L’Oreal Paradise mascara sells one a minute and our Beauty Ed thinks you should buy it too

Isn’t it nice when a brilliant, universally-raved about beauty product also happens to be a total bargain?

It certainly puts a smile on my face to recommend a superior piece of makeup without caveating my hot tip with “it’s not exactly cheap, but…” apologist waffle.

L’Oreal Paris Paradise Mascara (opens in new tab), which rings in at a very agreeable £11.99, is one such product. In the interest of honesty I should say this isn’t a new launch, it actually arrived in the UK a year or so ago, to a fair bit of fanfare. At that point it was already a huge seller in the states – and I mean one sold every 60 seconds huge – so of course us beauty editors couldn’t wait to get our hands on the stuff, and let me tell you it did not disappoint.

The pigment is that sort of sooty carbon hue that somehow makes lashes look bulked up as well as inky black. The fluffy, finely spaced bristles deposit just the right amount of formula then drag it up every individual lash, leaving them falsie-level long and fluttery, but without those annoying clumps so typical of mascara this va-va-voom. Best of all, in my opinion, the formula seems nigh-on entirely budge-proof.

You can buy the mascara here (opens in new tab)

It’s a rare mascara that I can apply at 8am and isn’t dancing all over my lids by lunch, but this passed the smudge test and then some. I’ll add that I have oily skin, hooded lids and long lashes that constantly wiggle against my upper lids – surviving that is no mean feat.

So, why am I telling you about this now? Because, sometimes, given the ever-increasing speed of products launching to market and shiny new insta-brands, it’s important to shine a light on something brilliant that’s been knocking around for long enough that you might just have forgotten. Well, it’s still selling one a minute, so has hardly been lost in the mists of time, but regardless, what I’m saying is whether you’ve tried it and loved it or it’s slipped under your radar, I highly recommend a visit to Paradise.

Oh, and did I mention it costs less than a decent bottle of fizz from Waitrose? There’s barely an excuse not to.


Fiona McKim
Beauty Editor, womanandhome.com

 As woman&home's Beauty Channel Editor, Fiona Mckim has tried more products than she’s had hot dinners and nothing makes her happier than raving about brilliant finds on womanandhome.com or her instagram grid (@fionamckim if you like hair experiments and cute shih-tzus). Fiona joined woman&home as Assistant Beauty Editor in 2013 under industry legend Jo GB, who taught her everything she needed to know (learn about ingredients and employ extreme cynicism). She has since covered every corner of the industry, from interviewing dermatologists and celebrities to reporting backstage at Fashion Week and judging the w&h Beauty Awards.