L’oreal Lash Architect Mascara – Carbon Gloss
I’ve been on and off using L’oreal Lash Architect for years, ever since I bought the first originial fake lash mascara from Yves Saint Laurent about 8 years ago! Eek, showing my age now! The YSL one was great, but pricey and dried out suuuper quick. So when this product came out soon after, I snapped it up straight away.
The type of Lash Architect I’m reviewing here is the Carbon Gloss one, not waterproof. Previously I’ve always used the regular black one (silver instead of black packaging). The gloss in Carbon Gloss is supposed to make your lashes glossy, instead of brittle/dry looking and the carbon is supposed to represent an even intenser black.
L’oreal Lash Architect is a good mascara, I find application of it very easy and you can really get lovely big, thick, long lashes in pretty much one application. As I have black lashes anyway, I never really use it on my lower lashes as it irratates me slightly (probably because I’m not used to it). If you’re the sort of person who likes to put about three or four coats of mascara on, then this product isn’t great for that. It will look clumpy and cloggy, but as I said, one or two careful coats is more than enough for most of you, without a doubt.
My only real complaint about this product is, like it’s predeccessor, it does dry out quite quickly, about a month or so after opening. There is still product left, but it can look a little dry (and clumpy) on your lashes. However, as I like the big lash effect I do still use it even when it’s like that! That doesn’t really bother me too much, I figure you can’t have everything and it’s not too horribly noticable. But sometimes if you’re not careful it can look a bit ick, so definitely don’t reapply after it dries!
This Carbon Gloss mascara did feel less cakey for the first month or so compared to the regular Lash Architect, and slightly thinner in consistency, but generally it is just the same – only possibly not as good. Next time I will repurchase the original one.
Another con against this mascara is that it is troublesome to get off; my eyelashes feel like they have bitty mascara left on them still, and the next morning I get those little smudges under my eyes, no matter how well I think I’ve done in removing it, so that’s not great.
<——- My lashes, without any make-up.
My lashes after applying L’oreal Lash Architect —–>
So as you can see, they do make quite a difference to my thin lashes, and despite the fact that the mascara can get a little clumpy and dry looking, and is hard to take off, I keep going back to it as it’s reasonably priced (around £10) and does the job! Obviously more high end ‘Fake Lash Effect’ mascaras are probably superior to this, such as Christian Dior Showgirls, but they are double the price. This is probably my favourite high street mascara for big lashes…. so far!