L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Original Mascara, Black Brown, 0.28 Fluid Ounce

Voluminous Original Mascara is uniquely formulated to resist clumping and build lashes up to 5X their natural thickness. The Volume Maximizing Brush thickens lashes evenly and smoothly, leaving them soft with virtually no flakes for a full and dramatic look. Clump-resistant. Fragrance-free. Ophthalmologist-tested and allergy-tested. Suitable for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers.

Key features

  • The unique maximizing formula quickly thickens, up to 5X their natural thickness, 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
  • Ophthalmologist and allergy-tested; suitable for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers
  • Fragrance-free
  • Washable mascara

Honest reviews


Clumpy and smudges easily

I found this product to be very clumpy and gloopy and smudge. I can’t understand why this mascara would smudge without being rubbed or getting wet but it does. I also have to wipe off the brush of all the excess before I can use it. Good price but I would be willing to pay more for a better product. Compared side by side with my Clinique mascara, this product doesn’t perform nearly as well.

Marilyn Soulsbyville, CA

Terrible mascara

This has to be the worst mascara I’ve ever used. It makes lashes limp and clumpy, does not separate lashes or work with a curler whatsoever. I’m very disappointed.

Alba Fayetteville, TN

Goes on smoothly, adds volume, and good, natural coverage

I keep trying mascaras to find the one that works best for my light, thin, short eyelashes. I didn’t totally dislike the others I’ve tried, but I keep hoping I’ll actually find one I love. This one may be a keeper. When I first tried this mascara, it seemed to go on very thin, and light. It didn’t give me much fullness. After a couple of uses, though, it started working much better. At first I was afraid to try to build the mascara up because of clumping, but this one absolutely does not clump at all on my lashes. I can reapply immediately, and cover my lashes as much as I want and it still stays smooth and separated as long as my lashes don’t have old mascara on them. My lashes stay feeling soft–not hard and “crusty” (for lack of a better word) like some mascaras. This doesn’t give you that “huge, big-eye, volume” like some, but it works perfect for what I want– it looks very natural, and definitely is the first time I really notice my eyelashes when I look in the mirror. Stays on well and doesn’t flake off.

Miriam Greenbush, MN

Perfect Mascara

I am loving this mascara! It really thickens and lengthens your eyelashes just as advertised. My eyelashes have never looked this good. The wand is great and keeping them separated, so this is my new favorite brand!

Jackie Syracuse, NY

Love this Mascara

I have used L’Oreal Voluminous in soft black for years and years. I have tried other mascaras and go back to it. I recently tried the water-proof formula and like it but prefer the non-water-proof. This mascara actually makes it look like I have long lashes and darkens them up. However, I have not used this mascara yet from this seller so I hope it is fine and not dried out like the other review stated. As for the mascara itself, I love it. It came shipped fine.

Kathi Beulah, WY

I like L’Oreal Paris Mascara

L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Original Mascara is good for me as I have sensitive eyes and had trouble finding a mascara until I used this product

Jewell La Mirada, CA

Good for everyday

I didn’t get as much volume as I was expecting, but it’s my new everyday go to. Great pigmentation, lasts all day, easy to remove. NOT ALL COLORS ARE WATERPROOF.

Lottie Saint Elmo, AL

At least it comes in brown.

Goes on well, and looks good for a while, but the good stops there. It flakes off and causes me eye irritation. It doesn’t wash off well with soap and water either, I almost always have to use eye makeup remover. I bought it because there were some good reviews, and I like brown mascara instead of black, but I would not buy this again.

Maude Richmond, IL

It’s the ONE I go back to.

There is a reason that this has been around for decades, in the same old formula. Because it works. No flakes, no smudges, dries quickly and it looks good with no clumping. Be sure to toss it around 6 months. No mascara should be used longer. Keep a fresh one for when you need it,

Tori Enterprise, WV

My favorite!

This is been my favorite mascara for years. PLEASE Loreal don’t ever discontinue or mess with the formula. It’s always so frustrating when cosmetic companies discontinue good products!

Christa Poulsbo, WA

Great Brush

There are several things that I really like about this mascara. The brush is awesome and gets good coverage on my eyelashes. I use it with a 10x mirror, so that I can really see what I’m doing. It’s a good idea to do the top lashes and let them dry before you do the bottom lashes, to avoid a mess. Always have been looking for my favorite mascara and I really do like this one.

Gail Ridgecrest, NC

Excellent volume and length

The most important thing in mascara is the brush. If you find the one that works for you, you’ve found the best mascara. This one has been my favorite for years, because of its brush that makes my eyelashes long and beautiful. Five starz!

Clara Declo, ID

My wife’s long term favorite for many years!

My wife has used this mascara for many years. She has tried other brands but she always comes back to this one as her favorite. She rates it as a 5 star product as it goes on easy and looks good. She has also tried another L’Oreal product that she also likes and it will probably replace this one in the long run. The new product is L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara and she feels that it may be better as she loves the new larger application brush and she feels that it goes on even smoother and easier. They both are 5 star products and she recommends both to you but you may also have a preference to one or the other. She says that she likes them both and that her eyes are sensitive and this mascara doesn’t cause her eyes to break out in a rash or turn red.Here is the link to the other L’Oreal product for your information:L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara, Black Brown #655

Concepcion Hilliard, FL

Favorite mascara!

I Have tried so many mascaras, and this is the best. Because it does almost produce a look of false eyelashes, I use the black brown in order to not look too fake.

Mona Norvelt, PA

Used for years & very pleased

I should say I’ve used this for decades & like the original very much. I’ve made the mistake of buying the waterproof, and YES it’s VERY waterproof–have to use cleansing cream to get it off. Amazon’s price is right, I’m now checking w/Amazon b/4 I go out to shop as most of their items are cheaper than in stores. The original does plump & extend lashes to my satisfaction.

Latoya Bakerstown, PA

good mascara

only mascara I have used for years. Sometimes hard to find in store. Good price online. only buy non waterproof. Easy to take off , stays on all day, dosen’t clump or run

Juliette Ames, OK

Makes Eye lashes even though short look long and thick.

This has to be one of the best Mascara’s I’ve ever used. I have short stubby eyelashes and really like thick and long my lashes look. It goes on very smoothly if you take the excess off before applying. I am happy to have a mascara that makes my eyes look like I was born with long lashes! I will keep buying L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Original Mascara.

Dixie Westford, MA

Wouldn’t buy again

It is thick and clumpy when taking the wand out of the tube. You even have to wipe off the clumps before applying. Then while you are wearing it, it smudges. Not worth buying again.

Nona Orderville, UT