Voluminous False Fiber Lashes
Last Updated:06.20.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This mascara promises long, lush lashes that deliver the same wow factor you would get with false lashes, but don't get your hopes up just yet! While it's true that you can build respectable thickness and length with this mascara, the results aren't even close to resembling false lashes. Nonetheless, this is a good, flake-free, smudge-free mascara that applies with minimal clumping. This wears well and removes easily.

As for the "fiber" part of the name, this doesn't contain visible flecks of "fibers" that attach and add bulk to lashes, which is a good thing as fibers can flake off and get in your eye. The mascara formula is similar to several others from L'Oreal; what makes the difference is the bristle alignment on the brush and wiper (the portion inside the mascara tube that controls how much mascara is wiped from the brush each time you pull the wand out of the tube).

  • Quickly lengthens.
  • Adds volume.
  • Doesn't smudge or flake upon application or during wear.
  • Easy to remove.
  • Some clumping (though minimal).
  • Doesn't evenly match the look that's possible from false eyelashes.
Brand Overview

L'Oreal Paris At-A-Glance

Strengths: Budget-friendly prices; good makeup removers; wide assortment of self-tanning options; one of the best, most comprehensive makeup collections at the drugstore, with superb options in almost every category; the mascaras are a tough act to follow.

Weaknesses: Jar packaging hinders some of the skincare formulas; many of their skincare formulas contain problematic amounts of fragrance and/or other irritants; exaggerated anti-aging claims.

L'Oreal's extensive makeup collection retains its stature as one of the better selections at the drugstore, though they have stiff competition from Revlon and, in some cases, sister company Maybelline New York. In recent years L'Oreal has made significant strides with foundation shades, powder textures, concealers, and, of course, superlative mascaras that rarely fail to impress. Their lipsticks are excellent and you will find many L'Oreal makeup products have a Lancome counterpart, and that the differences are minor—if there are any at all.

L'Oreal's displays in many drugstores reflect better-organized products and shade categories (though testers are still scarce). Given the number of lipsticks they sell, it only makes sense to put them in color families so consumers have a better shopping experience. Their True Match products are also sensibly laid out, but the rest of the foundations aren't as organized, likely due to the smaller selection of shades. Speaking of foundations, L'Oreal has made further strides by offering more that provide sufficient UVA protection. Revlon still has the edge for consistently launching impressive foundations with sunscreen, but at least L'Oreal is (finally) catching up.

The bottom line is that every category of L'Oreal’s makeup has some winning (and in some cases, benchmark-setting) products.

Unfortunately, despite the brands’ enormous presence in the beauty industry, L'Oreal's moisturizers and treatment products are a nearly all unremarkable and repetitive. When it comes to moisturizers or serums, just about anything from Dove, Olay, Neutrogena, or Aveeno is preferred. L'Oreal does well with most of their cleansers, along with scrubs and self-tanning products, but given the widespread availability and financial resources of this line, they could be doing so much more. The good news is their makeup has made major strides and now ranks as the best overall color collection at the drugstore—imagine the results if their skin care followed suit.

For more information about L'Oreal, call (800) 322-2036 or visit www.loreal.com or www.lorealparisusa.com.

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Holy Grail Status

This mascara is definitely my holy grail! I buy the waterproof version and this holds my curl all day and the little fibers in the mascara really add fullness and some length to my eyelashes in a very natural way. In no way does the finished result resemble false lashes, but it does look nicer than other mascaras that I've tried. The color is also VERY intense black, which makes the lashes stand out even more. Great mascara!

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Morgan S.
Decent Volume/Thickness/Length but...

Brush is too long & this will definitely smear/flake after 3 hours. But for the first couple hours looks great...can definitely create a glam look. I wouldn't buy this again, but was worth a try.

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