Makeup Review: L’oreal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara – Waterproof

Did I mention that I stopped getting eyelash extensions?  …I miss them.  I really, really, really do.  I had to stop because my travel schedule has been so hectic lately!  Also, the refills are kind of a pain (two hours every three weeks…but SO WORTH IT).

So to get over the loss of my beautiful faux lashes, I’m going to be trying out a bunch of mascaras!  My criteria is that it has to be waterproof, black, and lengthening is a plus.    The first one I decided to try is this one:

Brand: L’oreal Paris
Product Name: Voluminous Butterfly Mascara (Waterproof)
Color: Blackest Black 871
Features: Wingtip Brush, Butterfly Formula (fiber extensions)
Retail Price: $7.00

It comes in a pretty chrome tube with blue stripes on it.  It’s pretty!  It doesn’t really remind me of a butterfly but that’s fine with me.

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The gimimick of Voluminious Butterfly Waterproof Mascara is the brush.  It’s a “wing-tip” brush that lengthens, stretches, and volumizes each lash to the outer corners of the eye.  Interesting?

Here’s the brush—it does have a curve.  Also, the top of the brush has two teeth that form a V—this is how it “stretches” the lash out.  The bottom is a straight, plain edge—for bottom/inside lashes, I think.  The only issue is that to use the “wingtip” brush correctly, you’ve got to switch to your non-dominant hand to do the other eye.

I think the design of the brush makes it grab a little too much product.  I try not to swirl it around in the tube as I pull the wand out and that seems to fix this (besides scraping off the excess).

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And this is what it looks like when it’s on (no other makeup):

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I’m impressed! I love the color—Blackest Black is definitely a nice, dark, intense black and the fiber formula DEFINITELY lengthens.  The volumizing properties are…okay—I can definitely tell at the base but the rest of my lashes don’t look significantly thicker in my opinion.  I am extremely pleased with the lack of clumps/flakes/smudges—I’m doing a test run right now while a typhoon hits Japan—it is HUMID.  My lashes have held up!  My favorite part about this product is that the ‘extensions’ are very soft.  They remind me of my old lash extensions….(but being only a super tiny amazingly ridiculous fraction of the price).    The formula is a bit ‘wetter’ then some of the other mascara brands that I’ve tried but I don’t mind because it’s easier to put on coats while it’s wet.

I found that the brush wasn’t difficult to use but I will need some practice to get the full extension with the wing tip.  If you can’t tell from the picture, I didn’t use the brush correctly—it’s supposed to look more like a cat-eye.  Practice makes perfect! 😀

Definitely a big fan!  This is the first drugstore mascara from L’Oreal that I’ve tried—normally, I stick with Maybelline.   Stay tuned for my next mascara review in 2-3 months—you’re supposed to throw out your old mascara every 2-3 months because of bacteria, etc.  It’s good practice for eye health, ladies!  When I first started using mascara, I used my first tube until it ran out.  6 months later.  Thankfully, I didn’t get a stye!  Thank goodness that now, I know better.  *whew!*

PS: My next review will most likely be a Japanese mascara.  I bought a bunch while I was in Tokyo! 😀

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