Tonight I find myself pondering imponderable things…
Like, does the flapping of a butterfly’s wings affect the sway of a husky tabby’s tum halfway around the world?
Or, if I were to wear L’oreal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara and bat my lashes at the guy making my hot cocoa at Starbucks (being generous with the whipped cream earns you good karma points!), does that alter the sway of tabby tums everywhere?
These are the profound profundities (not really) that passed through one cat lady’s mind as she wore the new L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara today ($8.99).
It’s all about the (asymmetrical) brush, man!
It’s pretty neat… It looks a little like a comb, doesn’t it? With the longer bristles on one side and shorter ones on the other?
You just line up the side with the longer bristles at the outer corners of your lash line (side closer to your ear), and pull the brush through your lashes from root to tip. Being asymmetrical is supposed to help the brush thicken your lashes at the roots and really flare those outer lashes.
I’ve been using it since late last week and, ya know, I like it. In terms of thickness, lift, separation and curl hold, I don’t think it’s quite up there with Clarins Be Long mascara, but the brush really does seem to lengthen those outer lashes. Mine do look longer and more winged-out to me.
I bet this mascara would look really great with cat eye liner or any eye looks with lifted, elongated outer corners.
As for my lower lashes, well, when I line up the brush’s longer bristles to do them, the brush feels a little awkward. Something about the longer bristles, I guess… I’ve tried it a whole mess of times, but I haven’t been able to get it right, so for my lower lash lashes, I’ve been flipping the brush over and using the shorter bristles instead.
Ultimately, I think what we have here is a straight-up lengthening mascara.
A great one as far as length — plus, no flaking, smudging or clumping, and it washes right off with soap and water — but it doesn’t deliver the kind of volume (like Chanel Le Volume or YSL Faux Cils) and/or extreme curl hold and separation (Clarins Be Long) I usually crave.
It’s a solid drugstore mascara, but one I don’t feel compelled to stockpile/hoard.
Now, if you mostly care about lash length, especially at the outer corners, that’s where Voluminous Butterfly Mascara shines.
It’s available now in three shades — Black, Black Brown and Blackest Black — at drugstores, grocery stores, Ulta and online.
AVAILABILITY: Available now at drugstores, grocery stores, Ulta and online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,