Building a Lash Wardrobe: L’Oreal Voluminous Mascaras

Mascara is one of my favorite make-up items: thick and lush lashes make such an impact on your overall appearance! I’m a huge believer in different mascaras for different occasions (at one point, I had EIGHT mascaras in rotation – check out my mini-reviews here!). At the very least, I like having 2 options in my Lash Wardrobe: A thickening formula for everyday wear and a dramatic formula for evenings out. 

So you can imagine how excited I was to receive this beautiful make-up
bag from L’Oreal featuring a “Lash Wardrobe” with a VOLUMINOUS mascara
to suit every occasion – from Classic to False Lash DRAMA! I
received this package over 2 months ago
– I’ve had a great time thoroughly testing each formula out and making notes to share here.

L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Swatch

1) L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Review
CLAIM: Uniquely formulated to resist clumping, soften lashes and build lashes to 5X their natural thickness, with 2X the intensity for a more dramatic effect.
MY THOUGHTS: This classic mascara is popular with a LOT of beauty bloggers for its famed “spider legs” effect. It is unique because it volumizes the whole lash – including the tip. While the spider legs effect looks good with my overall makeup – I personally like my mascaras to be thick at the root and tapered and feathery near the ends.
GOOD FOR: People who like thick spider-leg lashes.

L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Swatch

2)  L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Review
CLAIM: Revolutionary collagen-infused formula and Millionizer Brush for amplified volume and definition.
MY THOUGHTS: Firstly – I’m in LOVE with the packaging. The gold tube is so sleek and glamorous – it looks very YSL.  The flexible brush head with its multitude of bristles was VERY effective at separating lashes and preventing clumping, resulting in perfectly defined lashes which held their curl all day. On my lashes, I found the overall effect to be more lengthening than volumizing.
GOOD FOR: Everyday mascara where you want separation but don’t want it to be obvious that you’re wearing mascara

L’Oreal Voluminous Power 24H Black Smoke Swatch

3) L’Oreal Voluminous Power 24H Black Smoke Review
CLAIM: Matte formula with collagen spheres, provides 24 hours of volume in a black smoky finish. The semi-arched brush catches all lashes for fuller looking and dramatically bold volume.
MY THOUGHTS: This was the mascara I couldn’t stop using: I absolutely love it and will DEFINITELY repurchase! It gives me thick & feathery lashes and is very easy to apply – no clumping even after multiple layers. The brush has a unique shape with a flatter side to build volume at the base of my lashes and long-bristled side to sweep mascara on the lash tips. It’s super-dramatic and one of my new holy-grail mascaras!
GOOD FOR: Going-out make-up, when you want noticeable & dramatic lashes!

L’Oreal Voluminous False Fiber Lashes Mascara Swatch

4) L’Oreal Voluminous False Fiber Lashes Mascara Review
CLAIM: Lash sculpting fiber formula adheres to lashes for a volumized, sculpted lash effect. Lashes appear fuller, longer, sculpted and curled at every angle.
MY THOUGHTS: Love the cone-shaped wand which makes it easy to reach even my tiny inner-lashes. Similar to the Power 24HR mascara in creating a false lash effect – though this provides MAJOR lengthening (via layering fiber pieces) while the Power 24HR focuses more on volume. The packaging is super-glamorous – love the golden tube on this and the Million Lashes mascaras!
GOOD FOR: Evening make-up, especially if you want longer-looking lashes.


Have you tried any Voluminous Mascaras? Which one is your favorite?

DISCLAIMER: These mascaras were sent to me by L’Oreal, but I am under no obligation to provide a favorable review.  As you can tell, I wrote my honest unbiased thoughts (as always!!!).


  1. atouchofcashmere
    May 17, 2013 / 6:53 pm

    The original Loreal Voluminous is my favorite mascara! I've tried almost every mascara there is, but it's still my fave. I also use the Mac zoom lash for a more dramatic look.

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      May 19, 2013 / 2:01 am

      I've never tried the MAC Zoom Lash – but I've only ever heard great things about MAC mascaras!

  2. bettina
    May 17, 2013 / 8:16 pm

    Thank you for this post! I have been using Voluminous (the original) for years… since high school. Every now and then I stray, hoping to find something better, but ultimately I come back to voluminous. I've never tried Power 24H though, and based on your review might need to check it out as my next tube!

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      May 19, 2013 / 2:02 am

      Glad you enjoyed the post Bettina – I hope you like Power 24H as much as I do – on me, it provided as much drama as the original but with less clumping and a more feathery look 🙂

  3. Hannah Ruth
    May 17, 2013 / 9:03 pm

    I love the look of the black smoke! My long term fave is diorshow mascara. At the moment I am using Benefit they're real and it's great too. Hannah

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      May 19, 2013 / 2:03 am

      I've heard They're Real is VERY dramatic (which I love) but a little bit hard to remove – have you had any problems getting it all off?

  4. Schnelle
    May 18, 2013 / 12:05 pm

    Great reviews! What a fun little package to experiment with . I think all three made your lashes look lovely.

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      May 19, 2013 / 2:04 am

      Thanks Schnelle – it really was an amazing package to receive – especially because masacaras (& blushes) are my favorite makeup products 🙂

  5. Lindy May
    May 18, 2013 / 12:31 pm

    I love the voluminous million lashes! I've tried others from their line but just can't escape the original formula and brush.As for you with your amazing lashes, I'm sure you could use about anything and still look great. 😉

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      May 19, 2013 / 2:05 am

      Awww you're so sweet Lindy! I have long, skinny lashes – and I'm grateful for them – but a lot of purely lengthening mascaras do NOT look good on me LOL! I definitely need volume from my mascaras 🙂

  6. Leesh
    May 21, 2013 / 12:07 am

    This is a great post. Thank you so much for the review of each. I think I am most interested in Voluminous Millions and Power. I can't wait to purchase and try out for myself.

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      May 21, 2013 / 2:07 am

      So glad the review was helpful for you 🙂 I think the Millions and the Power would really layer well together…right now I'm combining the Power & False Fiber (when I have the time – otherwise I just stick to Power) – loving the quality of these mascaras!

  7. HereIAm
    June 13, 2013 / 8:18 pm

    "Lash Out" by L'Oreal is still my beloved favorite. I think they recently discontinued it- but I have a small stockpile. 🙂

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      June 14, 2013 / 2:06 am

      I HATE when they discontinue a mascara – they seem to do it quite often (I still miss L'Oreal Panoramic Curl!)…good thing you stocked up!

  8. aissa ghedabnia
    August 13, 2013 / 11:50 am

    thank you for the post sweety, for my bad lack, i am from algeria and we don't have any thing like that 🙁 love your blog <3

  9. Lita Harris
    March 11, 2014 / 1:53 pm

    Great article. I was looking for a blog that compared the voluminous mascaras. Perfection! From your results i am going to try the 24 hr one also.

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      March 12, 2014 / 1:15 am

      So glad you found this post helpful 😉

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