First Impressions

First Impression: L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara

January 20, 2014

Hey Everyone!

Today’s post is a review of a product I’ve been trying for a couple weeks now. Lately I have tried out a few different mascaras and today’s review is of the much talked about L’Oreal Butterfly Mascara.

This mascara claims to lengthen, stretch and volumize while lifting lashes upwards to create a wing type look. The brush is asymmetrical with very short bristles on one side and longer bristles on the other. The brush curves upwards and is much thicker towards the wand.


My Thoughts

After using this mascara for a couple weeks, I can’t say I’m raving about it. When I started on my left eye my lashes looked awesome, separated, long and fluttery like it claims. I was sold. I then moved on to do my right eye and that’s when I realized the first problem with this mascara. Since the brush is asymmetrical, it doesn’t work the same on the other eye. All of the sudden, the wing tip of the brush is towards the inside of my eye and it doesn’t lift my lashes upwards. If it didn’t really dramatically change the look of my eyelashes I might have ignored it, but it makes my one eye look way different than the other and that actually rattles me. I have tried to flip my wrist around to get the brush the same way, but I just don’t have the same control, so it still doesn’t look the same. Using my other hand is a serious no-go, I had mascara everywhere but on my eyelashes. It always looks a bit clumpy to me, I think from trying to make my eyes match.

Now since I’ve played with this for a couple weeks, I’ve experimented with techniques to test this mascara. It looks much better if I prime my eyelashes first with ELF Mascara Primer because it helps separate my lashes and reduce clumping. If I use this, I can tolerate this mascara.

Overall, this mascara can look nice, but it is really hit or miss, some days it looks fluttery and voluminous and other days it’s clumpy and stumpy. I was going to blame it on the brush, but the formula isn’t great either as it does flake. While it can look nice, it takes a lot of effort to get it there. I just don’t think mascara should take that much effort. It should be a final step and not the most time consuming part of your makeup routine. I will use the tube I have, but I won’t buy this again.

Lately I have been having no luck with mascara. I was using the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara sample I got in my A Few of My Favorite Things Palette and it was really nice, but as soon as it started to dry up it makes my eyes super itchy to the point where I can’t stand it. If anyone has any mascaras that you swear by please let me know in the comments below, I’m definitely looking for a favourite.

Bye for now!


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  • Reply Laura V January 20, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    I love the Lancome Hypnose mascara (if you’re willing to pay for it). Other wise try the Volum Express Big Eyes The Falsies from Maybelline, its the one with two wands

    • Reply Chelsey January 20, 2014 at 11:34 pm

      Thank you! I will definitely try these πŸ™‚

  • Reply Anne January 21, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    Falsies is a popular favourite but personally, I’m loving they’re real by benefit. I use it all the time and it’s amazing. I also like the smash box full exposure but the brush is ginormous so it depends if you like that or not. Also, the clinique high impact mascara is great. I love the formula (more than the brush tbh), it doesn’t transfer throughout the day so it’s pretty great. Just some suggestions you can try πŸ™‚

    • Reply Chelsey January 21, 2014 at 5:22 pm

      Thanks for all the suggestions, I’ve been debating buying They’re Real for a while, so I may try that next πŸ™‚

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