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So, what kind of lashes do you expect on a butterfly? I think, when naming their mascara, L Oreal had lashes like a butterflies wing in mind. But seriously, am I the only one thinking about butterfly legs, black and thin and, well, insectoid?
In case you are wondering what the heck I am talking about, the L Oréal Paris False Lash Flutter Mascara (with cocoon fibers and a butterfly brush) is called “Voluminous Butterfly Mascara” in Germany, bringing above mentioned disturbing images to my obviously twisted mind.
False lash flutter seems to be the better choice in terms of names, at least it doesn´t evoke as disturbing pictures.
And I honestly have no idea what cocoon fibers are supposed to be. If we are talking “fibers from an insects cocoon”, we are most likely talking silk, but I think, they would have called it silk then. So synthetical fibers are my guess, just with a fancy name. Ah, marketing…
But fancy names aside, let´s get on with the review of the L Oreal Paris Voluminous Butterfly Mascara. Will it give me butterfly lashes?
What the L Oreal Paris Voluminous Butterfly Mascara claims
Extends the look of lashes toward the outer edge of the eye without clumps. For lashes worth fluttering. To achieve this, the mascara contains cocoon fibres and a double winged butterfly brush.
Prize and size
One tube contains 7 ml and retails for 11,95 € on the website here
It is available in four different shades (Black, Midnight Black, Purple and Blue) and comes both in a regular and in a waterproof formula. I have used the regular version in the pictures below.
Texture and performance
The L Oreal Butterfly mascara is pretty wet and doesn’t really seem to dry out over time. You know I love a drier formula, simply because the wetter the mascara, the more likely it is to weigh down the curl and clump my lashes together. Which is exactly what happens when I wear this one, as you can see in the pictures below.
As far as duration goes, I don´t have much to complain. I have read in other reviews that the mascara is prone to flaking, but personally had no issues with that.
The butterfly brush
The brush, on the other hand, is unlike any I have seen before. It is bendy, synthetic and curved outwards. Does it look like a butterfly wing? Well, no, but if you know the name and really use your imagination, you get what they mean. This uniquely shaped brush made it really easy to get the outer lashes, as claimed, and was a pleasure to work with
How the L Oreal Butterfly mascara performs on the lashes
As it is visible in the first picture, my original lashes are blonde at the tips and pretty average in terms of length or volume, so I want a little bit of everything from my product.
But while the volume is there, you can immediately see the clumping after applying the first coat.
If I try to build it up, the clumps get worse and my lashes start to drop.
Does the mascara live up to its claims?
It emphasizes the lashes on the outer edge, making the eye look winged out and lifted.
But without clumping? No. As soon as I put on a second coat, clumps appear and my lashes stick together, reminding me of insect legs. Nothing you can´t fix with a lash comb, but not clump free for sure.
If you want to see it in action, you can see a short makeup tutorial here.
Would I repurchase?
I like the wand, but really dislike the formula, and I have no time for a mascara that requires a lash comb.
Who do I recommend it to?
If you are into wet formulas and want something that easily grabs the lashes on the outer corner or on the lower lash line, it might be worth trying.