The extent to which my beauty bff and I talk about mascara is insane. Anytime there’s a new release it shows up in our DM’s, we roast each other’s mascara choices and constantly are questioning whether we have finally found our Holy Grail mascara. Recently I finished 3 L’Oreal Paris mascaras and I have some opinions to share.
Voluminous Original Mascara
First up is the OG Voluminous Original Mascara. A popular favorite of beauty bloggers everywhere, and for good reasons. This is one of the few mascaras I can always go back to anytime and it always works out. The wand is available in a curved or straight component, but over the years I’ve discovered that the straight wand allows me to get more of the product on my lashes since they’re naturally curved. The ingredients are traditional for a mascara, easily removable with an oil cleanser or micellar water – I have difficulties removing it with water-based cleansers. The mascara is typically long wear until ~3 months into use when it starts to flake during the day, which is just my signal to pick up my next tube. Reminder that mascara has very short shelf life and should be replaced about every 3-6 months.
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]
Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara
For review 2 we have Voluminous Million Lashes mascara. I read somewhere that this is a tubing mascara – after using it I can confirm that this is fake news. The wand component is a plastic rubber material that worked decently well for my lashes. The formula, again, is a very standard one but has a few more oils thrown in the middle for added slip. This mascara definitely adds volume and amazing length but I found it worked better when it was cocktailed together with another. What is cocktailing you may ask? Using multiple mascaras together to create the perfect lash cocktail. After using this mascara solo for a few weeks I picked up my OG Voluminous Original Mascara using that as the base and adding Million Lashes on top for extra drama and length.
Ingredients: AQUA / WATER / EAU • PARAFFIN • POTASSIUM CETYL PHOSPHATE • CERA ALBA / BEESWAX / CIRE DABEILLE • COPERNICIA CERIFERA CERA / CARNAUBA WAX / CIRE DE CARNAUBA • ACACIA SENEGAL / ACACIA SENEGAL GUM • GLYCERIN • CETYL ALCOHOL • HYDROXYETHYLCELLULOSE • PHENOXYETHANOL • PEG/PPG-17/18 DIMETHICONE • STEARETH-20 • PHENYL ETHYL ALCOHOL • SODIUM POLYMETHACRYLATE • PROPYLENE GLYCOL • HYDROGENATED JOJOBA OIL • HYDROGENATED PALM OIL • PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRAISOSTEARATE • SILICA • DISODIUM EDTA • POLYQUATERNIUM-10 • SOLUBLE COLLAGEN • PANTHENOL • SODIUM CHONDROITIN SULFATE • ATELOCOLLAGEN [+/- MAY CONTAIN / PEUT CONTENIR • CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 / IRON OXIDES • CI 77007 / ULTRAMARINES • MICA • CI 75470 / CARMINE • CI 77891 / TITANIUM DIOXIDE • CI 77510 / FERRIC FERROCYANIDE]
Voluminous Feline Noir Mascara
Coming in last place we have the Voluminous Feline Noir mascara. I only lasted 1 week before I got irrationally angry at this product and gave up on using it. Occasionally picking up back up when I was in good spirits but always finding myself disappointed. The wand component is another rubbery material but with the shortest bristles in the world. The mascara did not coat my lashes evenly or add any volume/length/color pay-off. The only benefit I found with this mascara was the ease of applying it to my lower lashes since the wand was so short. Ingredients similar to the others I’m not sure what mark was missed with this formulation but I will not be repurchasing.
Ingredients: AQUA / WATER / EAU, PARAFFIN, POTASSIUM CETYL PHOSPHATE, COPERNICIA CERIFERA CERA / CARNAUBA WAX / CIRE DE CARNAUBA, ETHYLENE/ACRYLIC ACID, COPOLYMER, STYRENE/ACRYLATES/AMMONIUM, METHACRYLATE COPOLYMER, CERA ALBA / BEESWAX / CIRE DABEILLE, SYNTHETIC BEESWAX, BIS-DIGLYCERYL, POLYACYLADIPATE-2, POLYBUTENE, CETYL ALCOHOL, STEARETH-20, GLYCERYL DIBEHENATE, STEARETH-2, PHENOXYETHANOL, HYDROXYETHYLCELLULOSE, ACACIA SENEGAL GUM, TRIBEHENIN, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, GLYCERYL BEHENATE, SODIUM DEHYDROACETATE, HYDROGENATED JOJOBA OIL, HYDROGENATED PALM OIL, DISODIUM EDTA, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE, STEARYL ALCOHOL, MYRISTYL ALCOHOL, SILICA TETRASODIUM EDTA, POTASSIUM SORBATE, BHT, [+/- MAY CONTAIN / PEUT CONTENIR, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 / IRON OXIDES CI 77007 / ULTRAMARINES