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 Drugstore Mascaras: L’Oréal Voluminous Waterproof Mascara


Description:Voluminous Waterproof Volume Building Mascara is uniquely formulated to resist clumping, soften and build lashes up to 4x their natural thickness. The unique maximizing formula quickly thickens and builds lashes in a single application for a full and dramatic look. The volume maximizing brush thickens lashes evenly and smoothly, leaving them soft with virtually no flakes, smudges or clumps. Clump-resistant. Fragrance-free. All-day wear. Ophthalmologist-tested and allergy-tested. Suitable for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers.

Where to Buy:l’oreal.com, amazon.com, your local drugstore. I got mine for about $4.50 after some local in-store deals.

Cost: $7.29 MSRP or less

Color/Shade Variety: 3. Black Brown, Black, and Carbon Black. I tested out the Black.

Packaging: Solid, thin metal cap that attaches to the wand. Smooth, plastic gray base houses the product.

The Brush: Slightly oversized straight brush. It is a dense yet extremely soft fibrous brush with a tapered tip.

Promises to Do: Promises to make my lashes look up to 4x fuller, while keeping them separated, soft, flake-free, and non-clumpy.

IMG_1477First Impression: I definitely recommend gently wiping the excess product off the wand before initial application to have matching lashes that look great. The brush is very easy to maneuver and has a lot of flexibility although it’s not flimsy at all. The brush shape allowed me to get all of my lashes, even the ones on the inner corners of my eyes which are notoriously difficult to reach. The mascara seems to be initially holding my curl really well and it looks extremely natural. It looks just like my natural lashes but more plumped. It dried fast and felt more like a cream/liquid-to-powder feel as opposed to some mascaras that stay having that “wet” feeling. Does it Deliver? Yes. (But definitely wipe off excess before application.)

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

Layerable? Yes. I am known for layering the coats on. I had no problem doing so with this. No flakes, major clumps or spider lashes here! However, keep in mind that this product can collect on the tips of your lashes so remove those bits before they dry.

Flaky? Not at all. I actually went rock climbing and partied the night away. Totally stayed put.

Holds Curl/Define/Volumize/Lengthen: It definitely held the curl I instilled beforehand and kept my lashes adequately defined without looking spidery. However, I noticed it failed to hold the curl after the cry test which left me a little disheartened. Even after mascara, I believe lashes should be touchable, fluttery, and light so definition plays a huge role in how “real” your lashes will look. The L’Oréal Voluminous mascara does volumize meaning it thickens each shaft of your natural lashes with polymers.


Cry Test: Passed. :) But did lose curl though.

The Verdict: This is a great mascara that is loved by many because it actually works. It gives me a full-fanned lash effect with lashes that are thick and defined. It only holds a curl until you start shedding tears or until water’s involved so that is something to keep in mind. The brush is well-shaped and easy to maneuver although it does initially pick up too much product. It works well as a mascara because it does not clump, flake, or weigh down your lashes. To an extent, it works well as a waterproof mascara too because I didn’t experience any runs or deterioration but I prefer the formulation to not allow tears or water to release a curl. If curl is not a big factor for you, I would overlook this factor. Overall, this is a wonderful mascara that you should definitely check out.

Thank you for reading first review of the Holy Grail of Cosmetics: Drugstore Mascaras Series and for being so patient. I experienced so many delays with this latest video and post but it’s finally here. I will be seeing you all next week for the review and first impression video of Maybelline’s Great Lash Waterproof Mascara!