Review: L’Oreal Double Extend Beauty Tubes Mascara

The product: L’Oreal Double Extend Beauty Tubes (tubing mascara)

L’Oreal’s Beauty Tubes mascara is a product that I’ve had for ages, reach for almost every single day, and love to bits and pieces. Why I haven’t reviewed it already is a bit of a mystery… but I’m chalking it up to being dropped on my head as a child.

Step one: To be completely honest, I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve used this white primer. I’m not one for extra steps, and I don’t really care for the effect it gives – it’s all too easy to end up with clumpy lashes, when the primer comes into play, and I find the resulting tone (after the black is layered on top) is rather ashen.

Step two: Okay, so here’s where the action’s at! The mascara end of this product gives a flawlessly natural, clump-free lash, and it holds up brilliantly – through rain, tears, you name it. Despite its incredibly light weight (I kid you not when I say it literally feels like nothing), it keeps a curl from eight in the morning ’till eleven at night when I rinse it off.

I do wish this gave my lashes more “oomph,” because it really doesn’t provide much in terms of volume or length, but I’m more than willing to make the compromise – at about $10, and with frequent sales in the drugstore, it’s a heck of a lot cheaper than the other tubing mascaras that come to mind.

The verdict?

So this isn’t my favourite tubing mascara of all time (hello, Fiberwig), but it’s still a great no-frills, no-fuss product. Because I have such troubles with mascaras smudging, feeling heavy, and irritating my eyes, I really do reach for this every day, save only for the days where I skip the mascara altogether.

Tip: have an almost-perfect mascara that gives gorgeous results, but smudges and smears throughout the day? The mascara side of this product makes an awesome “mascara topcoat” that layers wonderfully!

one coat of step 2 (black), no flash


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  • J C

    Great review. It looks like it really works, may have to look into this now. :) Thanks!

  • Darn those parabens :P The only mascaras I've found without them, are Bare Escentuals' versions and Tarte's. I like Tarte's, but I wish there were some drugstore ones I could play around with sometimes.
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  • Jilliterate

    Hmm, intriguing! My current "natural" mascara should be running out soon (Unless it's some sort of endless tube, which it's starting to feel like), so I think I'll try this out next!

  • I don't think I've ever tried this, I'll have to have a look one day! x
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  • WendyD

    I tried this mascara last summer, and I felt like it was way too much hassle. I liked the primer, although it was too clumpy to work with quickly. I HATED the mascara end though – Although it's a tubing mascara, it STILL smudged on me, and if applied without the primer, it would actually flake into my eye. It happened one time while I was rock climbing, and I had to try to rub my eye without falling… Yeah, not fun. I think it's the first mascara I've had which I've thrown out pre-maturely.

    I'm using the Blinc Kiss Me tubing mascara for everything you use your L'Oreal for though, and I love it! I also use it as a mascara "top coat" at times if I want more of an oomph. Fibering mascaras tend to flake into my eye, but not if this is layered over it! :)

    • Eep! That sounds awful – it's the complete opposite of what my experience has been with it :| Sorry to hear this one didn't work out well for you!

  • I love this mascara! :) Glad you like it too! I haven't met much people that like it =p
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    • Lol! Well, then, I'd say you have good taste. Seeing as it's the same as mine. :P

  • Cakeshop

    This is one of my favourite special occasion mascaras! I don't use it everyday, because I do use the primer end, and it does kinda clump and give a super dark effect. It is a bit much for everyday that way. I may have to try it w/o the primer!

    • It's really lovely without the primer – I hope you like the effect!

  • Jennifer F

    This mascara will give you volume and length if you use step one also…just make sure your tube is fresh and not old and it won't clump.