Makeup Monday- L’Oreal Mascara Review

So, yeah… I’m a mascara junkie. I’m not afraid to admit it.  It’s hands down my favorite product… most likely because without it my eyes are invisible. I have very light and fine lashes, plus small eyes so… mascara is my best friend. I have other friends- lipstick, bronzer, eyeshadow- it’s just that mascara is my best friend, the one I couldn’t see myself living without, the one I go to when I just need a quick fix. It’s like having a large group of friends, all of which you need in your life for different reasons- some you need for fun, some for their cry-worthy shoulders and some who just…get you. My mascara gets me.

I’ve talked before about how I’ve used the same kind since junior high- (L’Oreal Voluminous, baby!)- but recently discovered a new one that I use in conjunction with it- L’Oreal Telescopic Shocking Extensions. (I talked about it on this post HERE.) I’ve been loyal to those two for quite some time now, they totally get me. But… It’s very tempting to try the newest one that comes out claiming to give me fuller and longer lashes!  So that’s what I did. And I documented each one so we all can compare them. (Aren’t I the sweetest?)

(And no, I am not being paid by L’Oreal…although I’m not above it.)
The first new L’Oreal mascara that caught my eye was the Voluminous Butterfly…I liked it right off the bat because it was part of the Voluminous group. This mascara claimed that it would turn my lashes into butterfly wings…and what girl wouldn’t love that?


It was nice. Truly, not bad at all. It did give me some length…a little volume, but I didn’t like the consistency of the mascara itself. It went on a little too wet and left my lashes in need of separating. The fact that I had to pull out the lash comb (which I don’t have to do with my usual mascara) left me feeling a little unsatisfied. So, not as good as my current fav combo, but not bad.
The next one I tried, the most recent L’Oreal release, was the Miss Manga. It pretty much claimed that it would make my lashes look like those of a Japanese anime character. So, obviously I liked the sound of that- big eyes, long lashes… what’s not to like?
Wah wah. Not so much. My lashes stayed thin and fine, but the mascara did give them a little length, I suppose. The brush is flimsy, which is not my ideal brush style, but the formula did go on thicker, so that part I liked. I had to apply a lot of coats to get it to my liking. Not at all good enough to compete with my go-to.
And here are photos of what my two favorite products do to my lashes, just so you can see why I’m not moving on anytime soon-
(Sorry for the picture quality in this one!)

Thicker, longer lashes that don’t need a comb to separate them. The Original Voluminous thickens them, and then the Shocking Extensions has such a fine bristled brush that it separates and pulls each lash upward to make them as long as they can be. It’s perfect!!!

So even though the lighting is unfortunately different in the photos, you can still see enough of a difference in each mascara. (I had to use a lash comb with the Butterfly, but not on the others.)
Bottom line- it’s fun to play. It’s fun to try new things. But it’s also nice to have a  good friend, one who never lets you down, to come home to.
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  • Reply Gail June 25, 2014 at 5:15 am

    Very useful post! I never thought about combining mascara products.

  • Reply Everyday Champagne June 25, 2014 at 7:56 am

    Thanks, Gail! Yeah, it's kinda changed my life…or at the very least, my lashes.

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