Testing New Mascara: L'Oreal Lash Paradise and Essence Volume Stylist Curl and Hold

New Drugstore Mascara
L'Oreal Lash Paradise and Essence Volume Stylist

When it comes to mascara it takes a lot for me to be impressed. My lashes are short, don't curl easily and tend to stick straight down. I know if I want length and volume, I should just put on lashes. However, there are days that I'm not able to apply them and these two mascara's have been my "go to" lately. Both are great affordable drugstore mascara's but they work differently for me.

New Drugstore Mascara
L'Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise

L'Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise separates and lengthens my lashes very well. I don't feel like it adds a ton of volume as it suggests but it does a good job. It doesn't flake or smudge on my eyes and doesn't clump. I have the black and I think there's a darker black available that I would like to try. The packaging is beautiful and does remind me of the Better than Sex mascara by Too Faced. I've seen countless reviews saying this mascara is a dupe, but I've never tried the Too Faced one. My biggest con for this mascara would be the brush. I have small eyes and the brush is a bit big. I find it hard to get the brush into the inner corner of my eye. It doesn't grab those small hairs easily. I did have to use this mascara a few times to get use to the bigger brush. Overall, I think this is a good mascara.

New Drugstore Mascara
Essence Volume Stylish Curl and Hold Mascara

The Essence Volume Stylist Curl and Hold Mascara was my favorite of the two mascara's I tried. I can't say that this mascara helped keep a curl in my lashes, because they are really hard to curl but it did add volume and lengthen my lashes very nicely. The wand is the biggest reason why I liked this mascara over the L'Oreal. While it has a nice big brush to separate the lashes, the wand does tapper at the end to help grab those small inner corner lashes on my eye. This mascara did not flake or smudge on me. It built well and I didn't experience any clumping. The packaging on this one was also cute. Essence has great mascara's and this one did not disappoint.

Have you tried either of these mascara's?


  1. These sound really good. I love the packaging too.


  2. I love trying new mascaras, it takes a lot for them to impress me too! I like the look of the wand <3
    Great post as always!
    Chlo xx

  3. I want to try the L'Oreal Lash Paradise but I think it's not out yet in Italy or I haven't seen it in my local counters :(

    Caterina | caterinasosso.com

  4. Great review! I'll have to try that Essence mascara. I love that their mascaras are so cheap! I hear you on the small eyes department. Sometimes these mascara brushes are way too big!

  5. Nice review! I've tried the L'Oréal mascara and I like it!

    L.E.N.A | Revealed

  6. The brush really does look like the Too Faced one and I do like theirs. I have yet to try the L'Oreal one x


  7. This looks really cool!

  8. Loreal new mascara is on my wish list, I hope it works out for me as I haven't had much luck when ever I use a Loreal mascara :)

    Sheer Beauty Blog

  9. The packaging alone of the Essence volume makes me want to buy it! I tend to stick to the same mascara's and never look around, I use Rimmel scandalous and usually randomly pick up another to go with it so I may give this one a try next time! x

    S x

    1. There's a purple version of the Essence mascara that I want to try. Same packaging, just purple.

  10. I haven't. Finding a mascara that gives volume is so challenging. I love UD's Perversion. I tried the Too Faced one and it's ok.

  11. I am always drawn towards L'Oréal Mascaras. The lash paradise one is on my list but after reading your review need to try the essence one too.:-)

  12. I need to get my hands on a new mascara. Thank you for the review. I love mascaras that give m dramatic volume. Xxx

  13. I've been using the L'Oreal Lash Paradise for the last couple months and I'm underwhelmed by it - it flakes on me which is so annoying! The Essence one sounds/looks promising - I love trying their mascaras because they're so reasonably priced; going to have to add that one to my list!

  14. I am not a fan of the lash paradise myself but that other mascara sounds great to me!