Save Your Money: L’Oreal Voluminous False Fiber Lashes Mascara

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There is something about the siren call of a new L’Oreal mascara that I just can’t seem to resist. I see the advertisement, this one with the beautiful and talented Gwen Stefani, and the next thing I know I’m tossing the mascara into my shopping cart. The gold packaging is eye catching and very similar to this other save your money L’Oreal mascara, so read the packaging closely when purchasing L’Oreal mascaras to ensure you get the one you want.

I purchased Voluminous False Fiber Lashes {$7.95 USD} in their Black formula. The formula was not as dark as I had expected, more like a dark grey, and had a strange smell reminiscent of a bubble wand. The brush applicator is long, cone-shaped slender and curved. The applicator indicates more of a lengthening effect, not like the original voluminous mascara. The formula contains long and short nylon fibers that are visible on the wand. I had reservations about these fibers, as they are prone to shed and have the potential to irritate. My reservations were founded. I noticed some minimal clumping on the end of the wand, common for new tubes of mascara, and wiped off the excess on a coffee filter. I applied the mascara to my Shu Uemura curled lashes and found the effect to be more lengthening than thickening. It also seemed to weigh my lashes down and I lost the curl almost entirely. In addition, my lashes clumped together in unflattering looking spikes. Not the desired look I was going for, although it did remind me of Gucci’s fall 2011 spider lash, the more coats I applied the more pronounced the spiky effect. I thought the formula was somewhat dry, which seems to be part and parcel with nylon fiber formulas. As the day progressed my boyfriend was kind enough to point out to me that I had little black specks on my cheeks. The nylon “false lash fibers” had fulfilled my expectations and shed onto my face. As a makeup artist, that is a big makeup deal breaker. I expect my makeup to last the day and not migrate and travel. I don’t wear contacts but I imagine this formula definitely has the potential to irritate those who do. It is advertised as safe for contact lens wearers but the fibers may come down. Perhaps the L’Oreal  waterproof version the fibers do not shed. Regardless, I am junking this mascara and returning to my tried and true favorite, L’Oreal Voluminous Waterproof Mascara in Blackest Black.

Have you tried L’Oreal Voluminous False Fiber Lashes Mascara? Will you?

Have an awesome weekend!

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6 Responses to Save Your Money: L’Oreal Voluminous False Fiber Lashes Mascara

  1. I love product reviews. I think it’s the best way to empower consumers against tricky advertising. I am currently using Max Factor Masterpiece and i am so happy with it, it lengths and separates lashes so easily… i also like any mascara from Maybelline. Hope you’re enjoying your Sunday!

  2. Mascara is so tricky! I have sensitive eyes so I’ve rarely ventured away from Diorshow since it tends to agree with me…

  3. Teri Roughen says:

    That’s the one I use. Probably because I read it here. Did you have a nice weekend? Teri

  4. Danielle says:

    Being a mascara addict, I was going to try it. I most certainly will not now. Thank you Bre!

  5. Rebecca says:

    I came across this review after Googling to see if others had found this mascara irritating. Not to their eyes, but the sensitive eyelid skin. I bought this and applied it, and within a few hours the skin on my eyelid, primarily in the crease of my eyelid, starting tingling and itching. I don’t have particularly sensitive skin, and this was the only new product I was wearing on my eyes that day, so I definitely attribute the irritation to this mascara. After washing the mascara off and splashing my eyelids with cool water to soothe them, the skin was dry and still sensitive, and continues to be 24 hours+ later and using moisturizer on the irritated area.

  6. lisa says:

    hello, i used the same mascara and had the same problems as you. for two minutes i was excited about how long my lashes got. and then the clumping started and ended with that tammy fae baker look..good lord…then bit by bit it flaked off in my eyes and cheeks….lovely…sigh…gave it a whirl..not thrilled..oh and p.s. mascara drys out real quick

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