Product: L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Original Mascara. Will this drugstore brand flake, smudge, or perform beautifully?
Overall Rating = 4 Stars – Excellent
Cost: $5.84 for .26 oz. ($22.46 per fluid ounce) Price Category: Inexpensive
Container: Plastic tube with twist-off medium-sized tapered-brush wand, blister package
Description: L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Original Mascara is a readily-available water resistant, not waterproof, mascara. This fragrance-free mascara is sold by most retailers and can be removed with a regular facial cleanser. This mascara is good for most users. It is fiber free and is suitable for those with contact lenses or sensitive eyes. L’Oreal also makes a good Voluminous primer that can be used with this mascara. I would recommend the primer if you have very thin or sparse lashes. L’Oreal used to make this in a Full Definition version which performed even better with no clumps at all. I have no idea why they discontinued the superior product.
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L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Original Mascara is primarily a volumizing and thickening mascara although I find it also adds a little length to my lashes. This is good for anyone who has thin or sparse eyelashes. The Carbon Black color option is a deep jet black that will help to accentuate and add definition to your eyes.
The company claims, “Separates and builds lashes. 5x fuller lashes. Bold volume.”
Morning Review: Due to my allergies and sensitivities I have a difficult time with mascaras. Most of them make my eyes burn and turn bright red, which is not pretty. I find it shocking that a lot of mascaras contain fragrance. This one does not and I can tolerate it well. I also use this on my clients with allergies and sensitivities with no ill effects.
The wand has nylon brush bristles, not plastic nubs. It is medium sized. I would prefer that it be a tad smaller, but this one is not bad. It does have a slight taper at the end. The rubber collar at the top does a pretty good job of removing some of the mascara, but there is still too much for my taste and I have to scrape some of it back into the tube prior to application. It goes on well without too much clumping. I use two coats. It makes my lashes look much thicker, but not spiky. The Carbon Black is my favorite color as it is the deepest of the black colors in this formula. This does not have any fibers or give you that “false eyelash” look, but it does a very good job for a fiber-free mascara.
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Morning Rating = 4 Stars
Evening Review: After several hours the mascara stayed on and did not flake off. It also did not smudge or cause any irritation issues. For me, this is a huge victory. I used an eye makeup remover and all of it was easily removed.
Overall Review: L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Original Mascara is a very good mascara. It goes on well and performs well over time. It is not perfect, but for the price, it is an excellent value. Since I buy so much of it for use on clients and replace it frequently, this is a good choice for me. I have used this on clients with long, short, thin, thick and sparse lashes and it has performed beautifully in every situation.
L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Original Mascara is suitable for the following users:
- All ethnicities;
- All ages;
- All sexes;
- Thin lashes;
- Sparse lashes;
- Dry lashes;
- Brittle lashes;
- Contact wearers;
- Sensitive eyes;
- Deep set or hooded eyes.
Please see the Help page to determine your eyelash type.
Morning Rating = 4 Stars;
Evening Rating = 4 Stars;
Average from Other Testers = 4 Stars;
Value Rating = 4 Stars;
Overall Rating = 4 Stars, Excellent.
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Ingredients: AQUA / WATER / EAU, PARAFFIN, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, CERA ALBA / BEESWAX / CIRE D’ABEILLE, STEARIC ACID, TRIETHANOLAMINE ACACIA / ACACIA SENEGAL GUM, CARNAUBA / CARNAUBA WAX / CIRE DE CARNAUBA, PALMITIC ACID, DIMETHICONOL, HYDROXYETHYLCELLULOSE, PANTHENOL, IMIDAZOLIDINYL UREA, SODIUM POLYMETHACRYLATE, METHYLPARABEN, PEG/PPG-17/18 DIMETHICONE, 2-OLEAMIDO-1,3-OCTADECANEDIOL, PROPYLPARABEN, SIMETHICONE, BHT, POLYQUATERNIUM-10
[+/- MAY CONTAIN: CI 77492, CI 77499, CI 77491 / IRON OXIDES, CI 77007 / ULTRAMARINES, CI 77891 / TITANIUM DIOXIDE, CI 77266 / BLACK 2, MICA, CI 75470 / CARMINE, CI 77510 / FERRIC FERROCYANIDE, CI 77288 / CHROMIUM OXIDE GREENS, CI 77289 / CHROMIUM HYDROXIDE GREEN].
Formulated Without: Artificial Fragrance.