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I often believe in life you get what you pay for, whether it’s with my time or my money. So imagine my surprise when the $7.99 L’Oréal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara turned out to be one of the best I’ve ever tried. Formulated with a waxy, water-soluble base and equipped with a long-bristled, finely-spaced bristle brush, L’Oréal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara also has an angle that makes it perfect for applying to Asian eyes (believe me, I would know!). For more, read on…
Why the L’Oreal Brush is Awesome
L’Oréal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara has a rubbery texture. “Rubber bristles flex with movement and shape the eye, unlike regular bristles, which can be stiff and hard to control,” says Kimara Ahnert, a New York City-based makeup artist.
As with my other favorite mascaras, this elastic texture results in a smoother application of the product than with a firmer brush. Silicone or rubbery brushes also have less friction, so less of the product sticks to the brush and more will adhere to your lashes.
A paraffin-wax based, lengthening formula
When it comes to adding length and volume, you want a water-soluble formulation with wax, which tends to layer better than oil- or petrolatum-based waterproof formulations.
Non-waterproof/water-soluble mascaras typically have three major components: waxes for light, smooth, even application; pigments for color, definition, and depth; and resins to maintain texture, composition, and to keep the formulation in solution (Milady’s Encyclopedia of Hair).
Water-soluble mascaras are great because they are more easily removed than other types of formulations (namely those with petrolatum, which helps to make the formula waterproof).
For best results, apply with your mouth open slightly.
When applying mascara, open your mouth slightly as you look into a mirror directly in front of you: Doing so contracts the lateral pterygoid muscle, but more importantly for our purposes, this also makes it a lot harder to blink. (Try it!)
For even more out of your mascara, wiggle the brush slightly as you apply.
As we stated before, a bigger, thicker brush results in bigger, thicker lashes because more product is applied to each lash with every stroke. Similarly, if you extend lash-brush contact surface area by wiggling the brush ever-so-slightly from side to side, taking care not to move the brush off of the lashes, you will end up with a better application of product.
Angled Brush Perfect for Asian Eyes or a “Winged Eye” Makeup Look
L’Oréal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara has a curved brush, which means you need to use the brush in a precise manner. Align the curve of the brush with the highest part of your eye, so it naturally “cups” your eye. Gently apply the brush at the base of the lashes, wiggle slightly, and continue through the length of the lash.
L’Oréal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara is great for Asian or “winged eye” makeup looks because the bristles on the outer tip of the brush are propped up slightly higher than the rest of the bristles, extending the time of mascara-lash contact. This ultimately leaves more product on the outer corners of your lashes.
L’Oréal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara is great for Asian or almond-shaped eyes, or for days you’re craving that “winged eye” makeup look. It has all of the elements I look for in a mascara, including a wax-based formulation, long bristles, and a rubbery texture brush.
What are your thoughts? Let me know in comments below!