer posting about stuff I love, but I wanted to do something a little different. 😉

  • Reply
    Ela
    November 25, 2015 at 11:56 am

    I haven’t tried any of these. I hate it when a mascara makes my lashes spidery or clumpy. Whenever I pick a mascara, most of the time I check the wand first and mostly go for plastic wands instead of bristle. L’Oréal’s wand looks good however shame that it doesn’t give volume.

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    • Reply
      Carol in a
      November 25, 2015 at 2:41 pm

      The Better Than Sex, which is one of my favorites, has bristles, but I like plastic wands too, I don’t really have a preference in that sense.

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    Wendee Isaacs
    November 25, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    Aaaawww…sorry carol. It sucks to spend money on somethiing only to find out they dont work for you.
    Great post btw at least now i what mascara not to go i for.

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    Selena
    November 25, 2015 at 9:26 pm

    I haven’t tried any of those! I hate looking for mascaras, I don’t know which ones to choose and it’s really frustrating for me.
    I think the only mascara that has ever disappointed me is the Yves Rocher Sexy Pulp one, it wasn’t really volumising and I love my dramatic lashes.
    I hope you have a good day, Carol! xx

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    • Reply
      Carol in a
      November 27, 2015 at 6:05 pm

      I’ve never tried it and I’ll definitely steer clear!

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    Danielle
    November 25, 2015 at 10:05 pm

    I have not tried any of these mascaras. Thanks to your reviews I will not make the mistake of buying them. The mascaras from Lancome that I have used were very disappointing.

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      Carol in a
      November 27, 2015 at 6:06 pm

      I’ve never used any mascaras from Lancome, but I’ve always been pretty curious!

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    Heather Lisa Noire
    November 25, 2015 at 11:07 pm

    loved your review! I agree that some products get hyped up so much that they end up not being what you thought. Great photos and selection 🙂 http://www.bauchlefashion.com

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    Hannah
    November 26, 2015 at 12:29 am

    I had the L’OREAL Manga Mascara and it was such a huge disappointment! It was so freaking clumpy! Oh well, lol. My go to is Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara! I love it!

    Hannah
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      Carol in a
      November 27, 2015 at 6:07 pm

      It’s my favorite as well, so dramatic!

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    swati
    November 26, 2015 at 9:34 am

    i haven’t tried any of these…..but thanks for the eyeopening post…

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    Belén
    November 26, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    I love use mascara because my eyes look bigger and it is amazing! But I like when it looks natural! Great post xx
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    Dorota
    November 26, 2015 at 10:30 pm

    I haven’t tried any of them and will avoid 🙂 Thanks for sharing !!! I hate being negative about products but it’s so important to be honest !!! Love your review !!!

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    Simera
    November 27, 2015 at 4:59 am

    Such a shame these didn’t work out for you. I love L’Oreal mascaras mainly the L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara.
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    whitney
    November 27, 2015 at 7:17 am

    Great post! I haven’t tried either of these and the only brand you mentioned that I used before is L’oreal, I love their million lashes mascara but I haven’t tried any other ones from L’oreal!

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    marie
    November 27, 2015 at 8:46 am

    I haven’t try any of them ! I guess I am too in love with my Lash Sensation by Maybelline to bother looking at other brand ! Great post ! .

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      Carol in a
      November 27, 2015 at 6:11 pm

      I’m using the Lash Sensational at the moment and I like it but don’t love it. I started liking it only after it dried out a little bit, as at first it wasn’t doing much for my lashes.

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    Kay
    November 27, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    Great post! From the ones you mentioned, I only tried the L’Oreal one. It didn’t do much for me, either. I was hoping for volume and length, but I found it quite difficult to apply and the effect was pretty underwhelming! x

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    • Reply
      Carol in a
      November 27, 2015 at 6:12 pm

      So disappointing, some people seem to really like it!

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    Kiki
    November 27, 2015 at 8:07 pm

    I can definitely see how that Kiko brush would get mascara all over your lids! Too bad about these. Great reviews though!
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    Samantha
    November 27, 2015 at 8:21 pm

    I haven’t tried any of these mascaras, but the KIKO wand looks huge! I can definitely see why you didn’t like it. Even the mascara I use now (the Maybelline Pumped Up!) has a bigger wand than I’m used to so sometimes if I’m not careful I poke myself in the eye, lol.

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    Laura
    December 6, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    I haven’t tried any of these mascaras but I will say one thing: I’m not very impressed with Kiko really, they have a nice lipstick range however and some nice looking products which are tempting but product quality really isn’t amazing.

    A pity about the Loreal one because I’ve heard great things about it.

    Some great mascaras I have tried, Clarins Wonder Perfect, Smashbox Full Exposure, Tarte Lights Camera Flashes.

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    Heba
    December 14, 2015 at 11:33 pm

    Some of the worst mascaras I’ve used have come off my lashes as flakes and stuck to my face the whole night out and others made me want to rip my eyelashes out because I had an allergic reaction to them. I also hate when I put on mascara and it gets clumpy and looks super fake and horribly applied.

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    Julia
    January 21, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    no!! the collistar is amazing!!

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