LORAC Visual Effects mascara was a Nordstrom Rack find a few months back, and it was my first mascara I’ve tried from the brand. I hadn’t heard a thing about it when I saw it, but with the price discounted as it was I thought it’d be worth a try. Visual Effects is described as a curling, separating, and lengthening mascara and has a four-sided plastic comb wand. The wand can be a little tricky, but I think it gives lashes a striking look!
The four-sided comb can pick up a lot of product, so I found that it was important to either take my time applying the mascara, or wipe off some of the excess product if I didn’t feel like being as careful. Abstaining from wiping the wand and simply taking a moment to apply it slowly would ultimately produce a better look, though.
I actually think those stubby little bristles at the end do a really nice job of coating the inner lashes with just the right amount of product. The formula itself keeps lashes soft, lightweight, and gives them really nice lift. The first day I wore it, I walked around thinking, gosh, this mascara is really comfortable! And I’m really not someone who often notices a mascara being uncomfortable. I have a few upper lashes that stubbornly want to point downward, and this formula effortless keeps them as high as the rest of the lashes and made my lashes actually feel lighter.
The formula is very black (“jet black”, actually), and I didn’t have a single issue with flaking or smudging until the very end of its days. This is a mascara that lets you know loud and clear when its time is up. One day, out of nowhere, I noticed some smudging. I tried it one day longer, and it smudged even worse. So I figured that was that, and I tossed it. It lasted about 3 months for me.
Judging this mascara just on how it makes my lashes look, I think it knocks it out of the park. However, the brush can be frustrating and application can be a little slow and messy, and I’m still not sure whether the results are worth the trouble. It definitely has my attention, though, and I’m interested in trying more mascaras from LORAC.
Above: also wearing L’Oreal True Match foundation (N2), Maybelline Fit Me concealer (fair), Sonia Kashuk Super Sheer Liquid Tint blush (poppy), Maybelline Color Whisper (rose of attraction), Make Up For Ever Aqua Brow (10- light blonde), Urban Decay’s Ammo eye shadow palette (Sin, Chopper, Polyester Bride).
Are you a fan of any LORAC mascaras? Let me know in the comments below!