When it comes to picking high performance beauty products, people often overlook drugstore picks for their luxury counterparts. But any true mascara lover will tell you that price isn’t a factor — the best mascaras don’t have to cost a fortune. Eva Longoria agrees — which is why the actress, producer, philanthropist and L’Oréal Paris spokesperson recently gave fans a treat when she shared a video of herself on social media trying several different drugstore mascaras. Her experiment came from a realization that she’d been using the same mascara for so long that it might be time to try something new.
“But do they really do what they say they’re going to do?” she asks at the top of the two-minute clip.
In the video Longoria tries six different mascaras over the course of a few days to see if they deliver — no filters, enhancements, or falsies. She also shares her favorite pick — which only costs $9 — and her must-have mascara if she were stranded on a desert island.
Eva Longoria’s Favorite Mascara
The L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara is the A-lister’s tried-and-true mascara. Formulated to resist clumping and thicken the appearance of lashes, it’s perfect for someone who wants dramatic lashes without eyelash extensions.
“It really separates [lashes],” she says. “I always find this one’s easy to add a lot of coats.”
The conditioner makes it a highly buildable formula, which Longoria was excited about, and really makes her lashes pop.
Eva Longoria’s Desert Island Must-Have Mascara
While Voluminous Carbon Black is the star’s number one, she describes the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Washable Mascara as her mascara of choice whenever asked the question “If you were stranded on an island what one makeup product would you take?” It’s the natural finish and lightweight feel that sealed that win for her.
3 L’Oréal Paris Mascaras For Your Lash Needs
The other mascaras that Longoria tried were equally impressive and served different benefits — but hey, you’ve got to pick a winner though, right? Check out her runners-up that may easily become your favorite mascara or desert island pick.
This volumizing and curling mascara has the same great formula as Longoria’s main pick, but comes with a curved brush to match the shape of your lashes as it thickens and evenly coats them.
“It doesn’t get clumpy — it’s a really great every day [mascara]; that’s why it’s my every day,” she says about this pick.
Simply add a coat or two of the built-in primer, then follow up with as many coats of the volumizing mascara until you get your desired effect. The fiber-rich formula helps to truly lengthen, giving you the wide-eyed look of your dreams.
“This does what it says!” Longoria tells viewers with excitement. “There’s fibers in the formula — that’s pretty cool.” And even though she didn’t follow the directions on the packaging exactly, her results were still remarkable.
For lashes that have volume without product weigh-down, this is your pick. The air-whipped formula gives it comfortable, all day wear whether you want a natural or built-up striking look.
The video reminded us that with L’Oréal Paris mascaras, “we’ve got a lot of options,” as the leading lady says. Another thing the video also reminded us is that, makeup or no makeup, Longoria is — and will always be — an absolute knockout.
Written by: Shalwah Evans, Photo Courtesy of L’Oréal Paris