L’oreal HiP Studio Secrets Professional High Drama Volumizing Mascara Review

L’oreal HiP Studio Secrets Professional High Drama Volumizing Mascara ($10) may not have received much love from the blogging community, but after I read that Mary J. Blige wore it in the “Just Fine” music video, I decided to give it a shot.

The first thing that I noticed is the long, skinny brush, which is something you don’t see often in volumizing mascaras. It is very easy to maneuver and reaches every single one of my eyelash – including the tiny ones and the roots – very easily without smearing all over. It also works extremely well in lifting my lashes to the point where I feel comfortable not curling them.

The formula itself has a nice creamy consistency and goes on smoothly without too much clumping. My lashes are dramatically lengthened and thickened with just one coat, when normally it would have taken a lengthening mascara topped with a volumizing one for me to achieve the same effect. I also love how you can keep applying to build up the drama without any flaking. Plus the color that I have, Ultimate Black, is an intense black that I *love*!

My only complaint is how non-waterproof this is. While the mascara wears well without flaking or smudging, once it touches water (even if it’s a drop), it becomes runny. If you live in humid areas or tend to sweat easily, stay away from this.

So yes, I might be the minority here but I definitely think this mascara rocks! Here are pictures of me wearing it (I applied two coats without curling my lashes nor using a lash comb).

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 the beauty editor for Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.

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