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Would I Repurchase? L'Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black

Looking at this old post you can see just how many L'Oreal mascaras I've tried. I liked everything about the original Voluminous formula so when I heard MakeupbyTiffanyD constantly raving about the Carbon Black version I figured I'd give that a try too.

L'Oreal mascaras - www.modenmakeup.com
posted on our Facebook page October 22, 2012

L'Oreal says: "Voluminous® Carbon Black Volume Building Mascara is uniquely formulated to resist clumping, soften and build lashes up to 5X their natural thickness with 2X the intensity of your regular black shade. 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. Ophthalmologist-tested and allergy-tested. Suitable for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers. How To Use: Expert Application Technique. Place brush at base of lashes and gently sweep up to tip—no need to pump the wand. Voluminous® Carbon Black Mascara will easily remove with soap and water".

L'Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black packaging - www.modenmakeup.com
L'Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black wand - www.modenmakeup.com
L'Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black tube - www.modenmakeup.com
L'Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black wand - www.modenmakeup.com

The wand is exact to the original Voluminous. I don't agree that it's "clump resistant". As with all mascaras that add volume, clumps are possible. Especially when it's paired with a natural fibre wand. After using the Lancome Hypnose Drama, I don't find Carbon Black to be the most pigmented mascara but it more intense than the original.

L'Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black applied - www.modenmakeup.com
L'Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black applied - www.modenmakeup.com
L'Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black applied - www.modenmakeup.com
L'Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black packaging - www.modenmakeup.com

I got this from Cave Shepherd for $26. Not a bad price but I wouldn't repurchase. Don't get me wrong: I've grown accustomed to L'Oreal's wet formulas and I do prefer natural fibre wands but this mascara to me was nothing special. One claim the marketing blurb made that I completely agree with is that it is easy to remove.

If you've tried this formula share your thoughts in the comments.

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