Apr 1, 2014

Review - L'Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Waterproof Mascara Blackest Black

I have a good habit of discarding a mascara every 3 months.
I used to put a date on the tube using a sharpie but now just set a reminder on my phone.
While it is a nice hygienic practice, I don't think I could do the same so easily with higher-end ones. Which is why I usually stick with drugstore mascaras.
I think L'Oreal makes nice mascaras, and The classic Voluminous waterproof is my all time favorite. I always stock up on them whenever I spot a good sale.
This doesn't stop me from trying new ones, of course. Who can resist those new mascara ads with CGI and falsies?
I was super excited when L'Oreal brought out the new Voluminous Butterfly Lash Out Mascara but waited patiently until the waterproof version was available.

L'Oreal Voluminous Lash Out Butterfly Waterproof Mascara
in Blackest Black

I had certain expectation I would like this mascara as I have found a few other favorites from the same line like Voluminous False Lash and Power Volume.
But honestly? I didn't think it would replace my original Voluminous cause I always come back to this old staple of mine no matter how many new mascaras I've tried. 
(I am talking about the drugstore range here. I am sure the higher end mascaras are amazing. They better be at that price point.)

I guess now we are used to this ridiculously fat mascara tubes as they symbolize "big fat lashes".
It is shiny and cool looking, but I cannot help but think this is such a waste.
It is not like we get more product plus it feels bulky and uncomfortable to hold on to. 
Everyday it feels like the wand might slip out of my fingers and I would end up discarding it before necessary!

So the key point of this mascara is this rather scary looking asymmetrical brush.
It lifts and extends outer corner of the lashes to give that promised fluttery look.

The brush reminds me of this, though.
Is it just me??
"Narada" from Star Trek (2009)

Well, anyway, I actually LOVE this mascara, which is quite surprising because I usually am not so crazy about mascaras with "teeth". 
I initially doubted the equal performance of this lopsided brush on my non-dominant hand side (meaning my left eye). But to think about it, no brush is exactly symmetrical nor are our eyes.
This brush does nice job separating, lengthening the lashes as well as volumizing without clumping.
And I must say these effects are quite even on both sides.
Oh, and it lifts lashes really well as promised, so my eyes look much more awake and flirty (in a good way).

Well, I did this "sleepy" eyes to show the lashes a little better to you. Really.

If you don't believe me...

How about this one, yeah? ;)

I still prefer the original Voluminous mascara since it gives me naturally full and long lashes.
Butterfly mascara gives more dramatic wow effects but it leaves my lashes a bit stiff.
In fact, these would be nice staples to rotate for different looks.
I do not have any smudging problem, but I rarely do with any mascara as long as it is waterproof.

L'Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Waterproof Mascara is an excellent budget choice if you are looking for a mascara with more dramatic effects.
(Budget or not, I think it is pretty darn good but I can't be so sure since I haven't tried higher end waterproof mascaras for a while now. )

Have you tried Butterfly mascara?
What is your favorite volumizing/lifting mascara?

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