Holy Grail of Drugstore Mascaras: L’Oréal Voluminous Miss Manga

IMG_1487Description: L’Oréal Paris introduces new Voluminous Miss Manga mascara featuring the 360 flexor brush to build bold volume with high intensity from top to bottom. For the first time, L’Oréal Paris creates a flexible brush with a unique conical shape to catch those hard to reach lashes with an incredibly even application. The Mega impact Formula instantly builds volume for 15x lash (my box said 12x) volume in a flash. Top lashes are amplified and bottom lashes maximized for the ultimate wide-eyed Manga Look.

Where to Buy: L’Oréal.com, Ulta.com, Boots.com, Amazon.com, your local supermarket or drugstore

Cost: $7.99 MRSP but there’s a sale going on right now everywhere basically BOGO or 50% off (however you want to spin it).

Color/Shade Variety: 3 actually. Black Brown, Black, Blackest Black are all waterproof. The Miss Manga collection also has a Rock edition and a Punky edition.

IMG_1479Packaging: Super cute and relevant. It’s all plastic but the cap is a hot pink foil attached to the 360 flexor (flexible) wand and the base that houses the mascara product is black. The font and lettering is printed in a sky blue. The box is actually the cutest thing with wide-eyed manga decals allover the outer throwaway packaging.

The Brush: Conical brush with a notch on the wand that allows give during application. That’s how the brush is flexible. This brush seems to pick up way too much product on the tip so I would definitely wipe off the excess before application.

Promises to Do: Up to 12x or even 15x the volume supposedly with a wide-eyed effect. The small conical brush is supposed to be able to catch all of those little lash hairs on the inner corners of my eyes.

First Impression: Wow! The volume! I can see the difference right away and it delivered. I’m rocking the wide-eyed doe look. My lashes are extremely thick at the base and spiky at the tips. It dries really fast so I was able to layer up to three coats on before it started to look like a hot mess. One thing I noticed about this mascara formulation is that it holds the curl right where it is so make sure you take your time and curl your lashes exactly the way you want before application. The formulation is very thick and wet but it dries up quickly with no issue at all. Also, do not use a lash comb with this mascara once you’ve applied, it’s so stiff that the extended parts will break off!

Not much of a reader? Check out my first impression video below!

Layerable? Yes, but try not to go past 3 layers or else … well you’ll find out.

Flaky? Nope.

Holds Curl/Defines/Volumizes/Lengthens: Yes, the curl is held and maybe too well actually so there’s no room for curl modification. It defines well but since it does an even better job at volumizing, you’re not really here for the wispy, natural look anyway especially if it says Miss Manga on it. Now, my lashes look so amplified and flirtatious! It does lengthen but it took some work and I noticed you’ll need a lot more product to get it going compared to the other mascaras I have tried.

IMG_1489Cry Test: Held up just fine.

The Verdict: This is a great mascara if you take the time to curl your lashes really well beforehand and remind yourself to not use a lash comb after it’s dried. Don’t even try it. The effect is amazing and even if you’re not a volume girl, try this mascara out because it looks so good you won’t even need liner or eyeshadow if you’re running late. I also tried this on my lower lashes and surprisingly, it looked nice and applied well. I looked a lot like Elizabeth Olsen (yes, sister of the Olsen twins). I can’t wait to order the Miss Manga Rock edition and Punky edition to see how those look.

I hope you guys enjoyed this review and I’ll see you all next week!



Holy Grail of Cosmetics: Drugstore Mascara Edition Coming Soon!

This is it. To all of my followers, I thank you so much for the support and love I’ve received all of these years.

It’s been FOUR years since the mega foundation review series and I’ve decided to follow up with another marathon review series called the Holy Grail of Cosmetics.

The format is going to be similar to the “On the Search for the Perfect” series but we’ll be kicking it up a notch with first impression videos, plenty of high quality photos, and even more in-depth commentary on the products themselves. For an idea of how it’s going to look, please check out my latest post on MAC lipsticks and MAC Lip pencils.

The first set of reviews will be on the best drugstore mascaras according to Today.com’s article, “6 waterproof mascaras that makeup artists buy at the drugstore.” I was able to find 4 out of the 6 listed mascaras to give them a whirl and I settled for one other alternate product to review.

The Holy Grail Mascaras Series will include the following products:

  1. L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Original Waterproof Mascara in Black
  2. Maybelline New York Great Lash Waterproof Mascara in Very Black
  3. L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Miss Manga Waterproof Mascara in Blackest Black
  4. CoverGirl Total Tease Waterproof Mascara in Very Black
  5. L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Butterfly Waterproof Mascara in Black

All of the listed mascaras will be rated and reviewed on their performance as black, waterproof mascaras that do a combination of lengthening, defining, volumizing, and curling.

At the end of this first series, I’ll be posting a very special review for my Asian readers – a how-to with beauty tips to curl those stubborn Asian lashes. Whether you’ve got short, wispy lashes or long and thick lashes, we’re going to get that beautifully-curled, wide-eyed look. I believe there are many products out there that do wonders but fail to target or cater to people of color. As an Asian American woman, it’s important for me to write more reviews and articles like this thus demarginalizing and giving a voice to more women and people of color. And regardless of your ethnicity, tune in then to pick up some tips and tricks to make your mascara look and wear better. 

The first mascara review will post this Thursday with a video! See you then!

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