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.

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.