Review: L'Oreal Voluminous

Friday, 11 February 2011

Left: Naked lashes, Right: Curled and 1 coat of Voluminous (Only on the upper lashes)

L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara is extremely hyped about in the beauty community. With comparisons to YSL Faux Cils but at less than half its price (Approx. £8), I knew I had to give it a go. I've been using this everyday for the past few months and I really like it, however I have one major gripe which is preventing me from repurchasing.

I really like the effect you get with this mascara. With 1 coat, you get a nice amount of lengthening. With more coats, you get a nice mix of lengthening and volumising. I wouldn't say that it lives up to the 5x more volume claim but it does do a really nice job of lengthening and volumising. I started to wear this along with a lengthening mascara and fell in love with how it looked.

The brush does sometimes get too much product on it, but it's easy to give it a quick wipe on the rim of the tube to get rid of some product to avoid clumpiness. The major disappointment I had with this mascara was that it smudges like crazy. I'd apply this in the morning and within a couple of hours, I would have major racoon eyes.

While I really liked the effect of this mascara, I can't see myself repurchasing this again anytime soon unless I can get my hands on a waterproof version. I was really disappointed with how much it smudged. I'm a student and am on clinic a lot of the time, so I can't be constantly checking whether or not my mascara has smudged, so I want a mascara that won't leave me feeling paranoid or conscious about whether I have black marks under my eyes - Unfortunately, L'Oreal Voluminous is not it.

Have you ever tried L'Oreal Voluminous? What did you think?

Thank you for reading. xoxo, Joy


  1. I love L'oreal voluminous. It's the one mascara I know I will purchase over and over again. The formula is quite wet when you first get it, but after a little while, it works so well!

  2. Great review! I like what it's done for your lashes but that's such a shame about the smudging. I hate mascaras that do that too! xo

  3. I had Voluminous last year and loved it. That's a shame that it smudged as it looks great on your lashes. x

  4. Your lashes does look good with this product. But me personally am alway disapointed with mascara. Just wished they lived up to expectations.

  5. You can definitely see that it adds length to your lashes and it looks like it does a fab job of keeping them separate x

  6. Great review, it does look like it's made a difference. I use maybelline falsies which is pretty good but it's so hard to get off xx

  7. @Vida - I'm glad you like Voluminous. Do you find that it smudges for you too? xx

    @Jennie - Thank you. I like the effect, but I hate mascaras that smudge too :/ xx

    @Lily - I'm glad to hear you loved it. Thanks, I hate how that it smudges too. If it didn't, I'd definitely buy this again. xx

    @Not quite beautiful - Thanks. That's a shame that you're always disappointing with mascara :( xx

    @Joanna Louise - Thanks, I really like the effect. I just hate how it smudge :/ Maybe I just need to persevere with it. xx

    @Stefany - Thanks :) Ooh, I might have to give that Maybelline one a go! xx