The Battle of the Vibrating Mascaras: Lancome’s Ôscillation vs. Estee’s TurboLash

Lancome’s Ôscillation

The Facts: Emits 7,000 Ôscillations per minute. Was created by a team led by Jean-Louis Guéret, the designer of all Lancôme mascara brushes who is the father of nearly 400 mascaras. Prior to the national launch, the waiting list reached a whopping 21,000 names.

The Application: Practice your thumb exercises ladies, because Ôscillation requires you to hold down a button to activate the vibrations. While it may be a bit uncomfortable and foreign, it definitely shouldn’t be a deterrent.

Patience is KEY. Watch The Beauty Bug’s instructional application video here. In short, apply in slow, straight, steady strokes. Resist the urge to zig-zag or wiggle. No need to coat the tops of lashes – in fact, the people at Lancome recommend that you don’t. Don’t over pump the wand – there’s plenty of product on there for multiple coats. Apply to lower lashes by holding the wand vertically. When done, take an extra second and go back and re-apply to the tips alone for added length. Another tip – put the wand right at the base of the lashes, activate the vibrating action and hold in place for a few seconds. Then, slowly sweep to the tips of the lashes.

The Vibrations: Controlled, and a bit more exaggerated, palpable and visible.

The Bristles: Rubber

Price: $34

Flaking: No

Clumping: No

Formula compared to Turboash: A bit slicker, shinier , smoother and just a lick thicker and heavier. Separates and lengthens well, similar to Definicils.

The Verdict: Delivers amazing results to those who are patient and take the time to practice. For beginners, break it out on special occasions when you have a lot of getting ready time to spare and then work it into your daily routine when you perfect the gesture.

Estee Lauder’s TurboLash All Effects Motion Mascara

The Facts: In July, became the world’s first vibrating mascara. Delivers micropulsing effect that allows brush to penetrate deep in the lash bed. Features a rapid release gel formula.

The Application: One twist of the cap, and the vibrations are activated. No buttons or multi-tasking required. With this mascara, The Beauty Bug DOES apply one coat to the top of Her lashes, and then multiple coats to the underside. Just like Ôscillation, apply with slow even strokes. Watch Estee’s application video here.

The Vibrations: A bit more subtle and less exaggerated than the Ôscillation. What seems like vibrations are micro-pulses in the bristles that allow the brush to penetrate deeper into the lash bed. The first time The Beauty Bug used this mascara, She noted that it felt like the wand was vibrating, not the wand.

The Bristles: Micro-pulse

Price: $32

Flaking: No

Clumping: No

Formula Compared to Ôscillation: A bit lighter and fluffier. Lengthens, defines, separates well and adds volume.

The Verdict: May be a slightly better choice for an everyday mascara. There’s really no transition or learning curve – just slow even strokes starting as close to the lash bed as possible.

5 Responses to The Battle of the Vibrating Mascaras: Lancome’s Ôscillation vs. Estee’s TurboLash

  1. HomeSpaGoddess

    Thanks! Great post, this was really helpful.

  2. Heather

    With the Estee Lauder mascara you said it “felt like the wand was vibrating, not the wand.” What felt like it was vibrating?

  3. Katee

    I was going to try the Lancome during sephora friends and family but ended up going with diorshow instead.

  4. Tanning Lotion

    I haven’t had the “pleasure” of trying out the Lancome yet, but I have tried the TurboLash. I got it as one of my party favors when I went to my best friend’s baby shower in September. At first I just thought it was like any other mascara, so I didn’t even open it. Two weeks later I had dinner with my best friend and husband. When she asked me about how I liked the TurboLash. I looked at her thinking to myself what in God’s name was she talking about. Eventually I put 2 and 2 together and told her how I didn’t even use it yet. When she told me how cool it was, I made sure to have it out to put on before work the next morning. Sure enough, when I tried it on, it was a bit awkward. The first application on my left eye was a bit off because I didn’t follow instructions. I wiped it off and put on my regular stuff. That night I made sure to watch the video and read up on it. The following day I had it on perfectly. Only 2 people noticed, but they counted since they were both the CEO and the CFO of the company. I got complimented on my look and especially my eyes. Thanks Estee Lauder: I finally got noticed at work because of you!

  5. HomeSpaGoddess

    Hope you and yours have a beauty full Thanksgiving!

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