L’Oreal Voluminous mascara review

Haven’t reviewed a mascara in a while, so I’ve decided to talk about L’Oreal’s Voluminous which I’ve been using for a good month now.

Before I bought this, I had read many reviews on it where people had been gushing with praise and recommendation on how good it was, so I took the leap and purchased it for about £8.  This was quite daring and risky of me, as I normally just stick with what I know with mascaras and I did think that £8 was a bit expensive for something I may find I didn’t even like.  I probably should have listened to my gut instinct!

Bare lashes –



One coat –

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Is it just me, or is this really clumpy?  I don’t know, but with one coat I just get a basic, rather clumpy layer of mascara covering my lashes.  It really doesn’t do anything for me, I don’t think it volumizes and it certainly doesn’t make my lashes 4x bigger, which I would want for the price.  I know there are more expensive mascaras out there, but the ones I have tried which retails more than £8, I have really liked, so I expected this to be the same.

Two coats – 

Are you ready?



Can you see how this just does nothing but clump my lashes and weigh them down?

I’m so disappointed with this mascara, and I wanted so badly for it to work; I’ve been using it for a month, trying different ways of applying it, with different layers but I just can’t get it to work for me.  I know many people who love this mascara and I’m jealous that I can’t rave about it with them.

Has anyone else had this problem with this mascara?  I’m so upset about it that I just went and bought my usual Super Volume TBS mascara which I know I can rely on.  Maybe in a few weeks I’ll try again with it and pray that it makes my lashes beautiful and long looking.

Let me know if there is a technique that maybe I’m missing when it comes to applying my mascara, or if you have any tips for making them work better! 




  1. June 23, 2010 / 5:09 pm

    I haven't liked any L'Oreal mascaras that I have ever used, I just don't think they're great at all 🙁
    I always go back to my Benefit one.


  2. June 23, 2010 / 5:20 pm

    Why dont you try to apply the eyelash mascara with a zig-zag movement from the root to the top. Kisses sweetie.

  3. June 23, 2010 / 6:18 pm

    I found the exact same thing – Got really annoyed with it and stopped using it after a week – I've since tried the Maybelline Falsies and Rimmel 3 Looks one (where you twist it) and i'm much more satisfied with both of those 🙂

    Good luck finding the perfect one sweetie!


  4. June 23, 2010 / 7:15 pm

    It looks clumpy!!I hate when this happens too!!!!

  5. June 23, 2010 / 7:41 pm

    Well I wont be trying this then! i've bought so many mascaras that claim great things and just end up clumping my lashes so i'll stay away from this one, too 🙂

  6. June 23, 2010 / 9:36 pm

    thanks for this blog. i have the one in carbon black and it can get clumpy and flaky so i've stopped using it. i do see the rave about them????

  7. June 26, 2010 / 1:15 am

    Thanks for the post, it's useful to know when a product is useless. Finding the perfect mascara is hard

    Lizzie x

  8. June 21, 2011 / 1:58 am

    I have had the same problem, it is so clumpy & it doesn't seem to do anything for me, which I hate.

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