I've been using Givenchy Phenomen'Eyes Mascara for years; it's one of the only mascaras I use regularly (the others are Maxfactor Masterpiece and False Lash Effect if you're wondering). When I saw L'Oreal Telescopic Explosion Mascara in the states at a fraction of the price, I had to pick it up.

Application takes a little longer than with regular mascara wands, but the results are so worth it.
The Givenchy product has a smaller and more intricate wand, so it really gets down to the lashline to provide volume and coat every lash. The L'Oreal product isn't as volumising or lengthening, but comes up equally as black. The Givenchy mascara doesn't smudge, clump, or flake, and whilst it isn't waterproof it lasts really well throughout the day. I usually use it when I'm going for a more dramatic look, and it still lasts really well even when I'm dancing the night away.

I would say that if £22 seems too much to spend on mascara, then try the L'Oreal dupe, but if you really want something that frames and openes up your eyes with dramatic, fluttery lashes, then the Givenchy product is a winner.

Verdict: Givenchy Phenomen'Eyes Mascara

Does anyone else use these ball like mascaras? Do you know of any other drugstore versions?


  1. I loved meeting you as well, can't wait to get to know all of you better. I love your blog !!
    xoxo Oresiri

  2. I've never used a ball applicator mascara but they sound amazing! I'm sorry I didn't get back to your comment sooner, I had no idea UoM had a fblogger society but I'll definitely look into coming! xx

    1. I'm converted now, so good for dramatic lashes.. I think there is a meet up next Wednesday but I'm creating the twitter account for the society so I'll let you know on there :) xx