Voluminous Million Lashes Defining Volume Mascara
Last Updated:06.20.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Voluminous Million Lashes gives lashes a clean, defined look while adding length. The large, rubbery applicator meticulously coats lashes for a clump-free and smudge-proof performance. However, if you are aiming to build thickness, you’ll need to apply additional coats, and you may experience flaking as a result. The flaking is minor and not enough to keep this from earning a Good rating, but it is something to be aware of should you wish to go for all-out drama with this formidable mascara.

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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Wow, I Have Lashes!

Holy smokes, I have thick and long upper lashes after using this product. I like the brush, I like the formula, and no irritation after application. Also, I haven't experienced any fall-out after 4 to 5 hours when my complexion has gotten oily. I use a different mascara for my bottom lashes because they are tiny and sparse.

Reviewed by
Mellaney B.
Good Performance, But Too Fragranced

I was excited to try this product out. True to its claims, this mascara defines lashes brilliantly, and doesn't clump or flake. I hardly had to get out my spoolie brush to separate my lashes, because the wand does this already. You can build up the thickness a little with successive coats. The one highly disappointing drawback to this mascara is that it contains a rose-scented fragrance. It constantly got in my eyes and stung them anytime they watered. I won't be repurchasing it.

Reviewed by
Lorell R.
voluminous million lashes

I do not like this product. It gets in my eyes during the day, causing irritation. I purchased the carbon black double extend which I love. No more VOLUMINOUS for me

Reviewed by
rose f
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