L’oreal Extra-Volume Collagen Mascara Review

Infused with collagen and Hyaluronic spheres, L’oreal’s latest Extra-Volume Collagen Mascara is an improved version of the oh-so-famous Voluminous mascara that can easily replace your fake lashes.

Just like the Voluminous, this makes my lashes instantly thicker and darker with just a coat or two. The brush is a lot bigger than the Voluminous but unlike other mascaras with big wands (Hello Cover Girl’s Lash Blast or Max Factor’s 2000 Calorie Extreme Lash Plumper!), it still reaches the base of my lashes and those puny bottom lashes without smearing all over the place.

When worn alone, the Extra-Volume Collagen Mascara does not give a lot of length but when I combine this with L’oreal’s Clean Definition Telescopic Mascara, I get va-va-voom lashes (even the ma at MAC asked if I was wearing falsies!) I also love how this does not clump as much as the Voluminous and my lashes never look stiff and brittle. It also never smears until I wash it off with warm water. Not to mention the new black-patent packaging looks super luxe and reminds me of higher end mascaras.

Thank you L’oreal for never ceasing to give us longer, thicker lashes for very affordable prices!

Below is me wearing the L’oreal Extra-Volume Collagen Mascara alone.

The L’oreal Extra-Volume Collagen Mascara is now available at all drugstores nationwide for $9.99.

Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE, Glamour.com, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.


  1. I’m curious – does it hold a curl well? I’m a bit skeptical with it having collagen, because I’ve used Maybelline’s Colossal Volum’ Express and it just did NOT hold a curl at all. In fact, it straightened out the curl I made with my curler. So I’m just wondering how this formula compares with other collagen-containing mascaras.

  2. April,

    If your mascara is too wet, that will decurl. Just like if you put water on your hair, you tends to loose some curl. Also, make sure there is not too much product. It’ll weight your lashes down.

  3. Yes Allison, I definitely liked the darkening and thickening effect of the L’oreal mascara more although the Max Factor seemed to do a slightly better job in the lengthening department. The L’oreal brush also worked better on my small lashes.

  4. The mascara sounds promising, I’ll have to try it out. Do you think the waterproof version will be as effective? My eye area is very very oily, I can’t use regular mascara. I need to use waterproof.
    BTW, I love your eye shadow. Can you tell met the color and how you applied it?

  5. Jay,

    I have not tried the waterproof version so I cannot comment on that.

    Here is what I used in the picture:

    * NARS Lil Marlene Cream Eyeshadow pressed onto eyelid as a base
    * MAC Little Minx Eyeshadow packed onto eyelid with MAC #239 Eye Shading Brush
    * Black shade from NARS Pandora Duo Eyehshadow lightly on the crease with MAC #217 Tapered Blending Brush
    * White shade from NARS Pandora Duo Eyeshadow under brow bone with #217 Tapered Blending Brush
    * MAC Pearl Eye Liner in Black Russian to line
    * L’oreal Extra Volume Collagen Mascara in Blackest Black on top and bottom

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