This is one of the best drugstore mascaras I have ever tried. I got great length and volume out of this. I did 3 good coats and I got seriously awesome "going out" lashes and I didn't have to use a curler or any primer. I do understand how people think this can be clumpy though, you have to do that zig zag pattern through your lashes to make sure you're distributing the mascara evenly over all of your lashes. But if you do this then you'll get awesome results. This also isn't a very "wet" formula, it's more of a thicker paste in the tube so it helps to stir, but not pump as that adds air and thus bacteria. The only downside is that it does look a little gray instead of blackest black which was the color on the tube. I'm ok with that though, this is a perfect "day" makeup because it doesn't take much to quickly amp up your lashes with this and you don't want to look like a street walker with falsies in an office. It looks great with a dark brown eye shadow liner or with a plain matte eye shadow.
So far I haven't had any issues with flaking or smudging, but then again I've only had this for a day. Still, I am a big user of L'oreal's mascaras and none of their other formulas have been smudgy or flaky on me.
I gave this a 4 our of 5 because it's pretty darn good stuff for the price, but it isn't my holy grail. It's definitely worth buying if you're stuck in a situation where you need an emergency mascara though!
I love this! it's an EXACT dupe for YSL Falsie. Trust me I have four tubes of both of these and i can't believe I used to spend $30 for the YSL one I can't even describe how close they are in performance but this is $22 cheaper! So if ur a YSL girl than you will LOVE this!
Terrible! I had high hopes for this, and was very disappointed. Came out clumpy and thick as tar, did not add any length to my lashes and flaked/ran and left me looking like a racoon by the end of the day.
This is my initial review--I've only worn it for one day, so I can't give a definite opinion about flaking or smudging yet, but so far so good. Others have mentioned the result as feathery, and that's actually a good description. I have medium-long but rather sparse lashes, and this mascara, after just one coat, made them appear significantly longer and feathery, much more noticeable but still not so dramatic that I couldn't wear it for day. Any volume added looks feathery, not thick, so I can't say my lashes look significantly thicker, but definitely longer. If I see no flaking or smudging this week, I would up the review to a 5.
Update: after using this for a while now, I've not experienced much flaking or smudging. I'm still leaving the rating at a 4, though, because I find this mascara irritates my eyes more than most. I now wear it as a special occasion mascara. But it still has great results and long wear. If your eyes aren't sensitive to it like mine, it's pretty much perfect.
With all of the mixed reviews i decided that i had to try it for myself. It is a weird formula but it really works for me! I find that it works best if not put over a primer or used with another mascara. I put one swipe on while closing my eye then focus on the tips of my lashes quickly and then open my eye and go from base to tips once more. That's it. It gives me great lashes and i don't really think i would want to try to add more coats because i like how it looks like this and i worry if i add too much it might clump. I would say this gives me dramatic fluttery lashes. I keep my lash comb handy just in case.
I was previously using a clear mascara, then a lengthening mascara and then a volumizing mascara. I think one coat of this gives better results and doesn't feel as heavy.I got the black and it looks like dark gray and clumpy formula on the brush but that went away once i applied it and it looks black and pretty. Didn't have any flaking or smudging. It was very easy to remove as well! For the price, how easy it has made my morning to not have to use three mascaras and the dramatic pretty lashes i am very happy with this product for now.
Update: After using this for a little while i started having a really bad reaction to this formula.
I am going to be in the minority for this review. I have thick long lashes that have a natural curl. I purchased this because I was intrigued by the fiber mascara and the appearance of false lashes. Even though my natural lashes are lush, I love playing them up and making them look super dramatic. The formula is rather dry, I think this is the driest mascara I have ever used. It's not a bad thing though especially because you want those fibers to adhere to your lashes once you swipe this on.
That's the one caveat of this product -- because it's so dry, you have to work quickly, ONE eye at a time and do NOT wiggle your brush at the base. The brush's design will clump at the base and will not allow you drag the brush through your lashes in a clean sweep. This mascara is meant to be used the traditional way by combing through with the wand. I was able to build up four-five coats (with slight clumping). The clumping though, once it's dried, doesn't look bad nor does it give me spider lashes if that makes sense. My lashes do not stick together and are defined. But you will NOT be able to get a brush through your lashes. It would defeat the purpose and you would end up brushing off the fibers. My bottom lashes only needed two coats. My lashes looked great and it definitely gave me more volume (from the clumping drying and making my base look lusher and more full) and made my lashes look longer. I was able to remove this easily with my normal face cleanser. The brush is kind of odd. It's almost cone shaped that tapers at the tip & picks up a lot of product. Never really used or seen a brush like this. But that's not a bad thing. Every once in a while, when I notice the performance is lagging, I wash my brushes to get rid of build up on the brushes and clean around the rim with a cotton bud to remove excess dry mascara. This mascara does take a little more work, but hey, I'm okay with that as long as it makes my lashes look this good. I can see why people dislike this mascara, so purchase from a reputable retailer with a good return policy. I did not notice any flaking and it wore well through the day. Despite the dry formula, my lashes were flexible and not brittle. A definite repurchase for me. It's up there with my favorite mascaras.
This mascara is awful. First, the brush is weird. The bristles are not long enough to comb through the lashes, so the mascara clumps. Second, it did not add length or volume to my lashes. It just made them a tangled, clumpy mess. Third, taking it off at the end of the day is a nightmare. I usually use a makeup remover wipe to take off eye makeup with no issues. This mascara came off in little pieces all over my face. I got the little pieces all in my eyes. I guess the "tubes" just did not want to let go of my face. It took forever to get this stuff off. I am so disappointed in this mascara. I'm going to stick with my Cover Girl Lash Perfection.
This mascara certainly gives my short, thin, almost-non-existent lashes great length and I mean nearly touch-my-eyebrows length after 3 good coats! Not much for voluminous, thick lashes. However, if it's long, long lashes you crave, I highly recommend this mascara. Also, it does not smudge nor flake, which can be a problem for me with most mascara's. The wand on this is a bit strange, long, tapered, and spindley, but I'm not having a real issue with it - it's just different - maybe I got used to all the fat mascara wands. I really like this mascara better than the other Voluminous mascara's in L'Oreal's line. I'm wondering how well this mascara would work layered over a voluminizing mascara? I wish L'Oreal would create a mascara that creates this kind of length plus full-body, plush volume too. That would be all out lash perfection.
Love it. So much. It seems like a hit and miss. I guess it just depends on your lashes and taste. It doesn't clump at all for me, and since I hate clumps more than anything, that's a huge plus. It wasn't that badly priced for a drugstore mascara, especially since it's L'Oreal. One of the best mascara's I've ever used.
Really enjoyed this mascara and I have asian lashes that dont curl well but this mascara did wonders for me