L'oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara: Review. Swatches, Pictures

L'oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara

I got this as a gift from my bestfriend who currently lives in Canada. She asked me what I liked and I immediately thought of this mascara. A lot of Youtube Gurus in the US have been raving about this. This was my first time to try a mascara from L'oreal and I am quite apprehensive to try it. However, with a lot of buzz from the youtube community who would not be curious to try this too? Let's cut the chase and let's get started with the review.

According to L'oreal:
Dramatic volume effect. Separates & builds every lash. Patented volume maximizing brush. L'Oreal presents Carbon Black Voluminous Volume Building Mascara. L'Oreal Carbon Black Voluminous is uniquely formulated to resist clumping, soften lashes, and build lashes to 5x their natural thickness! Unique maximizing formula quickly thickens and builds lashes in a single application for a full and aromatic lash look. Patented Volume Maximizing Brush thickens lashes evenly and smoothly, leaving them soft with virtually no flakes, smudges or clumps. Voluminous, formulated with Panthenol and Ceramide-R. protects and conditions lashes leaving them supple and soft to the touch, resisting clumping and flaking. Ophthalmologist and allergy tested. Suitable for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers. Clump-resistant. Fragrance-free. Made in USA.
Aqua/Water/Eau, Paraffin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cera Alba/Beeswax/Cire D'Abeille, Stearic Acid, Triethanolamine, Acacia/Acacia Senegal Gum, Carnauba/Carnauba Wax/Cire De Carnauba, Palmitic Acid, Dimethiconol, Hydroxyethycellulose, Panthenol, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Sodium Polymethacrylate, Methylparaben, PEG/PPG-17/18 Dimethicone, 2-Oleamido-1,3-Octadecanediol, Propylparaben, Simethicone, BHT, Polyquaternium-10. May Contain: [CI 77492, CI 77499, CI 77491/Iron Oxides, CI 77007/Ultramarines, CI 77891/Titanium Dioxide, CI 77266/Black 2, MICA, CI 75470/Carmine, CI 77510/Ferric Ferrocyanide, CI 77288/Chromium Oxide Greens, CI 77289/Chromium Hydroxide Green].

The mascara wand looks like any other mascara wand in the market. However, I noticed that the bristles are quite thick, thus, this wand picks up a lot of product. I would often brush off the excess on the mouth of the tube. Otherwise, it can easily turn my lashes into clump city. It takes forever to remove the excess product on the brush.The shade is indeed carbon black. The color intensity and pigmentation is without question. This the blackest mascara I have ever tried and you could easily see the proof on the pictures I provided below. This gives my lashes that much needed volume. Just 2-3 swipes and it can makes my lashes look fuller and more luscious. It can also lengthen my lashes a bit but not comparable to the length that Maybelline Stiletto mascara can give. This did not sting my eyes. However, I noticed that from the time that I have used this beyond the three month rule, this made my eyes water almost all day. I did not knew that this was the primary culprit in making my eyes water. I only noticed it Right when I stopped using it. After switching to Revlon Photoready, I did not experience watery eyes anymore. Oh no!!!! I should have strictly adhered to the three month rule!This mascara has a wet and thick formula. When you have sparse lashes like I do, drier formula of mascara works better. Believe me! I also learned this from Michelle Phan in one of her videos! Aside from removing the excess product on the brush, I also tend to wait a few seconds before applying this on my lashes to have make the formula a bit tacky. This works well on my lower lashes too. With this mascara, my lower lashes look more noticeable. I got the one that is not waterproof. Despite this fact, it did not smudge on me at all. I use a good makeup remover to wipe off the mascara on my lashes, the product is too pigmented that it can not be easily removed with water and soap. This is also fragrance free. Also, this did not make my lashes too stiff and overtly hard to the point of easy breakage. This can keep my lashes curled for almost half a day. This mascara is actually great minus the fact that I find the formula too thick and wet. I really think that finding a great mascara is very relative because like skin types, our lashes have different volume and length.  With my sparse lashes, I still prefer my Maybelline Stiletto and Missha 4d Mascara over this. Sadly, this is not locally available. I saw ebay shops selling this mascara for 500 pesos. 

What I love about this mascara:
1. It gives my lashes great volume.
2. The color is very intense and highly pigmented.
3. It does not smudge. (take note I have dry skin)
4. It works well with my lower lashes too. 
5. It can curl my lashes without the use of my curler. 
6. It can keep my curl in place.

What I do not like about this mascara:
1. I am not a fan of its wet formula.
2. Excessive application can clump my lashes big time. 
3. It takes forever to apply. I have to be extra careful in applying this mascara to prevent it from smearing (because it has a wet formula) and to prevent my lashes from clumping.
4. Not locally available.
My bare lashes
With L'oreal Voluminous Mascara
I did not curl my lashes here.
With L'oreal Voluminous Mascara
I did not curl my lashes here.

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  1. me too sis! I read lots of blogs raving about this product and also youtube gurus using them on videos :D nice review! grabe hindi pa siya na curl ang ganda naaa :D

  2. It does wonders talaga on your lashes! And thanks for the tips. :)

    By the way, I only read your "about me" just now. I just feel overwhelmed about it because, just like you, I have also been hiding in the closet. I took up engineering and I have always been afraid to step out of my shadows. I'm afraid peers would think of me that I'm not serious of my chosen field. But after all, I realized only who love me do matter. Eh ano naman if I'm very fond of makeup di ba. At least we're living our lives to the fullest. Your about me page definitely gave me so much inspirations Ms. Blawgger. HUGS!

    ~ Sweetstrings

  3. I love this mascara. I bought mine at the Chedelyn Cosmetics store during the Superb Bazaar. They only had one left and I grabbed on to this one immediately. I've been hearing lots of YT gurus raving about this product, as well as the gold one (don't know what that is, but it has the same packaging but a gold body/container).

    Anyway, your lashes really looked awesome despite not being curled :)


  4. thank you for the review. i appreciate it when review is done by a Filipino, not that i don't trust YT people. hihi...

    i appreciate you didn't curl your lashes!


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  6. I don't like curling my lashes, so it's awesome to know this is good kahit hindi curled! Thanks for the review! =)

  7. Your eyelashes looks amazing! This mascara is amazing! I'm not a big fan of curling my eyelashes. I hope this is still available.

  8. Gaaaaaah! This one is magic! I really don't have long lashes so I guess this volumizer would be a great help! Hope I can put this on my store too. Thanks for the review!



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