L'Oreal Voluminous in Carbon Black

3.5

929 reviews

59% would repurchase

Package Quality: 3.8

Price: $$

Package Quality: 3.8

Price: $$

INGREDIENTS



Age: 25-29

Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

This mascara just doesn't work for me.
It's extremely wet, messy, and clumpy, which makes it difficult to apply. It also cannot hold a curl at all, and is such a heavy formula that it weighs my lashes down. It's just a big clumpy mess on my lashes and doesn't deliver any flattering definition or length like I want out of a mascara.
What bothers me the most is that you cannot just wash it off with regular soap and water(I have the non waterproof formula). It runs and bleeds everywhere, sticks all around my eyes, and gives me dark black raccoon eyes. A lot of days, I wear minimal makeup that includes only mascara, and I just jump in the shower at the end of the day and use soap to wash my face. With this mascara, I have to use a makeup remover wipe first, otherwise my eyes are a big black mess. I normally use Cover Girl mascaras, which wash off easily and don't leave runny black marks all over my face. If you want something low maintenance and natural looking- I would suggest Cover Girl Clump Crusher.



Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

I like this mascara in the original but when I tried the carbon black something just seemed off....i think i'll go back to the original


Age: 19-24

Skin: Sensitive, Olive, Warm

Hair: Black, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Brown

brush is like the maybelline full n soft but doesn't work as well as that one


on 2/24/2015 5:21:00 AM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

This used to be my bff or mascaras. When I would get a new tube I'd leave it open over night to dry out the formula. This thickened, lengthened made my super straight lashes look curled, this was everything. After about a year of using this (several tubes) my lashes started to fall out more often. Then regardless of a new tube or not it would flake onto my face. The final draw was when it flaked on my cheek and Bf thought he'd be a sweety and brush it off... It smeared a dark mark on my skin. This mascara is no longer my friend, we don't speak and when I past him in the store I pretend not to notice him.


on 2/23/2015 10:33:00 PM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Normal, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

Love..re-.buy again and again between getting sidelined with some "amazing new mascara" BUT THIS ONE WORKS THE BEST! I have shortish, thinning lashes and this grabs and darkens every one without clumping or spidering


on 1/23/2015 7:44:00 PM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Red, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

Best mascara ever. I've bought this countless times.

At first this mascara is too wet. It gets better as it dries after a couple of days to a week. Then it's perfection. BLACK it is. Holds a curl just fine with my lashes. I just love how intense the color is. I like thick and black lashes and this gives me exactly that.

A lot of mascaras bother my eyes, but this did not. Even after working all day, coming home and taking a nap and rubbing my eyes.

Nothing fancy about the bottle or the brush. Just your basic mascara wand.

I have very very few HG products, but this is one of the few.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.


on 1/20/2015 10:06:00 AM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

Best mascara for the price. I've tried many mascaras and this is the best for me. My lashes look so thick, and almost false with this on . It doesn't flake or smudge on my top lashes. It starts wet , then it dries and lasts all day and night. Its very comfortable and doesn't sting my eyes. Pigmentation and the amount of product in the tube is perfect. I can use it for months without it drying in the tube, however I wouldn't recommend past three months in terms of bacteria buildup that happens with any and every mascara. All in all 10 out of 10


on 1/18/2015 1:31:00 AM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Green

My one true love in high school!! Thickens, separates, lengthens and darkens! I love this mascara but I have moved onto better!!! >:) Same brand, but Loreal Telescopic in Carbon Black with the comb brush is where it's at! That's my HG mascara, but I will always be happy to use this in a pinch. It's very nice.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.


on 1/14/2015 4:03:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Olive, Warm

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Black

My all-time fave mascara!

L'Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black gives me exactly the lashes I want. Just perfectly PRETTY lashes! It's ultra dark, it's lush, it's flirty. I have tested tons of mascaras over the years and this remains my standard. It's just the right amount of drama for me. Great length, wonderful volume, nicely curled. Delicious! I will (and have) bought this over and over again.

That's not to say there aren't others I love. I've tried Dior, TooFaced, Benefit, YSL, Tarte, CoverGirl, MAC, Guerlain and so many others. Frankly, I don't think mascara's something where high end necessarily performs better and since it only lasts 3 months if it sucks, it really sucks. I love Essence I Love Extreme Crazy Volume for high drama, it's unbelievably cheap. Jordana Best Lash Extreme Volumizing is really similar but more separating and slightly drier - it's vying for my number one spot but not sold in Canada. TooFaced Better Than Sex is a really flirty albeit spidery mascara. YSL Faux Cils would be so good if it didn't flake like crazy or pull my curl down. L'Oreal Telescopic is good for length and bottom lashes.

And DiorShow? Well, for me, it was an exact dupe of this - I had new tubes of both the DiorShow and Carbon Black and for a whole WEEK wore one on each eye and I could not tell the difference - at all. The CB brush looks like someone took a shrinkray to DiorShow one. It's funny, the saleslady recommended DS to me and when I told her I use CB, she said it used to be the gold standard but new mascaras have far improved and outperformed it. Maybe it's just the state of my lashes that I cannot detect a difference?

I've noticed it takes about a week before it really delivers since the formula is wet and you should wiggle a little. I highly recommend you try this once in your life :)

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.


Age: 44-55

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Cool

Hair: Black, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Brown

This is for Voluminous Carbon Black in Waterproof since I have short stick-straight lashes. I only apply at base of lash then swipe towards ends once to avoid clumpy, spidery look. Two coats look natural but noticeably darker. Gives me smoky eye look without all the application work. Since it is winter, I use argan oil on under eye and lately, I notice that I have raccoon-eye smudge even if I powder after concealer. Will try with regular eye cream rather than argan oil.

Pros: noticeably darkens my lashes, stays on for hours, beautiful thick lashes without clumps, holds curl, thick-bristle brush is perfect for the way I apply mascara, gives me smoky eye look

Cons: smudges under eye (like I misused a khol pencil), no clumps even though formula is thick (I wipe off excess before applying), thick rather than wet formula so may need comb, needs two passes with creamy or oily eye makeup remover

Gave three lippies for dark, sexy lashes with curl. Would be higher if it didn't smudge. Won't repurchase Carbon Black in winter (argan oil = raccoon eyes) but will try regular Voluminous waterproof in Black.


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