L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara

January 16, 2014
L'Oreal Voluminous Butterfly mascara ($8.99 for 0.22 fl. oz.)
L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly mascara ($8.99 for 0.22 fl. oz.)

If you’ve already seen my list of 10 standout products of 2013, then you  already have an idea about how I feel about this mascara. I tried a couple of other mascaras that felt similar to this one over the past year, but L’Oreal was able to create a version that was cheaper and easier to use, and it really creates a beautiful effect. The Voluminous Butterfly mascara hit drugstores toward the latter end of 2013 and is formulated to volumize and lengthen lashes to create a fluttery, winged-out look.

To get straight to the point, this was my favorite mascara that I tried last year. I’ve been using the shade Blackest Black, and it is indeed very black. I experience no smudging or flaking throughout the day. I find the brush to be really easy to use, and I get really deep, dark, defined lashes with great lift.

L'Oreal Voluminous Butterfly mascara (click to enlarge)
L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly mascara (click to enlarge)

The formula includes 1.2 mm fibers. If I play around with the wet mascara too much as I apply it, I might start to get some wonky fiber ends on my lashes, so I’ve found that I don’t want to mess with it for ages as I’m running the wand through my lashes. Again, I don’t find it difficult to use, but I just want to warn that the more you continue to play with it, the more likely it is that the final result will look a little overdone. I found this out very early on, and so this issue may have gone away as the formula dried out for the first couple of days, or I may have just gotten more used to applying it.

I also found that for around the first week that I had the tube open, adding a second and third coat of the mascara seemed to clump lashes together a bit. The very simple (and effective) solution is to have a lash comb on hand, but I also found that past that first week the formula seemed to dry out just enough so that it wasn’t an issue anymore. Again, it’s either that or I just got better at wielding the wand better over the first few days.

Most of the time I just wear one coat of the mascara, or I might layer a second coat on just the outer lashes (which will give a little more of the winged-out look). If I’m wearing a bit more eye makeup then I’ll layer on a second coat throughout, but I never really need more than that.

Wearing L'Oreal Voluminous Butterfly mascara in Blackest Black
Wearing L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly mascara in Blackest Black

In general, although most of my mascara application is done with the full length of the wand, I find that the narrower tip at the end provides a lot of control and that’s what I end up using to straighten out and separate my lashes, from inner to outer corner. I don’t tend to wear mascara on my lower lashes on a daily basis, though I do like that one side of the wand has shorter bristles, which makes it easy to apply to lower lashes.

One last note is that I’m really satisfied with the formula itself. Like I mentioned, it doesn’t flake or smudge throughout the day, but it also comes off pretty easily with gentle makeup remover. An additional perk I’ve noticed is that if I do happen to get mascara on my skin when I’m applying it, it’s incredibly easy to wipe off with a q-tip. There’s no need to break out the makeup remover, it really wipes off of skin very readily.

Wearing L'Oreal Voluminous Butterfly mascara in Blackest Black
Wearing L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly mascara in Blackest Black

Above, I’m also wearing: Pixi Flawless Vitamin Veil cream foundation in Fair (review), Pixi Correction Concentrate (review) under my eyes, L’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable Crayon Concealer in N1-2-3 over some of my redder areas, DreamWorld Hermetica finishing powder in Peach Creme (review), Physicians Formula Happy Booster blush in Natural, Too Faced Chocolate Soleil bronzer, Physicians Formula Mineral Glow Pearls in Translucent (review) just on the tops of my cheekbones, Too Faced La Creme lipstick in Honey Bear (review) and L’Oreal Brow Stylist brow pencil duet in Blonde (review)

L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly ingredients: Aqua / Water / Eau, Paraffin, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Cera Alba / Beeswax / Cire Dabeille, Copernicia Cerifera Cera / Carnauba Wax / Cire De Carnauba, Acacia Senegal / Acacia Senegal Gum, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Phenoxyethanol, Peg/Ppg-17/18 Dimethicone, Steareth-20, Phenyl Ethyl Alcohol, Sodium Polymethacrylate, Propylene Glycol, Rayon, Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil, Hydrogenated Palm Oil, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Silica, Disodium Edta, Polyquaternium-10, Soluble Collagen, Panthenol, Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate, Atelocollagen [+/- May Contain / Peut Contenir Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499 / Iron Oxides Ci 77007 / Ultramarines Mica Ci 75470 / Carmine Ci 77891 / Titanium Dioxide Ci 77510 / Ferric Ferrocyanide]

This will be definitely be a mascara I’ll be repurchasing in the future. It just works really well for me, it’s reasonably priced and readily available. I highly recommend it. It costs around $9 and is available at drugstores, L’Oreal and Ulta.

Have you tried it? What was your favorite mascara that you tried in 2013?

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