Everyone within the beauty community has been raving about the L’Oreal Paradise Lash Paradise Mascara (or just L’Oreal Paradise Mascara here in the UK), so I decided to finally try it. I bought mine as a 3 for 2 offer across L’Oreal makeup, and the same time I bought the L’Oreal Paradise Lash Primer and the L’Oreal Paradise Pomade Extatic Brow Gel Pomade. I hadn’t read any reviews of the lash primer or brow pomade, but I find L’Oreal makeup to be pretty consistent and I’m very rarely let down by L’Oreal products. Even though the L’Oreal Paradise Pomade Extatic Brow Gel Pomade has been out for a few months now, I’ve not seen any reviews yet the reviews on the Boots website are very complimentary.
“Build your most perfect brows, with our 1st Brow Pomade for a natural or bold look. Create, define and fill your brows with this highly-pigmented, matte formula that glides on smoothly. The ultra-precise slanted brush allows you to easily create the brows of your dreams! Longwear formula that resists smudging and fading.
Makeup Designer Application Dip the built-in slanted brush into the Pomade and wipe off any excess formula. Outline and fill you brows, building up to achieve your desired look. Brush through with a clean spooley brush to blend.”
The L’Oreal Paradise Pomade Extatic Brow Gel Pomade is £9.99 and contains 3 grams of product, and to put that into perspective the Benefit Ka-Brow also contains 3 grams and is £20.50 and the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade is £19 and contains 4 grams.
The packaging of the L’Oreal Paradise Pomade Extatic Brow Gel Pomade is similar to that of Benefit Ka-Brow as they both have a circular plastic pot, and the lid is elongated as it contains a brush.
I personally would prefer the price to be a little cheaper and to just skip the brush as I never use them as they’re never on par with my own makeup brushes, especially for my brows where I prefer to use a Zoeva 322 Brow Line Brush as it’s a lot more precise. The brush included within the lid is usable but I just prefer the results when I use my own brow brush, and I actually prefer the Ka-Brow brush in comparison.
L’Oreal Paradise Pomade Extatic Brow Gel Pomade Review and Swatches
The L’Oreal Paradise Pomade Extatic Brow Gel Pomade is available in a total of five shades, whereas Ka-Brow is available in eight and Dipbrow in 11. The shade range could definitely be extended but it’s better than most drugstore brow ranges which tend to have just light, medium and deep shades. I found it really hard to decide which shade would suit me but I ended up opting for Brunette 104, and there’s only one shade darker than this shade and I don’t think Brunette is particularly dark.
It’s a medium dark brown which is quite neutral in tone, and it works well for my brows. These swatches are done with the brush included within the lid, and as you can see they’re not particularly precise especially if you have sparse brows and need to do a lot of filling in.
I find the formula to be quite dry compared to ABH Dipbrow so it might work well for oily skin, but I like creamier brow pomades as you get a minute or so to work with them, and you can easily blend them with a spoolie whereas I found the L’Oreal Paradise Pomade Extatic Brow Gel Pomade to dry almost instantly on contact with the skin. I’m tempted to add some eye drops into the pot to see if I can make the formula a little less dry and stiff to work with.
Once on the skin it doesn’t fade, smudge or transfer which I like and it’s definitely as longwearing as Ka-Brow although it’s not bomb proof like Dipbrow as that’s the longest wearing brow pomade I’ve ever tried. Is it worth £10? Yes and no. I think it’s a good product but I wouldn’t repurchase it as I don’t love it as much as my other brow gels, but I will still finish mine up as I like the effect when I use my own brow brush.
Have you tried the L’Oreal Paradise Pomade Extatic Brow Gel Pomade? Do you like to use brow pomades? Let me know in the comments below…