Loreal Voluminous Panorama Mascara is supposed to have a volumizing formula and an applicator that helps apply the product evenly to all of your lashes from inner corner to outer corner so that you end up with a more “voluminous” fanned out fringe without clumps, flakes or smudges. It comes in 3 shades (Black, Blackest Black, and Black Brown) and also in waterproof and washable versions. It looks like the waterproof one is only available in Black. Depending where you buy it, you can find it for around $13-$16. As of the time of this review, it is available to purchase from Ulta, Walmart, Amazon, and CVS.
My Natural Lashes And What I Look For In A Mascara
I have somewhat fine/sparse lashes that are mostly straight and not very long. I don’t typically go for volumizing mascaras and prefer a more “natural” look. I like a bit more length/curl and darker color with good separation. I don’t like when my lashes stick together so it looks like I have fewer but thicker lashes. The claims on this are somewhat up my alley and I enjoyed the last Loreal mascara I bought so I had high hopes for this.
What Does It Actually Do For Me?
This looks much more natural and light than I expected when considering the claims and compared to other mascaras I’ve used. That said, I like it. It’s actually not that easy to find mascaras that do just enough and don’t get in the way or make a mess of my lashes or the skin around my eyes. It doesn’t add a whole heck of a lot of volume (which I’m fine with) but it does darken and beef them up a bit. It applies evenly as claimed and even if I go over the lashes many times to build it up, it does not clump and doesn’t cause the lashes to stick to each other unless I sweep the wand through my lashes WAY too many times. So far I have not noticed any flaking or smudging during application or throughout the day.
The color is a decently dark black. I’m happy with the depth of color and don’t feel like I wish it were any darker than it is.
It only uncurls the lashes slightly during application but it does so in a way where all the lashes remain in a neat line and don’t end up frayed — I don’t get that weird thing where some lashes end up pointing way down and some are pointing more upward. Once I’m done applying it there’s still plenty of curve left in the lashes and the curl is locked in place all day.
How It Compares To Other Mascaras I Often Reach For
Other mascaras currently in my rotation are Loreal Noir Balm, Milani Highly Rated Anti Gravity, and Benefit Roller Lash. All of these, including the Loreal Voluminous Panorama, look about the same on the lashes. They all separate, add a bit of volume, and hold a curl decently well in about a similar way. They even share a lack of clumping and none of them cause my lashes to stick to each other much. But where this new one is noticeably different is in flaking, smudging, and ease of removal.
This one has the least amount flaking and smudging. I’ve worn this for several days and I’ve struggled to notice any flakes or smudges at all even by the end of the day. It is also the most difficult to remove, and almost feels like a waterproof mascara, though the back of the packaging says it is supposed to wash off easily. It does not run/smear/smudge if I wet my lashes with water. It kind of “crumbles” off of my lashes though, similar to a tubing mascara but in smaller pieces (not larger “tubes”). My preferred removal method is using a Neutrogena Makeup Remover wipe. I need to spend about twice as long using a wipe with this mascara versus the others I mentioned.
Can It Be Layered and Built Up Slowly?
Yes I can build it up slowly. I have other mascaras (Loreal Noir Balm) that I can seemingly layer indefinitely without any issue but this one does have a limit. I can layer for quite a while but eventually I can feel my lashes start to become stiff and waxy, making further layering difficult. I have plenty of time to work with it till I get to this point though. I don’t feel rushed to get the application right immediately.
Even being brand new, I don’t feel the need to allow it time to dry out. The formula doesn’t feel “too fresh” or too wet and it doesn’t coat the brush too heavily. I get a nice clean, predictable application that holds well all day. It looks nice up close in photos too which is important to me.