Monday, September 9, 2013

L'Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Waterproof Mascara: Swatches + Review!!


If you've watched my most recent "Empties" video, you'd know that my last mascara ran out (only lasted a month; what a b00b) and thus had me hunting for a new one. 
I should take that back: I hunted for nothing, I merely remembered I needed a replacement mascara pronto while buying deodorant and toothpaste at Target one day. And, very unlike myself, I decided to nab a completely random mascara; no previous research, no recommendation, just pure unadulterated grab-and-go.

I wish I could say my spontaneity paid off.




The package looked promising (as most do) and I must say I was extremely pleased with the way this mascara looked on my lashes. Two coats gave me length and weightless volume, all of which are things that I look for (and count on) in a mascara.
So why did I give this post all sorts of negative connotations at the end of my intro paragraphs above?

(please excuse the bathroom lit flash photography... I wish I could say it won't happen again)

THIS MASCARA IS A SMUDGE-Y MESS.
No one had to punch my eyes to create the black disaster above; that was all thanks to a day's wear of the L'Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara. Heck, this mascara is smudging the minute you put it on. It is so wet that it's nearly impossible not to get a teensy bit on your lid(s) during application and then if you make one false blink/twitch during the dry down you're effed (and should probably just go back to bed).

Le sigh.

I really want to love this mascara, truly I do because it is everything in terms of how it makes my lashes look and feel. Unfortunately the wear-factor, which for a waterproof mascara is absolutely pitiful, looks the positives straight in the face and smack-cam's them into submission; smack, laugh, uploaded to YouTube #forevershamed #foreveralone.

Have you tried the L'Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara?
Love it? Hate it?
What's your most memorable mascara meltdown (the photo above was after a day at work... attractive!)?

xoxo - Cassie

18 comments:

  1. Oh no! That is just not a waterproof mascara! I happen to like the L'Oreal Voluminous MILLIONS mascara quite a lot, but have never tried plain old Voluminous for comparison. But smudgey mascara, that's just not acceptable. Bad L'Oreal!

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    1. Isn't it terrible!??!?! While I like the look of this mascara better than the Voluminous Millions, that one FAR out-performed this one. It is a true disgrace. Hahah bad L'Oreal indeed!!!

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  2. Hehe, it sounds like Amelia is disciplining a dog! BAD L'OREAL! NOT UNDER THE EYES. NO SMUDGY. *composes* My biggest problem with waterproof is that it NEVER comes off, but this ... is just ... how could you even claim that? Haha. It looked so nice in the pictures though D: I'm happy to say I've never had a mascara meltdown, except the times when I almost ripped my lashes out trying to remove waterproof mascara. OUCH!

    - Jess
    The Mod Mermaid

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    1. Hahah that made me laugh too XD And yeah, this mascara just makes a mockery of the title "waterproof". UNACCEPTABLE!!! Such a shame because yeah I absolutely love the way it makes my lashes look T__T Ouch, no ripping out your lashes Jess!! Them's precious cargo on yo face!

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  3. Whaaaat!! So much smudging with a waterproof formula?? Talk about ironic. I've tried this and I actually love it (the original non waterproof formula though). I must have used up 3 tubes throughout my makeup lifetime. I've gotten sidetracked trying out other mascaras and haven't purchased it in a while but I really like it a lot xx

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    1. Lol I know, right???? The irony is strong in this one. I can't believe the original non-waterproof version performs better!! You're not the only one to say that either so it must be true. So weird!!

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  4. It looks so good on! but no one likes mascara that smudges :/
    good review!

    http://lifeslikearoadwetravelon.blogspot.com/
    xx

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    1. Absolutely agreed!! And thanks so much <3

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  5. This mascara looks lovely... it's a shame about the smudging!! I hate that!

    Kimberley x

    www.kimberleysbeautyblog.com

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  6. Wow that's quite a bit of smudging! I use the original voluminous (not carbon) and LOVE it. I don't have oily skin but I don't find it smudges at all. Perhaps you'd like to give that a try? It's super inexpensive too!
    Amber
    Lovely Notions

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    1. Isn't it terrible??? And yeah I keep hearing that the original formula is WORLDS better with no smudging; so strange!! I'll have to give it a try though because I really do love the way this mascara makes my lashes look :)

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  7. The first pictures wowed me with your lashes! Such a shame with all the smudgyness. I keep hearing how great it is from others. xx

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  8. I use the regular waterproof (waterproof is the only way to keep my lashes curled!) and have no smudging problems. I did have one tube of the carbon black and had the same problems as you- definitely try the regular waterproof formula though! It's the only mascara I use :) PS- new to your blog and love your kitty friend!!

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    1. It's so crazy that the waterproof smudges yet the non-waterproof doesn't!! You all are encouraging me to try that one out... maybe someday I'll get over my fears of this line after such a bad experience haha. And thank you so much, I'll give Galileo a hug for you <3

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  9. I have a love/hate relationship w/this mascara! I experience the same problems you do! I use it as my layering mascara for now, but once I'm done w/this bad boy, on to the next! I always seem to go back to after a long time of not using, and when stuff like this happens, i'm quickly reminded why I stopped using it! Thanks, -leslie

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    1. Ughhhhh I wish I had the patience to use this as a layering mascara haha but I'd rather just use one good mascara and be done with it lol. Hopefully you can end your love/hate abusive relationship with this mascara soon :D <3

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