I’m fully prepared to admit upfront that what initially attracted me to the L’Oreal Voluminous False Fiber Lashes mascara was its striking gold tube. Well, that and the price. I bought this in a kit that also included the Voluminous Smoldering Eyeliner and a sharpener that cost a mere $7 after clearance markdown and coupon, when normally the mascara and liner each cost around $9. I opened this tube up as my L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly mascara (review) was drying out, and that was a mascara I really loved so I suppose I approached this one with pretty high hopes.
I found the Voluminous False Fiber Lashes Kit at Bed Bath and Beyond. I think it’s limited edition and I had seen it hang out on the shelves for a couple of months, but one day I spotted it on clearance for $8.77, marked down from its original price of $13.49. I used one of their coupons for 20% off a single item, bringing it down further to $7.02 before tax. My nearby store is now sold out of these sets, but you might still be able to find them in other spots. I see that Target has this marked on clearance on their website. It’s not a bad way to try a couple of products!
Like I mentioned, I love the way the tube looks. While Maybelline and Cover Girl seem to be in some sort of competition for who can make the most childish looking mascara tube, L’Oreal likes to keep things a little more sophisticated. This is still a bigger tube, but it fits easily in my slim cosmetic organizer drawers. It has an interesting geometric shape and a shiny gold finish, two qualities that contribute to making it difficult to photograph, ha!
The mascara has a long wand with short and gently tapered natural bristles that twist up toward the tip. It’s easier to see the twisting pattern in Ulta’s photo of the wand than in mine because it shows the bare bristles, which are two different colors. If I were to judge this mascara purely on first impressions, my review wouldn’t be all that positive. Compared to the Voluminous Butterfly mascara, False Fiber Lashes has a drier formula and doesn’t provide as much lift to lashes, so the first time I applied it I felt a little let down. The second and third time I applied it, however, I got a better feel for it and my opinion started to really turn around.
My biggest tip is to make sure to curl lashes well before applying, since the mascara won’t do it for you. As long as I take care to curl well, my lashes will stay lifted after the mascara’s applied. Sometimes I also gently curl my lashes after the mascara’s dried, and this also works. As the name suggests, the formula has fibers for adding volume and length to lashes and I find it’s pretty successful on both fronts. I have the shade Blackest Black and I have good luck getting deep, dark color at the very base of my lashes. It gives a more natural look with one coat and it’s easy to get a fuller look with two or three coats.
It’d be a good pick for folks who enjoy a drier formula and I haven’t had any issues with batting my lashes and getting mascara on my brow bone as it dries, which was sometimes an issue with the wetter Butterfly formula. The only additional comparison I’ll make between the two is that False Fiber Lashes is a little more difficult to wipe off of skin with a dry q-tip, while Butterfly was remarkably easy to remove. We’re good on all other fronts though – I don’t experience flaking or smudging and it removes easily at the end of the day with gentle eye makeup remover.
Above, I’m also wearing: DreamWorld Hermetica foundation in Rhea II C (review), DreamWorld Hermetica Illuminating Glow finishing powder in Destiny (review), Maybelline eye and brow pencil in Blonde, Fyrinnae blush in Nordic Angel (swatch) and some plain lip balm.
I’m happy to say that the more I use this mascara, the more I like it. It costs around $9, depending on where you get it, but can also be purchased on sale or in the False Fiber Lashes kit, currently on clearance at Target. You can find it at L’Oreal, Ulta, and drugstores.
Have you tried it? Are there any mascaras you’ve been loving lately?