Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

L'Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara
L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara

Do you need a million lashes for a million dollar lash look?

L’Oreal Blackest Black (635) Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara ($8.99 for 0.30 fl. oz.) is designed as a volumizing mascara that will make your sparse lil’ lashes go from two to a million with a couple of coats of mascara. Obviously, like all mascaras, the claims are exaggerated, but what we can take out of all the marketing brouhaha is that it should give the illusion of a fuller fringe of lashes.

The good thing about mascara is a picture is worth at least 1,000 words, if not a few more. The wand on Voluminous Million Lashes works brilliantly to define and separate lashes–even after a couple of coats–and no clumping. My lashes look longer and thicker certainly, though increased volume? I’m not entirely sold. It’s there in some capacity, but perhaps not as volumizing as I’d expect from a full-on volumizing mascara.

I wore this for twelve hours, and I have no smudging or flaking issues to report. It also held my curl during the twelve hours I trialed this mascara (on five separate occasions). They added new technology to the tube itself so that when the wand pulls through the opening, it minimizes the amount of excess mascara on the brush/wand, for a cleaner application.  Blackest Black is a nice, inky black, too.

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  • Product: 24/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 5/5

final thoughts: Love the brush and the packaging — could be more volumizing, though it is a nice mascara overall (but I rate based on how well a product performs relative to its claims).

where to buy: drugstore.com

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L'Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara
L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara

L'Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara
L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara

L'Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara
L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara

L'Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara
L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara

L'Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara
Bare Lashes / L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara

L'Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara
Bare Lashes / L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara

L'Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara
Wearing L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara (Lancome Glowy Ballerine on cheeks, NARS Sheer Glow as foundation, Estee Lauder Wild Violet lipstick on lips)

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40 thoughts on “L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara Review, Photos

  1. Nadia

    Hmmm this didn’t work for me AT ALL. I actually returned it because it was SO far off from their claim and I could not justify the money I spent on it. My lashes went from about a million to what looked like 500,000 lol. And I have good lashes to begin with, the mascara just made them look so…sparse!

    • Jaclyn

      same! I am not sure why but this just did not work on me at all and my lashes looked really sparse after application, but oddly enough it works for my sister and she loves it.

    • Annick Chantal L. H.

      I 2nd that. I am lucky to have bought it in a supermarket (In france it is sold in supermarkets and some places like sephora, Les Galeries Lafayette, Le Printemps) because some places like department stores are very strict when you want to return your purchases. I returned it. I am surprise of the result because Sam Fine a MUA — he is very famous in the US, I suppose — said to love it. So as I am a mascara junkie I wanted to try it, this “must-have”. Of course, in the supermarket you can’t test and swatch it. My gosh, this mascara is just so-so if not nul! (in french which means “bad”). Anyway I’ve never been a l’oreal junkie so I am not surprise. I’ven’t found my mascara yet. I need to replace a very old lancôme magnificils. I have some mascara (YSL) but they are not like my lovely lancôme magnificils which is now and unfortunately (should I say) unwearable (too old).

  2. K7P*

    Ohhhhhh I love the new temptalia website!!! =)

  3. Nunuiviet

    Well for the look it gives I think is still decent, plus l’oreal products are so cheap, so it doesn’t hurt our wallet…

  4. Amanda

    I haven been using this mascara for a few months now and I love it!

  5. So glad you reviewed this, I always enjoy hearing your opinion since you get to see so many more products than most of us! I’ve been using this for a few months now and I rather like it! I don’t know if it’s become my go-to mascara, but for the price I’ve been happy to use it as an “every-day” kind of mascara, saving my expensive tube for nights out and special occasions. My only complaint is that it seems to feel a little “crunchier” to me than some pricier formulas…

  6. Martina

    i’m using this mascara right now and i’m liking it…

  7. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Jill AnGeLwInGz

    The brush looks similar to Inimitable. That gives it points from me!

  8. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Aisha Aisha

    I love this mascara…it does what it says it does (IMO). My co-work even commented on how great my lashes looked (long and full)!!! I reach for this constatnly; I would totally recommend this.

  9. Ingrid

    Honestly, I’ve been playing with many mascaras lately and taking pics to compare. This one specifically really gives a nice effect as to giving the effect of many more lashes than I actually have.
    I really like it.
    Of course the pics of mascara ads always are very exaggerated, but when I compare my bare lashes to my lashes with this mascara on, or with other mascaras on, this is the only one that really gives the “million lashes” efect on mt eyes.
    I highly recomend it, but it’s just my opinion. :)

  10. Taylor

    Mascaras are so hit or miss depending on the person. Everyone loooves the L’Oreal Telescopic but it works horribly for me. So, I think it’s just going to be a personal preference.

    • anonymous

      yup, everyone’s lashes are different and they want diff things. I have a ton of mascaras but the differences are tiny between the ones I actually like. really only loreal from highschool on til recently. I think it was lashout when I started and I loved it but I did need a really fine comb to separate the lashes and they discontinued my HG lash comb :-( it was sooo cheap too, 2 tiny portable square combs for like $3 from Rubiglow or something, no one else seems to have heard of them.

  11. anonymous

    hmm, I was expecting a different brush style, with double the usual bristles. that looks more like definition than million style brush. passing because it doesn’t look any better than Voluminous Definition

    I didn’t think Voluminous was included in the name of the Million lash mascara either. new product to be release or combining dff colors maybe.

  12. I like this mascara. I just wish drugstore brands like L’Oreal and Maybelline were cheaper here in Belgium. I think this mascara cost me about 16 euros, which is around $21. Not fair! lol Even MAC mascaras are cheaper.

  13. i wasn’t sure if i liked this mascara at first, but i do now. it gives a nice natural but really “full” look. not dramatic but still lush. if that makes sense haha.

    p.s. i love the new site look!

  14. Eileen

    I don’t know, Christine. You say it separates lashes and that there isn’t any clumping, but your lashes look badly clumped together I the picture–especially the lower lashes.

    • Doesn’t look clumped to me at all — thickened yes, but very defined to me! My lashes do a lot of criss-crossing (you can see it in the bare lashes), but if you compare bare lashes to mascara lashes, I see thicker lashes but my lashes didn’t clump together (which would actually give the illusion of less lashes). Maybe there’s one or two lashes stuck together more from user error but from my experience using the mascara over five different days, it doesn’t clump.

  15. Linnea

    I totally agree. This was one of my more recent Mascara tryouts, and though I really liked it for picking out all of my lashes without clumping, it majorly failed on the volumize claim. I still liked it, just think it should be “L’Oreal Million Lashes Mascara”. :)

  16. Sarz

    I hated this stuff. SO far off from my regular voluminous <3

  17. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Cathy Angelcat47

    Thanks for this review,Christine…I was dying to try it,but not so much now.

    BTW,I LOVE the look of the site…talk about gorge!!

  18. yes, it does volumize but it does flake on me by the end of the day. Now I’m trying the new Maybelline mascara. So far so good!

  19. PeachBellini

    Holy heck, in the UK it retails for £11.29, which is about $17/18!!

  20. mina

    i actually really love this mascara. it makes my lashes look amazing! it’s my go to mascara at the moment :)

  21. shavonne

    I have this mascara and I have mixed feelings about it. I have short stubby lashes and it definitely volumizes. I found to be very clumpy though.

  22. JL

    I really wanted to like this but it flaked on me no matter how I applied it.

  23. Jenny

    I couldn’t get past the fragrance on this mascara. The second I opened the tube it floored me and it really left a bad impression on me. I still tried, and it did make look like I had a milliion lashed, a million short black lashes.

  24. Kat

    I often use a metal lash comb (always if more than one coat) and I think that’s made more of a difference to the look of my lashes than what mascara formula I happen to be using. A dramatic difference. It smoothes out the criss-crossing so lashes look longer just because of that, and if something is a little sticky, it’ll fix that too. It helps get the corners and lower lashes too. I’ve never seen a tool review before but maybe you could do one? I think the readers will appreciate the before and after pictures using the lash comb and the same mascaras. But it’s got to be a metal lash comb, mine is this Sephora Professionnel Platinum Lash & Eyebrow Comb #21 http://sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P136215&categoryId=C17062&shouldPaginate=true

    • I have them, but unfortunately since my lashes are naturally criss-crossing, a lash comb doesn’t magically undo that :(

      • anonymous

        I go with Kat on this but it doesn’t have to be metal, it does have to be extremely fine though, metal ones seem to be finer than most reg. My lashes were naturally very criss-cross but if you use a lash comb every day with a mascara that’s stiff, it can redirect lashes over time. It’s hell finding a lashcomb that does more damage than good but they’re worth their weight in gold. You basically find a mascara that’s fairly heavy and pull the clumps out before it dries completely, straightening lashes as you go and a second coat to hold them that way, let it dry before combing again if needed but make sure the lashes pressure each other straight.

        sadly this does NOT work for getting lashes to hold a curl instead of naturally going straight down. if anyone knows that one…

        it’s funny I’ve always sworn by lash curlers & combs but been annoyed by the cost of brushes.

        resolution: buy more brushes, not more MU

        Christine, what about brush reviews in a tutorial form? Either using a different brush type on each eye or a different brand on each eye and offering use tips (ways to hold it, ways to use it, where to use it best, why it’s different from other brushes). Your makeup always looks so beautifully applied and I can’t be the only one who stares at the brush display wondering what to get.

        If you have multiple lash curlers those would be good reviews too if you did bare face, before/afer eye close ups, & a finished pic. I need to pick a good one. (leaning to LM because that kind folds up so nicely and is so much easier to store)

        • I’m no longer doing tutorials at this time – too many said it was not my forte and should stick with what I’m good at, so I’m not currently doing them right now!

          • anonymous

            No point empowering the naysayers. There will always be critics. You surely know you have the talent. Do the content you want, your way because you’re the only one who can do that. It would be silly for Nars to stop making eye products over an F, right? If you don’t want to do ‘em fine, but love what you do, not how others react.

            Beauty is only skin deep but ugly goes clear to the bone.

    • Jenny

      The lash comb used to be my best friend because some of my lashes do that criss cross thing too and as such have a tendency to clump. That was until I found Cover Girl Lash Blast Fusion. Now I never have to touch it to get seperate lashes.

  25. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Traci Traci

    i used this for a while and liked it…i just got the new one by one volume, i think that one is by maybelline. so far it’s working great, is that something you could review in the future? Thanks!

  26. Thank you so much for this review! I was planning on getting it, but you made me change my mind.
    Love your face pic though… you look great. :)

  27. Kathleen

    This is my new favourite mascara! It doesn’t go so far volume-wise as I’d expected it to but it definitely keeps my lashes separated and lengthens clump-free (the wiper is awesome; I love Voluminous Original except for the amount of product that’s left on the wand after you take it out of the tube).

    Just a heads-up though, it smells like rose… It really bugged me at first, but now I kinda like it.

  28. Diane Lee

    I currently have this mascara too, and I completely agree that although the separation is amazing because of the wand and the stopper, there should def. be more volume. But I like how it darkens my lashes. Great post, Temptalia!