Drugstore Make-up, Product Revivals, Reviews

L’Oreal Double Extend Mascara

I picked up Loreal Double Extend mascara at the height of my mascara addiction. I have quite a few on the go and this one got lost at the bottom of the drawer.


Left: With mascara Right: Without

I mentioned in a video that this product was a nightmare to remove. I received about a hundred comments from people telling me that it clearly states on the package that warm water is needed to get this stuff off. Who reads mascara packaging?

I have revived this mascara, my initial intention was to use it up before it expired. My experience:

The good:

  • I loved applying this mascara. I like the idea of the white conditioning later
  • It made a huge difference to the length of my lashes after only one coat
  • The black coat needs to applied immediately after the white or it goes clumpy
  • It lasted all day with no fading, smudging or flaking
  • It didn’t irritate my eyes
  • Widely available and reasonably priced

The bad:

Impossible to remove with eye make-up remover or wipes. It does state that warm water lifts the mascara right off. My dilemma is that there is rarely warm water in my tank by the time I’m removing my make-up. Last night I had to boil the kettle to take it off. That is a major downside to this mascara for me. The water ran down my arms as I wiggled the lashes (I hate that!). It also came off in tubes of product which frightened me as I thought I was pulling out lashes.

The bottom line:

I do love the effects but because of the removal process I won’t use this everyday. I think I’ll save it for special occasions. Loreal have a newer version of this mascara which comes in a blue tube, I think I’ll give that one a try.

What is your favourite mascara? Have you tried Loreal Double Extend?

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  • Bianca

    I got this mascara a while ago after seeing a video by Kandee who recommended it. I loved it and the fact that with warm water, it comes off completely. I had to do the kettle thing a few times too. I’d soak a cotton bud in the hot water, press it on the eye for a little bit and EVERYTHING came right off, no smearing. But I find it’s not black enough, it looks greyish on me. Also, I have recently started to look into cruelty free cosmetics, and then L’Oreal is a no go….

    • http://www.makeupandbeauty.ie Amy

      @Bianca L’oreal seem to be one of the worst offenders there alright!

  • Hannah

    I got this mascara and used it once! I felt exactly the same!! I loved it on my lashes but the hassle of taking it off is just not worth it!! The tubes also freaked me out lol…On the other hand my mum loves the stuff!!!

  • Laura J

    I have not tried this mascara. I love drugstore mascaras my favourite one is max factor false lash effect mascara its so amazing I love it it ran out and I decided to try max factor lash extension effect mascara and its ok but not as good as false lash effect. I have tried some high end mascara such as Diorshow inconic and Benefit bad gal lash and hated them both.
    I use cleanse and polish by liz earle to remove my eye make up as well as face make up.

  • meg o hanlon

    I’m using benefits get bent and lancome’s hypnose and I love them, in this case you get what you pay for, there’s nothing wrong with cheaper brands and I use them too, but mascara is my favourite make up must have, so spending more makes sense to me

  • http://www.glossgalore.com Beth

    I LOVE this mascara and I’ve found a good little trick for getting it off.

    If you soak a cotton wool pad or a flannel in warm water and leave it on your lashes for 10 seconds or so, you get more of it off in one go without having do to all that rubbing.

    The blue one is on my list to try as its got serum in it, and I clearly need serum for my lashes! If I get it before you do, I’ll let you know how I get on.

  • innerbelle

    great review, i remember once i used a mascara that had the white and then the black i really really hated, for that reason i dont think ill ever be trying any mascara with the white with it, i use Talikas lash conditioner to prime my lashes sometimes, because it really conditions the lashes but also i find the mascara goes on better.

    The nars volumizing and lengthening ones are nice tho :)

  • Erica

    Hmmmm my promiscuous relationships with mascaras dictates I MUST try this! hehe Loved Maybelline XXL similar idea. lash primer one end and mascara the other. though lately i have been involved with the not so traditional wands like Telescopic and Bourjois 1001 lashes and rimmel sexy curves.

  • Aoife

    This mascara does not work for me!! I have really long lashes so I need mascara to be as black as possible! This is where I found this let me down. I felt like the white started to show through after a while. It did stay put and it is a complete nightmare to get off!! I gave it another try recently and it just isn’t working for me! Max Factor masterpiece max is yet to be beaten!!

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