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L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Original Mascara, Carbon Black, 0.26 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


Hated it

I tried this product because of the rave reviews from youtube gurus, but I hate this mascara!It made my lashes clumpy and did NOTHING to add volume or length.The brush is typical, nothing special.I recommend Avon SuperShock mascara over any I have ever tried! Honestly, it is my FAVORITE mascara, yet I never hear anything about it.Skip this mascara if you have one that you’re happy with already.

Eula South Colton, NY

Works nicely, if you learn how to use it

I’ve been buying department store mascaras the last few years, and, in an effort to cut back on my spending, decided to try this mascara since my favorite on-line makeup artist Makeup Geek has recommended it several times as her favorite mascara. It’s a great mascara, but there’s definitely a learning curve that goes with it.After reading about it online, I’ve found some tricks that have helped me:
• The first few days that this mascara is brand new, it’s really liquidy and gives you spidery lashes. If you can make it past those first few uses, the formula thickens.
• If the brush has a lot of product on it when you take it out of the tube, brush the excess off onto the top of the container or use a paper towel to wipe it off.
• You need to work
• slowly
• with this mascara. Start by wiggling it into the base of your lashes really slowly and coat the bases well. Then, slowly work it up through your lashes.
• Since it dries quickly, I’ve found that I can’t alternate between eyes for a second coat, but stay with one eye to do two coats, before moving on to the second eye.
• The Carbon Black color is really deep and intense, and it can be tricky to remove it from your lashes at night. I’ve found that I have to wash my eyes twice (once with cold cream) to really remove this mascara, or else I have black smudges that look like black eyes all around my eye socket.Although this mascara seems like a pain to use (and the reason I gave it four stars instead of five is that it requires a bit more work than other mascaras), it’s not bad once you get the hang of it, and it makes for the deepest, darkest lashes you can imagine. Since it’s a volumizing mascara, it won’t do much in the way of length, but really makes your lashes look super lush and full. It’s perfect for a smokey eye look, or even with lighter eye makeup, if you like more noticeable lashes.I’ve already ordered this on Subscribe and Save, and will definitely be re-purchasing this instead of those more expensive brands that I had been using!UPDATE ON 3/23/11: I originally gave this 4 stars, but just downgraded it to 3 stars. While I really like this mascara, it’s practically impossible to remove! I’ve had to use two different removers each time I use it to get it off, and even then I’m still left with lots of black streaks around my eyes that I can’t seem to get off. I hate the idea of tugging on the delicate skin around my eyes to remove this, so I won’t be re-purchasing.

Pansy Cherry Tree, PA


I’ve had this mascara for a long time, and when it runs out, I’d probably buy it again. It instantly makes my lashes look longer and I’ve never had a single problem with clumping. It lasts all day as well. My only problems are that it doesn’t make my lashes look any fuller, which is what you’d expect from a mascara named "Voluminous", and at the end of the day I sometimes see black smudges under my eyes. But that’s after 12+ hours of wear, so not that big of a deal. Overall I think this is an excellent mascara.

Desiree Wellington, CO

Fantastic Mascara! Sexy, dark lashes and full coverage

I discovered this mascara during a trip to my local drugstore. I purchased it because of the words ‘carbon black’. I dye my hair jet-black and always want a very dark mascara to match.I absolutely love this mascara and have been using it daily for three years. What I love about it is that the wand is very comfortable, the color is very saturated, the product is very thick and I am able to achieve both a sexy natural look and a va-va-voom dramatic lash all in one tube.This performs as well as the very expensive department store makeup that I have bought before, but the price is unbeatable.Very, very worth the money.

Esmeralda Harrold, TX

Never Had A Problem With It In Years

I’ve been using this mascara for years and never had the problems mentioned in so many reviews of difficulties removing it, smudging, etc.. in fact I haven’t had to use anything special to get it off. In the shower, I just use water and wipe it off with a bath cloth, since it’s not waterproof- once it’s wet it just slides off onto a cloth. If there are any streaks on my face (from the shower), I just wash my cheeks with soap/water and off it comes.It is true that the formula starts out very thin when you first open it and thickens over time, so you have to wait and recoat the first few times you use it.But it’s been the best mascara I’ve ever used for rich color saturation and a thick look. I’ve been asked several times if my lashes were false.

Lupe Canton, OK

my favorite

First time using it.. and it is now my favorite mascara. I like the fullness it gives my lashes, without clumpy mess that some mascaras leave behind.

Christy Cottonwood Falls, KS

Best mascara EVER!

This is the absolute best mascara I’ve ever used and I’ve used a lot of high end mascaras. This mascara never irritates my eyes like other. It stays on my lashes and doesn’t smudge. It also doesn’t clump my eyelashes together. My eyes look so thick and full after only one coat. I usually do two coats and my lashes look stunning! I will never use any other mascara!

Maude Manderson, SD

Too clumpy

Pros:CreamyDoesn’t dry too crunchyGood dark rich blackGood curved brush shape that fits eye wellCons:Very clumpy. A ridiculous amount of product built up on the brushOverall, I won’t buy again because it’s just too clumpy coming out of the tube. I’d prefer less on the brush, having more control, and starting out light but being able to apply multiple coats, if desired.

Deirdre Cheyney, PA

I love it but…

I love this mascara but I am a big animal lover and learned after I bought it that loreal does test on animals. 🙁 this is very comparable to the two face mascaras. It was a little clumpy at first but it evens out. For some crazy reason, it works better now 5 months later than it did the first week. Makes them very dramatic and long. I agree with the other reviewer, the first week I did have spider lashes. But that went away! I recommend this, just not the test on animals. 🙁

Pauline Capshaw, AL

Best Mascara

I’ve used this mascara for years and years. I try other brands once in a while but I always go back to the Voluminous. I think it beats the department store brands hands down and with the price of L’Oreal being so affordable, there’s no excuse for not changing out your mascara every month as is recommended. I use the auto ship on Amazon so when the package comes, I know it’s time to throw out the old one.

Shana Prague, NE

I’ve had better

The formula of this mascara is awesome. However, the brush leaves much to be desired. The bristles are way too spread out and this causes clumps. In order to use this up I have used it in conjunction with other wands that offer more separation such as The Rocket.

Vickie Palmyra, MO

Great product

I think this is the best mascara, and not just for the price. I’ve bought high end mascaras and tried many samples of high end brands and find that they don’t go on nearly as nicely. I’ve gotten compliments on my long lashes from women and the truth is my lashes are not that long, it’s the mascara. This also crimps very nicely if you give it a few minutes to dry, or crimp first and then apply. Washing off is a breeze. I use a soap-free body wash in the shower and have no trouble getting if off. I once read an article in a women’s magazine listing the top 5 mascaras with no price limit. This was one of the 5 listed and it didn’t surprise me one bit.

Melinda Johnson City, TN

great mascara

I really like this mascara, the only complaint is that the mascara comes out really thick on the wand and I have to scrape some of it off before applying it. But it is lengthening and creates volume. I like it better than any of the cover girl mascaras.

Samantha Bairdford, PA

volume for sure

This mascara is wonderful! While I already have fairly long eyelashes, it really lengthens them & makes them look so much fuller. And it is black as coal. Last all day & washes off pretty easily!

Maura Middle Haddam, CT

L’oreal Carbon Black Voluminious Review->

I think this is the only mascara I’ve ever repurchased over & over again! This DOES smudge/transfer on me from time to time if I fall asleep/take a nap in it or am in the heat/sweating.. On “normal” days however, it’s perfect. It gives insane legnth plus volume on my lashes. I’ve tried ALMOST every single mascara at my local drugstores & this is the ONLY one I’ve ever gone back to & repurchased several times! Was also available here on Amazon for less than at my local stores + free shipping! A steal!

Elva West Fulton, NY

Better Than Most….

I’ve been using Voluminous mascara for the past 20 years. It is my favorite brand by far – even over the more expensive options out there. The Carbon Black formula is excellent if you’re seeking a more dramatic look.

Julie Dixon, IA

Best mascara ever

I’ve been using this mascara for YEARS now. I love it. It makes my eyelashes so dramatic. The ONLY complaint I have is when you first use it, a little too much product comes out on the wand so you’ll have to wipe it off. But once you get past that stage, you’ll love it. I won’t use anything else.

Leticia Carrizozo, NM

Very Good Mascara

I purchased my tube locally at an Ulta store. I really like the formula, it goes on my lashes like butter. It gives pretty good volume and length and can be built on. It’s a really nice dark formula and doesn’t cause my lashes to clump. It doesn’t flake and it doesn’t leave my lashes stiff and so far, no raccoon eyes at the end of the day. Overall I really like it and will repurchase.

Ava Henagar, AL

Made me rethink my old mascara after 30 years!!

I’ve used another type of mascara for at least 30 years and have never swayed from it. On a whim, while ordering some other beauty products from Amazon, I read the reviews for this (always how I make my purchasing decisions on Amazon!) and thought, based on so many good reviews, that I would try it. I literally couldn’t believe the first time I used it. It’s fabulous!! Goes on easily, great coverage–I no longer need a primer because it’s more than adequate by itself. I’m telling all my girlfriends about this beauty find!

Rose Manson, IA

One of my favorite mascaras!!!

I love this mascara!I’ve used a number of different drug store and high end mascaras, and this one is definitely high on my list! I love the color, it’s such an intense black. It’s affordable. It definitely makes my lashes look longer and fuller, more voluminous! It doesn’t clump.The only con for me….. is that this product can be kind of difficult to completely remove. Even when I think I’ve removed it all, sometimes I wake up with black mascara residue/streaks around my eyes. Other than that, it’s a great product that I use everyday!

Lila Hamilton, GA

Best Mascara

My favorite mascara~! Make my eyelashes huge and is very is very thick. Must be careful so they do not clump but if applied proper, will make your eyelashes look AMAZING. I always use this over any Sephora or MAC brand mascara.

Dollie Radium Springs, NM

Great Drugstore Mascara

I love this mascara, it’s one of my favorites and I’ve been using it for years with no problems. I layer mine with other types in order to create thick, long lashes.First I usee.l.f. Lengthening and Volumizing Mascara, Black, 0.24 Ounceto define the lashes. This has a teensy brush and gets each and every lash on bottom and top.Next I use a thick formula to plump lashes, scraping the sides of the brush to make sure excess product does not cause clumping and spider-y lashes. I like to useMax Factor 2000 Calorie Dramatic Volume Mascara Blackmost for this step. I sometimes do two coats for really thick and full lashes.Then I use this mascara on top. It’s not a thin or thick formula and it adds thickness and length. If I’m looking to do a more natural look, I’ll use this mascara by itself. I don’t ever experience flaking or running.

Sue Mineral Wells, TX

Good quality and easy applicator

Just started using, but I can already tell that I will like this product. Glides on and doesn’t clump like others. I have very short lashes, so this is a great help.

Thelma Scheller, IL

My favorite mascara

This is hands down my favorite mascara. It makes my eyelashes stand out so long and bold. My boyfriend loves it, too. It doesn’t clump your eyelashes and just wow, hard to explain but it’s what I’ve used for years. I’ve tried to go for different brands or types and have always been disappointed.One thing, the curved brush is better but this one is great, too. Not complaining, just an ever so slight difference.

Amanda Watkins Glen, NY

Pretty dried up

It is very dry and I’m disappointed. I just needed some (didn’t feel like going shopping), so I added it to my order. I’ll not do that again.

Diane Gulf Hammock, FL

Just as expected


Ruth Transylvania, LA


goes on easily stays on pretty well but it did run a little in the bad humidity in S C or when I cried at a wedding

Natasha Barnet, VT

Easy application, good wand

For all mascara, I like this brand the most because of the wand. It separates my thin eyelashes and make them look fuller after I apply it twice or sometimes 3 times!

Eliza Rockbridge, OH

very black and holds a curl

im really loving this is very black, gives nice volume and length without being too much on the first coat or two, but definitely buildable if you desire holds a curl really well even as good as waterproof formulas tend to do.cleans of easy, but only when wanted so it doesnt just come off during the time you want to wear it.seems like a very wet formula, so im guessing itll be better the more it dries out a bit.

Sheena Coleman, TX

Panda eyes for sure…

Hated it. I use eye lash primer and face primer from oiling. It still gave me the panda look. What a shame…

Carey Belen, NM