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I’m Extatic! 🥳 L’Oreal Paradise Mascara Primer 🙌🙌🙌

I love mascara primers! I don’t wear mascara everyday and I even sometimes prefer to not wear mascara when I’m wearing makeup if I’m tired, because I think the added darkness around the eyes can make my under eye circles look worse. It can make my makeup seem ‘heavy’. However, on days I’m feeling good and I decide to wear mascara – I want it to pack a punch! 👊💥 Otherwise what’s the point right?! My go-to mascara for the the last 5-6 years is Dior’s Diorshow Mascara. It’s the only mascara that gives me GREAT volume and doesn’t smudge or flake. I had been pairing it with Estee Lauder’s Little Black Primer, which was wonderful because it gave my lashes some more definition and longevity (it was smudge proof, water resistant and all the good stuff). Mascara primers for me should boost your mascaras staying power but also the effects of the mascara. For example, if it’s a lengthening mascara, then the primer should extend lashes even further; if it’s a volumising mascara, it should boost lash volume even more! The Little Black Primer has started to disappear though, so I have a feeling it’s going to be discontinued (it’s gone from Adore Beauty and has been sold out on the Estee Lauder site for aggggges) 😥🥺🥺 I wouldn’t mind finding a cheaper alternative (when is that ever a bad thing?!?) so needing to replace my Little Black Primer, I went out in search for a newbie. Could L’Oreal’s Paradise Mascara Primer be just as good as Estee Lauder’s Little Black Primer? Is it possible???? Let’s find out!

PARADISE MASCARA PRIMERLASHES FEEL FEATHER-SOFT, STRONGER AND MORE CONDITIONEDTake your lashes for next-level paradise with new L’Oréal Paris Paradise Mascara Primer, our first 2-in-1 lash primer to boost volume and care.BENEFITSTake your lashes for next-level paradise with new L’Oréal Paris Paradise Mascara Primer, our first 2-in-1 lash primer to boost volume and care. Apply it before your regular mascara, for lashes that look even longer and fuller. The ultra-soft brush coats lashes with a silky smooth formula enriched with jojoba oil and vitamins. Lashes feel feather-soft, stronger and more conditioned.How to Apply:Comb L’Oréal Paris Paradise Mascara Primer through lashes, before applying mascara. Move the ultra-soft brush back and forth from root to tip to coat every lash. Follow by applying Paradise Mascara, or your regular mascara, over the top of the prime.

This is a primer that first and foremost adds volume to lashes. It also is supposed to condition lashes using a natural concoction of jojoba oil and vitamins. The brush is quite a traditional bristle brush, but it’s no where as large or dense as the Dior Diorshow Mascara. The first difference between this primer and the EL’s Little Black Primer, is that the formula is your traditional ‘white’ colour (the Little Black Primer was black as the name suggests). You couldn’t wear this primer on it’s own without looking a little strange lol That’s ok for me because I never wore EL Little Black Primer on it’s own anyway. As the brush is more sparse compared to Dior Diorshow Mascara and not as fine and precise as the Little Black Primer. There’s a positive to the brush – you can either apply the primer sparingly and moderately to the lashes for more subtle yet defined look, or – you can really pack on the lash primer to give your massive lashes that have that ‘messy’ or even clumpy drama effect! To do this, try and get as much product onto the brush in one go by scrapping the brush against the side of the tube. Your brush should be saturated with product! Or, you can just keep on layering small amounts of primer onto your lashes until you are happy with the result 😊

Above: L’Oreal’s Paradise Mascara Primer brush against the Estee Lauder Little Black Primer

Above: L’Oreal’s Paradise Mascara Primer brush against the Dior Diorshow Mascara brush.

You certainly get longer lashes using this primer but it adds more volume than anything. My lashes are quite naturally long and curled, but I can’t imagine it would hold or create a curl very well because the formula does seem to be ‘thicker’ and thus heavier than Estee Lauder’s Little Black Primer. You really need to pick mascara primers and mascaras based on their formula but also brush. Because you can apply this primer sparingly to lashes (when you pull out the brush from the tube, the brush isn’t overloaded with product) it should also work for short lashes – to give them a nice boost! Is the formula silky as L’Oreal describes it? I’d say so. Because you build this formula nicely on your lashes, it’s a very ‘flexible’ formula that’s easy and silky to apply.

Above: On the left, two light coats of L’Oreal’s Paradise Mascara Primer and on the right, Dior’s Diorshow Mascara applied on top.

Above: On the left I am wearing the L’Oreal’s Paradise Mascara Primer and Dior Diorshow Mascara, while on the right I am wearing Estee Lauder’s Little Black Primer and Dior Diorshow Mascara. Not bad huh? The look VERY alike when it comes to the final result on my lashes. 

This brush certainly isn’t revolutionary or experimental but that’s fine with me! I like that the formula contains some lash loving ingredients. I haven’t seen an improvement in the condition of my lashes because they are in good conditioner to begin with (I don’t have issues with lashes being sparse or not growing quickly) so if this primer helps keep them in good condition, then hey, that’s great! Because this formula is developed to be ‘good’ for your lashes, it is a shame that you can’t apply the primer to lashes even when you aren’t pairing it with a mascara, but I think they generally make mascara primers white so you can see how much product you have applied to your lashes. It’s a catch 22 I guess 😅

The best part of this primer I admit is it’s price! The Paradise Mascara Primer retails for $24.95 in Oz for 7.2ml, but you can often get it for cheaper when there is a sale on L’Oreal cosmetics at the drugstore, like Priceline (it’s currently going for $17.46!).  That’s about half price compared to the EL Little Black Primer which retails for $45 AUD for 6ml. Will I repurchase the L’Oreal Paradise Mascara Primer? I think so – the results are good and so is the price tag! I wish I could find cheaper equivalents to most of my high end makeup loves, but alas lol

L’Oreal has always made great mascaras in my books. Are you a fan of any of them??? Let me know in the comments below!

Catch ya next time,

Beauty Bee~

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