Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Review - L'Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara

I included this mascara in my article about great drugstore finds but I thought that since I think so highly of this product that I should do a full review on it.
I won't be adding much new information that I didn't already mention but I do have some pictures of me wearing the mascara so hopefully that will provide a little more insight.

Full review after the jump.

I have been using this mascara for at least a year now and I have never gotten as many compliments on my lashes as I have while wearing this mascara. In fact, most times people ask if my lashes are even real and I have the pleasure of telling them that they are and then I recommend this mascara.

Alright, let's start with the price - it's very affordable. When these aren't on sale, I get them at Wal-Mart for $6.97 each which is a really good deal especially considering how much more expensive drugstore products have been getting. However, I have seen a few times when this particular mascara has been on sale for $5.00 each so I always pick up a few at a time then. I'm so glad that I found this mascara before having the resort to trying out more expensive brands (which is what I was on the verge of doing before I discovered this one).

Next, the formula - which I find rather great. This mascara lengthens, separates and volumizes; what else can you ask for? I used to think that it added more length than volume but after seeing actual pictures of me wearing it, I think it adds an equal amount of both! My lashes look long, separated and voluminous - all thanks to this mascara. (By the way, I didn't curl my lashes for the photo as I wanted to provide the most accurate picture).

Flakiness factor? Well, I haven't had any problems whatsoever in this department. This mascara lasts all day long for me and even when I have slept with this on I haven't had any issues.

Clumpiness? I have heard/read that some have had issues with clumping with this mascara and I really haven't had those problems myself. However, I do find that when I first open a new tube, for the first couple of applications the brush seems to pick up a little more product than necessary. This is easily remedied by scraping the excess off the brush onto the side of the tube. Once the right amount of product is on the brush though, I have absolutely no issues with clumping. Oh and as long as I apply it correctly (wiggle the brush at the lashline and sweep it up through the lashes), there are no problems. I can imagine that if I were in a rush and was just sweeping it on quickly that this mascara might not be all that forgiving. Again though, I have no problems to report here.

There is also a waterproof version of this mascara available which works just as well as the original. All of the above factors apply except that this one can withstand any amount of liquid. I would actually wear this one on a day to day basis if it weren't so damn hard to remove.

Anyway, overall I give this mascara a 9.5 out of 10. If you don't want to break the bank on a high end mascara but still want great results, this is at least worth a shot.

Jump to more to see pictures of me wearing the mascara.

I wish I had taken before photos of my lashes but for some reason I didn't think about that. Maybe I'll take some tomorrow before I put my makeup on and then I'll edit this post. Nonetheless, I hope this review was helpful! Have a good day everyone. :)

ps. Is that hair in my photos driving anyone else as crazy as it is me? Sorry!

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