L'Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes was released earlier this year, and when I saw it, I wanted it! But between the mixed reviews and the fact that I already had nearly a million mascaras in rotation, I didn't buy it. Fast forward to this month and most of those mascaras are either 1) deemed MEH, or 2) drying out- I was now feeling a little more worthy of a a new tube. Million Lashes was the first mascara on my "to buy" list when I visited Target a few weeks ago.
You may remember me showing this in a post when I first bought it, and my initial reaction was pretty good. Now that I've had a little more time to try it out/let it "set up" (as I like to do with mascaras), I thought I'd let you know how it measures up!
From the L'Oreal website:
"For lashes that look a million times multiplied and perfectly defined, there's only one mascara- NEW Voluminous® Million Lashes™. The built-in Clean Sweep Wiping System wipes the brush free of clumps leaving the perfect amount of mascara for an ultra-volumized clean lash look. The Millionizing Brush evenly thickens lashes from root to tip. The result? Lashes look so multiplied, so clean, it's like seeing millions."First of all, the packaging is lovely. The shiny gold tube feels so luxe sitting in my makeup bag! It's a little bulky, but not if you're used to mascaras like this (it's the same size as L'Oreal Extra Volume Collagen, a favorite of mine, and similar to Covergirl LashBlast Volume/Fusion).
As for the brush, that "Millionizing Brush" is big. And spiky. Kind of like a weapon. Look!
I won't lie, I was a little afraid I'd poke my eye with it even though that's never happened to me. But anyway, I don't know, I'm still not a fan of these rubber brushes. I like bristles. I definitely didn't figure this out until purchasing Million Lashes, but I'm pretty sure they haven't done much for me in the past (with exception of Covergirl LashBlast Volume, which I liked a lot despite the dry formula!). I just don't feel like rubber brushes really "grab on" to my lashes like they claim to, or how I'd like them to.
In any rate, what is this mascara supposed to do for my lashes? Volume and definition, mainly. I got some volume, but I wasn't so impressed with the definition. Granted the pictures below are taken of my eye with funky lashes (my other eye has the lashes that just look great all the time! But this eye, my left one, is the easiest for me to get the best eye shots), but you can still see that they aren't as separated and defined as they could be.
I do like that I can layer this quite a bit and not get clumps. I typically put 4 coats of mascara on no problem, so clump-free is what I look for. However, with Million Lashes I feel like I have to put on about 5 coats to get my lashes up and out like I prefer them, and I don't want to have to do that.
1. Bare eye, curled lashes
2. One coat of Voluminous Million Lashes
3. Two coats of Voluminous Million Lashes
4. Three coats of Voluminous Million Lashes
This mascara also seriously flakes on me throughout the day. I don't touch my eyes much at all, but occasionally I'll get an itch or something will blow into my eye. Just about every time I touched my eyes while wearing this mascara, I'd get flakes in my eyes (and those are NOT FUN when you don't have a mirror! Once last week I wore this go-karting and I had mascara below my eyes).
I did find that it combined nicely with my Fresh Supernova mascara that I had a mini of. I'm still trying to figure out what other mascaras I have will layer well with this, so that I can use up what's left of it. I might not end up finishing it, though (I've found another mascara I'm liking knock on wood!).
So overall, I'm not really feeling "millionized" by L'Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes. It's definitely not the worst mascara I've used, but it's not as fantastic as I had hoped- which is disappointing since I've loved every L'Oreal mascara I've tried in the past!
Have you tried this? What were your thoughts on it? I'm thinking I'm not alone with my so-so review, as a lot of other reviews I read were along similar lines!